USCB to host "Chaucer at the Speedway" lecture series with bestselling author

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The University of South Carolina Beaufort announced last month their hosting of a lecture series on March 14, 18 and 22 featuring New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb.

A March 14 lecture with USCB Professor of English Robert Kilgore will commence the three-part "Chaucer at the Speedway" event. The theme of Kilgore's lecture, which is entitled "How to Behave on Your Pilgrimage: Loose Morals in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?," is aimed to invoke discussion among academics and Beaufort County residents alike about the true meaning of pilgrimages. The event, which is part of the Beaufort branch's "Lunch and Learn" series, is slated for noon at the Beaufort Public Library.

Four days later, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, the conversation will continue with a screening of the 1973 film The Last American Hero featuring Academy award winning actor Jeff Bridges. The movie catalogues the life of NASCAR driver Junior Johnson, and will take place in the Hargray building, room 156 on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus. 

Finally, on March 22, Sharyn McCrumb's lecture titled "Grassoots Saints and Honky Tonk Heroes" will tie all elements of NASCAR with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales through a discussion of her novel St. Dale--a tale of men and women from all walks of life joining together for a pilgrimage for Dale Earnhardt. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at USCB's historic Beaufort Campus.