Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Colby College, is the second 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. Gilkes’ lecture, entitled, Worlds in their Mouths: The Mighty Anthropology of Zora Neale Hurston’s Novels explored how Hurston used novels to report her studies of the lives and cultures of Southern Blacks at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Professor Gilkes’ 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.