For Flannery O’Connor Fans, a Birthday Celebration

Flannery O’Connor’s birthday, Thursday, March 25, is being celebrated at the Andalusia Institute of GCSU with a full day of events, including my participation in a virtual panel discussion on “Flannery O’Connor and Motherhood.”

Th, 3/25/21, Flannery O’Connor Birthday Celebration (all times Eastern)

11:00-12:00 AM: Virtual tour of the Andalusia: Home of Flannery O’Connor exhibit, “Madam O’Connor: Commander of the House.”This tour will be streamed live on the Andalusia Farm Facebook page ( and should be available for viewing 24 hours after.

2:00-3:00 PM: Georgia College Department of Music’s Max Noah Singers performance Effervescence, By Emma Lou Diemer. Conductor: Dr. Jennifer Flory. This performance will be streamed on the Andalusia Farm Facebook page (

6:00-7:00 PM: Virtual panel discussion on “Flannery O’Connor and Motherhood.” Join Dr. Bruce Gentry as he leads a panel discussion with Dr. Claire Kahane, Dr. Jordan Cofer, and Dr. Monica Miller on O’Connor’s engagement with issues of motherhood in her work. Register at:

By Claire Kahane

Claire Kahane spent part of the 1950s and 60s on the road, propelled by a lust for adventure, and the will to challenge the expectations for women of her family and culture. Years later, as a Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, and informed by her study of psychoanalysis, she wrote and edited books and essays which explored gender conflict in modern fiction, the dark appeal of Gothic literature, Holocaust trauma, and the perverse novels of Ian McEwan. Her memoir, Nine Lives, testifies to her dynamic re-invention of self over nine decades. She lives in Berkeley and continues to write both memoir pieces and literary criticism.

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