August 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Prairie Lights

The Iowa Soul Festival presents authors Phil Jones, Dr. Deborah Whaley, and Dr. Richard Turner in a special panel discussion led by Dr.Venise Berry.

Phil Jones is the author of the forthcoming book, Nothing Beats a Failure But a Try: A Memoir. Deborah Whaley is associate professor of American studies and African American studies at the UI and the author most recently of Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime. Richard Turner is a Professor of Religious Studies and African American Studies at the UI. He is most recently the author of Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans.

The moderator will be Venise Berry, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the UI whose research is in the area of African American Cultural Criticism. In addition to the award-winning academic publishing she has done over recent years, she has also published several acclaimed novels.