CLP Sessions Scheduled for October

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Four Continued Learning Program (CLP) sessions are scheduled to take place at the University of Mount Union in October.

The first CLP session of the month will feature David Giffels’ discussion of his book, “The Hard Way on Purpose,” on October 7. “The Hard Way on Purpose” is a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hard-bitten cultural landscape of America’s Rust Belt.

An assistant professor of English at University of Akron, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Giffels’ previous book, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,”is a memoir of growing into young fatherhood while trying to reclaim a ramshackle mansion. The book received widespread acclaim from the New York Times, which described it as “sweet and funny” to the Los Angeles Times, which called it “a truly wonderful book” to Oprah’s O at Home magazine, where it topped the “Fantastic Summer Reads” list.

Giffels is coauthor of “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!”and “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.” He was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station WKSU. He has written for the New York Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Parade, Redbook and many other publications. He was also a writer for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.” His recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the Ohioana Book Award and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for excellence.

Following his talk, Giffels will be available to sign his book.

Other CLP speakers for October include Dr. Liz Bandy who will speak on Youth and Media on October 14, Jeff Shipman on the Marlington oil and gas technology program on October 21 and Jan Carli on the life of Buddhist monks on October 28.

The Continued Learning Program sessions, which are free and open to the public, include a variety of presentations and current perspectives, as well as time for questions and discussion. Sessions will take place at 10 a.m. each week. The public is welcome to stay for lunch in the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.75) or B&B Café (a la carte) following the sessions.

For more information, contact the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at (330) 829-8168.

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