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Ithaca College Professor to Read from Her Book Examining Legacy of Apartheid

 ITHACA, NY — Catherine Taylor, an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College, will read from her book “Apart” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Apart” grew out of Taylor’s memories of visiting her family in South Africa as a child, and her later curiosity about her mother’s involvement in early anti-apartheid women’s groups. Mixing narrative prose, poems, social and political theory and found texts culled from years of visiting South African archives and libraries, “Apart” navigates the difficult landscapes of history, shame, privilege and grief.

Author Maggie Nelson says that Taylor, “refreshingly treats white guilt and the self-conscious recognition of privilege as starting points rather than conclusions, as she plumbs the depths of history, from which, as she reminds us, ‘no one is excused.’”

Taylor is a founding editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form, and was a cofounder and producer of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She is the author of “Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives,” and her essays, poetry and reviews have appeared in many literary journals.