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Collin Presentation Delves Into Race, American Literature

March 3, 2006 - The latest installation of the Study Grant presentations at Collin County Community College District (Collin) will look into early American literature and race.

"Readings in Black and White: The Discourse of Race in Early American Literature" will be presented by English professor Lisa Roy-Davis at 2 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus, room K236. The campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Roy-Davis' inspiration for her Study Grant presentation came from teaching an Early American literature survey class that covers writers from 1400-1865. While reading and discerning these texts, her students consider how a number of competing issues like race, gender and class emerge as issues for Americans from the very beginning of the nation through today.

For her research, Roy-Davis read a list of texts covering the issue of race in early-American literature and studied the evolution of the discourse of race and its historical context in the literature of the day.

The Study Grant program supports independent study of significant issues within the faculty member's discipline or collateral fields, according to Collin history professor David Cullen.

Other Study Grant presentations include:

- Friday, April 28 - Joan Jenkins - "Chaotic Christianity: Readings in the History of Early Christianity"

- Friday, May 5 - Kyle Wilkison - "Plain Folk: Politics and Culture in the New South".

Participating faculty are provided a stipend equivalent to two three-hour credit courses to do their research in addition to teaching classes and meeting all other contractual obligations. In total, the college has awarded 44 Study Grants.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.