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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Offers Free Lecture on Contemporary African American Literature

            BOCA RATON, FL (February 23, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies and the Center for the Study of Values and Violence After Auschwitz in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “Ligatures of Healing: Voodoo Metaphysics and Contemporary African American Literature,” a lecture with Gloria L. Cronin of Brigham Young University. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Levine-Weinberger Jewish Life Center, located next to the S.E. Wimberly Library on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Many black writers have sought a non-Western voice while addressing contemporary African American life. Afro centric metaphysics provided just such a model, one uncontaminated by Western culture and American colonial history. Writers such as Ishmael Reed, Maya Angelou, Gloria Naylor, John Wideman, Morrison and a host of others have encoded literally dozens of texts with Afro mystical knowledge. While this is certainly not the only mythos present in these sophisticated texts, it is the one most readers lack the reading codes to unravel. Accordingly, this presentation will focus on understanding Afro mystical metaphysics.   

            Cronin teaches African-American, Jewish-American, women's and twentieth century Anglo-American literatures and postcolonial literature at Brigham Young. She has been published widely in the fields of Jewish American and African American literatures.

No reservations are required for the lecture. For further information, call 561-297-2979.

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