University Library Receives Big Read Grant from NEA

Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant LibrarianBig Read logo

Last April, the National Endowment for the Arts selected the University Library to participate in The Big Read initiative. The purpose of The Big Read is “to restore reading to the center of American culture.” The Library will organize a community read in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg of Tolstoy’s novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich. To reach the widest possible audience, we are forming partnerships with a diverse group of academic, civic, governmental, and church organizations.

Besides group discussions of the novel, we are putting together a program designed to foster appreciation for Tolstoy as well as Russian literature and culture. Some of our events will include: