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Intercultural Book Circle: The Underground Railroad
Start Date: 10/31/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/31/2018End Time: 1:00 PM

Event Description

The next meeting of the Intercultural Book Circle will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m. in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch Street) for a discussion of “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Lunch will be served and, as always, the first 30 people to RSVP to jkrohn@drexel.edu can claim a free copy of the book.

A synopsis follows:Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Contact Information:
Name: Jesse Krohn
Phone: 215.571.3839
Email: jkrohn@drexel.edu
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James E. Marks Intercultural Center
3225 Arch Street
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