Thursday, October 8, 2015

University of South Alabama Common Read

With the choice of his book, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, as the 2015-16 Common Read book for the University of South Alabama, Frye Gaillard has begun a year’s worth of campus programming on the history and legacy of the civil rights movement – conducting readings and campus-wide discussions, hosting visiting speakers, and delivering guest lectures in multiple classes. Gaillard’s Writer in Residence position at the university also includes public programming throughout Alabama and the South, discussing his books and issues of importance. In the past three months, he has been a part of programs in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia, with readings and discussions from Cradle of Freedom; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir; Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters; and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music.