JCC's Kelly Speaks At Harper Lee Event

Published: July 22, 2015

evelynkellyCelebration coincided with the release of new Harper Lee novel.

In commemoration of the release of Harper Lee's newest novel, Dr. Evelyn Kelly, director of humanities and fine arts program at Johnston Community College, had the pleasure of speaking to local citizens at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield about Lee's critically acclaimed, Pulitzer winner To Kill a Mockingbird.

Several schools, colleges, and libraries hosted events to commemorate the release of Lee's second novel Go Set a Watchman. The novel picks up the action 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960.

During her presentation, Kelly focused on characterization in the novel and she helped audience members reconsider their perceptions of significant characters, including Atticus Finch, which triggered a lively discussion with attendees.

Kelly said she enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the local community. "The Harper Lee event gave me an opportunity to showcase some of the attributes of my literature classes at the college. Several attendees asked for my business card, invited me to join their book clubs, and asked me about future collaborations. My hope is that my presentation sparked even more interest in JCC."

Cut line: Dr. Evelyn Kelly, director of humanities and fine arts programs at JCC, discusses Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird during a celebration of the author event at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield.