Albany State University say they are the recipient of a $16,000 grant to host The Big Read in Albany-Dougherty County. Officials say that the program is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.We at Albany State University are delighted to receive our second Big Read grant, and with the Dougherty County Public Library as our partner, will once again seek to engage the Albany-Dougherty County community in this literacy effort, said project director Dr. James L. Hill, chair of the ASU Department of English, Modern Languages and Mass Communication.ASU officials say that the activities will take place February 3, 2014 through March 3, 2014 and focus on the work of Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God.The university is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive funding to host the year-long nationwide project.ASU received its first Big Read grant in 2009.
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