September 27, 2006
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, September 27, 2006 - A good book and good conversation are the key ingredients of an enjoyable book club experience. Governors State University has created the perfect recipe for this year’s “One Book, One University” program.
“We want to attract anyone interested in reading, politics, current events, and a great story to join us for good conversation with good company,” explained Dr. Jim Howley, program organizer and chair of the Intellectual Life Sub-Committee of the Graduate Council.
The novel chosen for this year’s book discussion program is “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi.
“This is a gripping memoir by a university professor forced to cope with the loss of her personal and intellectual freedoms when the totalitarian regime takes control in Iran,” explains Howley. “She clings to her identity as an individual and a teacher while gaining a greater understanding of the importance of art in our lives.”
“One Book, One University” includes the screening of the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film “Lolita” at 5 p.m., on October 17, in Engbretson Hall on the university campus. Group discussion sessions will be held on October 16 at 5 p.m., October 18 at 8 p.m., and October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Governors State University cafeteria annex.
“Each discussion is separate from the others,” says Howley. “People are encouraged to attend any one or all three. They will each be moderated by a different faculty member. These are not lectures. They will be free-flowing, round table discussions going wherever the group takes the conversation.”
Session moderators are Dr. Todd Rohman, associate professor of English, Dr. Becky Nugent, coordinator of the Writing Center, and Dr. Diane Dates-Casey, dean of Library Services and Academic Computing at Governors State University.
Students, community members, faculty, and staff are all welcome to enjoy the film screening and the discussions. There is no fee or registration necessary. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park. For more information, call (708) 534-7893 or visit www.govst.edu.