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Preface- Reading Program: 2017

A guide for all Preface Novel Libguides

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward. Green Border

The Fire This Time

Preface Events

Wednesday, September 13, CLC Ballroom, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“ ‘What’d I Say’: Words, Race, and Rage”

Dr. Carmen Harris, Professor of History

Thursday, September 21, CLC Ballroom, 6 p.m to 7 p.m.

“Invisible Woman? One Black Woman's Leadership Struggle”

Dr. Shelia Counts, Adjunct Instructor of English

Wednesday, September 27, CLC Ballroom 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Loving and the Color Line: Cross-Racial Families and African American Studies”

Dr. Colleen O’Brien, Associate Professor of English, African-American Studies, and Women’s Studies

Thursday, September 28, CLC Ballroom, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Keynote Address

Rev. Eric S. C. Manning, Senior Pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina

Thursday, October 5, CLC Ballroom, 6p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Building a Better Future Together”

Panel led by Mr. Michael D. Brown, President of NAACP-Spartanburg

Thursday, October 12, URC Greatroom, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


2017 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture. A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami.

Thursday, October 17, CLC Ballroom, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Hidden…Fences?: Diversity Behind the Camera”

Ms. Latracey McDowell, Adjunct Instructor of English