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| April 2014 | Fairfield University News Channel

Eight Days, Seven Authors at Fairfield Bookstore

Seven authors, including three faculty members (pictured, Dr. Linda Henkel) and two alumni, will be discussing their new books and research in the next week at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. All events are free and open to the public.

First up is journalist Ron Berler, who will discuss his book Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Berler spent a full year at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and faculty meetings. In his book, he introduces the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community and their concerns, as well as their pride and resilience.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 3, William Patrick, a faculty member in Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, will read from two of his works, The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Health Care and Saving Troy.

The Call of Nursing is a Studs Terkel-like collection of 23 occupational profiles that capture an inside view of the profession and the women and men who form its backbone. Saving Troy is a creative nonfiction chronicle of a year spent living with the professional firefighters and paramedics of the Troy, N.Y. Fire Department’s 1st Platoon and accompanying them to emergency medical calls, rescues, and fires.

On Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Bookstore welcomes alumni John Tartaglio ’09 and Andrew Chapin ’09, co-authors of From Tragedy to Triumph. Their book tells the ultimately uplifting story of how a rare bacterial infection turned Tartaglio, then a healthy 17 year old, to a double-leg amputee. Undaunted by predictions he would never walk again, Tartaglio, now a motivational speaker, has competed in 5K and 10K races, a half ironman, and even the New York City Marathon.

In his latest book, The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, author Joel Baden reveals the storied biblical hero as a canny power-broker whose shrewd dealings and ambition may be more fascinating then his better-known legend. Baden, an associate professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School and the author of several works on the Hebrew Bible, will discuss his new book in an author talk at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.

On Wednesday, April 9, Fairfield will host a 7 p.m. book launch for Icons of Hope: The ‘Last Things’ in Catholic Imagination by Dr. John Thiel, professor of religious studies and director of the University Honors Program. Dr. Thiel is a noted Catholic theologian and the author of six books. His latest considers how modern theology’s religious pluralism leaves room for a speculative style of interpretation, allowing for theological portraits of resurrected life that can be true to the claims of faith and inspire Christian practice. He argues for a way of re-imagining the traditional, and rather static, conception of heavenly life.

Dr. Linda Henkel has received worldwide media attention for her recently published work on photography and memory with stories running across the United States and in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Come see what all the fuss is about at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, when this professor of psychology discusses her research conducted with undergraduate students in the University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art.

Dr. Henkel found that museum-goers who took photos of works of art while walking around a museum had worse memory for the objects and for specific object details later. “People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to capture a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening right in front of them,” she said.

For more information on these events, contact Elizabeth Hastings at ehastings@fairfield.edu or ext. 2688.

Photo Dr. Linda Henkel

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