NEWS ADVISORY / CULTURE DESKS AND BOOK DESKS NYU’s Faculty Resource Network Will Host bell hooks and Manthia Diawara at Morehouse College Two renowned scholars – bell hooks, of the City College of New York and the City University Graduate Center, and Manthia Diawara, of New York University – will read from their most recent works at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. The reading is being sponsored by NYU’s Faculty Resource Network, an acclaimed faculty development consortium (including 13 historically black colleges and universities) in which over 3,500 college and university professors have participated.

The program – which will be moderated by Beverly Guy-Sheftall of Spelman College – will take place at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 5, 1999 at Sale Hall, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. The readings will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion period, and later a book signing.

Prof. hooks – one of the leading black feminist thinkers and writers – is the Distinguished Professor of English at the City College of New York and the City University of New York Graduate Center. She will read from Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work (1999).

Prof. Diawara – a noted filmmaker and scholar and the director of NYU’s Africana Studies Program and its Institute for Afro-American Affairs – is a professor of comparative literature and film at New York University. He will read from In Search of Africa (1998).

Both books reflect on the authors’ personal stories – their “writings from the heart” – through the prism of their scholarly interests. The discussion period is expected to focus on the works as well as Africa and the African Diaspora; black women’s histories, lives, and writings; and the academy and popular culture.

Media coverage is invited. The event is free and open to the public.

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