Talk links art to August Wilson's plays

Jeannie Zeck, an associate professor of English and theatre at MacMurray College, will give a presentation, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Influence of Romare Bearden’s Visual art on August Wilson’s Drama,” as part of the college’s Fine Arts Series.

The speech will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Thoresen Recital Hall of the Putnam/Springer Center at the corner of Clay Avenue and State Street in Jacksonville.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bearden’s use of the figures of blacks and of black themes inspired Wilson who wrote 10 plays representing the lives of African Americans in the 20th century.

Zeck specializes in African-American literature and women’s literature. Before her career in academia, she was an actor, choreographer and director in professional theater.

Those needing interpreting services should contact the college 72 hours beforehand at or call 479-7123