Troy University awarded National Endowment for the Arts 'Big Read' grant

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014

TROY - Troy University has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to host "The Big Read," a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

Managed by Arts Midwest, "The Big Read" program exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The program provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The grants will enable selected organizations to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.

"It is a real honor for Troy University to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read award for the Fall 2014," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First-Year Studies. "We were the only Big Read awarded in the state of Alabama in this upcoming cycle. This award marks the culmination of a significant effort by the University to create a culture of engaged readers as part of its multi-year Quality Enhancement Plan."

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 Bradberry'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.

"The selection of Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451 will provide some wonderful opportunities for Troy University and its communities to discuss the important themes of this book," Dr. Fulmer said. "As Americans, we may be tempted to take for granted the freedom of expression which we enjoy. Such freedom is a great privilege and carries with it an even greater responsibility. It's my hope that our University and community members will take advantage of the Big Read events and be a part of our extended conversation on the power of ideas and the significance of books."

Activities planned include community and campus lectures and discussions, a film series, a writing contest for area school children, a children's book festival, workshops offered in cooperation with the Colley Senior Center, book drives and a 5K "Big Run for Big Read."

For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean of First-Year Studies, 117 Eldridge Hall, at 334-670-5747.