February 24, 2004

Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822

Hall Center to hold 2nd annual Book Celebration to honor faculty authors

LAWRENCE -- The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas announces the Second Annual Celebration of Books in honor of KU humanities faculty authors at 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 4 in the Summerfield Room in the Adams Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In the past year, 39 humanities, social sciences and fine arts faculty members published 38 books, from critical readings of Harry Potter to life in American slaughterhouses. Many of these books will be on display.

Three faculty authors will read from their books and take audience questions at the event:

 • Rita Napier, associate professor of history, will discuss Kansas and the West: New Perspectives, which critiques our common views of what "old West" life was like.

 • Robert Rowland, professor of communication studies, will discuss Shared Land/Conflicting Identity: Trajectories of Israeli and Palestinian Symbol Use, which examines the rhetoric, ideology, and myths that have played key roles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 • Giselle Anatol, assistant professor of English, discusses Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays. Anatol edited and contributed to the collection, which examines the popular children's novels for their approach to education, race, foreign cultures, class, and gender.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger will offer concluding remarks.

Victor Bailey, Hall Center director, said professors are too seldom congratulated for their work. "It is time we extended recognition to the faculty's research achievements. A published book can take anywhere from five to ten years to complete, and requires bags of energy, perseverance, and creativity. We need to celebrate the achievement a published book or musical recording represents."

For more information contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-7822.

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