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Illuminating Harlem Renaissance: Jazz [More with Laura Courtney Headley in the Fall] (Closed)

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Toni Morrison’s "Jazz" is a novel unlike any other. It is written in the style of a jazz performance: the different voices taking it in turn to tell their stories, just as the saxophone, trumpet, and drum each has its moment on the stage. It is a tale of passion and jealousy, slavery and liberation, sex and spirituality. It is a story about what it means to be a man, a woman, what it means to be African American, and what makes us all human. In this four-part series, we’ll explore the story and get to know the characters. We’ll use the setting to learn about the Harlem Renaissance and experience the music and art that inspired both the style of the novel and the people of its time.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Thursdays, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23 *10:00am - noon* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Laura Courtney Headley has a master's degree in English rhetoric, and a bachelor's degree in comparative religion and philosophy. She has taught courses in literature, reading, and writing at Santa Clara University, San Diego State University and Monterey Peninsula College. A frequent community educator, she offers classes on the humanities with an emphasis on literature and folklore.