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News: Shatford Library To Launch Discussion Series On Jewish Literature

The Pasadena City College Shatford Library will launch a discussion to address human issues of estrangement and homecoming through the works of Jewish authors, thanks to a grant of $1,500 from the American Library Association (ALA).

The Pasadena City College Shatford Library will launch a discussion to address human issues of estrangement and homecoming through the works of Jewish authors, thanks to a grant of $1,500 from the American Library Association (ALA).

The grant is part of the ALA's Let's Talk About It program and will underwrite a five-part series on the theme, "Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming," one of four themes exploring Jewish literature and culture as part of the ALA initiative.

The first discussion of the series will cover Eva Hoffman's "Lost in Translation" on July 12.

"Our theme really does speak to our multicultural community," said Mary Ann Laun, PCC assistant dean of Library Services and grant writer for the Let's Talk About It grant. "It explores what it means to belong, feelings of estrangement, as well as efforts toward assimilation to a different environment and culture."

Local scholar, Dr. Peter A. Brier, will lead the discussions on five works of Jewish fiction. The lectures and discussions are also expected to foster strong continuing interest in Jewish fiction, as well as nonfiction. The Shatford Library is one of four in California to receive this grant. Sixty libraries will participate nationally in this fourth round of grants. Grant funds will support training for project staff, program materials, and an honorarium for the participating scholar.

For more information and to be placed on a mailing list for this series, call 626) 585-7833 or visit the website at www.paccd.cc.ca.us/library/letstalk.htm.

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Release Date: 02/03/2006
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
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