January 24, 2003
Books and Coffee program to explore literature with history
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University English department and the Purdue Student Union Board have teamed up to launch the 52nd annual Books and Coffee program, in which free coffee flows while a professor leads a discussion on a selected literary work.
The first discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (1/30) in Stewart Center, rooms 302 and 306. John Kirby, a professor of foreign languages and literatures, will review the literary classic "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. First published in 1954 and controversially voted the greatest book of the 20th century, "Lord of the Rings" has become familiar again through Peter Jackson's cinematic trilogy. Coffee and tea will be served at 4 p.m. prior to the discussion.
The programs are free and open to the public. Future Books and Coffee dates and titles include:
The discussion will serve as a prelude to a speech by Kushner on the creative process at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Purdue's 2003 Literary Awards Banquet in the Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom. Tickets for the banquet and a reception prior to the event can be purchased in Heavilon Hall, Room 324, or by phone at (765) 494-3740. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for the general public.
A free public event, sponsored by Purdue Libraries, will follow the banquet at 8 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. Kushner will be interviewed by Flory and will answer questions from the audience.
Emily Allen, Books and Coffee director and assistant professor of English, says she hopes many people will take an opportunity to meet Kushner. She also encourages readers to warm up with a cup of coffee and an invigorating discussion of what it means to know the past.
"I suppose I would say that all of these works are fascinated with history, especially with the burden and responsibility of historical knowledge," Allen says.
CONTACT: Emily Allen, (765) 494-1478, email@example.com; Jennifer Kaufman, PSUB director of traditional events, (765) 494-8976, firstname.lastname@example.org; Heather Owen, PSUB program adviser, (765) 494-8909, email@example.com; Dino Felluga, director of literary awards, (765) 494-3770, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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