UCF is celebrating renowned author of African-American literature and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. Leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Zora festival in 2019, UCF students will be able to attend events that commemorate the writer. Information regarding events will continue to be added. 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival that honors Zora Neale Hurston. 

January 30-February 2, 2019

The College of Arts and Humanities will host the biennial CAAR Conference. 

February 19, 2019

A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C. J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer, examines Walker’s legacy as a trailblazing entrepreneur, activist and educator.

Reading and Q&A with novelist Anna Levi

Trinidadian-Grenadian writer Anna Levi’s debut novel, Madinah Girl, received special mention in the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She teaches creative writing at St. George’s University in Grenada and is completing her second novel.

This reading and Q&A is presented by the English Department and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Burnett Honors College, Women’s and Gender Studies, Writers in the Sun and the Caribbean Students’ Association.

Event info here

Event Spotlight

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, over 100 UCF students gathered for the Spoken Word Cafe. In alignment with the UCF Common Read Program’s 2018-2019 selection, Dust Tracks on a Road, the event showcased 11 students who performed spoken word, comedy, music and poems.

This event was sponsored by First Year Experience and the SLS 1501 program. 

“When an African-American family wakes up White one morning, they have three days to determine if they will return to their cultural roots or stick with the new skin that they are in. ” This is the premise for UCF graduate student Jason Gregory’s new TV pilot, which stemmed from his film thesis. The pilot will be aired on January 28, 2019, during the Zora! Festival at various times. For more information, click here


Zora Neale Hurston Scholars