Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future





July 11-30, 2021 (3 weeks)


Summer Program

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“Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future” focuses on Zora Neale Hurston’s impact on American literature and culture as an author, anthropologist, journalist, filmmaker, and precursor to the applied humanities. In addition to Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, this Institute explores her extensive body of work, including the autobiography, novels, essays, film, and folklore collections she produced in her heyday as well as her posthumously published short stories, letters, plays, and ethnography Barracoon. “Hurston on the Horizon” invites twenty-five participants to deepen their appreciation of this prolific writer and foster new directions for teaching and research.

Project Director(s)

Ayesha Hardison; Maryemma Graham

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Ayesha Hardison; Maryemma Graham; Trudier Harris; Deborah Plant; Kevin Quashie; Julian Chambliss; Sylvia Fernandez; Glenda Carpio; NY Nathiri; Carmaletta Williams; John Lowe; Carla Kaplan; Riche Barnes; Nicole Hodges Persley; 
LaMonda Horton-Stallings; Giselle Anatol; Rebecca Wanzo; Claudine Raynaud; Valerie Boyd

Grantee Institution

University of Kansas

Funded through the Division of Education Programs