The Black Love symposium celebrates the 80th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was published September 18, 1937 during the Harlem Renaissance. This occasion, along with the novel’s continued significance for readers across generations, inspires this symposium’s commemoration of Hurston’s book as well as its recognition of black love broadly.

Although black love has been demeaned and denied historically, the symposium affirms its centrality and considers all of its expressions within black lives. The symposium draws on the themes of Their Eyes Were Watching God to explore the importance of black relationships, families, and communities in the contemporary moment. Keynotes, panels, and other events explore the social, cultural, and scholarly legacy of Hurston’s classic work. The symposium is free and open to the public.

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