The Big Read 2007 – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park communities join together to celebrate A Farewell to Arms by Oak Park native Ernest Hemingway in the 2007 Big Read.

Of particular interest to the Dominican University community is the participation of several faculty members.

Join us for the these events!

Sunday, October 28, 2007
Special Event: “Fashions of World War I” lecture by Dr. Susan Strawn. Fashions throughout the decades have reflected the political and economic changes occurring in society. Strawn will show examples of clothing featured in “A Farewell to Arms,” including puttees, and discuss how World War I military styling such as Army-issued sweaters and trench coats, became popular with civilians and remain wardrobe classics today. 3 p.m. Dominican University, 7900 Division Street, River Forest, IL

Monday, November 5, 2007
Special Event: Dr. Peter Fallon presents “Ego-Journalism: From Hemingway to the Blogosphere.” As mainstream media increasingly focus on news as entertainment and information as a salable commodity, social and political pressures have forced them to don a mask of objectivity. Consequently, we now look to “alternative media” to interpret information and give us the meaning behind stories. Hemingway’s “my-point-of-view” reporting, referred to as “ego journalism,” formed the basis of the “new journalism” of the l960s, made famous by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer. Alternative media like blogs — made possible by the rise of the meta-medium of the Internet — resurrect this personal form of journalism, and offer the opportunity for all people to post their ideas and interpretations to a sizable readership, impossible under the old media model. Peter K. Fallon, PhD, is a 22-year veteran of the TV industry — 17 years with NBC’s “Today” show. 7 p.m. Parmer Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Special Event: “Hello to Propaganda” lecture by Dr. John Jenks. The year Ernest Hemingway graduated Oak Park-River Forest High School, America entered World War I and began inundating its citizens with propaganda — propaganda to encourage enlistments, boost war bond sales, and overall help the “war effort.” The overwhelming volume, intensity, and sophistication of propaganda was unprecedented and quintessentially modern. Dominican University Communication Professor John Jenks discusses the origins and evolution of war propaganda in 1917-18 and its impact on American public life, and on the young men such as Hemingway who were stirred into action. 7 p.m. Parmer Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest.

There are many more events throughout the fall — take a look at the Big Read website for more information.

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