A semester of good reading (updated)
Get ready to make the most of campus lectures and discussions by reading books by some scholars and authors who will be at Lafayette during the spring semester
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr
Recounts the 1906 case of a black man sentenced to death for raping a white woman and his successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mark Curriden will present a lecture on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with audience participation. More details >
The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America by Marc Lamont Hill
Conversations between Marc Lamont Hill, a leading hip-hop generation intellectual, and Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is on death row in Pennsylvania.
Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the Black Heritage Month Keynote Address on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. More details >
Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African by Lamin Sanneh
Memoir of a life's journey from a village in Gambia to a distinguished academic career at Yale.
Lamin Sanneh will present a lecture, "The Last Great Frontier: Resurgence and Divergence in World Christianity" on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. More details >
Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis
The latest novel from one of Britain's best contemporary writers.
Martin Amis will give a reading and engage in conversation about his work and the life of Christopher Hitchens on Tuesday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. More details >
The man without a face: the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen
An unauthorized biography of Russian president Putin by a Russian journalist and human rights activist
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
In her latest novel Geraldine Brooks imagines the life of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.
Geraldine Brooks will speak on the "The Art of Historical Fiction" on Thursday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. More details >
A Journey: My Political Life by Tony Blair
In this best-selling memory, Tony Blair recalls his years as prime minister.
Tony Blair will deliver a "Lives of Liberty" lecture on April 8.
Flies by Michael Dickman
The second book of poetry from Michael Dickman. "Presents an uncompromising vision of joy and devastating loss through a strict economy of language and an exuberant surrealism."
Michael Dickman will be the featured reader at the McKnight Black Poetry Reading on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. and will discuss his work at a Q&A session at 4:10. More details on the reading and the Q&A session.
In the shadow of man by Jane Goodall
Goodall's classic account of her work among the chimpanzees of Gombe.
Jane Goodall will deliver an address entitled “Making a Difference” on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. More details >
The best love of the child: being loved and being taught to love as the first human right edited by Timothy P. Jackson
"Twenty scholars from across ... disciplines argue that the right of children to be loved can best be fulfilled by teaching them how to love others."
As a part of Lafayette's ongoing Civility Project, Prof. Chris Phillips will discuss the book The Best Love of the Child: Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right on Tuesday, April 16, at 12:15 p.m. More details >
Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President by Jimmy Carter
The memoirs of the thirty-ninth President of the United States.
Jimmy Carter will speak on Monday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. More details >
Every bit of it by Katherine Bogden
"This book reveals by what it hides. It tells a deeply human story and tells it slant, as Emily Dickinson said..."
Katherine Bogden, judge of the Jean Corrie Poetry Competition, will read her poems on Thursday, April 25, at 4:10 p.m. More details >