Connecting Lines:Building Empathy Through Literature

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Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL says
Why Literature Matters and How Reading Leads to Empathy
A Reading and Lecture Series presented by Dr. Pearl A. McHaney
Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature at Georgia State University

In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring 2017. Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in how we are different but how we are the same and that literature provides the thinking and actions that are being called for. The texts she will present include young adult, adult, and crossover novels. The lectures will be suitable for general audience, young people, parents, and teachers. Attendees could read the books or not. Pearl will be bringing the texts to light in how the authors and their characters see other worlds, recognize and work with difference, make decisions, learn empathy.

Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm. Free and open to the public.

January 11: Introduction: Why Literature Matters and How It Develops Empathy

February 1: African American Young Men in Jails and Wars: Walter Dean Myers’ Monster, Fallen Angels, Sunrise over Fallujah

March 1: Gangs, Bullies, and Difference: The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton), Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian (S. Alexie), Wonder (R. J. Palacio)

March 29: Choices and Their Consequences: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (M. Twain) and The Giver (L. Lowry)

April 19: Individuals and Communities: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Beloved

If you would like more information on the lecture series, please listen to Pearl's interview with Lois Reitzes on City Lights!
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By: Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL

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