Duke University professor to reflect on ‘A Life in Letters’

Karla Holloway

Duke University professor Karla F.C. Holloway will speak on campus March 4 as part of this year’s Lorwin Lecture series.

Her talk, “From Fact to Fiction: A Life in Letters,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Ford Lecture Hall at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Holloway is the James. B. Duke Professor Emerita of English and Law at Duke University, where her research and teaching have included African American literary and cultural studies, bioethics, gender and law. She is the author of nine books of scholarship, memoir and fiction, including “Passed On: African American Mourning Stories,” “BookMarks: Reading in Black and White – A Memoir,”  “Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics” andLegal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature.”

Northwest University Press says that in her recent novel, “A Death in Harlem,” Holloway “weaves a mystery in the bon vivant world of the Harlem Renaissance” and takes readers “to the sunlit boulevards and shaded sidestreets of Jazz Age New York.”

This year’s Lorwin Lecture series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. The Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is funded by a gift from Val and Madge Lorwin to the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law.