Book Discussion Prepares Community for Presidential Symposium

English Instructor Fran Lassiter will lead a public discussion of the book Soulcatcher by Dr. Charles Johnson on Feb. 9 from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in the Central Campus Bookstore in Blue Bell.

The discussion will prepare participants for the second annual Presidential Symposium on April 1 from 12:30-2 p.m., during which Dr. Johnson will speak on “The Freedom to Read,” an exploration of the historical struggle for literacy and the freedom that is gained through reading. The symposium will take place in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus, and is free and open to the public.

Soulcatcher is a collection of 12 original short stories that depicts events in African American history. Based on the PBS series “Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery,” the stories are written in a mix of literary formats, give fascinating glimpses into the impact of historical events on individuals.

Johnson is described as a poet, philosopher, novelist, teacher, cartoonist, screenwriter and essayist. His writing, which includes the National Book Award winning novel Middle Passage, braids history, philosophy and artistry to show how the power of the past shapes the present. His engaging style draws the audience into an unforgettable dialogue.

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