Trudier Harris, one of the most distinguished literary scholars of our time, will share her knowledge at Virginia Tech as part of the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week.

Harris will deliver a lecture titled "Ever-Elusive Literacy: It Hugs Us, Then Runs, Hides, and Jumps Out to Shock Us" Feb. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in McBryde Hall Room 129, located at 225 Stanger Street.

To attend the in-person event, register through this link.

The lecture is one of several Humanities Week events scheduled for Feb. 7–11. The programs will celebrate 150 years of the humanities at Virginia Tech and are part of the university’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Harris is a University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama. Her lecture will draw on literature, science, culture, rhetoric, and film across time and languages. 

Harris has authored and edited more than 20 books, including “Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals”; “Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison”; “Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature”; and “The Oxford Companion to African American Literature.”

Since Harris began working in higher education in 1973, she has lectured widely throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Germany, France, Canada, Jamaica, Spain, Italy, England, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. 

Harris was previously the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To learn about and register for more Humanities Week events, visit the Humanities Week webpage

Virginia Tech Humanities Week Events