Charlotte Pierce-Baker author of This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son
This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son
Monday, February 11, 2013
193 Humanities Building
The award-winning author Charlotte Pierce-Baker is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and English at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches in such areas as African American women’s literature, race and feminisms, socio-linguistics, and gender, trauma, and violence. Her groundbreaking book titled Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape was published by W.W. Norton in 1998, and she has lectured widely on issues related to black women and sexual assault. Released in 2012 by Lawrence Hill Books, Pierce-Baker’s latest work is This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son. Described by novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes as “illuminating and brilliant . . . a touching, lyrical memoir,” This Fragile Life tells the powerful and moving story of an African American family confronting the agonizing realities of mental illness.
Cosponsored by the Institute of American Cultures; the Disability Studies Program; the Vice Provost, Diversity and Faculty Development; the Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture; the Department of English; and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.