The 2019-2020 Common Read Selection: And It Begins Like This by LaTanya McQueen

The 2019-2020 Common Read Selection: And It Begins Like This by LaTanya McQueen

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Fall 2019 Common Read events announced

Penn State Altoona is pleased to announce events for the 2019-20 Common Read book And It Begins Like This by LaTanya McQueen.

McQueen's collection of essays weaves together historical and genealogical research, folklore, Biblical passages, literary theory and criticism, and personal memory to examine the legacy of slavery and its relationship to black female identity in contemporary America.

Common Read events for the 2019-20 academic year include the following:

  • Where it Began: Uncover Your Family History
    Monday, September 9, 4:30–5:30 p.m., 202 Eiche Library
    Bonnie Imler, Library Director, Robert E. Eiche Library
  • Families in Historical Contexts
    Tuesday, September 17, 3:05–4:15 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center
    Faculty members Lauren Jacobson, Heidi Manfred, Jessica Degol, and Kelly Munly
  • The Science of Skin Color: A Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, September 24, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center
    Faculty members Esther Siegfried, Roselyn Costantino, and Karyn McKinney-Marvasti
  • The History of  Former Slaves Existing and Thriving in Central PA
    Thursday, October 3, 12:15–1:15 p.m., 202 Eiche Library
    Harriett Gaston, minority programs counselor in the Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • Footnotes to History: Speaking Truth to Power
    A Creative Writing Workshop based on And It Begins Like This
    Tuesday, October 8, 6:00–7:30 p.m., 134 Hawthorn Building

    Professor Todd Davis
  • Getting to the Root: The Role of Personal Discovery in Creative Nonfiction
    A presentation by Common Read author LaTanya McQueen
    Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center
  • Finding and Redefining our Names: The Writing Commons Writing Workshop
    Friday, October 18, 1:25–2:15 p.m., Writing Commons, 127 Eiche Library
    Jeannette Lang, assistant teaching professor of English and women's, gender, and sexuality studies, director of the Writing Commons
  • A Discussion about Theatricalizing And It Begins Like This
    Wednesday, October 23, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Titelman Study, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
    Assistant Teaching Professor Naomi Baker and student actors
  • Theatre Performance: And It Begins Like This
    Adapted for the stage by Naomi Baker
    Thursday and Friday, October 24–25, at 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    Wolf Kuhn Theatre, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
  • You Say You Want a Revolution: Student Protest at Penn State in the 1960s
    Tuesday, November 5, 4:35–5:30 p.m., Titelman Study, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
    Professor Jerry Zolten
  • The Indecent Legacies of Perverse Power: Black Women Write Their Bodies into Our Story
    Tuesday, November 12, 9:05–10:20 a.m., Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center
    Professor Roselyn Costantino and students of Women Studies 106N
Contacts: 

Marissa Carney