The UTC Department of English, in partnership with the Connor Professorship of American Literature, present Take Five: five free lectures by UTC faculty focused on Multi-Ethnic American Literature. Each lecture is open to the public and will take place in the Chattanooga Rooms, University Center from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments are included.

  • January 19   Dr. Aaron Shaheen Dessa Rose, Sherley Williams
  • February 16 Dr. Lynn Purkey How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
  • March 1   Dr. Clif Cleaveland Enemies, Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • March 22 Dr. Greg O’Dea Tracks, Louise Erdich
  • April 5  Dr. Verbie Prevost The Space Between, Thrity Umrigar

Arlie Herron, George C. Connor Professor of American Literature, began a Summer course in 1992 focused on American Literature, with the hopes of creating an environment where UTC students and members of the community could join in discussion of the works presented by our faculty.

Department head and UC Foundation Professor of Spanish, Lynn Purkey, is excited to be a part of the Take Five lecture series.

“The topic this year is multicultural America and, as a Spanich professor, I immediately thought of presenting a work that would highlight the contributions of Latino writers.” Purkey continued, “Julia Álvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents is fascinating novel. It deals with ethnicity, race, and gender, providing a glimpse into the complicated issue of race relations in Latin America, as well as the cultural clashes between recent immigrants and US society.”


For more information contact Verbie Prevost at


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