William Woods University announces One Read programs

William Woods University plans a month-long series of
programs in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s 2012 One Read
selection, “The Tiger’s Wife.” The events begin Sept. 4 with the movie, “Welcome
to Sarajevo,” and conclude Sept. 27 with the author’s video conference. A children’s program is planned for Sept. 22.

One Read, now in its 11th year, is a community-wide reading
program that encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in
thought-provoking discussion and activities. All events at WWU are free and
open to the public.
 
“The Tiger’s Wife,” chosen by public vote, was written by 25-year-old Téa Obreht, who was born in the former
Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States in 1997. The novel tells the
story of a young physician in the war-torn Balkans who searches for tales from
her grandfather’s past in an attempt to understand his mysterious death far
from home. She becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the
deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal.
 
As she looks for answers, she uncovers an extraordinary
World War II-era story of a deaf-mute woman in her grandfather’s boyhood village
who befriended a tiger escaped from a zoo. Personal history, quest, myth,
superstition and the aftermath of war combine to create a magical narrative.
 
All WWU programs will be held at 7 p.m. in the Library
Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Programming is subject to change, so check www.WilliamWoods.edu for up-to-date
details.
 
The programs planned are:

Sept. 4—Movie Night, “Welcome to Sarajevo”
Tony Weed, clinical instructor in communications, will show
“Welcome to Sarajevo” with Woody Harrelson. The movie takes place during the
Third Balkan War 1992-93. It shows the war from the media’s perspective
and is based on a true story of a news crew helping orphaned children escape
the war. It utilizes actual footage from the war and is rated R for violence
(war footage). 
 
Sept. 10—Healing the World
A panel will discuss attempts to provide healthcare and
immunizations in war-torn or third-world countries. Fulton native Nicole
Williams, a medical student at the University of Missouri, will talk about her
volunteer experiences in Rwanda and Cambodia; Dr. Raymond Plue, past governor
of Rotary District 6080, will tell about his experiences during Rotary national
polio immunization days in India; and Dr. Wayne Anderson, University of
Missouri professor emeritus of psychology 
and travel writer for the Columbia Tribune, will speak about training
volunteers to deal with post-traumatic stress in foreign countries and his
visits to the Balkans.  This program is
co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fulton.  
 
Sept. 11—Movie Night, “War Horse”
Dr. Greg Smith, associate professor of English, will show
Steven Spielberg’s recent film, “War Horse,” which deals with
situational and thematic issues similar to those in “The Tiger’s Wife.”  Young
Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the
cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as
the war rages on.  Note: The movie is 146
minutes, so this presentation will begin at 6 p.m.
 
Sept. 13—Telling the Tale
Dr. Matt Dube, assistant professor of English, will discuss
folk tales and contemporary storytelling. Note: this presentation will be 4-5
p.m.
 
Sept. 17—Saving the Tiger
Students and faculty from the University of Missouri who are
members of Tigers For Tigers will speak about tiger conservation. This program
is co-sponsored by the Callaway County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni
Association. 
 
Sept. 20—Readers’ Theatre
This interactive session will emphasize the various themes
of “The Tiger’s Wife” through a readers’ theater presentation by Dr. Betsy
Tutt, professor and chair of education, and some of her students.  Note:
this presentation will be at 4 p.m.
 
Sept. 22—Tiger Time for Kids
Jen Sain, Coordinator, Mildred Cox Gallery will host a kid’s
workshop.  WWU’s Art Club will make papier-mâché tiger masks with the
children or paper collage tigers. Note: this presentation will be 10 a.m.
to noon in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.
 
Sept. 24—Describing the Scene
History professors Dr. Shawn Hull of William Woods
University and Dr. Kurt Jefferson of Westminster College will discuss the
history of the Balkans.
 
Sept. 25—Deaf People Now and Then: Perspectives
Dr. Barbara D. Garrett, professor and program director, American
Sign Language & Interpreting Program, will lead a panel of local Deaf
community scholars to provide current and historical insight from the
perspective of Deaf people.  American
Sign Language has its linguistic origins in Europe and the Deaf community is
connected today internationally.  Interpreters will be provided for this event
so that both Deaf and non-Deaf people may freely participate and communicate.
 
Sept. 27—Author’s Video Conference
Join author Téa Obreht by video conference for a discussion
of her book, “The Tiger’s Wife.”   
 
For more information, contact Mary Ann Beahon, WWU director
of university relations and a member of the One Read Task Force, at maryann.beahon@willia