This January and February the Lander Library presents a new documentary series called Our Human Family. What are the common elements of being human? Every person lives, dreams, thinks, hopes, struggles, grows, and dies. Appreciation, sympathy, and respect for each are possible despite differences in culture, philosophy, and personal choices.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Lander Library continues the documentary series Our Human Family this Thursday, January 30th in the Carnegie Room with a screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am beginning at 6:30 pm.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature, and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

TONI MORRISON was born in Ohio and received a B.A. in English from Howard University and a Master of Arts from Cornell. She began her career in 1965 as an editor at Random House. In 1970, she published her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” and since then she has gone on to publish ten other best-selling and highly acclaimed works of fiction, including “Sula,” “Tar Baby,” “Paradise,” “Song of Solomon,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Beloved,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1996, she was honored with the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. And in 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Please join us each Thursday, January 2-February 20 at 6:30 pm in the Carnegie Room for a variety of human stories from here at home and around the world.

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