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Groundbreaking Books Focus of Brooks Series Lecture

The Communist Manifesto, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and the Quran have something in common: SUNY Cortland students are discussing them, along with seven other books, in a poster session titled “Books that Changed the World” on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The event, part of the 2011-12 Rozanne M. Brooks Lecture Series, will be held in the Moffett Center lobby from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Following the poster session, SUNY Cortland students will offer a poetry slam at 4:30 p.m. in Moffett Center, Room 2125.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“These events should tie in nicely with this year’s theme, which is ‘Culture and the Written Word,’” said Brooks Museum Director Sharon Steadman, a SUNY Cortland professor of sociology/anthropology and coordinator of the College’s International Studies Program. “For the poster session, I offered the students 10 books as choices, and they decided to do them all.”

Members of SUNY Cortland’s International Awareness Club put three-panel posters together for each book. The volumes, which span thousands of years, include: the Quran; The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; The Republic, by Plato; Das Kapital, by Marx; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, by William Shakespeare; The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir; On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin; Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson; the Magna Carta; and Little Red Book, by Mao Tse-Tung.

The Brooks Lecture Series honors the late Rozanne Marie Brooks, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and SUNY Cortland professor of sociology and anthropology. Brooks was a SUNY Cortland faculty member for 36 years; she passed away in 1997. The 2011-12 Brooks Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant from Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) and the Cortland College Foundation.

For more information, contact Steadman at (607) 753-2308.