Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions for Spring 2015

Monday, February 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Regeneration by Pat Barker, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries .
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  


Monday, April 20:  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  by Christopher Browning, led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department.

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

The backdrops of World War I and World War II figure prominently in the provocative Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions scheduled for Spring 2015.

The first book discussion of the Spring Semester will be led by Dr. Keith Gorman of the University Libraries, Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department.  Keith will lead our discussion of Regeneration  by Pat Barker, which was published in 1991 and was a Booker Prize nominee. It was the first novel of a trilogy entitled the Regeneration Trilogy. The two other works in the trilogy are The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road. The novel set in WWI England explores the experience of British officers being treated for shell shock. Drawing on the experiences of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, the novel examines the issues of duty, masculinity, creative work, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The second book discussion will be led by Dr. Karl Schleunes, Professor Emeritus of History.  He will lead a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,  by Christopher Browning.  In this non-fiction work, Browning, a professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.  “If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances,'' he writes, “what group of men cannot?''

Both programs are free, with priority given to Friends of the UNCG Libraries members.  If you plan to attend, we ask but do not require that you notify Barry Miller.

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