Daily Archives: March 1, 2010

Thomas Mullen speaks at First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

We’re back with more video from the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon, which took place at this year’s FYE Conference on February 15th in Denver, Colorado.

Second to speak was Thomas Mullen whose novel, Last Town on Earth , addresses issues of morality and ethical struggle as readers enter a Pacific Northwest town that has quarantined itself during the 1908 flu epidemic. With recent health scares still in the general forefront of most minds, the novel provides a timely yet historically rich story that will get your students talking.

See which programs have adopted Last Town on Earth.

View other videos from the 2010 First-Year Experience Author Luncheon.

For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Graceland University shares why they are walking with Planetwalker

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James Uhlenkamp of Graceland University let us know why Dr. John Francis’s Planetwalker was selected for the university’s 2010 Common Reading Program. He says:

This book tells the tale of a man who found his life work in an environmental disaster. In formulating and living his response, Francis displayed the fortitude and dedication to hold to his principles in the face of family and social pressures to conform.

An important goal of an FYE program is to help the students see the the people they wish to become. This book demonstrates that anything is possible, and that unusual decisions and visions, if pursued with perseverance, can have a positive impact on the world and society around us.

Will Planetwalker work for your program? What themes are important to your university? What do you hope your students will glean from their common read?

Share your thoughts with us and we will help you share them with others!

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