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Banning Beloved: The Impact of Toni Morrison’s Fiction on American Literature
September 24 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us as Dr. Sandra Cox of Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of English discusses the life and legacy of Nobel laureate and Pulitzer-prize winning author Toni Morrison, who was also the first African American woman to hold an endowed professorship at an Ivy League university. It is believed that Morrison, as an author and an editor, changed how American fiction is publish, written, and read by broadening the perspectives that fiction presents on cultural history and literary aesthetics. Dr. Cox will address the numerous challenges to the inclusion of Morrison’s novel Beloved in high school curricula, especially in the state of Missouri, as a means of investigating the larger impact of the novel on how young people grapple with the history of racial injustice in the United States. *Space is limited and registration is required.