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Jackson Reads to begin July 11

JACKSON, Tenn.June 30, 2005 – Wendell Berry’s “Hannah Coulter” and Clyde Edgerton’s “Walking Across Egypt” have been selected for Union University’s third annual Jackson Reads discussion series, which begins July 11.

The two books explore the phenomenon of social networking, especially among Southern women.

Each week through August 1 will feature lecturers who will lead open dialogues with the audience. The lectures will compare and contrast the social networks of Hannah Coulter and Mattie Rigsbee, two memorable Southern ladies, with the “memberships” formed by their counterparts in other pieces of Southern fiction. The program will conclude with a panel discussion August 8.

The lectures are free to the public. Those interested may attend any or all of the lectures.

Each Monday evening session will be held at Union University’s Hartley Recital Hall in Jennings Hall, with the first presenter beginning at 6 p.m. The lecture schedule for this year’s series is as follows:

July 11, 6 p.m.: Carla Sanderson, Union University provost, will give an introduction to Berry’s fiction

6:30 p.m.: Phillip Ryan, language professor, will give an introduction to social networking

7:15 p.m.: Jean Marie Walls, language professor, will compare and contrast the books with “Saving Grace,” by Lee Smith

July 18, 6 p.m.: Pat Morris, library services professor, will compare and contrast the books with “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

7 p.m.: Pam Sutton, English professor, will compare and contrast the books with “Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind,” by Ann B. Ross

July 25, 6 p.m.: Roland Porter, business professor, will compare and contrast the books with “The Optimist’s Daughter,” by Eudora Welty and “Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston

7 p.m.: Greg Jordan, a Jackson attorney, will compare and contrast the books with “Crazy Ladies: A Novel,” by Michael Lee West

August 1, 6 p.m.: Mary Platt, Union librarian, will compare and contrast the books with “Cane River” by Lalita Tademy

7 p.m.: Barbara McMillin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will compare and contrast the books with “The Same Sweet Girls” by Cassandra King

August 8, 6 p.m.: Panel discussion

For more information, call the College of Arts and Sciences at (731) 661-5356.


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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