Books and Coffee 2017

Everybody knows a great book from the past, whether it’s Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice or Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.  But what are the great books of the present?  That’s the question the English Department’s Books and Coffee series has explored since 1951.  Every Thursday in February, a faculty member discusses a recent book that’s made some waves, something you may have heard of but haven’t gotten around to reading.  This is your opportunity to hear expert commentary on a new book that is a vital part of contemporary print culture.  Talks are in STEW 302/306 at 4:30 pm, but stop by as early as 4 pm for free coffee and pastries, as well as a chance to socialize with other book lovers. The talks last no more than 25 minutes.  Afterward, there’s a raffle with a chance to win some fun prizes.  And if you like, there’s an opportunity to meet the presenter and share your ideas about the book.

Books and Coffee will be held on Thursdays in February and March 2017 from 4-5 p.m.  Speakers for 2017 will be:  Professor Dorsey Armstrong (Week 1);  Janet Alsup, Head of Curriculum & Instruction (Week 2); Professor Nush Powell (Week 3); and President Mitch Daniels (Week 4).  See the links to the left for information on each weekly talk.

For a list of past Books & Coffees (1951-the Present) click here.




Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
For more information on the 2017 program, contact Derek Pacheco, Faculty Director.

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