Soul Of A People Writing America’s Story 1/22/10

Friday, January 22, 7pm
SOUL OF A PEOPLE: WRITING AMERICA’S STORY—Director Andrea Kalin and WPA Writer’s Program writer Stetson Kennedy lead a conversation following the screening of the documentary Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story (2009, USA, Smithsonian Channel, Andrea Kalin, 85 min, b&w/color, DVD), narrated by Oscar-nominee Patricia Clarkson and featuring the voices of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Richard Ford along with best-selling novelists Reynolds Price, John McBride, and Amy Bloom. Soul of a People tells the story of the Federal Writers Project, one of the most controversial yet influential programs in our country’s history, which put to work thousands of unemployed writers including Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever. Co-sponsored by Alvin Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University, a joint-use facility between Nova Southeastern University and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners; National Endowment for the Humanities; American Library Association; Spark Media, Smithsonian Channel; and Florida International University’s English and History departments. Free.
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