Tue, July 13, 2021 7:00 P.M.
Join us for a virtual reading group of The Quest of the Silver Fleece by W.E.B. Du Bois. This book discussion group meets on Zoom on July 13, 20, 27, and August 3rd and is open to everyone. You will be given a copy of the book to keep. On a later date, we will conclude with a lecture from a notable Du Boisian scholar.
In The Quest of the Silver Fleece, Blessed "Bles" Alwyn is a young black man seeking a formal education to improve himself in the early twentieth century. He is captivated by Zora, a vivacious, independent black woman who lives on the edges of society in a mysterious Alabama swamp. Faced with shocking events in Zora's past and ambivalence about how a black man should integrate into American society, Bles pursues his goals and ends up in Washington to assist on a senator's campaign. While in the city, he meets successful African Americans—and falls in love—but he ultimately recoils from the hypocrisies they must endure in order to be accepted in society. Instead, he is compelled to return to Alabama and Zora, where he must face his greatest challenges and fears.
The instructor Divya Nair received her Ph.D in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021; she also holds an M.A and a B.A in English. Divya has taught at UPenn, Temple, CCP, Widener, and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She has lived in Philadelphia for the past twelve years. She likes to write, read, cook, paint, sing, worship, travel, listen, and meet new people, not necessarily in that order.
This event is free but you need to register at duboisforall.eventbrite.com The zoom link will be sent to you before the first class. Tell a friend and join together!