Humanities New York Readings and Discussion Series: Place and Story: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

Join in a series of readings and discussion as together we’ll explore the ways in which humans and the natural world co-exist within the context of American environmental myths past and present. Through a combination of fiction and memoir, we’ll consider the ways our relationship to landscape transcends borders, politics, race, and socio-economics--and the ways in which it brings inequities into sharp relief.

FacilitatorKelly McMasters, Assistant Professor of English + Director of Publishing Studies, Hofstra University


The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

Growing up on his family’s land in South Carolina, the author fell in love with the subtle beauties of the natural world around him--and grew up to be one of the lone Black men in a predominantly white field.


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Presented by Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of English

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.


This event is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020           

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.  

Location: Virtual Event

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Fall 2020 Series:

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8 p.m.               Speaking of Nature by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8 p.m.             A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8 p.m.        Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30-8 p.m.        Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here by Akiko Busch

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-8 p.m.           Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Tuesday, October 27, 2020



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