The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will be hosting guest lectures from two authors in February and March.
On February 10, OUMA welcomes author Jenn Shapland to speak about her new book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers. In it, Shapland interweaves her own history with McCullers’s to create a fascinating portrait of the renowned novelist and to underscore the importance of storytelling in our own identities. She won the 2019 Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism, and her essay “Finders, Keepers” won a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Currently, she teaches as an adjunct at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” is her first book.
On March 30, OUMA welcomes author Jennifer Renee Blevins to discuss her new book, Limited by Body Habitus: An American Fat Story. Blevins’s debut memoir recounts her experience living with the emotional and psychological struggles of taking up space in a fat-phobic world. Blevins adeptly weaves the tale of her father’s gastric bypass surgery and subsequent prolonged health crisis with the environmental catastrophe of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Blevins looks to each of these events as a “leak” of American society’s pitfalls and shortcomings. Jennifer Renee Blevins holds a BA in English and Theatre and an MA in English from Wake Forest University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina, where she is a PhD candidate in American Literature.
Both authors will be in conversation with OU Professor Jessica Handler, author of The Magnetic Girl.
These events are free and open to the public.