FAMU’s 13th Annual Spring Literary Forum: “Elwood’s Tallahassee: Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys”

FAMU's 13th Annual Spring Literary Forum: "Elwood's Tallahassee: Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys"

This year, Florida A&M University’s 13th Annual Spring Literary Forum places The Nickel Boys, an award-winning novel (Pulitzer Prize 2020) by Colson Whitehead, at the center of our discussions on literature and culture.

Start Date

Feb. 25, 2021

Time

09:30 am
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This year, Florida A&M University’s 13th Annual Spring Literary Forum places The Nickel Boys, an award-winning novel (Pulitzer Prize 2020) by Colson Whitehead, at the center of our discussions on literature and culture.  In The Nickel Boys, Tallahassee and a fictitious site that resembles the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna are the novel’s primary settings. The novel’s protagonist, Elwood Curtis, is a bright, idealistic teenager who resides in Tallahassee’s Frenchtown in the 1960s.  Our speakers—scholars, Tallahassee residents, and other guests—will engage in thought-provoking conversations about Elwood’s world in Jim Crow Tallahassee: Emancipation Day, Frenchtown, FAMU’s civil rights legacy, and the Dozier School for Boys.  Join us for a day of enlightening remembrances from people who experienced some of the events noted in Whitehead’s stirring novel about class, race, social justice, redemption, and the loss of innocence in the Jim Crow South.

PARTNERS:  Department of English and Modern Languages  (FAMU)| Literary Guild (FAMU) | College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (FAMU)| Office of the President (FAMU)| Quality Enhancement Program (FAMU) | Office of Communications (FAMU) | B Sharp’s Jazz Club | New Image Christian Center | John G. Riley Center and Museum | St. Eugene Catholic Mission and Student Center

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