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Mockingbird Grows Up: Rereading Harper Lee Since Watchman

March 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Rereading Harper Lee

Mockingbird Grows Up: Rereading Harper Lee Since Watchman
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Zoom

Join editors Cheli Reutter and Jonathan S. Cullick for a talk and Q&A discussion on their book, Mockingbird Grows Up: Re-Reading Harper Lee Since Go Set a Watchman Came Out (UT Press, 2020).

Cullick and Reutter will discuss the value of reading, teaching, and engaging in community conversations about Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and her hidden gem, Go Set a Watchman. They will trace the provenance of the novels, consider the joy, inspiration and harm of To Kill a Mockingbird, and propose new ways for teachers, students, and community readers to approach Harper Lee in the era of Black Lives Matter. Ultimately, they conclude that studying both of Harper Lee’s works is timely.

Jonathan S. Cullick is Professor of English and past Chair of the English Department at Northern Kentucky University. A former middle school language arts teacher, he supervises student teachers and offers courses in the methods of teaching high school writing and literature. He is the author of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men: A Reader’s Companion (University Press of Kentucky, 2018). In 2019, the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English named him College Teacher of the Year.

Cheli Reutter is Associate Professor-Educator of English at University of Cincinnati, specializing in American and African American literature and medical humanities. A Fulbright scholar in 2006, she co-edited Crisscrossing Borders in Literature of the American West in 2009, and has published on race, gender, disability and nation in US literature. Director of medical humanities at UC, she is a winner of her department’s Teaching Excellence Award and is active in outreach in high schools and community organizations in greater Cincinnati.

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is a proud co-sponsor of [email protected], Northern Kentucky University’s annual lecture series.


March 16, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm