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MLK/Common Reading Programming: Black Boy Joy and Memoir Writing Strategies

Joint MLK/Common Reading programming continues this week with two talks. Tonight at 6 p.m., Education faculty member Amir Gilmore will present “Sustaining the Joys of Black Boys and Young Men in a World against ‘The Black.'” This talk will highlight Gilmore’s research on approaches to creating territories where Black boys and young men can flourish.

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On Thursday, February 4, at 4:30 p.m., English faculty member DJ Lee will present “How Not to Be the Hero of Your Own Story: The #1 Rule of Memoir Writing.” Drawing on Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime and other successful memoirs, Lee will offer strategies for how to tell your own story honestly while creating a genuine self your reader can relate to. Lee also brings her own experience writing memoir, including her recently published book Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots.

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Both talks are open to all and are part of a full series of programming connected to issues raised in this year’s Common Reading, Born a Crime.

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