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Dean B. Ellis Library's 'Soul of A People'
lecture series slated
Sept. 18, 2009 --
As part of the Dean B.
Ellis Library program,
of A People: Voices from the Writers' Project,"
Dr. Linda Lovell, associate
professor of English at Northwest Arkansas Community College, will
Arkansas Slave Narratives on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. in the
Dean B. Ellis Library's third-floor programs/exhibitions area.
During the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed hundreds
of ex-slaves in a project known as the Slave Narratives. These
American slave narratives were gathered in 1940-1941--80 years after
the outbreak of the Civil War--by interviewers of the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), a program of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.
Arkansas, the effort was headed by Bernie Babcock, a local author
and founder of the museum that would become the Arkansas Museum of
Discovery, and administered out of the former WPA's headquarters at the Old
State House, which now is home to the
Old State House Museum.
The Arkansas interviews are particularly noteworthy for their
candor, a testament to the ability of the interviewers to put their
subjects at ease. As part of Dr. Lovell's lecture, ASU Theatre students Freddie Fulton and Bridget Bolton will do readings from the
narratives. The event is free, and the public is invited.
events have included lectures by
Dr. Michael Dougan,
professor emeritus, History; many other ASU professors will be
featured lecturers throughout the project.
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch,
History, is the project scholar.
For details, call
April Sheppard, chair,
library programs, at ext. 3077, or view the
program schedule through
Sunday, Nov. 1.
The Dean B. Ellis
Library at Arkansas State University is one of
30 libraries nationwide that received a $2,500 grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present different
outreach programs in connection with the upcoming documentary, “Soul
of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project.” The Dean B. Ellis
Library is working in collaboration with the Craighead Country
Jonesboro Public Library to bring quality humanities and historical
programming to as wide an audience as possible. Events at both
libraries are free and open to the public.