Category Archives: Special Events

Book Discussion: Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

1sr edition, 1980. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of two sisters growing up in a small northwestern town painfully aware that “the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

Marilyn Robinson is one of America’s great living authors. The Library Book Club will discuss Housekeeping on June 28 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Collaborate Ultra.

The first chapter and an excerpt from the audiobook are available free on the Macmillan website. Explanatory materials and an audio lecture about the book are available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read website.

For more information about this event, Contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

On-Campus & Online Library Help April 29-May 2

The last week of the spring semester is upon us, and the Librarians want to help you finish successfully. From Monday (April 29) through Thursday (May 2), the Library has scheduled multiple times when research librarians will be on hand to help you find the best books, articles, and media for your final papers and projects.

We are calling our on-campus sessions Study Haven and our online sessions Study Hangouts. Join us and get answers for your thorniest research and citation questions.

Eudora Welty discussion with Dr. Michael Crews

“Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty.

One of Eudora Welty’s most loved short stories, “A Worn Path” is the tale of an elderly black woman’s long walk to town at Christmastime to purchase medicine for her sick grandson. According Welty, the creative stimulus for the story came from the “indelible” image of an old black woman she once saw crossing a wintry field. The theme of the story, the author explained, is “the deep-grained habit of love.”

On Friday, December 7 at 12:00, Dr. Michael Crews will lead a discussion of this remarkable short story in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra videoconference.

First published in in 1941 in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, “A Worn Path” is available free on the Atlantic website. The story is only 3,276 words and can be read in about 15 minutes.

But wait! Say your research has required so much reading lately, that you can’t manage even that. You have two other options:

  • A recording of Welty reading her story on YouTube.
  • An excellent film adaptations (with most of the dialog taken right from the story) available from FMG Films on Demand (Regent login credentials required).

So you have no excuse to miss this opportunity in literature appreciation!

For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image credit: Image Credit: “Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty. In a 1989 interview the author commented on her photograph: “She has a very sensitive face, as you can see. She was well aware of her predicament in poverty, and had good reasons for hopelessness. Well, she wasn’t hopeless. That was the point. She was courageous. She thought it was a hopeless situation, but she was tackling it.” https://theunintendedcurator.com/2017/09/14/eudora-welty-photographer/?fbclid=IwAR0Fvb0ZD34r6oNHwMoeIsROXG6wNyfO936517syVlws0FxX6VdpvJT51IM