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2016 by the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Sunday, January 27th, 4 p.m.

Dr. Susan Copeland

"Flannery O’Connor, the Goat Man and The Violent Bear It Away"

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home will launch its Spring 2019 Lecture Series with a free lecture by Clayton State University English Professor and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Director Dr. Susan Copeland. Her lecture, entitled “Flannery O’Connor, the Goat Man and The Violent Bear It Away,” will identify and discuss a critical link between Flannery O’Connor and Charles McCartney, who was also known as the Goat Man. 


Believed to be the inspiration for O’Connor’s Mason Tarwater character in her 1960 novel The Violent Bear It Away, the Goat Man traveled across the country and throughout Georgia on his goat-pulled wagon to preach about the doom that awaited sinners. A graduate of The Catholic University of America, Copeland’s published works focus on American writers, including Flannery O’Connor and Peter Taylor.


Due to Illness

Will be rescheduled

Kelley Kidd

“Stories from Milledgeville and Miss Flannery”

Kelley Kidd grew up in Milledgeville, Ga., while Flannery O’Connor lived on the nearby farm, Andalusia. Kidd will share first-hand stories of his childhood in middle Georgia and his adventures with Miss Flannery.


SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 4 p.m.

Alena Pirok, Ph.D.

“Savannah’s Gothic Ghosts”

Alena Pirok, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus, will look at the relationship between the Southern gothic literary tradition, Flannery O’Connor and her contemporary’s vision of the South and how it shaped the city’s ghost lore.


SUNDAY, MAY 19th, 4 p.m.

Peacock Guild

“A Muster of Peacocks”

Members of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Peacock Guild Writer's Salon, a talented group of local authors, will share original writing, carrying O’Connor’s rich tradition of storytelling into the 21st century. Don’t miss the chance to hear from some of Savannah’s emerging and established writers.

The lectures take place Sunday afternoons in the parlor of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street on Lafayette Square in downtown Savannah. All lectures are free and open to the public.