ISU events tie in with Vigo County's 'The Big Read'

March 16 2007

ISU English Department hosts F. Scott Fitzgerald expert, panel presentation

Indiana State University is pleased to join the Vigo County Public Library and its partners in "The Big Read," an event designed to restore reading to the center of American Culture. Currently, 72 communities throughout the country are encouraging literary reading through the National Endowment for the Arts' "The Big Read" programming from January through June 2007. Vigo County is one of only four communities in Indiana who are participating.

The book selected for Vigo County is "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Members of the community are invited to get a copy of "The Great Gatsby" at any VCPL branch, and attend book discussions and programs throughout the month of March, including the following:

• Fitzgerald Scholar Matthew Bruccoli, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at ISU's Hulman Center – Meeting Room Level
Sponsored by the ISU Department of English's Joseph Schick Lecture Series

Dr. Bruccoli is the Emily Brown Jefferies Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He is widely regarded as the foremost expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald and has written or edited 30 volumes on Fitzgerald, including the standard biography, "Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald." A reception will follow the presentation.

• Reading Gatsby in the 21st Century Panel Presentation, 10 a.m., Friday, March 23 at Clabber Girl
Sponsored by ISU Department of English and the ISU Center for Public Service and Community Engagement

The panel presentation features ISU English professors Matt Brennan, Peter Carino, and Rob Perrin; and ISU students Megan Anderson and Stephanie Osburn.

For information about additional Big Read programs go to:

These events are part of "The Big Read," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.


Contact: Harriett Hudson, professor of English at Indiana State University, (812) 237-3139 or

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or

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The ISU English Department is hosting an F. Scott Fitzgerald expert and panel presentation as part of Vigo County's "The Big Read" of "The Great Gatsby."

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