Purdue University North Central will continue its “Books & Coffee” discussion series during the spring semester. The programs are free and open to the public and meet from noon to about 1 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 170A, located adjacent to the cafeteria. Directions to PNC and a campus map can be found at http://www.pnc.edu/maps.
Each session will feature a review of the book, followed by a discussion period. The books being reviewed are available in the PNC Bookstore. This semester’s selections include:
Feb.16 – Steve Tallackson, PNC limited term lecturer in History, will review “The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander. The author is an associate professor of Law at Ohio State University and the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, contends that “we have not ended racial caste in America: we have merely redesigned it.” She asserts that by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control — relegating millions to a permanent second class status — even as the country formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
March 23 – Peggy Glennie will discuss “The Isle of Iona by Paula Evans. Glennie, who previously taught English Composition at PNC, wrote this book under a pen name. The book is set in Cadymoor, Scotland, a quaint coastal village the twentieth century has passed by. Residents live in fear of their selectman, Harry Nixon, with the exception of one school teacher, Heather MacIntosh. Harry uses fear and threats to exile any hapless resident to the Isle of Iona, a one-time religious retreat. The exiled person is never heard from again.
Heather is confident of her safety. Her brother is one of the sailors who has the duty to escort refugees to their new home, but that does not prevent her from standing trial on charges trumped up by Nixon. Her exile is all but guaranteed. Over the centuries, Iona has taken on the aura of a veritable hellhole. But there is a good reason no one on Iona tries to contact their families back in Cadymoor. With a self-governing population that thrives on freedom of thought, speech and creativity, who wants to ruin a good thing and chance Nixon finding out?
April 6 – Sunny Akhigbe will review “A Boy and His Dream” by Ambrose Okosun. Akhigbe, a graduate of the PNC MBA program, wrote this book under a pen name. Author Ambrose Okosun was beginning his life in March of 1973 in Lekki, Nigeria, as his parents’ marriage was ending. Left with his grandparents to eke out a living in a small village, Okosun was separated from his mother and was not allowed to see his birth father.
Okosun shares the struggles he endured and how he overcome those early challenges. From hunger to being ostracized by a polygamist family, he experienced severe poverty while growing up. At the same time, his elders imparted important lessons, including the message that he was in charge of his own destiny.
Learning by trial and error and with guidance from God, Okosun tells how he became educated, earned several degrees and immigrated to the United States. “A Boy and His Dream” narrates the story of a man who has come a long way from being an abused little boy in Nigeria.
Additional information about Books and Coffee may be obtained by contacting Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of English and Modern Language, at 219-785-5346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the PNC Office of Institutional Equity, 219-785-5545.