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Stephens College to host One Read panel discussion

September 10, 2013

Stephens College will host "Expressions of Us," a panel discussion and part of this year's One Read event, coordinated by the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. At 7 p.m., a panel of Stephens faculty will discuss various themes in this year’s One Read selection, “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen.

“We’re so excited to be a part of the One Read program this year,” said Stephens President Dianne Lynch, who will moderate the panel discussion. “It’s fitting that, as a women’s college, Stephens would join in an analysis of this important book about the complexities of female roles and identities.”

Publishers Weekly has hailed “The Ruins of Us” as a gripping, well-crafted debut novel. The story follows an American wife living in Saudi Arabia whose identity is challenged when her husband takes a Palestinian second wife.

Panelists include Laura Flacks-Narrol, an assistant business professor who has traveled throughout the Middle East. She will explore Mariam’s use of an anonymous blog in the novel and will discuss how social media might give more women around the globe a voice.

Tina Parke-Sutherland, a creative writing professor, will also be on the panel and will share from her expertise on women in Islamic cultures. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design, will discuss expression through fashion as it pertains to the book and society.

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