Alice Walker: Zora Neale Hurston Lecture - Presented by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Center for the Education of Women

Topic Areas: Special Events

November 5, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Thank you for attending this wonderful lecture!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and activist, Alice Walker, to Hill Auditorium to deliver the 20th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Lecture. As the 2014 guest lecturer, Ms. Walker will explore social justice issues from her unique womanist and black feminist perspective. Bringing scholarship and activism together, Ms. Walker will also reflect on the complementary missions of DAAS and CEW.

The Zora Neale Hurston Lecture at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies honors Hurston, the most prolific African-American woman writer of her time, who brought to life the power, richness and complexity of black cultures for many readers.  

Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated award-winning author, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies. Walker is best known for The Color Purple, the 1983 novel for which she won the Pulitzer Prize—the first African- American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, though (in her opinion) not the first African-American woman to deserve it.

Along with the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Walker’s awards and fellowships include a Guggenheim Fellowship and artist-in-residence at Yaddo and the McDowell Colony. In 2006, she was honored as one of the inaugural inductees into the California Hall of Fame. In 2007, her archives were opened to the public at Emory University. In 2010 she presented the keynote address at The 11th Annual Steve Biko Lecture at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and was awarded the Lennon/Ono Peace Grant in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Major funding for this 2014 lecture is provided by CEW’s Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

CEW also thanks premier anniversary sponsor, TIAA-CREF for its support of CEW’s Anniversary events.

Special thanks to our University of Michigan sponsors:

Department of American Culture
Department of English Language & Literature
Helen Zell Writers’ Program
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Institute for the Humanities

International Institute
Rackham Graduate School
School of Information
Department of Theatre & Drama
Women's Studies Department


Please note: This event is free and open to the public, however registration is requested for planning purposes. There are no tickets for this event, and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. We recommend that you arrive early to guarantee your seat.

Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at Hill Auditorium.

Parking: Limited general public parking will be available for $5.00 on a first-come, first served basis at the U-M blue lots located on Thayer St (Section 2H-I on map) and Fletcher St (Section 2K-L on map) structures after 5:00 pm.

For Fletcher Structure, please use lower ramp after 5 pm for parking.

Click here for Map of U-M Central Campus and Parking.