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UM recognizes 100 years of books from faculty members

By Dana Porter
On April 20, 2012

The University of Memphis' Centennial celebration will honor alumni and professors who have published books over the years at "100 books for 100 years" today in Patterson Hall.

The open house starts at 4 p.m. and will highlight the literary history of the English department, one of the original departments from when U of M first started in 1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School.

Included in the display of the department's history will be books from current and retired alumni and faculty.

"It's a display of 200 books. A display of posters will be on the walls in Patterson. There will be a popular book from each year that was published in that year, such as Ulysses by James Joyce and 1922," said April Wroblewski, graduate student in the English department.

Wroblewski said that paired with each popular book will be a poster of books published by current and former faculty and alumni.

Professor and chair of the Department of English, Eric Link, said he has written a number of books but is not aware if any of his works will be displayed at the event. One of his books he recommends is  "The Vast and Terrible Drama" about American literary naturalism.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the great work that the Department of English has done over the past 100 years. Our Centennial celebration of 100 years will continue the '100 Books of 100 years' in the fall," he said.

Guests are welcomed to roam Patterson and see the newly renovated rooms that reveal a writing studio, African-American Literature reading room and an English library.

"For the past year and a half, the rooms were renovated to provide a more accessible and professional working environment for students that now features better carpet," said Leslie Graff, instructor coordinator of the English department.

Ladrica Menson-Furr, associate professor in African-American Literature, will accompany the African-American Literature reading room and assist in answering questions from guests.

"I have published a how-to guide in 2008, roughly 105 pages, on how to teach the play 'Fences' by August Wilson. It is basically a theater guide teaching people how to approach or talk about it," Menson-Furr said.

The event is a part of U of M's alumni association centennial reunion weekend, which allows alumni to reunite with former faculty members.

Informational videos will be shown for future applicants or graduate candidates who want to learn more about each concentration in the English program.

The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

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