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Take Five 2007 lecture series begins May 8

The UTC Department of English offers Take Five 2007, five free public lectures on literature beginning Tuesday, May 8 and consecutive Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. through June 5. Take Five is in its ninth year.

This year’s series will focus on contemporary American fiction with these presentations:

May 8 Verbie Prevost E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime
May 15 John Trimpey Cormac McCarthy, The Road
May 22 Chris Stuart Edward Jones, The Known World
May 29 Aaron Shaheen Ellen Douglas, Can't Quit You, Baby
June 5 Greg O'Dea Philip Roth, The Plot against America

Each session runs will begin with the first hour devoted to a lecture and the second emphasizing a conversation between the audience and the five presenters. All sessions are to be held in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. Interested readers are invited to attend any or all sessions.

Take Five began in the summer of 1992 when Professor Arlie Herron, George C. Connor Professor of American Literature, decided to offer a series on American literature that would bring the University and Chattanooga communities together to read and discuss selected works. The topic was “Five Great American Novels.” For several years the series continued to emphasize American Literature focusing on a wide variety of writers and topics, including William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, The Civil War in Literature, Tennessee Writers, and Contemporary Southern Writers. In 2004 and 2006 the focus shifted to International Literature. This year's series moves back to American Literature.

The Take Five Series is funded by a grant from the UC Foundation. Additional information is available by calling the English Department at (423)425-4238.

Take Five Lecture
Take Five presenters: Dr. Gregory O'Dea, Dr. Christopher Stuart, Dr. Verbie Prevost,
Dr. Aaron Shaheen. Not pictured: Dr. John Trimpey.

May 1, 2007