February 15, 2024
Black History Month Speaker - 6 PM "Zora Neale Hurston: The Founding Mother of American Musicology"
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Come celebrate Black History Month with us as Dr Panayotis League presents Zora Neale Hurston: The Founding Mother of American Musicology.
Zora Neale Hurston is universally renowned for her brilliance as a novelist, but her importance as a pioneering folklorist and ethnographer is routinely overlooked. This presentation examines Zora’s life and legacy from her training in cultural anthropology to the pioneering fieldwork she conducted in the 1930s. Focusing on her ethnographic masterpiece Mules and Men, this presentation explores her work among African American musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida, showing how Zora’s research was decades ahead of her time and inspired generations of scholars and artists.
This Florida Talks Program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Lake Wales Library Association. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sponsored by Lake Wales Library Association, Florida Natural Growers Foundation, and the Jahna Foundation.