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Speaking of Social Justice featuring Jesmyn Ward

Join us for the 3rd annual Speaking of Social Justice, Maconda Brown O'Connor Distinguished Lecture featuring Jesmyn Ward, Author of Men We Reaped.

The Speaking of Social Justice, Maconda Brown O’Connor Distinguished Lecture brings authors of books selected from the Dean’s Summer Social Justice Reading Series to the University of Houston. Books are chosen that explore issues in keeping with our College’s vision of achieving social, racial, economic, and political justice, local to global. The books and accompanying lecture speakers are selected to heighten our sense of awareness and spark the conversations necessary to achieve real and lasting change.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT


Waldorf Astoria Ballroom - Hilton University of Houston Hotel
4800 University Drive
Houston, TX 77004
Parking: Hilton University of Houston Hotel Garage


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About the Author 

Jesmyn Ward grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.