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B-CU Culminates the Inaugural Zora Neale Hurston Annual Writer's Conference

On Friday, February 1st the B-CU School of Arts and Humanities will culminate the Zora Neale Hurston Annual Writer's Conference. Valerie Boyd, a writer, professor of journalism, and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia will address conference attendees.

The first conference is dedicated to the memory of folklorist, anthropologist, and author Zora Neale Hurston. Zora Neal Hurston taught at Bethune-Cookman under the leadership of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1934 and the conference celebrates her many accomplishments.

"The Zora Neale Hurston Writer's Conference provides B-CU students conference planning experience and exposure to a national author,” said Dr. Edmonson Asgill, Department of English Chair. "This University has added to the literary history of this country and we are educating our students to be the next generation of authors, educators and leaders.”

Event:  Zora Neale Hurston Annual Writer's Conference

Date:  Friday, February 1, 2013

Time:  10:20AM

Location:   Larry Handfield Music Annex
Bethune-Cookman University
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Access:  Free – Open to the campus community and general public

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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