Mobley to Lead Literature Teachers in Seminar on ‘Beloved’

Posted: July 26, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Marilyn McKenzie
Marilyn Mobley

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, associate provost for educational programs and associate professor of English and African American studies, will conduct a seminar on Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” on July 28 as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored literary institute.

Seventeen literature teachers from around the world will be in the Washington, D.C., area for four days, and the seminar at George Mason leads their Washington itinerary. “The Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary Literature” began June 26 in Kentucky and continues through Aug. 8. The University of Louisville is operating the institute.

The group, which includes two scholars from India and one each from Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Serbia-Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam and the West Bank, has also traveled to San Francisco and Cincinnati.

Funded through a $300,000 State Department grant, the program includes seminars, films, tours and cultural events in the four cities. Mobley’s seminar on “Beloved” is designed to increase participants’ understanding of the effects of slavery.

Mobley, who is the former president of the Toni Morrison Society and a society advisory board member, says of Mason’s participation, “Given current global affairs and our commitment to global education, I’m honored to have this opportunity to host this group of literature professors from around the world.”

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