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Robert Hemenway
Robert Hemenway
Hall Center Research Fellow and former KU Chancellor

"Jump at the Sun: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston"
Public Symposium

Tue., Oct. 6, 2009, 6:30pm
Location: Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th Street, KCMO
Before the Federal Writers' Project (FWP), Zora Neale Hurston was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance and published her masterwork Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) while researching ethnology in Haiti. In April 1938, she became an editor for the Florida edition of the American Guide series and supervisor for the Negro unit of the state FWP. The Library of Congress retains several songs and oral histories Hurston recorded during her brief tenure. Though she died impoverished and obscure, her works influenced a generation of writers, including Alice Walker.

Hemenway is University of Kansas Chancellor emeritus and a research fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities. He is author of Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, an important contribution to the critical reassessment and public rediscovery of Hurston.

*This event is presented by the Kansas City Public Library and co-sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities.
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