In the third talk of the new annual speaker series called “Personally Speaking,” UNC Charlotte associate professor of English Tony Jackson will discuss his book “The Technology of the Novel,” about the extraordinary powers of the alphabet and the ways that it has influenced human storytelling.
“If you can read and write, then you know how to operate what may be the most powerful technology ever invented -- the written alphabet,” says Jackson. “But most of us haven’t thought seriously about how this technology affects our everyday existence.”
The event begins with a reception at 6:00 PM, Thursday, Feb. 17, in Atkins Library, followed by the talk and book signing at 6:30 PM.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library partnered to engage the community through the speaker series, which highlights authors who are UNC Charlotte faculty members. It is designed to celebrate campus authors and offer the community a chance to learn more about the authors and their work. Each of the four events this year will feature a presentation by the author, followed by a question-and-answer session, book signing and reception; books will be for sale.
“The partnership between the library and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a natural one,” says Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the college. “We support the University’s mission to serve as a resource to the greater Charlotte area, and this new speaker series is an excellent way to share with the community the knowledge and expertise of our faculty.”
The series kicked off in September with history professor Christine Haynes speaking to a crowd of around 100 people on the topic “A Book is a Product Unlike Any Other.” In November, more than 200 people from the community attended a talk by the director and assistant director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens on their new book, “Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants.”
The final speaker in this year’s Personally Speaking series is:
- March 22, Sean McCloud, “Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies,” Atkins Library, 6:00 PM
The events are free and open to the public, but the University requests that you register by calling 704-687-0085 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.