The Big Read kick off

By Stephanie New-Johnson
Posted February 4, 2016

The Big Read kick off

Last Thursday launched the Big Read featuring Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. More than 100 students, faculty and community members attended the event, which included the opening of the Gordon Parks Gallery’s Guiding Lights exhibit, an artist’s panel discussion moderated by Seitu Jones and the keynote address: Hurston as High Priestess: Their Eyes and the Hieroglyphs of African American Culture presented by John S. Wright, PhD.

Watch the archived keynote address:

The next event is a screening of the movie Their Eyes Were Watching God at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302, Saint Paul Campus. To see more events, visit libguides.metrostate.edu/metrobigread.

4612John Wright, Ph.D., Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota delivers the keynote address, “Hurston as High Priestess: Their Eyes and the Hieroglyphs of African American Culture” at The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. John Wright, Ph.D., Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota delivers the keynote address, “Hurston as High Priestess: Their Eyes and the Hieroglyphs of African American Culture” at The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. Metropolitan State Provost Ginny Arthur, speaks to attendees and introduces the keynote speaker at The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. Metropolitan State Provost Ginny Arthur, speaks to attendees and introduces the keynote speaker at The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. John Wright speaks with Seitu Jones, artist and guest curator of the Guiding Lights: Inspired by Folklore and Literature exhibition at The Gordon Parks Gallery. John Wright speaks with Seitu Jones, artist and guest curator of the Guiding Lights: Inspired by Folklore and Literature exhibition at The Gordon Parks Gallery. Metropolitan State Provost Ginny Arthur greets John Wright, Ph.D., before The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. Metropolitan State Provost Ginny Arthur greets John Wright, Ph.D., before The Big Read kick-off event Jan. 28, 2016 at the Saint Paul Campus Library. BigReadKickoff_05BigReadKickoff_06BigReadKickoff_07BigReadKickoff_08Artist Seitu Jones introduces a guest panel of speakers including Jordan Hamilton, Chrys Carroll, Loretta Day and Christopheraaron Deanes. Artist Seitu Jones introduces a guest panel of speakers including Jordan Hamilton, Chrys Carroll, Loretta Day and Christopheraaron Deanes. Gordon Parks Gallery director Erica Rasmussen introduces the the guest panel of speakers including Jordan Hamilton, Chrys Carroll, Loretta Day and Christopheraaron Deanes. Gordon Parks Gallery director Erica Rasmussen introduces the the guest panel of speakers including Jordan Hamilton, Chrys Carroll, Loretta Day and Christopheraaron Deanes.