Leah Hallstrom
KU Libraries

KU Libraries, Lawrence Public Library sponsor 'Great American Read' events

Fri, 09/14/2018

LAWRENCE — KU Libraries, in partnership with Lawrence Public Library, are pleased to announce an exciting series of local screenings and discussions inspired by PBS's “The Great American Read” that will highlight the expertise of five KU faculty members.

“The Great American Read” is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels, which were chosen by a national survey. 

At each watch party, a featured speaker will lead a discussion surrounding the theme of that night’s episode. Most of the events will be held on campus, though a full list of locations and details can be found below. 

Tuesday, Sept. 18 | 7-9 p.m.
"Who Am I?" episode viewing and discussion with
Darren Canady, KU associate professor of English
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1020

Sept. 25 | 7-9 p.m.
"Heroes" episode viewing and discussion with
Randy Fuller, Herman Melville Distinguished
Professor of American literature
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1020

Oct. 2 | 7-9 p.m.
"Villains and Monsters" episode viewing and discussion
with Giselle Anatol, KU professor of English, 
and Laura Moriarty, KU associate professor of English
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1020

Oct. 9 | 7-9 p.m.
"What We Do For Love" episode viewing and discussion
with Ayesha Hardison, KU associate professor of English
and women, gender & sexuality studies
Capitol Federal Hall, Colloquium Room

Oct. 16 | 7-9 p.m.
"Other Worlds" episode viewing and discussion
with Bogi Takács, award-winning author and editor
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1020

Oct. 23 | 7-9 p.m.
Grand finale, live episode viewing and voting results
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
707 Vermont St.

These events are free and open to the public, and no reservation is required. Light refreshments will be provided. Please visit LPL’s event page or contact Courtney Foat at for additional details.

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