Humanities Oktoberfest features monthlong series of events, speakers

 

Book imageRINDGE, NH -  A diverse series of events featuring a banned book "read out," lively Socratic dialog and a talk by one of the nation's foremost civil rights leaders begins this week and continues through the month as Franklin Pierce University celebrates Humanities Oktoberfest.

The annual academic series is sponsored by the University's Humanities Division and focuses on a broad range of programs and topics to engage Franklin Pierce students, faculty and residents of the Monadnock Region. Subjects range from immigration and the American Dream, to Latino / Latina literature, "green" design for environmental sustainability, and more.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Franklin Pierce University Humanities Division at 603-899-4014.

Socrates Café, What is an Adult?
Wednesday, October 1, 7:30-9pm, Alumni Lounge in Peterson Hall
Think outside the classroom with students, faculty and staff. Socrates Café is a student-run gathering of people who like to explore philosophical ideas together in a casual setting. Coffee, cider, snacks and surprising thoughts are served.

Jumpstart Read for the Record with Corduroy
Thursday, October 2, 12-12:30pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join faculty, staff and students as they join Jumpstart's Read for the Record and call attention to the importance of early childhood literacy. Relive your childhood and listen to a group reading of the children's book Corduroy.

Banned and Challenged Books Read Out
Friday, October 3, 2008, 12-3pm, Library Quad
Join faculty, staff and students as they read selections from books that have been banned or challenged, and call attention to issues of censorship. By reading a selection from a banned or challenged book, we symbolically free it from censorship.

Jesse EppsValakis Lecture Series in conjunction with the Franklin Pierce University Teach-In: Jesse Epps, Student Activism in the 1960s and Student Activism Today
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 7pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join longtime labor activist and civil rights advocate Jesse Epps as he discusses student activism today and in the 1960s. Mr. Epps, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was responsible for bringing Dr. King to Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 to rally on behalf of striking sanitation workers. He was one of the last individuals to be with Dr. King before he was assassinated.

Humanities Lecture Series: Dorthea Sartain, Why Archives Matter
Friday, October 10, 12;30-2pm, Fitzwater Lecture Room 101
Join Dorthea Sartain, Curator of Research Collections at The Explorers Club in New York, for a lecture and discussion on the relationship between archives, archivists and society. She will talk about why we have archives, what they do, and where they are going, as well as providing information about how to become an archivist drawn from her own experience.

Latino/Latina American Literature Read-In
Monday, October 20, 12:30-2pm, Pierce Hall Atrium in the Campus Center
Join students, faculty and staff as they present a read-in celebrating the work of a variety of Latino/Latina authors. Bring your own favorite to read aloud to the group or choose from selections on hand.

Socrates Café, topic to be announced
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30-9pm, Alumni Lounge in Peterson Hall
Think outside the classroom with students, faculty and staff. Socrates Café is a student-run gathering of people who like to explore philosophical ideas together in a casual setting. Coffee, cider, snacks and surprising thoughts are served.

New England Center for Civic Life American Dream Panel Presentation
Monday, October 27, 7-8:30pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join us for a presentation by a panel of recent immigrants to the United States on the American Dream.

The Monadnock Institute Fall Symposium: Dreaming Green: Energy, Architecture, Land & the Future of Franklin Pierce
Friday, November 7, 10am-4pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join faculty, staff and students for a day-long focus on green design. Presentations by wood and wind alternative energy companies, a hands-on green building charrette, student panel discussions on future priorities, and an address by Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity and Sustainability Coordinator at Dartmouth. Sponsored by the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.