|Michelle Hawley and Lauri Ramey of the English Department will be featured speakers at Re-mapping ÂAmericanÂ Community: Representing Bodies, Space, and Place.
by the American Communities Program, this seminar will explore the ways
in which and to what ends space and place are individually and
communally represented, embodied, and performed in American culture.
The event will feature presentations by Cal State L.A. professors Lauri
Ramey (English), San San Kwan (Theater Arts and Dance), and Michelle Hawley (English).
Professor Ramey's presentation, "Body, Space and
Place in The African American Spirituals,"
investigates how the spirituals enabled the slave-poets to
transform their physical experiences into a conceptual
space where they could build a sense of community,
individual identity and hope. Professor Hawley's
presentation, "There is No Place Like Home: The
Geography of Multicultural Picture Books," examines
how a new generation of authors have created narratives of
multi-ethnic community life that challenges the idealized
homes portrayed in classic American children's fiction.