Traditional Program News

Silver Lake College to Host Discussion about Gwendolyn Brooks on April 16

Posted on April 07 2014

Albert Sears, Ph.D., professor of English at Silver Lake College, will host a session titled “Telling our Gwendolyn Brooks Story” at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. April 16 in the Heritage Room.

In 1968, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks stayed overnight at Silver Lake College after giving a poetry reading in Manitowoc. “Sundown-town” practices prevented Brooks from sleeping within the city of Manitowoc because she was African-American. She slept in a guest room on campus, as a guest of Sister Ritarose Stahl, then a student, and Sister Carina Schisel, a faculty member.

The discussion, which is part of the English program’s Literary Roundtable series, will allow participants to contemplate how they may tell this story to themselves and others. Participants also will reflect on how this story resonates with SLC’s Franciscan charism.

For more information, please email Sears at