Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: ‘Recovering Lost Voices’ May 2

The “Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a Philosophical Flavor” series hosted by David Wood continues May 2 with a discussion led by Mona Frederick, executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt, and Kate Rattner, the Warren Center’s activities coordinator.

Mona Frederick
David Wood

The topic will be “Recovering Lost Voices: Robert Penn Warren and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.”

In 1964, Warren traveled across the country to interview men and women involved in the civil rights movement. The result was his book Who Speaks for the Negro? published in 1965.

Warren interviewed nationally known figures as well as people working in the trenches of the movement whose names might otherwise be lost to history and recorded their conversations.

Kate Rattner

Vanderbilt has recently completed a full digital archive related to Warren’s research. Anyone with access to the Internet can now listen to these extraordinary conversations.

The “Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box” event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown Nashville Public Library. Free boxed lunches will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. while supplies last.

The event is free and all are welcome, but a $5 donation is requested. No R.S.V.P. is required.