TROY - Troy University will kick off the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read with an event at the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy on Sept. 16 beginning at 7 p.m.
Made possible through an NEA grant to Troy University, The Big Read program is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. TROY is one of 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and the only one in Alabama, to receive a grant to host a Big Read project.
In support of TROY's Quality Enhancement Plan, "Creating a Culture of Engaged Reading," the University will involve students, faculty and staff and the community in discussions and activities centered on Ray Bradbury's classic, "Fahrenheit 451," which will also serve as the University's year-long Common Reader selection for entering students. "Big Read" activities are being planned from September to November.
Tuesday's kickoff event will serve as an introduction to The Big Read program, an opportunity to distribute copies of the book, as well as an opportunity to begin discussions about the book and why it was chosen by the University, according to Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First Year Studies.
"The Big Read promotes conversations about why books and ideas are important and our kickoff event is a way to involve the community and begin the discussion," Dr. Fulmer said. "Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' was a natural for this program because it is a book about the power of books and the power of ideas in those books. We hope that our Big Read events will encourage and facilitate open discussion and dialogue about what we read, why books are important and why the ideas in books really matter."
As a part of the Big Read program, Troy University will host a film festival. Films will be shown each Tuesday at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 23 with a showing of "Fahrenheit 451," and continuing through Nov. 18. Participants will have the opportunity to view films and then participate in a discussion. All films will be shown in room 101 of Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus.
In addition to the film festival, an observance of Banned Book Week is scheduled for Sept. 24 on the Bibb Graves Quad, a used book sale is set for Oct. 9-10 in Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus, a 5K run will take place on Oct. 18 and a children's book festival is set for November 1.