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Prominent author to visit campus

Author Pearl Cleage will speak Wednesday, March 2nd in the Ward Theatre of the UTC Fine Arts Center at 8:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Sponsors include the SunTrust Humanities Chair, Women's Studies, the English Department, Speakers and Special Events, the University Honors program, and the Connor Professorship.

“Cleage's novels, Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do (Ballantine), What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (Harper Perennial) and I Wish I Had a Red Dress all seem to follow an innocent romance scheme as traditional as the marriages that close a Jane Austen novel,” said Dr. Craig Barrow, Connor Professor of American Literature. “Like a George Bernard Shaw, however, Cleage educates while she entertains.”

Cleage has been a featured participant in the Southern Writers Conference. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, Cleage’s first novel, was chosen for inclusion into Oprah Winfrey’s television book club.

“Cleage is not overwhelmed by the problems of her characters and the societies they live in; instead, she seems to see any problem as one that can be addressed and perhaps solved. Cleage is the antithesis of fatalism; optimistic pragmatism might describe her philosophy,” Barrow said.

Cleage will also speak earlier on March 2nd in Dr. Marcia Noe's drama class at 2 p.m. in Holt 307. Noe is teaching one of Cleage's plays this semester, "Flyin' West".

February 18, 2005

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