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UCF is celebrating renowned author of African-American literature and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. Leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Zora festival in 2019, UCF students will be able to attend events that commemorate the writer. Information regarding events will continue to be added. 

Upcoming Events

ZORA! Festival

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival that honors Zora Neale Hurston. 

CAAR (Collegium for African American Research) Conference

January 30-February 2, 2019

The College of Arts and Humanities will host the biennial CAAR Conference. 

Madam C. J. Walker’s Legacy of Leadership, Activism & Education

February 19, 2019

A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C. J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer, examines Walker’s legacy as a trailblazing entrepreneur, activist and educator.

Reading and Q&A with novelist Anna Levi

February 04, 2019

Trinidadian-Grenadian writer Anna Levi’s debut novel, Madinah Girl, teaches creative writing at St. George’s University in Grenada and is completing her second novel.

Event Spotlight

“When an African-American family wakes up White one morning, they have three days to determine if they will return to their cultural roots or stick with the new skin that they are in. ” This is the premise for UCF graduate student Jason Gregory’s new TV pilot, which stemmed from his film thesis. The pilot will be aired on January 28, 2019, during the Zora! Festival at various times. For more information, click here

“It’s a show based on cultural identity and what is at risk of being lost.”

Jason Gregory (UCF Today)

Read more about what Jason Gregory had to say about his current project. 

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Zora Neale Hurston Scholars