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Lebanon Valley College Announces Expanded Summer 2014 Book Review Series
05.22.14 |
Dr. Mary Pettice
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Twenty-one Lebanon Valley College faculty and staff will call on their expertise and special interests this summer as they discuss a wide-ranging collection of books. This year’s summer book review series will include four separate book review locations that are free and open to the public—including two new Harrisburg locations at Fort Hunter and Wildwood parks. A full schedule and reading list follows.

The first series will be held Mondays at 1:45 p.m. from June 9 to Aug. 11 at Freeman Auditorium, Cornwall Manor, Cornwall. The second series will be held Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. from June 10 to Aug. 12 at the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Community Building in Mt. Gretna. A review at Fort Hunter Park, Harrisburg, will be held Thursday, June 19 at 6:45 p.m. Finally, a review at Wildwood Park will be held Thursday, July 17 at 6:45 p.m. Each session begins with coffee and cookies, followed by the book review.

Cornwall Manor

June 9: Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history, reviews Reza Aslan’s "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth"

June 16: Robert Vucic, lecturer in English, reviews Sebastian’s "War"

June 23: Beth Underwood, lecturer in Italian, reviews Bill Bryson’s "One Summer: America 1927"

June 30: Carolyn Hanes, professor of sociology and criminal justice, reviews Alan Ladd’s "Shadow behind the Smoke and Mirrors"

July 7: Karen Walker, associate professor of education, reviews Laura Schroff’s and Alex Tresniowski’s "An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny"

July 14: Mary Pettice, associate professor of digital communications, reviews Eleanor Catton’s "The Luminaries: A Novel"

July 21: Todd Snovel, associate director of student activities and engagement, reviews Richard Powers’ "Orfeo: A Novel"

July 28: Sally Clark, visiting assistant professor of English, reviews Colum McCann‘s "Transatlantic: A Novel"

August 4: John Kearney, professor emeritus of English, reviews Robert A. Caro’s "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV"

August 11: Arthur Ford, professor emeritus of English, reviews Ian McEwan’s "Sweet Tooth: A Novel"

Mount Gretna

June 10: Owen Moe, Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, reviews Candice Millard’s "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President"

June 17: Mark Mecham, Clark and Edna Carmean Professor of Music, reviews R. J. Palacio’s "Wonder"

June 24: Jeffrey Robbins, professor of religion and philosophy, reviews James H. Cone’s "The Cross and the Lynching Tree"

July 1: Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor of English, reviews James McBride’s "The Good Lord Bird: A Novel"

July 8: Kevin Pry, associate professor of English, reviews Wade Davis’s "Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest"

July 15: Jim Broussard, professor of history, reviews James Broussard’s "Ronald Reagan: Conservative Icon"

July 22: Stacy Goodman, professor of biology, reviews Arthur Allen’s "Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver"

July 29: Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science, reviews Richard H. Thaler’s and Cass R. Sunstein’s "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness"

August 5: Paul Heise, professor emeritus of economics, reviews Stephen Kinzer’s "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War"

August 12: Diane Johnson, associate professor of political science, reviews Jonathan M. Katz’s "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster"


June 19: Fort Hunter Park: Kevin Pry, Lebanon Valley College associate professor of English, reviews Wade Davis’s "Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest"

July 17: Wildwood Park: Jeff Ritchie, Lebanon Valley College chair and associate professor of digital communications, reviews Henry David Thoreau’s "Walden"

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