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    Historical Scholarship Through Fiction

    Authors Beverly Lowry, Harriet Tubman: Imagining A Life; Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name: A Novel; and Lorene Cary, The Price of a Child: A Novel analyzed slavery through fictional…

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    American Writers Montage

    Video clips from C-SPAN’s American Writers series were shown as part of an extended promotion for the re-air of part of the series.

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    William F. Buckley, Jr. Interview

    In an excerpt from the American Writers program, “Writings of Kirk and Buckley,” William F. Buckley, Jr. was interviewed at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He…

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    Rep. Meehan on Kerouac

    Rep. Meehan talked about the influence of Jack Kerouac and his writings on Lowell, Massachusetts. Rep. Meehan also grew up in Lowell.

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    Discussion of Jack Kerouac

    As a part of “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac,” students at Lowell High School, where Kerouac went to school, discussed Kerouac’s writings. Winners of last fall’s…

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    Jack Kerouac Writers in Orlando

    Mr. Kealing talked about the Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project that is housed in the Orlando apartment where Jack Kerouac lived with his mother before the publication of On the…

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    Interview with Jack Kerouac's Agent

    Mr. Lord talked about his experiences as Jack Kerouac’s agent.

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    Class Discussion of The Fire Next Time

    At the high school where James Baldwin attended, a class of students discusses Baldwin and his book The Fire Next Time.

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    Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss

    Mr. Hiss talked about his father, Alger Hiss, and the impact of the Chambers-Hiss perjury trial. Historical photographs were shown.
    He was interviewed in New York City on May 21,…

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    Jim Irsay Interview

    Mr. Irsay is the new owner of Jack Kerouac’s original On the Road “scroll.”

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    Ayn Rand and Hollywood

    Mr. Britting’s talk was titled, "Ayn Rand and Hollywood: Soviet Film School to The Fountainhead".

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    Ayn Rand and Communism

    From the Harmony Gold Theater the panelists discussed the topic, “Ayn Rand, Communism and the Hollywood Blacklist.”

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    The Relevance of The Fountainhead in Today's World

    Panelists discussed the impact of Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy and the prospects for its continued influence. They focused on her novel The Fountainhead.
    This panel,…

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    Shelby Foote on Faulkner

    Mr. Foote talked about the writings of William Faulkner and his view of the South.

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    The Grapes of Wrath and Migrant Workers

    At a forum titled “The Grapes of Wrath and Today’s Migrant Farm Workers,” participants explored John Steinbeck’s influence and reflected on the past and current…

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    Steinbeck's Cannery Row

    Mr. Hemp talked about Cannery Row in Monterey, John Steinbeck’s novels, and Steinbeck’s treatment of labor issues during the Great Depression.

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    Influence of Ernie Pyle

    Dean Brown discussed Ernie Pyle’s legacy at Indiana University.

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    Ernie Pyle and War Reporting

    Mr. Cronkite spoke about news reporting in World War II, the journalism of Ernie Pyle, and his experiences as a correspondent.

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    Hemingway and Fitzgerald

    Mr. Plimpton talked about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway, their relationship through their correspondence, and a stage performance adapted from their letters.

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    Zora Neale Hurston Hometown Tour

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured author Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Florida and talked to residents about the town and her experiences there.

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