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Columbia professor to discuss author Hurston at Solarium lecture

January 24, 2014 12:00 AM
Columbia University Associate Professor John McWhorter
Columbia University Associate Professor John McWhorter will discuss Zora Neale Hurston at Flagler College’s Solarium on Feb. 8.

Columbia University Associate Professor John McWhorter will discuss author and former St. Augustine resident Zora Neale Hurston at Flagler College’s Solarium on Feb. 8.

McWhorter, who teaches English and Comparative Literature, is a contributing editor for The New Republic and has been a contributing editor at The Root.com and City Journal as well as a columnist at The New York Sun and The New York Daily News. He earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University.

The language specialist has also been a guest on “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report,” “Bill Moyers Journal,” “Jim Lehrer News Hour” and “Good Morning, America” and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Ebony, and The Wall Street Journal.

McWhorter’s lecture, “Zora Neale Hurston: Ahead Of The Curve Then And Now,” will take place at 3 p.m. in the Solarium of Ponce de Leon Hall, 74 King St., St. Augustine, Fla.

The program is free, and the public is cordially invited.