UM Guest Lecture on ‘The Help’ to Reveal Real Story

October 12, 2015

MISSOULA – The widely popular novel and movie “The Help” fictionalized the relationships of white employers and black domestics in the South. On Thursday, Oct. 22, Professor Jervette Ward from the University of Alaska Anchorage will give a lecture at the University of Montana titled “The Real Help: The Story Behind ‘The Help’ in Print and on Screen.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room at UM, and is free and open to the public.

Ward is an English professor who describes herself as “a Southerner who specializes in African-American women’s literature, living and working in the last frontier – Alaska.”  Her research and teaching areas focus on American literature with an emphasis in African-American women’s literature. She has taught and published on Zora Neale Hurston, the addition of African- American characters to the “Dick and Jane” series and black women in reality television. She is the editor of “Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability and Black Women in Reality TV.”

The lecture is sponsored by UM’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, African-American Studies Program, Department of Sociology, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

For more information, call UM Associate Professor of Sociology Daisy Rooks at 406-243-2852, or email, or call UM Associate Professor of History Tobin Miller Shearer at 406-243-6225, or email


Contact: Daisy Rooks, UM associate professor of sociology, 406-243-2852,; Tobin Miller Shearer, UM associate professor of history, 406-243-6225,