Florida Tech Speaker Explores Zora Neale Hurston’s Death

– As part of Florida Tech’s Humanities Lecture Series, Dr. Lisa Perdigao, assistant professor of
humanities, will present “Seen from the Angle of Her Death: Revisiting Zora Neale Hurston’s Burial Plot” on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. She will look at how author
Alice Walker exhumes Hurston’s once-buried work and critical reputation.

Perdigao will analyze how Walker responds to Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) and to Hurston scholarship. Walker, in “Looking for Zora,”
describes the process of finding and marking Hurston’s grave; also, in Walker’s poetry, prose and novel, The Color Purple (1982), Walker re-examines
Hurston’s burial plot.

The presentation, open and free to the public, will be on campus in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room.

For more information, call (321) 674-8072.

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