When: Friday, January 27, 4:00 PM
Where: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library (Map)
Join Duke's Melissa Malouf and Frank Stasio, host of NPR's The State of Things, for a special live recording of DukeReads in the library as they discuss A Serious Way of Wondering: The Ethics of Jesus Imagined, by Reynolds Price (2003).
DukeReads features prominent Duke faculty discussing books that have significantly affected their life, their path, and their thinking.
Why I Chose This Book (Melissa Malouf):
"I am not in any sense a scholar of religion. And I can't claim, either, to share Reynold's acute sense of the presence of "the Risen Lord." But I am fascinated by the story-telling that takes place in this book--the "imagined narratives," as Reynolds calls them, that call upon both what he knows (Reynolds is a scholar of religion) and what he wants to know, what his study of the Gospels doesn't reveal. Over the years, Reynolds and I had conversations that covered just about everything--he was as attuned to and delighted by all things low-brow as he was about all things "high." And he knew that I was doing some serious wondering in my mid-forties when I entered the Catholic Church. I continue to wonder--and Reynolds's imagined narratives in this book are, dare I say, a god-send."
About Melissa Malouf
Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Melissa Malouf earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Irvine. She is the director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows, Duke’s umbrella organization for our premier merit scholarship programs. In 1997 she was selected by Duke students as winner of the Distinguished Undergraduate Alumni Teaching Award. Professor Malouf has been a Breadloaf Fellow, a Pushcart Prize winner, and is the author of a collection of short stories (No Guarantees), a novel (It Had to Be You), three one-act plays, two opera libretti, and numerous book reviews. She has been the director of the Arts in Contemporary Society FOCUS program since 1998.
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