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‘Eternal Encounters: Blackness in the White Mind’

March 10, 2008

On March 26 at noon, English professor Frances Gray will discuss “Eternal Encounters: Blackness in the White Mind” at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

“Richard Wright and Toni Morrison have cited in their work the fundamental problem of America’s failure to deal with racism and racism’s consequences on white America, in both American society and in American literature,” Gray said. “My brief study of Joseph Conrad’s ‘The Nigger of the Narcissus,’ John Howard Griffin’s ‘Black Like Me,’ and Michael Herr’s ‘Dispatches’ examines how these white writers see the face of the black man in these extraordinary stories.”

Where: Room LR 256, Loudoun Campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, VA 20164

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Bev Blois, 703-450-2503 or

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