Cascia celebrates Zora Neale Hurston, an African American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker; her most popular work was the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Catherine Sims, English Department Chair, counts her as one of her favorite authors and gave an enlightening talk on the life and work of Ms. Hurston during chapel services on Thursday. The following is an excerpt from her speech:
"Today, Zora’s work is widely taught at the high school and university level in both English and anthropology departments. We read her novel that I quoted from earlier, Their Eyes Were Watching God, in the Advanced Placement Literature course at Cascia. And as someone who once said, 'Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.' Surely, Zora would be pleased with the renaissance in her popularity and the scholarly attention that is now given to her work."