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Lise Funderburg

series: Drexel Interview

air date: 9/26/13 11:00 AM

This episode of The Drexel InterView highlights the work of writer Lise Funderburg. Lise Funderburg is the author of two works of non-fiction: Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity and Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home: A Memoir. Both books are important contributions to the discussion on racial identity in American society today. In Black, White, Other, Funderburg conducts an ethnographic survey of people of mixed racial background, and explores how they identify themselves. In Pig Candy, she looks at her father's relationship with race as he returns to his Southern hometown and confronts his imminent death. In the process, Funderburg explores her relationship to him, to her mixed racial background, and to the once-segregated world in which her father grew up. This episode ends with a moving reading by Funderburg from her memoir. Join Paula Marantz Cohen, Drexel University English professor and program host, as she talks with Lise Funderburg in this episode of The Drexel InterView.

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