the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBw) presents:

Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present and Future

A National Endowment for the Humanities Virtual Summer Institute on the works of Zora Neale Hurston to take place July 11-30, 2021.

About the Institute

Learn more about the fundamental questions posed by contemporary Hurston scholarship and how those questions inform the Institute.

Institute Faculty

Get to know the team of faculty who will lead the Institute’s multidisciplinary exploration of Hurston’s life and work.

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Find out the eligibility requirements for the Institute, the financial support provided and the application process and deadlines.

January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo and Vodou. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.

Zora Neale Hurston

Recent News

Happy Birthday Zora – ZORA! Festival

The 32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston® Festival of the Arts and Humanities opens with a virtual birthday party in honor of the 130th Birthday of famed Eatonville native and Harlem Renaissance writer, fo…

Unwinding podcast
Ayesha Hardison on KU’s Unwinding Podcast

Examining our past can provide clues on how to avoid problems we’ve already encountered. For Zora Neale Hurston scholar and associate professor of English and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies …

The Living Legacies
The Living Legacies

// Tuesday, July 13, 2021 // 2:30 – 3:45pm CST // Location TBD // A panel of national scholars will discuss ongoing recovery projects on Zora Neale Hurston and new projects devoted to sustaining her…

Film Screening and Discussion
Film Screening and Discussion

// Wednesday, July 21, 2021 // 2:45 – 4:45pm CST // Location TBD // Deborah Plant, who has published three books on Hurston and served as editor of Hurston’s posthumously released Baracoon, an…

Poker! and Woofing
Poker! and Woofing

// Friday, July 23, 2021 // 6:30-8:00pm CST // Location TBD // Nicole Hodges Persley, Associate Professor in the KU Departments of American Studies and African & African American Studies and Artis…

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