As part of September’s Big Read events at East Georgia State College, a series of lectures will be held discussing Ernest Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying. The Big Read, Small Talk lecture series will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 with “Gaines: A Cultural Perspective,” presented by Dr. Ren Denton, Assistant Professor of English at EGSC. Beginning at 1 p.m., this lecture will discuss the implications of A Lesson Before Dying on social culture from the Jim Crow era to today, including the Black Lives Matter movement.
The second Big Read, Small Talk lecture will be presented by Dr. Jeffery Howell, Assistant Professor of History at EGSC. “Life Under Jim Crow: 1890-1940” will explore the lives of African Americans during the Jim Crow era in the American South and discuss the impact this had on the lives of the characters in Gaines’s novel. This talk will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
The September 28 lecture has been canceled.
All lectures in this series will be held at the Luck F. Gambrell Building auditorium on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus and are open to students, faculty, staff and the entire community free of charge. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities during the Big Read celebration this September.