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What they are reading: LWC community is catching up this summer

Academic vacations are good time to read books neglected during regular school terms

By Emily Harlan
LWC Staff Writer

The 2006 summer season officially began with Memorial Day weekend. And for members of the Lindsey Wilson College community, summer is a great time to catch up on books that were neglected from August through May because of the hustle and bustle of the academic year.

"Summer is the only time I get to read any more, that's why I cherish it so much," said Katie Graebner, whose job as the colleges women's area coordinator includes supervising more than 400 coed residential students. "I collect books all year long and then anticipate when I can pull them off the shelf and read them."

Graebner started off her summer reading with Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. "I wanted to re-read it before I went to the movie," she said.

Katie Graebner will revisit ThoreauThen Graebner plans to get more serious by revisiting the Henry David Thoreau classic, Walden.

"I'm most excited about reading this book," she said. "Thoreau writes in such a way that you are taken from your reality into his world, and sometimes it's hard to snap back to your reality because his world seems so beautiful."

Another classic that Lindsey Wilson readers plan to enjoy this summer is Earnest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

.Graebner plans to read it, as does Upward Bound Director Rudy Thomas.

"I will be reading Hemingway this summer before I teach an Upward Bound class on folklore, composition and literature," said Thomas, who also plans to read Hemingway's The Garden of Eden and The Old Man and the Sea.

Several Lindsey Wilson professors use the start of the summer reading season to wind down from the spring semester.

Psychology Professor Ludden will read Garrison KeillorAssistant Professor of Psychology David Ludden, for example, started off with humorist Garrison Keillor's Wobegon Boy. "It's a light-reading treat to unwind from the end of the semester," Ludden said.

After spending time in fictional Lake Wobegon, Ludden plans to read Jared Diamond's two critically acclaimed books: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Professor of Criminal Justice Jane Baxter Jones will read serious worksDiamond's two books about environmental histories of civilizations also appear on the summer list of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Jane Baxter Jones.

"This is a great look at the big picture of how humanity developed and what its direction can be in the future," Jones said.

The environment and a spring speaker at Lindsey Wilson influenced the composition of Associate Professor of English Carolyn Keefe's summer list. One of her titles is Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect by environmental writer David W. Orr of Oberlin (Ohio) College.

Carolyn Keefe concentrating on Kentucky environmentalist Erik ReeceKeefe learned of the book from Kentucky environmental writer Erik Reece, who visited campus last April to discuss the environmental destruction of mountaintop removal in Eastern Kentucky.

"Frankly, I'm hoping what Orr has to say will inspire me both professionally and personally," Keefe said.

Television personality Oprah Winfrey's book club shaped some reading lists.

Stacy Springston, who is the coordinator for the School of Professional Counselings Bluegrass Community Campus in Lexington, KY, will read Night, Elie Wiesel's harrowing first-person account of the Holocaust.

Gina Dumphy will sample Tv personality's favorite booksAdmissions counselor Gina Dunphy also plans to sample some of the Tv personality's favorite books.

"My "bubble bath' reads will include anything by Nicolas Sparks, Janet Evanovich or Meg Cabot," Dunphy said.

Dunphy's sociology minor led her to select several books about class in America, including Class Matters, a collection of 14 articles about class in America that recently appeared in The New York Times.

Professor of Psychology Steven Scott will use the summer to deepen his understanding of hypnosis: Modern Hypnosis by Masud Ansari and The Wizard Within by A.M. Krasner, the father of clinical hypnotherapy.

"My students and I continue to be fascinated with hypnosis as a safe, powerful, and natural way to empower people to make the changes in their lives they want," Scott said. "Approved by the AMA (American Medical Association) in 1958, the science of hypnosis is just beginning to help people with the many challenges we all face in modern life: sleeping, eating, smoking, phobias, stress. What the mind sees, the mind and body make happen."

Paula Powell of President's office has saved special books for canoeing vacationPaula Powell, who is executive assistant to Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., spends most of her summer outdoors with her family: two or three weekends camping on Green River and then several on Green River while floating on a pontoon.

"One week, though is saved for the Florida beach," Powell said. "So my reading choices fall into the leisure-reading category."

While on the beach, Powell plans to revisit a couple of classics -- J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

And Da Vinci Code is on Powell's list"And since I'm probably the last person to read The Da Vinci Code, it's on my list, too," she said.

For Writing Center Coordinator Allison L. Smith, this summer is her last one of literary freedom, at least until she completes her doctoral work.

PhD candidate eschewing anything 'academic'"This fall I'm starting my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, so these next two months are my last shot at leisurely reading anything for essentially the next half decade," Smith said. "So I'm livin' la vida loca and staying away from any book, magazine or leaflet that could be remotely considered 'academic.'"

Smith's list includes: America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart; Lewis Black's Nothing's Sacred; and Billy Collins' The Trouble with Poetry.

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This story was posted on 2006-06-12 08:37:35
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