Con­tact: John Natale at 617–373-2802

What: The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Women’s Studies Pro­gram will launch its 2007-​​08 “Gender Mat­ters at North­eastern” lec­ture series this Thursday. The series will fea­ture dis­tin­guished guest speakers from North­eastern who spe­cialize in the con­ver­gence of gender, race, class, eth­nicity, and religion.

Who: Carla Kaplan, Northeastern’s Davis Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Amer­ican Lit­er­a­ture, will give the series’ first lec­ture, dis­cussing themes from her forth­coming book, “Miss Ann in Harlem: the White Women of the Black Harlem Renais­sance.” Kaplan is noted for her work on nov­elist and anthro­pol­o­gist Zora Neale Hurston, a promi­nent voice on African Amer­ican cul­ture during the Harlem Renais­sance. Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun will pro­vide opening remarks.

When: Thursday, Feb­ruary 8 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Where: The John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Institute’s Cabral Center in West Vil­lage F, located on 40 Leon Street, Boston.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Lihua Wang, PhD at 617–373-4984 or l.​wang@​neu.​edu. Co-​​sponsored by Northeastern’s Eng­lish and African-​​American Studies depart­ments, the Gender Mat­ters at North­eastern lec­ture is free of charge and will be fol­lowed by a short reception.

About the Speaker: Carla Kaplan is a Pro­fessor of Eng­lish and Women’s Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. She has pub­lished four books, most recently “Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Let­ters,” which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and was listed as a notable book of the year by The New York Times. She is a member of the Los Angeles Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties, has been a National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties fellow, and is cur­rently a fellow at the Schom­burg Center for Research in Black Cul­ture. Kaplan will also hold a Guggen­heim fel­low­ship and a fel­low­ship at Har­vard University’s DuBois Insti­tute for African and African Amer­ican Research during the 2007–2008 aca­d­emic year.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.