The Politics of Zora Neale Hurston

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Tess ChakkalakalTess Chakkalakal, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College, is the last in our series of podcasts from our October, 2009 event: Looking for Zora: The Many Lives of Zora Neale Hurston. This one day event explored the life and lasting work of Hurston, an anthropologist with a literary sensibility. Chakkalakal led an interactive lecture entitled, The Politics of Zora Neale Hurston and its Resonance Today which closed the day discussing the political context of Hurston’s most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Professor Chakkalakal’s lecture was part of the Looking for Zora symposium which took place on October 17, 2009 in Pettengill Hall at Bates College. This program was made possible through the We The People initiative, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.