Paine College Hosts Inaugural Frank Yerby Symposium

Posted by lsuggs | 02/5/2013 07:59 AM

(Augusta, GA)—The Paine College School of Arts and Humanities will host the Inaugural Frank Yerby Literary Symposium. The Yerby Symposium will begin on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, and conclude on Friday, February 15, 2013.  The theme of the symposium is “Locating Yerby.”

On Wednesday, February 13, you are invited to a screening of the “Foxes of Harrow” in the Odeum of the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6 p.m.

A faculty and student symposium will be held on Thursday, February 14 at 9 a.m. at the Yerby House.

Finally, on Friday, February 15, a panel discussion will be led by Dr. Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas and Dr. James L. Hill of Albany State University at 9 a.m. in the Candler Memorial Library Building.

Frank Yerby is one of the most prolific African American novelists, having written over thirty books. Frank Yerby's book, Foxes of Harrow, was made into a major motion picture, which won an Academy Award. Frank Yerby was a member of the Paine College Class of 1937.

“This Symposium will not only reintroduce and reinvigorate the study of Frank Yerby as a literary scholar, but it will also make great strides in demonstrating the importance of Paine College and the Augusta community’s influence in Frank Yerby’s writings,” said Anthony Neal, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. “With this purpose in mind, we at Paine College, specifically the Department of Humanities, hope to influence a new generation of literary genius through this event!”

All events are free and open to the public and held on the campus of Paine College

For more information about the Inaugural Frank Yerby Literary Symposium, please contact Anthony Neal at (706) 396.7601 or

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Photo caption: Paine College School of Arts and Sciences presents the Inaugural Frank Yerby Symposium, February 13-15, 2013 on the campus of Paine College.