Books & Bridges: Featuring Kristin Matthews

Jan 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Weller Book Works presents the next in the Books and Bridges discussion series! On Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 PM, we welcome Kristin Matthews as she speaks on "Literature, Democracy, and Race in Cold War America"!

Kristin Matthews, Professor of English at Brigham Young University, will discuss a chapter in her book “Reading America: Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature.” African Americans have a unique history with literacy. Long denied by slavery and long seen as the path to freedom, the act of reading carried different implications for African Americans still bearing the weight of racial prejudice after WWII. Matthews examines how African American educators, activists, and writers questioned the ideology undergirding reading initiatives during the Cold War and contested the ways those initiatives maintained the racial status quo. In his award-winning novel "Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison explores the relationship between reading and power, demonstrating how such power can be used to either liberate or control, and offers a mode of reading that encourages imagination and self-determination. A Q&A session and refreshments will follow.

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.

This event is made possible with support from Books & Bridges, Weller Book Works, and Utah Humanities.

Weller Book Works

607 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City , UT 84102-2827
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Event Contact:

Nathan Nielson
(801) 403-9631