Barnard College Launches New Black Biography and Memoir Series for 2004-2005

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NEW YORK

Barnard College will a present a year-long authors' series, "Writing Black Lives," during 2004-2005 to show case significant Black writers and figures of African descent through biography and memoir. The series will feature noted author Michael Eric Dyson (Sept. 13) reading from his acclaimed books about the lives of legendary singer Marvin Gaye and rap impresario Tupac Shakur; a new interpretation by Jean Pagan Yellin (Oct. 26) of the life of Harriet Jacobs, whose memoir of slavery is a modern classic; Alexis De Veaux (March 29), who recently published the long-awaited first biography of Audre Lorde, visionary Black feminist poet.

The series is organized by Dr. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, the scholar, author and national radio show book host, who is director of Barnard's Africa and African Diaspora Studies program. This multidisciplinary approach charts the history, politics, cultures and literatures of Africa in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe.

"The goal of the series is to further strengthen Barnard's already strong offerings of writers and thinkers by bringing in some of the people doing the finest work about Black lives. …