Stockton University Hosts Zora Neale Hurston Symposium

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GALLOWAY - Stockton University’s School of Arts and Humanities Literature program and the Africana Studies program has announced plans to host a Zora Neale Hurston Symposium.
Hurston influenced several writers, including Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara.
The Symposium, which celebrates one of the most preeminent writers of 20th century African-American literature, is modeled after a symposium held in 2008 which celebrated the life and work of Richard Wright. Both the Hurston and Wright symposium were organized by Adalaine Holton and Ricky Epps-Kearny. Holton  is an Associate Professor of Literature and American Studies, and Epps-Kearny is an English teacher at Atlantic City High School. Epps-Kearney is also a student in Stockton’s Master of Arts in American Studies program.
The symposium will include speakers and performers from several programs at Stockton, including Anthropology, Music, Literature, Theatre, Communications, and American Studies programs and will feature an African-American folk song performance by Stockton University’s Highest Praise Gospel Choir. Louise Gorham-Neblett, an Atlantic City High School Teacher and Stockton Adjunct Instructor, will prepare a dramatic performance for the evening and a panel discussion will take place during the evening.
The panel discussion will include Epps-Kearny; Donnetrice Allison, associate professor of Communication Studies and Africana Studies; and Linda Williamson Nelson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Africana Studies.
This event will take place on Thursday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theatre.
For more information about the symposium, contact the School of Arts and Humanities at 609.652.4505.

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