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AUM Connected: Common Reading Program



 Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

Be on the lookout for upcoming events! “Like” our page on Facebook, “AUM Connected,” to see photos from events and information about the program.

Spring 2015 Events

January 28, 2015 – A lecture by Dr. Ramona Lazenby (Nursing) entitled, “End-of-Life: It Is About the Journey, Not Just the Destination” – 10th Floor, East Room, Library Tower – 12 noon.

February 12 - A lecture by Dr. Sig Harden (Troy Montgomery) entitled, “Your Inner Fish” –  222-223 Taylor Center - 5:00 p.m.

February 25 – Showing of the film Edward Scissorhands, introduced by Dr. Sue Thomson (Biology) – 10th floor, East Room, Library Tower - 6:30 p.m.

March 2 – AUM Reads – 230 Taylor Center, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Next year's book selection will be announced at lunch. Bring used books you would like to donate to help sponsor the students and activities of the University Honors Program.
    9:30-10:30 – Christi Showman Farrar – "Big Reads: Ideas of Mythic Proportions"
​    11-12 – University Honors Program Students talk about their favorite books
​    12:15-2:00 – Showing of  the film Serendipity and pizza lunch
​    2:15-3:15 – Dr. Darren Harris-Fain (English & Philosophy) - “Getting into Contemporary American Science Fiction”
​    3:45-4:45 – Dr. Rolando Carol (Psychology) - “Automatic and Unconscious Reading”

April 2 – Showing of the film O Brother Where Art Thou? with an introduction by Dr. Robert Klevay (English) – Goodwyn Hall 109, 6:30 p.m.



Fall 2014 Events


Friday, Aug. 22
11:30 a.m.
(following New Student Convocation)
Goodwyn Hall 112
Donnie Nobles will talk about Homer's The Odyssey and Big Fish
Aug. 25-28
Big Fish Treasure Hunt
We tweet the clues, you find the treasure.
Find out more at "AUM Connected" on Facebook.
Friday, Sept. 5
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium
Talk by Big Fish author Daniel Wallace and showing of the movie "Big Fish," followed by book signing.
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m.

2 p.m.

Book signing at Capitol Book & News in Cloverdale

Showing of "Big Fish" at the Capri Theatre in Cloverdale
(open to the public)
Friday, Sept. 26
9 a.m.
Taylor Center 230
Campus-wide discussion of Big Fish
(breakfast included, campus only)
Thursday, Oct. 23
6:30 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 111
Talk by Angela Mitchell on "The Art of Storytelling"
(open to the public)
Friday, Oct. 31
3:30 p.m.
Taylor Center 230
Dr. Val Winkelman will present an introduction to director Tim Burton's design style before a viewing of his film "Batman"
(open to the public)
Thursday, Nov. 13
5 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 111
Talk by Dr. Rolando Carol on "The Science Behind Love at First Sight"
(open to the public)

“Picture Me Reading” Contest

Take a picture of yourself reading AUM Connected’s  2014-2015 common reading selection, Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, and you could win a prize! Photos may be taken in any setting, but must be tasteful and appropriate for posting on our Facebook page. Be creative! We will post all photos as they are received and the deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014. Please email all photo submissions to Dr. Lee A. Farrow at Winners will be determined by the AUM Connected committee and the number of “likes” received.