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Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00–8:00 p.m.


Performing Arts Center
Olmsted Theatre

Adelphi University
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530


An American Marriage: A Love Story Torn Apart by Social Injustice

Book Cover for "An American Marriage" - a novel by Tayari Jones (author of Silver Sparrow)

Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and professor of English and creative writing at Emory University, will be joined in conversation by Adelphi University’s own Renaire Frierson, JD, Title IX coordinator and director of equity and compliance. Together, they will explore the journey Jones takes us on with her novel, a love story torn apart by social injustice.


Tayari Jones, Author, An American Marriage
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times “a bard of the modern South,” Jones confronts issues of race, family and criminal justice reform in her novels. An American Marriage, her latest and an instant New York Times bestseller, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2018, when it also appeared on former President Barack Obama’s summer reading list and in his year-end roundup. Jones is at work on her newest novel, Old Fourth Ward, which follows a woman returning to her hometown after a tragedy.

For more on Tayari Jones, please visit

Renaire Frierson,  Title IX Coordinator Director of Equity and Compliance, Adelphi University
Renaire FriersonRenaire Frierson, JD, is a native of Freeport, New York, and a graduate of Freeport High School. She earned a BBA in International Business and Spanish from Hofstra University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Boston University School of Law, after which she was admitted to practice law in New York state courts, federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a New York State Unified Court System certified mediator and also has a professional certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Management from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Frierson’s teaching and training career has spanned more than 20 years. She taught legal writing at Hofstra University School of Law and was a lecturer in the Paralegal Studies program, and was an adjunct professor of legal studies at Nassau Community College. Frierson has planned and delivered EEO, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and diversity and inclusion training in various Long Island schools and districts, for local governments and departments, administrative agencies, and community organizations.

For more on Renaire Fierson, read her full biography.


This will be a ticketed event and open to the public.  

This event is free for Adelphi University students, faculty, and staff. Admission for alumni and community members is $5.

Tickets: $5

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