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October 30, 2003 Print this page

Acclaimed Writer Lorene Cary to Be Keynote Speaker
at La Salle University Panel on “The African-American Family”

Acclaimed writer Loren Cary, author of The Price of a Child, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s forum on “The African-American Family” on November 5th. The event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public at the University’s Dan Rodden Theatre. Ms. Cary will stay after the event for a book-signing and reception.
A Philadelphia native, Cary gained attention for her first book, Black Ice, a memoir of her years as a student, then teacher, at St. Paul's, an exclusive New England boarding school. It was chosen as a Notable Book for 1992 by the
American Library Association. Her 1995 novel, The Price of a Child, is set in pre-Civil War Philadelphia and was inspired by a true story of an escaped slave. Last year, the book was selected for the “One Book, One Philadelphia” project, a regional plan to promote reading and literacy by turning Philadelphia and its suburbs into a book club.

The event is part of the University’s Social Work Department’s continuing education workshops for social workers, mental health professionals and the general public. (Licensed social workers receive continuing education credit for attending the workshop.)

“We wanted to present a perspective on the African-American family that was linked into popular literature,” said Dr. Bonni Zetick, a professor of social work at La Salle. “For myself, the fact that the book takes place in Philadelphia, and mentions things such as Dock Street and the Delaware River, makes her appearance even more appealing.”

(Lorene Cary appears through DPK & Associates, Inc. Funding for the event has been provided by the Joseph and Sally Handleman Charitable Trust and by the La Salle University Concert and Lecture Series.) For more information call 215-951-1108.

Also appearing on the panel will be Yvette Lassiter, M.S.W., a La Salle University social work graduate who is an adoption supervisor with the Women’s Christian Alliance in Philadelphia; Dr. Judith Musser, a professor of English at La Salle University; and Melvena Trusty, a social work student at La Salle. Moderating the discussion will be Brother Brian Henderson, F.S.C., Director of St. Gabriel’s Hall, a juvenile center run by the Christian Brothers, the order that operates La Salle University.

Cary was graduated from St. Paul's School in 1974 and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. She won a Thouron Fellowship for British-U.S. student exchange and studied at Sussex University. She has received Doctorates in Humane Letters from Colby College in Maine, Keene State College in New Hampshire, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

In 1998, she founded Art Sanctuary, a non-profit lecture and performance series that brings black thinkers and artists to speak and perform at the Church of the Advocate, a National Historic Landmark Building in North Philadelphia.

Currently a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a 1998 recipient of the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cary has lectured throughout the U.S.