For release: October 10, 2012
For press information, Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
Katherine Bassard, professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, will
discuss her latest book, Transforming Scriptures: African-American Women and the Bible, on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture and book signing at 6:30.
The event is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.
Bassard’s book delivers the first sustained treatment of how African-American women
writers have engaged with the Bible. It examines not only how the Bible initially
inscribed black women as “cursed” victims, but also how African-American women writers
have recast the Bible into an instrument of blessing. She reads the lives of the writers,
too, from Maria Stewart and Harriet Jacobs to Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison.
Their encounters with the Bible were transformational; these writers were shaped and
reshaped by the scriptures.
The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis will present
this Naseeb Shaheen Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the Department of English.
The Marcus Orr Center is dedicated to bringing together students, graduates, faculty,
and the broader Memphis community for events that promote richer, deeper conversations
about significant issues.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Program in African and
African-American Studies, and the Center for Research on Women. It is made possible
by Public Service Funds from the U of M.
More information about this event and the Orr Center’s programs is available online
at www.memphis.edu/moch, or from Orr Center Director Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520 or email@example.com.