Cornell University is hosting a yearlong celebration of their beloved alumna Toni Morrison M.A. ’55 on the 50th anniversary of “The Bluest Eye.” They have invited Tayari Jones to join them as a panelist for their Feb. 18, 2021, roundtable discussion on Morrison’s creative and scholarly work.
They kicked off their celebration in October 2020 with a community-wide marathon reading of the novel, in which Jones was a participant. Events will continue into the spring and include a reading of Lydia Diamond’s play based on “The Bluest Eye,” community events, reading groups and displays of Morrison’s work and its global impact. In addition, Cornell is offering a new course focused on the novel.