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PKP Fall Forum to showcase work by 3 APSU members

The Austin Peay State University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is hosting a special evening forum for members and other interested people.

Free and open to the public, the PKP Fall Forum will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 in the lobby of Kimbrough Building.

Presented at 7 p.m. in Kimbroughs Gentry Auditorium, the program will feature three PKP members discussing their recently published books:
The Austin Peay State University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is hosting a special evening forum for members and other interested people.

Free and open to the public, the PKP Fall Forum will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 in the lobby of Kimbrough Building.

Presented at 7 p.m. in Kimbrough's Gentry Auditorium, the program will feature three PKP members discussing their recently published books:

*Dr. Jill Franks, associate professor of English, will discuss “Islands and the Modernists: The Allure of Isolation in Art, Literature and Science,” published in 2006 by McFarland & Company Publishers. The book examines five modernists in different disciplinesbiology, painting, drama, fiction and anthropologywhose work on islands made them famous. They are scientist Charles Darwin, painter Paul Gaugin, dramatist J.M. Synge, novelist D. H. Lawrence and anthropologist Margaret Mead.

*Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, associate professor of English, will discuss “Integrating the 40 Acres: The Fifty-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas,” published in 2006 by the University of Georgia Press. In this first full-length history of the University of Texas' desegregation, Goldstone outlines how the university moved from open discrimination to foot-dragging acceptance to mixed successes in integrating athletics, classrooms, dormitories, extracurricular activities and student recruitment.

*Dr. Bert Randall, professor of philosophy, will discuss “Strangers on the Shore: The Beatitudes in World Religions,” published in 2006 by Peter Lang Publishing. Written to encourage respect for all belief systems by reviewing the spiritual values shared by the world's great religions, “Strangers on the Shore” explores the virtues in the Beatitudes as expressed in the New Testament, the Muslim Qur'an, the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and the writings and traditions of Buddhism.

Following the hourlong program, Franks, Goldstone and Randall will be available to sign copies of their books.

According to Dr. Susan Calovini, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and president of the APSU chapter of PKP, charter members of Chapter 191 of PKP are urged to attend as the chapter celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2006.

Calovini said, “According to our motto, Phi Kappa Phi members are enjoined to ‘let the love of learning rule humanity.' What better way to celebrate that love of learning than to spotlight some of the outstanding scholarly research our chapter members are doing.”

For more information, contact Calovini by telephone at (931) 221-7964 or e-mail at calovinis@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke