12 Angry Men-Inside the Room Where it Happens

What does it mean to be socially responsible in America and to serve on a jury?  In this program, Alice Osborn explores this question through the film adaptation of Reginald Rose's teleplay "12 Angry Men."  Using selections from the film, participants will discuss the history of juries in the United States and how serving on a jury is fundamental to democracy.

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Censorship in American Literature

The First Amendment of the United State Constitution provides a guarantee of freedom of speech, however, some of the great titles in American literature have been censored including books by Mark Twain, (Huckleberry Finn), J. D. Salinger (Catcher in The Rye), Harper Lee, (To Kill a Mockingbird). In this presentation Maryrose Carroll will provide an overview of censorship in American looking at several famous national examples and share her personal story of censorship.

Poetic Voices of North Carolina

During the 20th century, North Carolina poets recorded in verse many of the crucial perceptions, dreams, experiences, and concerns which swirled about them. From profound social issues to the quietest personal moments, from laughter to heartbreak, Clark shares a century of North Carolina thoughts and feelings as she performs many poems with the rich emotions expressed by these gifted poets.

“So I Write Poets - All”

Clark shares many poetic voices as they view the human condition over the last 400 years, looking at what confronts us and the various choices, wise or not, we have made and continue to make as we deal with living our lives, and how those choices affect all else. Our humanity is explored through the poetry of Millay, Frost, Dickinson, Donne, Wordsworth, Tennyson, the Brownings, and others.


Emily Dickinson: Diviner Crowd at Home

Researching the enigmatic 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson in preparation for writing her own solo play Emily, Connie Clark discovered an extraordinary woman quite different from the meek mouse dressed in white hiding away in an upstairs room so long described in poetry anthologies and biographies. In this program, Clark discusses the reasons for Dickinson’s withdrawal from society and the degree to which she withdrew, her family life, the men she loved, her wonderful wit and joyous spirit, and her deepest griefs.

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What Makes a Southern Story Southern?

Southern stories are more than tangled tales of honeysuckle and kudzu. The thirteen states that comprise the Old South have collectively produced some of the nation’s finest writers and the past century’s most honored books.

While some insist that “authentic” Southern stories must include a dead mule, Tamra Wilson begs to differ. In this presentation she will share from her own research the six essentials that define Southern fiction and memoir. You’ll never look at Southern literature quite the same way again. 

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Southern Selves: The Child as Storyteller

Coming-of-Age stories are regarded by some as quintessentially American, and few have succeeded as well as Harper Lee and James Agee. Both offer compelling approaches to the Southern narrative.

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Four "Christ-Haunted" Writers Today

Susan Ketchin provides a lively, audience-interactive look at four contemporary “Christ-haunted” writers:  Lee Smith, Doris Betts, Alice Walker, and Charles Frazier*

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God In Southern Story and Song: Spirituality and Music in Literature of the American South

With musical accompaniment (songs sung with guitar accompaniment and/or CD recordings throughout the talk), Susan Ketchin explores through lively lecture, storytelling, and humor the role that southern music and religion have played in the imaginative works of great southern writers such as Lee Smith, Charles Frazier, Eudora Welty, and Lewis Nordan.  These and other outstanding writers of the American South, both past and present, such as William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor (whose literary and cultural influences will be given as context for the contemporary writers presen

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