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To Kill a Mockingbird, Disability and Literature Book Group

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 19:07
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Let's really talk about the power of language . . .

. . . in Art Access' Disability and Literature Book Group. The goal of this book group is to investigate how and why people with disabilities have been depicted in literary texts and to consider the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions.

In partnership with the Utah Humanities Council's Book Festival, we will be offering two separate sessions to discuss Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: Wednesday, September 26th or Wednesday, October 3rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The discussion will be led by Susan Anderson, former editor of the Art Access newsletter.

Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to appear on almost every "must-read" list to this day. Most readers praise Harper Lee's novel for tackling racial and gender inequality issues and for questioning the concept of "justice" in America. Importantly, however, the book also features characters with disabilities (for example, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley and the Barber sisters). We concur with the editors of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, that "introducing disability as a critical category produces fresh and provocative readings of literary traditions."

This event is FREE and open to the public, but is limited to 15 registered participants in each session. We expect this program to fill up fast, so don't delay. A limited number of books are available FREE from Art Access and may be kept by the participant. (Because we anticipate many participants already own this book, we request that our copies be reserved for readers who don't have other access.)

Each session of the book group will meet at Art Access, 230 South 500 West, Suite 125. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, please contact , or call 801-328-0703, option 3. Please specify if you are registering for September 26th or October 3rd.

The Art Access Disability and Literature book group will read and discuss three books each year that confront disability issues. This year we will consider characters with disabilities in classic works of fiction. In future years, we will examine disability memoir, characters with disabilities in young adult and children's literature, disability poetics, local writers and disability, and disabilities issues in contemporary fiction. Stay tuned!

This program has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life's most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience.


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