In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember Kicks Off ZORA! Festival Academic Conference January 29 at Rollins College Bush Auditorium in Winter Park, Florida

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ZORA! Festival Academic Conference programming begins January 29 at Rollins College Bush Auditorium, with In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember moderated by Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director, Florida Historical Society. Attendees will have a rare opportunity to hear factual personal encounters with 20th Century Renaissance woman Zora Neale Hurston by featured guests Dr. Clifford Hurston, Jr., (Zora Neale Hurston’s Nephew); Mrs. Vivian Hurston Bowden, (Zora Neale Hurston’s Niece); and Mrs. Ella Johnson Dinkins, (Daughter of Addie G. Johnson, Eatonville friend of Zora Neale Hurston.

Writer, anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston

“Hurston’s body of work and unique style transcends time as she remains highly regarded as one of the shining stars of the Harlem Renaissance who continues to fascinate festival loyalists worldwide. As the event producers, we the Association to P

The 27th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) is set to be a celebration of the 125th birthday of festival namesake writer, anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. The festival runs through January 31, 2016 in historic Eatonville, Maitland and Orange County Florida. ZORA! Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that commemorates the life of 20th Century Renaissance woman Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world.

Festival headliners include renowned scholars, distinguished elders, fine artists and legendary entertainers. Festival producers have put together a stellar amalgam of educational programming, cultural presentations, artists’ talks, expert workshops, heritage talks and tours, theatrical performances, musical concerts, themed parties and special events.

For the full schedule of events, visit: For ZORA! Festival 2016 events visit or call 407-647-3307.

ZORA! Festival 2016 was made possible through the support of many partners including Orange County Government Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, White Glove Entertainment, Florida Blue, the UCF College of Arts & Humanities and the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies, Visit Orlando and Rollins College.

About the Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, (P.EC.)
The Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, is the nonprofit historic preservation group that organizes ZORA! Festival and whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

Media Credentials
Approved media will have access to interview areas for which press has RSVP’d in advance and received written confirmation from Tina Spencer. This includes media opportunities for the speakers and artist who are in town, as well as other ZORA! TM Festival events. All media must email tinaospencer(at)gmail(dot)com to request access to cover these opportunities. We will do our best to honor all requests.

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