Chaucer at the Speedway

USC Beaufort will present a series of public programs in March 2011 that look at the medieval Canterbury Tales from the modern perspective of one of the South’s traditions: stock car racing. The “Chaucer at the Speedway” program will culminate with a lecture by the New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb whose novel St. Dale suggests the connection between Canterbury Tales and NASCAR. SC Humanities supported this program through a Mini Grant in October 2010.

“Chaucer at the Speedway,” kicks off with University of South Carolina Beaufort English professor Dr. Robert Kilgore offering a public lecture and discussion on the moral perspective of The Canterbury Tales on March 14th at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaufort County Library. The film The Last American Hero will be screened with a literary discussion led by USCB faculty on March 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Sharyn McCrumb, eminent American author, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, will discuss the metaphors of St. Dale in a lecture and discussion, “Grassroots Saints and Honky Talk Heroes,” on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the historic USC Beaufort campus.

“Chaucer at the Speedway” events are open to the public, free and require no reservations. Sponsors include SC Humanities, a South Carolina program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Arts Council of Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort and the SC Arts Commission; and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundations of SC; The Beaufort Inn and the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Kilgore at

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