‘Clash of Cultures’ talk is Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Updated: Tue Feb 22, 2011.

BATAVIA — The second of two local history talks relating to Hillary Jordan’s novel “Mudbound” is scheduled Thursday at Genesee Community College, 1 College Rd.

“Mudbound” is this year’s selection for the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project.

Ray Cianfrini of Oakfield will discuss “Clash of Cultures: The Rise of the KKK in Geneesee County” at GCC. The program is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Room T119 of the Conable Technology Building. Admission is free.

Racism and the Ku Klux Klan have pivotal roles in Jordan’s novel, which follows the lives of two farm families — one white, one black — in the Mississippi Delta in the years after World War II. The story reveals how the families must deal with differences in how they are treated by society and how that society shapes their interactions with the other family.

Cianfrini also presented “Clash of Cultures” on Feb. 10 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. About 55 people attended the program.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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