Author Dori Sanders to Speak at USC Aiken's Fourth Annual Pickens-Salley Symposium

on Southern Women



The University of South Carolina Aiken will hold its fourth annual Pickens-Salley Symposium on Southern Women on Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Etherredge Center.


The evening event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a panel discussion of women from different generations in age to discuss the experiences of African-American women in the South. Following the panel discussion, the keynote speaker is Dori Sanders, author and storyteller recently featured in Gourmet magazine and Southern Living magazine.


For Sanders, the farming life and the writing life go hand in hand. Sanders is from Filbert, S.C., a tiny community in York County, near Rock Hill, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. Her family operates one of the oldest African-American farms in the region (her father, a former sharecropper, bought the land around 1915).  Clover and Ms. Sanders' second novel, Her Own Place, offer the experience of growing up in the rural South. Dori Sanders' Country Cooking offers the taste of growing up in the rural South, detailing the family recipes and stories told at Sanders’ Peach Shed, her family’s open-air produce stand.


The eighth of 10 children, Sanders grew up on her family's peach farm in Filbert. Working on the farm has had a lasting impact on the writer and has become her way of passing down family history to the next generation.


"I guess I started writing because I wanted to leave something for my nieces and nephews, as a way to tell them what life was like on the farm because I know when my generation passes, this farm will pass out of our family," Sanders said.


Sanders’ books will be available for purchase and signing at a reception following the event. Prior to the Symposium, the books will also be available in the USCA Bookstore.


For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Deidre Martin, vice chancellor for university advancement, at 803-641-3448.




Pictured: Dori Sanders