Jamison Lecture to feature ‘The Hate U Give’ author, ‘Hope Nation’ editor

Feb. 13, 2020 — DENTON — Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of “The Hate U Give,” and Rose Brock, Ph.D., editor of “Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration,” will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s fifth annual Jamison Lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., March 5. The lecture, titled “The Power of Books: Inspiring Hope and Fighting for Social Justice,” will take place in the new Hubbard Hall Student Union auditorium on TWU’s Denton campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A book giveaway, book signing, and question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion. For more information about the event, please visit twu.edu/jamison.

Angie Thomas was born, raised and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, critically acclaimed debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” is now a major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, “On the Come Up,” was published in Spring 2019.

Rose Brock received her master’s and Ph.D. in library and information science from TWU. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. A veteran educator and advocate for using audiobooks as a tool for literacy, Brock was awarded the Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Service to Youth by the Texas Library Association and is co-founder of the North Texas Teen Book Festival. In addition to editing “Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration,” she also authored “Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide.”

About the Jamison Lecture

In 2014, the Jamison estate donated $1.7 million to TWU to fund the Jamison lecture and other university needs. The Jamisons were longtime supporters of TWU and members of TWU’s Old Main Society. Alonzo Jamison served seven terms in the Texas State Legislature before joining TWU faculty in 1968. During his tenure, he became chair of the TWU Department of History and Government before retiring in 1984. He passed away in 2011. His wife, Elizabeth Jamison, received a bachelor’s degree in music from the Texas State College for Women, now TWU, in 1943. She died in 2009.

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