Eudora Welty discussion with Dr. Michael Crews

“Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty.

One of Eudora Welty’s most loved short stories, “A Worn Path” is the tale of an elderly black woman’s long walk to town at Christmastime to purchase medicine for her sick grandson. According Welty, the creative stimulus for the story came from the “indelible” image of an old black woman she once saw crossing a wintry field. The theme of the story, the author explained, is “the deep-grained habit of love.”

On Friday, December 7 at 12:00, Dr. Michael Crews will lead a discussion of this remarkable short story in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra videoconference.

First published in in 1941 in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, “A Worn Path” is available free on the Atlantic website. The story is only 3,276 words and can be read in about 15 minutes.

But wait! Say your research has required so much reading lately, that you can’t manage even that. You have two other options:

  • A recording of Welty reading her story on YouTube.
  • An excellent film adaptations (with most of the dialog taken right from the story) available from FMG Films on Demand (Regent login credentials required).

So you have no excuse to miss this opportunity in literature appreciation!

For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image credit: Image Credit: “Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty. In a 1989 interview the author commented on her photograph: “She has a very sensitive face, as you can see. She was well aware of her predicament in poverty, and had good reasons for hopelessness. Well, she wasn’t hopeless. That was the point. She was courageous. She thought it was a hopeless situation, but she was tackling it.” https://theunintendedcurator.com/2017/09/14/eudora-welty-photographer/?fbclid=IwAR0Fvb0ZD34r6oNHwMoeIsROXG6wNyfO936517syVlws0FxX6VdpvJT51IM

Book Discussion: The Warden, by Anthony Trollope

On Friday, November 16, the Library Book Club will kickoff it’s 12th reading season with The Warden, Anthony Trollope’s tale of a kindly cathedral minister of music who suddenly finds himself the object of scandal when a fiery secular reformer decides that he is improperly benefiting from a Church endowment.

At only 98 pages The Warden is Trollope’s shortest novel and the best introduction to this great writer’s work. First published in 1855, many of the issues raised in the novel about Church governance are still relevant today.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Pete Fraser will lead our discussion. The Library collection has copies The Warden in print and ebook formats.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/18d438ef58c34c069e046cc809bb3ee9

For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Congolese documentary screening & discussion: October 31

For the second straight year, The Library Book Club has decided to kick off our reading year with…a film.

Makala (2018) is an internationally admired documentary that tells the story of Kasongo, a Congolese man living in a village with his wife and daughters, who dreams of purchasing a plot of land on which to build a home for his family. He sees his opportunity to earn money by selling charcoal from a mighty hardwood tree he has felled and baked in an earthen oven. Loading up the bags of charcoal onto the back of his bicycle, Kasongo sets off on a daunting journey across treacherous roads to sell his product at market. Before returning to his village, Kasongo attends a revival service and prays for God’s protection and strength.

This is a thought-provoking and inspiring film about human aspiration and faith in God. The film will be shown on Wednesday, October 31 at 5:00 pm in Screening Room A (1st floor of COM building on the left side). Following the screening (96 minutes), professors of cinema Pete Fraser and Andrew Quicke will lead a discussion on the cinematic and Christian aspects of the film.

For more information about this or future Book Club events, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Online Spotlight: Succeed with Summon

This month we begin a new monthly column in which we will highlight some of Library’s most important (and occasionally enjoyable) online resources that all students should know about. The goal is to provide very brief introductions to sites on the Library website that will help you research faster and more effectively.

And our first online resource is…

Summon

Summon is a kind of search engine purpose-built for academic libraries. Summon allows you to search almost all of the Library’s holdings and locate items such as full-text journal and periodical articles, books and ebooks, dissertations, AV and streaming video, and more.

Summon is able to search millions of records and locate highly relevant resources for the researcher thanks to the intuitive filters on the search screen. Unlike a web search engine like Google, where the trying different keyword combinations is the only way to locate what you are after, with Summon the filters allow you to start from the initial (usually enormous) search results and telescope into the articles, books, and videos you are really looking for.

Summon is a great place to begin any research project because it searches easy-to-overlook databases and e-book collections. Ready to get started? Click here to try a few searches, or view the short video tutorials first on our Summon Quick Guide.

While Summon is not an answer to every research problem, it is a powerful tool that can generally find the right resources for completing your projects. For questions about Summon, contact us by phone, email, text or chat.