Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hemenway to speak on noted black author

February 15, 2006


Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will give two talks on novelist Zora Neale Hurston this month, with stops in Lawrence and Topeka.

Hurston, a black novelist and anthropologist, is regarded as the foremother of the study of black culture.

Hemenway, a Hurston scholar, wrote the critically acclaimed 1977 book "Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography."

Hemenway will speak at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave., with Hurston's niece Lucy Anne Hurston, who also wrote a book about Hurston's life. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

As a part of KU's Black History Month celebrations, Hemenway will speak at 5 p.m. Monday at the Burge Union.

He will also speak at the annual ZoraFest in Fort Pierce, Fla., in April.


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