HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 8, 2016 – High Point University will begin the spring installment of the Phoenix Reading Series by hosting author and scholar Dr. Alexandra Schultheis Moore at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Moore will talk about the growing field of human rights and literature. She will demonstrate the kind of work it entails by discussing the ideologies of torture and indefinite detention revealed in Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s “Guantanamo Diary.”
“Never has the issue of human rights been more salient than today,” says Alison Walker, instructor of English, who is coordinating Moore’s visit to HPU. “With global powers debating the rights of immigrants and refugees and political conversations threatening to abolish civil discourse entirely, we need voices such as Dr. Moore’s to elucidate a more empathic perspective. Dr. Moore’s work confirms our need for human connection in an increasingly fractured world.”
Moore, associate professor in the department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaches classes focusing on human rights issues in literature. She has authored and edited a number of works and has received numerous awards and grants, including two supporting globally linked classes in human rights and literature with partner classes at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the American University of Beirut.
The Phoenix Reading Series and Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant.