The HSU/CR Book of the Year committee is proud to present visiting Mississippi natives and civil rights scholars Dr. Tiyi Morris and Dr. Emilye Crosby to discuss the controversy and context surrounding Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help. Drs. Morris and Crosby will be appearing in the Forum Theater on CR’s main campus 1-3pm, Thursday, April 5.
The next day, Friday, April 6, they will appear at HSU 2-4pm in the Kate Buchanan Room.
Both events are free and open to the public. Drs. Morris and Crosby are both affiliated with The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, a nationally recognized center for research and analysis of the Civil Rights Movement.
A pre-Oscar screening of The Help brought the campus community together in Founders Hall 118 on Friday, February 24th. Afterwards Laurie Winter, Book of the Year instructor, facilitated a conversation about its “Oscar-worthiness,” as well as controversy surrounding the book and the film.
- When the killing’s done by T. C. Boyle
- The Wal-Mart effect: how the world’s most powerful company really works, and how it’s transforming the American economy by C. Fishman
- Outliers: the story of success by M. Gladwell
- Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by M. Kurlansky
- The Buddha in the attic by J. Otsuka
- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by R. Skloot
The joint College of the Redwoods & Humboldt State University Book of the Year Committee has decided to add two more non-fiction nominees to the original four:
- The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and How It’s Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman
CR and HSU staff, faculty and administrators are currently reviewing the six nominations in order to provide feedback to the committee. Check back here in mid March to find out which of these titles will be next year’s Book of the Year!
The HSU/CR Book of the Year Nominees for 2012/13 are:
Tiyi Morris and Emilye Crosby will speak about The Help at HSU on April 6th at the Kate Buchanan Room. They will speak at College of the Redwoods on April 5th. Stay tuned for more details.
Both have researched and published on the topic of civil rights activism in Mississippi in the sixties, the setting for The Help.
Emilye Crosby is Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo where she has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Carol Harter Mentoring Award, and the Spencer Roemer Supported Professorship. She is author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi, which was awarded the Mississippi Historical Society McLemore Prize and the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Honorable Mention and editor of Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement.
Tiyi Morris is an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in African & African American Studies and Liberal Studies from Emory University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Morris has an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus that combines the fields of American History, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her work has appeared in Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party (IU Press, 2007), Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America, (NYU Press, 2005) and the International Journal of Africana Studies. Dr. Morris is currently working on a book about the Mississippi based, civil rights organization Womanpower Unlimited.
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