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Saint Xavier University to Host Author Ronne Hartfield

Book discussion to be held April 14

CHICAGO (April 7, 2005) – Saint Xavier University will host author Ronne Hartfield, as she discusses her book, “Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Bishop Quarter Room of the Byrne Memorial Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ronne Hartfield is a senior research fellow in religion and art at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and an international museum consultant. She is the former Women's Board Endowed Executive Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago and former executive director of Urban Gateways: The Center for Arts in Education. 
Spanning most of the twentieth century, Hartfield's book celebrates the special occasion of being born and reared in a household where miscegenation was the rule rather than the exception – where being a woman of mixed race could be a fundamental source of strength, vitality and courage. 

Sara Lightfoot Lawrence, author of “Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer,” said of Hartfield’s book, “A poignant powerful and soulful narrative, Another Way Home captures the layers of life, the mixing the cultures, the crossing of boundaries, and the complex history of Day Shepherd, a mulatto women – born at the turn of the last century – who looked white and lived colored.  Blending the imagination of a storyteller, the heart of a poet, the lens of a social historian, and the devotion of a daughter, Ronne Hartfield weaves an inspiring intergenerational tale of an American family; a tale of ambition and compassion, anguish and hope; a tale filled with welcome warmth and earthy humor.”

The April 14 event is sponsored by the African-American Studies Program, the Art & Design Department, the Center for Religion and Public Discourse and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

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