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130131_dt_community01bThe Bethune-Cookman University Department of English will host a Zora Neale Hurston conference Feb. 1 at the Larry Handfield Music Annex, at 10:20 a.m.  The keynote speaker is Valerie Boyd, a writer, professor of journalism, and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia.  She is the author of “Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of  Zora Neale Hurston.’’

This first conference is dedicated to the memory of Hurston, national folklorist who grew up in Eatonville and taught at Bethune-Cookman in 1934 under the leadership of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the school’s founder.

The conference celebrating Hurston’s accomplishments will feature literary performances, student academic papers, writing contests, and a writer’s workshop.

For more information, contact Mary Corliss, Assistant Professor of English, 386-481-2362.

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