Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Oxy Book Club Reads & Eats
This month: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Our informal book club is open to all -faculty, staff and students. This month we are reading Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. It's a break from work and study plus good conversation. Bring your lunch or just yourself. NOON to 1pm, the Braun Room, main floor of the Library.
About the book: (from Amazon). With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Indicted in 1998, convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is begins serving time in 2004 as inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.
NEXT BOOK: We are proposing to read a work by Canadian author Alice Munro, who was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work as "master of the modern short story", and the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work. We'll choose a title and meet in the new year.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
History Comps Presentations
Seniors in the History Department present their comprehensive research projects.
3:10 Anthony Avila, Down and Distance: The Reintegration of Professional Football and the Transformation of the Black Athlete.
3:25 Alexis Holmes, Crime and Popular Culture Across the Atlantic World.
3:40 Laurel Cox, Liberte, Egalite, Sororite: The Patriotism and Places of the Parisiam Women of the French Revolution.
3:55 Kyler Hall, Mexico De Afruero through the Great Deperssion: Anti-Mexican Hysteria, Revolutionary Rhetoric, and the Ugly Truth.
4:10 Jack Butcher, The Changing Shape of the American Gangster Film.
4:25 Danielle Witz, Reporting on the "New Woman."