In Her Eyes: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison has been challenged or banned by school districts across the country over a dozen times since 2000. It has appeared on the American Library Association’s Top Ten Banned Books lists in 2006, 2013, 2014, 2020, and 2021. Published in 1971, Morrison’s debut novel tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young Black girl growing up in Lorraine, Ohio in the 1940s. It is a poignant story that is as relevant in 2022 as it was 50 years ago. Yet why do some people want this young adult novel removed from bookshelves? That is the question we will explore and discuss in this course.

Course Recordings:

Class 1 - April 14, 2023

Class 2 - April 21, 2023

Class 3 - April 28, 2023

Class 4 - May 5, 2023

Venue: online
Meets on: Fridays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 4/14/2023
Sessions: 4
Class Size: 28
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: 3 - 5 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Diane C. Thompson holds a MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University, an MLS in Library Science, an MFA in Creative writing, and an MA in African American studies. She has over 15 years of experience as an adjunct writing instructor.