Naviaux gives presentation at CLA convention


May 2, 2023

Julie Naviaux, a Slippery Rock University assistant professor of literatures, languages, cultures and writing, presented her research at the College Language Association Convention last month at Emory University in Georgia. Her presentation, titled “Raging Battles: Jesmyn Ward and Colson Whitehead Teach to Prejudice Past and Present,” focused on how college students react to reading two novels, Ward’s “Salvage the Bones” and Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys,” and how those texts about past racism in the South are used to better understand the present.

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