One Read and “To Kill a Mockingbird” Events

“Roots of Racism”
Dulany Auditorium—7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3
History Professor Gary Kremer, an expert in black history, will present the “Roots of Racism.” His talk will be a presentation on the ways in which racism has manifested itself in Missouri over the past two centuries, from slavery, through the segregation era, down to today. Professor Kremer will also talk about the institutions and cultural traditions that African Americans have created in Missouri over the past two centuries to deal with the negative consequences of racism.

Documentary: “Oh Freedom After While”
Library Auditorium—7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9
History Professor Gary Kremer will lead a discussion after the showing of the film “Oh Freedom After While.” It is a documentary film on the 1939 Sharecroppers’ Protest in the Missouri Bootheel. The protest occurred when thousands of sharecroppers, black and white, walked off of the plantations in Southeast Missouri and camped along two major highways in the region. It focused national attention on Missouri for some months.

Artists’ Perspectives of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, mid-September
Professor Terry Martin and his studio art students will examine the use of symbolism in painting history. Students will write a reaction paper in response to “To Kill a Mockingbird” and produce conceptual images (drawn, photographed or computer generated) to serve as the basis for a painting. Paintings will be displayed in the Corridor Gallery when completed. The art center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will also be open the evening of Sept. 29 for the Fulton Gallery Crawl.

“Roots of Racism II”
Dulany Auditorium—7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16
The Rev. C.W. Dawson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and adjunct professor and coordinator of multicultural affairs at William Woods, will present a follow-up from the Black perspective to the Sept. 3 program by Professor Gary Kremer.

Tuesday Night at the Movies: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Library Auditorium, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30
English Professors Walter Renaud and Sarah Riddick, who team-teach a course on the history and development of film, will lead a discussion before and after the showing of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is considered a movie classic.

Lecture by Claudia Durst Johnson
Dulany Auditorium, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1
Claudia Durst Johnson, the foremost academic expert on “To Kill a Mockingbird” and professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama, will discuss the issues of race, censorship, stereotyping and heroism portrayed in the book. Drawing on extensive research, Johnson will share key insights into the novel’s historical and biographical contexts, its place in American literature and its critical reception.

“Movies and Mental Illness”
A One-Read Encore Presentation in conjunction with the President’s Concert & Lecture Series
Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11
Examine the fascinating world of psychopathology as Fulbright Senior Scholar, professor and author, Danny Wedding, Ph.D., MPH, delves into its mysteries. Through the use of popular films and film characters, Wedding explores the portrayal of mental illness and addictions as seen on the big screen. The presentation is an innovative and intriguing approach to the exploration of abnormal psychology.