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Indiana University Professor to Present Bollinger Lecture

Annual lecture defines the line of color

Chicago (Feb. 6, 2006) – George B. Hutchinson will present Saint Xavier University’s Bollinger Lecture titled “In Search of Nella Larsen: An Archaeology of the Color Line” on Thursday, Feb. 23. The Eighth Annual lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room located on the Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hutchinson, Indiana University’s Booth M. Tarkington Professor of Literary Studies, will speak about the color line as lived through the life of Nella Larsen. His book, “In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line,” will be published in May 2006 by Harvard University Press. 

“To write the life of Nella Larsen is to write a biography of color line culture by way of what that culture hides,” Hutchinson said. Larsen is considered a literary star of the Harlem Renaissance of the late 1920s and 1930s. Born to a white mother and an African-American father, she was always set apart from her peers. According to Larsen’s own work, the “division of black from white depends upon the invisibility and silence” of an individual. 

This annual lecture honors the memory of Dr. Evangeline Bollinger, a beloved professor of Saint Xavier University for nearly 30 years. In 1996, the Department of English and Foreign Languages established the lecture to commemorate her life and service to the university.

This year’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, and the African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs. For more information, contact the Saint Xavier University English and Foreign Languages Department at (773) 298-3231.


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