Faculty Lecture Series to explore recovering Kate Chopin’s fiction

November 24, 2014

Penn State Shenango will continue its 2014-15 Faculty Lecture Series with instructor of English Angela Pettitt and Kent State University adjunct instructor Bonnie James Shaker, who will be speaking about their recovery of a lost and forgotten work by American author Kate Chopin. Pettitt and Shaker will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in Sharon Hall, Room 105, on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to teaching English at Penn State Shenango, Pettitt is the coordinator of the campus Learning Center. She received her master’s degree in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. Her expertise and interests vary widely and include addressing the needs of underprepared and non-traditional students as well as examining race, gender and class construction in media and pop culture. Pettitt’s current article, "'Her First Party’ as Her Last Story: Recovering Kate Chopin’s Fiction” was co-written with Shaker, who was a former professor at Youngstown State University.

Chopin authored two novels and more than 100 short stories around the turn of the 20th century. The majority of her fictional writing was on the lives of intelligent, sensitive women and was published in such well-known periodicals as Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Young People and the Youth’s Champion.

For more information about this lecture or topic, contact Pettitt at 724-983-29ll or alp21@psu.edu.

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