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SANFORD, Fla.(Jan.  22, 2020) –  Seminole State College of Florida’s Speaker Series, in partnership with the Zora! Festival of the Arts and Humanities, will present Dr. Kinitra Brooks who specializes in the study of black women, genre fiction and popular culture, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University and is the author of “The Lemonade Reader: Beyoncé, Black Feminism and Spirituality.”

Dr. Brooks will discuss how Beyoncé embodies the conjure woman in her iconic audiovisual work Lemonade as a contemporary revision of Zora Neale Hurston’s groundbreaking study of conjure and its place in black women’s spirit work.

The free event will be followed by a reception and book signing.

  • When: Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Building C, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Is this Lemonade Organic? Placing Beyoncé in Zora Neale Hurston’s Legacy in Conjure Feminism

Seminole State’s Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial. For more information, please call 407.708.2776. To view a list of previous speakers at Seminole State, visit

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