• UWA to host Black Belt Symposium on April 8

    Posted: April 03, 2014

    Author: Gena Robbins

     The University of West Alabama's Department of Languages and Literature and the Center for the Study of the Black Belt host the Black Belt Symposium on April 8 at 2 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

    Lila Quintero Weaver, author of the graphic novel Darkroom: A memoir in Black and White, will host a reading and discussion of her work followed by a book signing. The novel has been called “an arresting and moving personal story about childhood race and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author.”

    Aside from the reference to the illustrations, the description of Weaver’s book doesn’t sound that different from others tackling a similar topic. That is until one learns that Weaver and her family emigrated in 1961 from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Marion, Ala., in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt when she was five.

    Weaver, a Latino girl who was neither white nor black witnessed firsthand the inequalities of American culture, while struggling to fine her own place in her newly adopted country.

    According to Dr. Lesa Shaul, Director of the Honors Program, “Weaver’s book is truly stunning.”

    Earlier in the day, Weaver will address Dr. Gerald Jones’ students in EH 310, The Graphic Novel, to discuss the process of graphic writing.

    The Black Belt Symposium is a co-hosted by the University of West Alabama’s Department of Languages and Literature and the Center for the Study of the Black Belt. For more information call (205) 652-3828 or visit www.centerforblackbelt.org.

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