Sankofa Film Series presents: Zora Neale Hurston - Jump at the Sun

25 March 2014

Recognized for showcasing inspirational documentaries, the Sankofa Film Series presents “Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun,” Friday, April 18 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center.

The final program of this series begins at 6:15 p.m. and includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments for all guests. Following the film, Dr. Addell Austin Anderson will lead a brief discussion on the documentary.

“Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun” is an insightful documentary on the life, research and literary contributions of the late writer. Born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, Hurston was the fifth of eight children. She began her undergraduate studies at Howard University where she would later earn het associates degree. In 1928 she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology at Barnard College and furthered her studies in anthropology as a graduate student at Columbia University. She traveled to Jamaica and Haiti after receiving the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, where she conducted ethnographic research. The book, “Tell My Horse” was based on her accounts of fieldwork while studying African culture. During the mid-1930’s Hurston collaborated with Langston Hughes on the critically acclaimed book “Mules and Men.” However, her most famous novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was included on TIME Magazine’s list of 100 best English language novels in 2005. Hurston died on January 28, 1960 but her legacy continues as one the most affluent literary writers in African American History.

About the speaker: Dr. Addell Austin Anderson is the Director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center. In this role, she oversees operations and is responsible for partnerships with the Detroit Center. Dr. Anderson earned a B.A. in Business and Economics at Kalamazoo College; a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in Theatre from Michigan State University. She maintains an appointment as an adjunct Professor of the Humanities for Wayne County Community College District. Prior to these positions, she served as AmeriCorps Director at the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center and Executive Director of the Woodward Heritage Organization. Dr. Addell Anderson has also directed more than two-dozen plays at academic and professional theatres.

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is located on the first floor of Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue (next to Orchestra Hall). For more information on the event, contact the Detroit Center at / 313-593-3584