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Nov. 17: Fall colloquium series continues

FREDERICK, Md.—A talk that draws on literature written by people of the African diaspora, scheduled for Nov. 17, is the next event in the fall colloquium series for the Hood College Center for the Humanities.

Sangeeta Ray will present “The Black Diaspora and Minority Literatures” at 6:30 p.m. in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center Hospitality Suite. The talk will focus on the relationship between race and gender in literatures from the Black diaspora, revealing connections between writers from Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. and showing how the category of minority literature troubles our understanding of multiculturalism.

Participants are encouraged to read the short essay “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid prior to the lecture. The essay is available at hood.libguides.com/colloquium/events.

Ray, a professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She teaches Anglophone postcolonial and world literature, U.S. minority literature and environmental literature. She is currently interested in postcolonial reading practices and the relationship between aesthetics, ethics and politics in literature from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

She has published two books, “En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives” and “Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In other Words.” She coedited “A Companion To Postcolonial Studies” and the three-volume “Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.” She has published widely in key journals and given many talks nationally and internationally.

Ray has served as president of a few divisions in the Modern Language Association, has been the president of the Cultural Studies Association and served on the supervisory board of the English Institute.

The fall colloquium series will wrap up Dec. 2 when Timothy Fritz presents “The Borderlands Gospel: Diverse Religion and Community in the Early South.” Fritz is an assistant professor of history at Mount St. Mary’s University.

For more information on Ray’s colloquium, contact Katy Fulfer at 301-696-3211 or fulfer@hood.edu.