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SPL schedule features talk on ‘Unbowed’

August 4, 2012

By MATT CRANE
sdnlife@bellsouth.net

Starkville Reads will hold a discussion and presentation on Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai’s memoir “Unbowed,” hosted by Dr. Michael Kardos.

The event will be held Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Starkville Public Library where Kardos will discuss from his perspective as an English professor.

“We’ll be discussing the book from a literary perspective and looking at those literary elements,” Kardos said. “We’re taking somebody who’s writing about their own life, so there are millions of moments to choose from to include in this book.”

Kardos said he was interested in picking out and discussing those moments the author chose to include in her life story.

In a description on the Maroon Edition’s website, while the author may best be known as the founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai offers much more in her gripping memoir.

“…this is much more than a memoir of her environmentalism,” the destruction reads. “Maathai takes the reader through her childhood and education…being part of the first group of post-colonial Africans to get an American college education.”

In an online letter, MSU President Mark Keenum encourages incoming freshman to read the book before arriving to campus and participating in planned events concerning the Maroon Edition pick.

“This book is a story of courage and perseverance against great obstacles,” Keenum writes. “It also deals with several critical issues confronting developing countries and our planet as a whole.”

Kardos said whether guests to his Starkville Reads presentation are approaching the book from a literary or historic interest, the story is compelling and he is grateful for the collective study the Maroon Edition offers.

“The Maroon Edition is a great way to get lots of people focused on a single book,” he said. “Getting a whole university and town together on something like this creates a real strength in the community.”

Starkville Reads is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting books and reading in the community.  It sponsors numerous programs each year and distributes books to area schools, libraries, and other venues.  Starkville Reads is grateful to the Starkville Rotary Club and to the Starkville Area Arts Council for grants as well as to numerous individuals for their contributions.

Kardos will present his discussion of “Unbowed” on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Starkville Public Library.

For more information on the Maroon Edition, visit http://www.maroonedition.msstate.edu.

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