Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the Provosts Distinguished Womens Lecture, titledThe Idea of Black Culture,at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 (Tuesday) in the auditorium of McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Spillerstalk will examine the complexities of the African Diaspora, which embody a rich synthesis of cultures from the site of the Americas.
The author ofBlack, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture,Spillers also has edited two volumes,Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern TextandConjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition.She earned her doctoral degree from Brandeis University.
A series of campus events on the lectures theme are planned in conjunction with the lecture, including an art exhibit,Afro-Latino/as and the Americasin McKenna Halls Galería America through Oct. 15; an exhibit on the first floor concourse of the Hesburgh Library through Sept. 12 and continuing on the second floor Sept. 16 to Nov. 30; and a lecture and gallery walk titledBlacks, Art and the AmericasSept. 10 (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.
The Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture Series encourages innovative forms of interaction between highly regarded women visitors and Notre Dame faculty, students and administration. Spillersvisit and related events are also sponsored by the Department of English, Institute for Latino Studiesand the Institute for Scholarship and the Liberal Arts.