2012 Community Read - The Life Before Us by Romain Gary


Denise Knight

"One is Not Fond of Overripe Pears": Conduct Literature and the Call for "True Womanhood"
A Lecture by Denise Knight

Thursday, August 16
6 p.m.
BorgWarner Community Room

Join SUNY Cortland Professor Denise Knight as she kicks off our 2012 Community Read programming with her popular lecture “One is Not Fond of Overripe
Pears. . .”.

Professor Knight’s lecture will examine literary depictions of women, social etiquette guides, medical advice books, and training manuals for male supervisors of women workers and discuss the pressure placed on women to attain beauty, practice deference, and exercise self-control.

This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and is being held in conjunction with the 2012 Community Read of Romain Gary’s “The Life Before Us.”

The Life Before Us (Madame Rosa) by Romain Gary

“The Life Before Us” Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, September 5 at 11 a.m. and
Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m.
BorgWarner Community Room West

Join Community Read Coordinator Sarah Glogowski for an opportunity to explore the themes, characters and lessons of “The Life Before Us,” during two Community Read Book Discussion Groups.

Advance registration is appreciated but not required. To register, contact Glogowski at (607) 272-4557 extension 255.

Heart Gallery Exhibit

September 10 through October 5

Visit the Library for a look at “Heart Gallery,” a touching, traveling photographic and audio exhibit designed to place children in foster care with forever families.

“Medicine and Healing: Navigating Life and Death” A Lecture by Stacey Langwick

Wednesday, September 12
6 p.m.
Thaler/Howell Programming Room

Explore the definitions of health and medicine and the emotions of life and death with Cornell University Professor Stacey Langwick Langwick’s talk, “Medicine and Healing: Navigating Life and Death,” will consider what “health” means in different healing traditions and look at how people view and understand life, sickness, misfortune and caregiving. Read more >>

Cultivating the Imagination: A Childhood Memoir Writing Workshop

Thursday, September 20
Noon - 2 p.m.
BorgWarner Community Room

Facilitated by local poet, business owner, Reiki Master and actress, Michelle Courtney Berry, “Cultivating the Imagination” will use visualization exercises and other fun techniques to help conjure long-forgotten thoughts about who participants were and what they felt in the past. Attendees will leave with a roadmap for beginning, continuing or completing a memoir.

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.

All Community Read programs are free and open to the public.

The 2012 Community Read is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University.

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