FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229

 NOTED AUTHOR TO SPEAK October  27 AT HCC

BRIDGEPORT -- Jennifer Baszile, author of the book The Black Girl Next Door, will speak at Housatonic Community College Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The author, who was the first black female professor to join Yale University's history department and has been named one of the "Thirty Leaders of the Future" by Ebony magazine, will explore how incidents of racial and cultural intolerance are both perceived and internalized by its targets. Further, she will discuss how those challenging experiences can be used to positively fortify and shape individual character, as well as create opportunities for leadership.

 Baszile’s presentation draws on The Black Girl Next Door, and her experiences as the first African American woman to teach history at Yale University.

The book, which has been called a “powerful, beautifully written memoir,” addresses the coming of age of a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.

A deeply personal view of a significant period of American social history, The Black Girl Next Door deftly balances childhood experiences with adult observations, creating an illuminating and poignant look at a unique time in our country's history.

The event, which begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Events Center in the college’s new Beacon Hall, is free and open to the public.

 
 

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Anson C. Smith
Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229
Fax 203-332-8558
E-mail:asmith@hcc.commnet.edu