The Emperor of Ocean Park July 21-August 18.

"Our hope is that the program will provide the citizens of Jackson, Madison County and surrounding areas an outlet for the healthy exchange of ideas" /> Union University Presents "Jackson Reads" - News Release | Union University, a Christian College in Tennessee

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Union University Presents "Jackson Reads"

JACKSON, Tenn.June 27, 2003 – Union University will present "Jackson Reads," a five-part discussion series on the Stephen L. Carter novel The Emperor of Ocean Park July 21-August 18.

"Our hope is that the program will provide the citizens of Jackson, Madison County and surrounding areas an outlet for the healthy exchange of ideas," said Barbara McMillin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Union. "In the process of reading and dialoguing together about this text, we will make new friends, get to know our neighbors, and grow closer as a community."

Free and open to the public, each Monday evening session begins at 6 p.m. in Union's Hartley Hall. Interested individuals are encouraged to read the book prior to the first session. Each session will include presentations from area scholars and professionals followed by open dialogue among attendees.

"Besides being a critically acclaimed best seller and a true page-turner, The Emperor of Ocean Park features a main character who deals with the challenge of maintaining relationships within a variety of diverse communities," said McMillin. "The text reminds us of the importance of understanding cultural perspective and provides great summer reading entertainment."

The Jackson/Madison County Library has already endorsed the program. "The Jackson/Madison County Library is honored and pleased to support the 'Jackson Reads' program from Union University," said Thomas L. Aud, executive director of the Jackson/Madison County Library.

"The public library will have copies of the book available for the non-college community to check out for this program. Reading and its enjoyment extends throughout one's life and enriches everyone who participates," said Aud.

For more information, contact Barbara McMillin at (731) 661-5356.

The program schedule is as follows:

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