BookTalk, The Nile, and Serendipity

One of the definitions of “serendipity” is the fact or occurrence of lucky accidents.  This kind of fortunate accident, or serendipity, will play out in March with two events on the BSC Campus that focus on the Nile River.

BookTalk at BSC – March 8

On Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library, Jean Rolandelli, Associate Professor of Biology, will lead a discussion of Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney.  This is the final discussion in the BookTalk at BSC 2009 series, Memories in Ink: the World Captured in Memoir.   

Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities Lecture – March 11

On March 11, Clay Jenkinson, BSC’s Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities, and BSC President Larry Skogen, will discuss “Sir Richard Francis Burton and the Source of the Nile” as part of the Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities Lecture Series.  That event will take place in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Schafer Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m.    

Both events are free and open to the public.  Mark your calendar!

About the Book     down-the-nile

Down the Nile is Rosemary Mahoney’s story about her journey down the Nile between Aswan and Qena.  Mahoney wrote that what she “wanted, really, was not just to see the Nile River, but to sit in the middle of it in my own boat, alone.”  It took much more than rowing skill to accomplish this desire.  In Down the Nile, Mahoney shares her adventure and her impressions of the people, the natural wonders, the culture, and the history of the Nile.  It is a fascinating read.        

About Sir Richard Francis Burton, 1821-1890

Sir Richard Francis Burton was an English scholar-explorer and Orientalist who was the first European to discover Lake Tanganyika and to penetrate hitherto-forbidden Muslim cities.  He published 43 volumes on his explorations and almost 30 volumes of translations.

Annual Art Faculty Exhibition – Reception, February 18

You are invited to the reception for the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition at the BSC Library’s Gannon Gallery on Wednesday, February 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show is filled with bright and bold paintings, ceramics, drawings, jewelry, and mixed media pieces by Barb Jirges, Sean Thorenson, Michelle Lindblom, Brian Hushagen, David Lewellyn, Andrea Lynn Fagerstrom, and Thomas Marple.

This show will be on display through March 11, 2009.

BSC Library – President’s Day Holiday Hours

The BSC Library will observe these hours for the President’s Day holiday weekend:

  • Friday, February 13         7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14     Closed
  • Sunday, February 15       Closed
  • Monday, February 16       5:30 – 9 p.m.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 17.

The ODIN catalog and the Library’s databases  are available 24/7.

BookTalk at BSC – Sunday, February 8, 2009

catfish-and-mandalaOn Sunday, February 8, we will discuss the second book in the BookTalk at BSC 2009 series, Catfish and Mandala: a Two-wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham. 

Kris Smotherman, adjunct English instructor, will lead the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library.  Discussions are free and open to all.  

Catfish and Mandala is the story of an American odyssey—a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam—made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland.   Catfish and Mandala won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year.  Pham also won the Whiting Writers’ Award for this book.