Monday, March 30, 2009

Big Read 2009: "The Great Gatsby"

Would you enjoy reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, along with the entire community? If so, get ready for April's Big Read Program! Sponsored in conjunction with the Easton Area Public Library, the Big Read is a national initiative encouraging communities to read a book of their choosing and celebrate the book together.

Northampton Community College is hosting three events centered on this year's Big Read selection:
  • Monroe Campus Panel Discussion: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in Room 150. Three panelists -- Associate Dean Hazel Fisher, Assistant Professor Karen Britt (Business) and Assistant Professor Beth Wheeler (English) -- will discuss different aspects of The Great Gatsby.

  • Main Campus Panel Discussion: Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the Kiva. Four new panelists -- Jim Benner, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning; Assistant Professor Judith Buenaflor (Education); Assistant Professor Cara McClintock-Walsh (English); and Instructor James Reibman (History) -- will share their perspectives on the novel.

  • Main Campus Book Discussion: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Room CC-440 (Library Conference Room). Join faculty, staff and students as we discuss Fitzgerald's work.
In addition to these engaging college activities, the Easton Area Public Library has arranged other community happenings involving The Great Gatsby. Check out the Big Read web site for information on a 1920s-style fashion show, a speaker at Lafayette College, and a dance workshop at the YMCA. The NCC Libraries have the original text of The Great Gatsby on reserve for Big Read participants, and the main campus library also offers the material in audiobook and graphic novel formats. We hope you join our community by reading The Great Gatsby and taking part in these exciting events!

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