Purdue News

September 23, 2004

Purdue lecture series features African-American scholar

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Literary critic Hortense Spillers will speak about "The Problem of Black Culture" at 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 30) in Purdue University's Krannert Auditorium as part of the Leonora Woodman Lecture Series.

Spillers, an English professor at Cornell University, has been called an influential voice in African literary and cultural criticism. She is best known for her race-centered approach to psychoanalytic theory and her essays on the relationship between race and gender.

Her 1993 collection of essays, "Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture," addresses such issues as the effect of migration on the black cultural experience and the African-American sermon.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, should be of interest to anyone interested in literary, cultural, African-American, American and women's studies. Spiller's talk is jointly sponsored by Purdue's Department of English , African-American studies, American studies, women's studies, and the School of Liberal Arts.

Spillers is the ninth Woodman lecturer in the series, which started in 1997 to honor Leonora Woodman, who played a central role in the development of the Purdue rhetoric and composition graduate program. Woodman, who died in 1991 after 15 years at Purdue, was nationally known for her publishing and teaching in American literature.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765)494-2432, news.writer@purdue.edu

Source: Margaret S. Morris, Leonora Woodman Lecture Series Committee, (765) 497-3554, msmorris@purdue.edu

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