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Book Launch: Sherman Houston, Winner of the MLA Thesis Award

September 30, 2019

Book Launch: Sherman Houston, Winner of the MLA Thesis Award

The first MLA Showcase Lecture at the Broadmoor Library this semester features Sherman Houston, whose thesis on Mahalia Jackson won the inaugural MLA Thesis Award. This Award, funded by grants from the Noel Foundation and the LSUS Faculty Research and Development Committee, includes a $500 cash prize, assistance rewriting the thesis for a general audience, and publication.

During the Showcase Lecture (6.00-7.00 p.m., Monday, October 7), Mr Houston will share his lifelong passion for Mahalia Jackson and discuss the ways in which her career as a musician enabled her to become influential in the Civil Rights Movement. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase after the Lecture, which is free and open to the public.

As well as talking in the MLA Showcase Series, Mr Houston will also appear as a History Now speaker at the upcoming HARK Festival, on Saturday, October 12. His talk is scheduled for 1.00 in the UC Theater. Again, signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The other speakers in the History Now series are Julie Stackhaus and Sarah Greene Hamer, both current MLA thesis students. Ms. Stackhaus will be speaking at 11.00 about Jelly Roll Morton and the need to preserve Shreveport's musical heritage. Ms. Hamer, who is a local historian and a creative writing instructor in addition to being an MLA student, will talk at 12.00 about writing historical romance and will introduce her new anthology Forever and Always, a collection of short stories set in a Victorian mansion in Shreveport. Copies of this anthology will also be available for purchase.

The HARK festival runs from 10.00 to 4.00 on Saturday, October 12. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, please see the HARK website.

 
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