The Peay Read is intended to help you open your mind to new ideas and to think critically about issues that face our society. Saints at the River by Ron Rash was selected for the Fall 2013 Peay Read because it presents rich themes for the reader’s consideration.
Thematic Topics in Saints at the River:
Power of the Press
Framing the Message
Politically Correct Language
|Ethics and Philosophy|
Choices and Consequences
Learning from Failure
Costs of Failure
Life’s Chilling Truths
|Social, Economic, and Political Aspects|
Influence of Family
Personal Perception of Change over Time
Man vs. Nature
Sustainability of Nature
Rigidity of Nature: fracking, strip mining, electric fish nets, etc.
While this list of topics is not an exhaustive list, we would like you to keep these topics in mind as you are reading the book and to then explore them further by developing one of them into a creative response to the book. Your response can take the form of a poem, essay, screenplay, sculpture, video, choreography, photography, musical composition, painting, drawing, or anything else you come up with! We want to see what your mind can create.
All projects will be reviewed by your APSU 1000 Instructor as well as the APSU 1000 judges. These criteria are what they will be assessing in your projects:
Adapted from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Life of the Mind Consortium.