Big Read Featuring Tim O'Brien

Big Read Featuring Tim O'Brien

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012




The University of San Diego in partnership with the Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. present the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Big Read featuring Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. The Big Read began in 2006 by the NEA after the Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America found a critical decline in reading in the U.S. Through group discussions the NEA hopes to revitalize reading. Everyone is invited to all of the events.  

Group Discussions:

Tuesday, April 3
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University Center, Room 107

Tuesday, April 24
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
University Center, Room 107

Keynote Event Featuring Tim O’Brien:

 Tuesday, May 1
7 p.m.
University Center Forums A/B

Tim O’Brien grew up in Minnesota where he attended Macalester College in Minneapolis. After graduation, he was drafted for military service in Vietnam, where he served as an infantry foot soldier. While in Vietnam, he rose to the rank of sergeant and received the Purple Heart. His collection of stories The Things They Carried was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, won the Heartland Award from the Chicago Tribune, won the French prize for the best foreign book of the year, and was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the nine best books of the year in all categories.

The collection of stories in The Things They Carried fall together like foot soldiers; their mission, to tell the truth about Vietnam, “the hard and exact truth as it seemed.” The truth is slippery, however; because “you can’t even tell a true war story. Sometimes it’s beyond telling.” He does try to tell with stories too fantastical to believe, and in detail too hard to imagine, filtering the horror of war through the beauty of his prose.

If you would like to attend any of the above events please click here to RSVP. For more information call (619) 260-7455 or click here.

Co-sponsored with Community Service Learning, the Center for Awareness Service and Action, the English Department, and the Center for Educational Excellence

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Degheri Alumni Center 228
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4724
Fax: (619) 260-4790

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