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 February 10, 2011 – Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin presented a paper entitled “Zora Neale Hurston as Enigma and Heterodox” as part of the 22nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival her in Eatonville, Florida.

Her presentation was part of a panel she organized on “Reclaiming our (S)hero:  The Anthropological Contributions of Zora Neale Hurston.” The paper is part of Dr. McClaurin’s ongoing research that she had been conducting on Hurston over the last decade to bring Hurston’s contribution as an anthropologist to the forefront.   

Hurston was the most successful and most significant black woman writer of the first half of the 20th century.  Over a career that spanned over 30 years, she published four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, numerous short stories, and several essays, articles and plays.

For more information on Dr. McClaurin’s work concerning Hurston, visit and for more on the festival, go to


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Dr. McClaurin is seated with Ms. Dorothy Johnson,  

Eatonville Elder and Dr. Riche’  Barnes, anthropologist at Smith College 








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