Literature

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.

Requirements: 
Lectern, microphone, digital projector

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.

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. 

Requirements: 
Lectern, microphone, digital projector, laptop computer

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.

Requirements: 
Lectern, microphone, digital projector, laptop computer

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*

Requirements: 
lectern, microphone, digital projection system, display table, whiteboard

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

Requirements: 
lectern, microphone, digital projection system, table for display, whiteboard

Gerald W. Johnson: Scotland County’s Pioneering Journalist and Noted Historian

Gerald White Johnson (1890-1980), born in Riverton (near Wagram in Scotland County), was a giant among American scholars, friend and colleague of famous author H.L.

Is Bigger Still Here? A Social and Literary Analysis of Richard Wright’s Native Son

This program focuses on the character of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright’s Native Son. The elements of poverty, racism, and hopelessness are still ingredients for the creation of current-day Bigger Thomases. Dr. Reginald Watson’s discussion of social theory and literary analysis encourages active audience participation.

The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Motherhood and Manhood

This program explores how slavery and oppression deconstruct the traditional image of motherhood and manhood for the black man and woman, a dynamic which is clearly defined in characters such as Toni Morrison’s Sethe and Paul D. and Alice Walker’s Grange and Brownfield Copeland. In these works, the black woman, despite having her motherhood turned upside down through the colonizer’s influence, manages to reconstruct not only herself, but the black man as well. Through the power of the matriarchy, the black man must rethink his role and readjust his sense of manhood. Dr.

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