Queen’s college after being an English professor there for 50 years and her home which has accumulated about 10,000 books according to her estimations.
“Yesterday I was sifting through stuff that went back to 1973 and that’s not the earliest stuff I have. I’ve got some stuff there that goes back to the late 60’s early 70’s,” she said.
During our conversation Dr. Harris jokes about being a pack rat who can find things of value and keep them. But, the books and other tangible items that she has held onto for decades serve a greater purpose other than keeping them for herself.
“It really is sort of memory lane but it’s also about making sure that folks who weren’t there may have in some cases a lens into there. I’m tossing an awful lot of stuff but even with the tossing of it I’m trying to be mindful and be careful to not forget that I probably am the institutional memory of the SEEK program at Queens college,” she said.
Once she decides on what items she would like to keep, she plans on allowing students from the program to go through the items as well in case there’s anything that they might find useful to keep.
In addition to downsizing, Dr. Harris offers a glimpse into the books she’s currently working on some of which will build upon the foundation she has already set with her previous books. She carefully describes to me what to expect from the books because many of the projects that she’s working on are not ready to be fully disclosed yet.
By Alexandria Brooks
My name is Alexandria Brooks. I'm a junior journalism major who is passionate and curious about the world. When I'm not writing I'm probably making a latte or endlessly scrolling through Instagram. One I hope to have my own creative platform to showcase my writing and photography!