Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Virtual Book Club Features "The Human Stain" by Philip Roth


Black Americans, Jewish Americans:

Racial and Ethnic "Passing" in Literature and the Struggle to Belong


The Human Stain by Philip Roth & Passing by Nella Larsen


Virtual Book Club in June


Presented in partnership with the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the

New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee, and the

Rutgers University Libraries–New Brunswick



SESSION ONE: Wed., June 5, 7:00 p.m.

Led by Donavan L. Ramon, Assistant Professor of English, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and 2023 Bildner Visiting Scholar

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk--the secret that he has kept for 50 years--would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.



Free and open to the public


SESSION TWO: Wednesday, June 26, 7:oo p.m.

Passing by Nella Larsen


Learn more and register here for Session Two.



Presented in conjunction with the interdisciplinary symposium "Black Americans, Jewish Americans: Historical Intersections, Collisions, and Passings" and made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.




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