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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.

Book Discussion: The Benedict Option, by Rod Dreher

French and American editions of The Benedict Option

In one of the most discussed Christian books of 2017, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing the way to St. Benedict of Nursia. At a time of moral chaos, Benedict built  communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages and saved not only Christianity but Western civilization.

On Thursday, May 24 at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. Professor of Theology Dr. Dale Coulter will lead our discussion.

The Library has multiple copies of the book available for checkout. Reviews and a generous excerpt are available on the publisher’s website.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/a48790b68d0642a69e6150250d3bca2d. No Regent login credentials are required to use this link.

Update: Dr. Coulter’s article on The Benedict Option was just published on May 24 in First Things, one of the nation’s leading journals of faith and culture. Read it by clicking here.

Book Discussion: The Chosen, by Chaim Potok

1st edition cover. Simon & Schuster, 1967

Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love.

On Thursday, March 22 at 12:00, professor of philosophy Dr. Michael Palmer will lead a conversation about this classic coming-of-age novel in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts. Contact harohen@regent.edu for a link to the live discussion.

The Library has several copies of The Chosen available for-check-out, as well as DVD and streaming versions of the 1981 film adaptation.