Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation

207 East Charlton Street

Savannah, Georgia 31401



The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2014 Fall Lecture Series, presented by Gulfstream Aerospace.   


The lectures, which are free and open to the public, take place on Sundays at 4 p.m. in the parlor at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street on Lafayette Square. Please plan to arrive early to get a good seat, as space is limited.



Dr. Susan Falls - "The Meaning of Diamonds"

Dr. Susan Falls, a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the author of Clarity, Cut and Culture: The Meaning of Diamonds, will discuss images of diamonds and what stories about diamonds reveal about creating value, meaning and identity through material culture. She will discuss her fieldwork with diamond owners and her analysis of the iconic DeBeers campaign. Falls has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and focuses on material culture and consumerism. 



Savannah Sacred Harp - "Gregorian Chant Meets Bluegrass"

Join members of the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers in a lively exploration of the history and practice of shape note music, a 200-year-old, uniquely American style of hymn singing. These haunting four-part harmonies are sung in powerful, exuberant style, with singers seated in an open square. This live performance will also include a discussion of the roots of vernacular singing in colonial New England and how it became a mainstay of rural Southern life. Participation is encouraged!



Larry Baker - "Personal Experience and Literary Influence" 

Novelist Larry Baker will attempt to show how the convergence of personal experience and literary influence shapes the writing process, sometimes blurring the line between a writer and the characters he creates. Baker is the author of A Good Man, Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions and Athens, America. He updates the world of Flannery O'Connor's characters through the Bush years and into the age of Obama in his critically acclaimed novel, A Good Man



Kevin Klinkenberg - "Why I Walk"

Kevin Klinkenberg, the executive director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, will discuss his new book, Why I Walk, and will address how cities can better design urban areas to increase quality of life. He will share his personal story of living in a walkable neighborhood, describing the financial, social and health benefits of walking.

Save the Date!


Please join us on Saturday, October 11 as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah at a special Silver Peacock Party. 

Please contact us at flanneryoconnorhome@gmail.com if you'd like more information about tickets, sponsorships or volunteer opportunities.

We hope to see you on October 11!

Many thanks,

The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Board of Directors

2014 Fall Lecture Series
Presented by Gulfstream Aerospace