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  Library Programs - Adult Book Group:

Eleanor & Franklin

Join university professors as they lead a class discussion on these books that discuss a time much like today and a Presidential couple who lead us to peace and prosperity. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7 p.m. - Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, WSU.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7 p.m. - Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Now in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes readers through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II, the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and finest achievements. In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt— an adventurous, romantic woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands, counter to her husband's policies.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, WSU.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7 p.m. - My Day: The Best Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962 by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote her hugely popular syndicated column "My Day" for over a quarter of that century, from 1936 to 1962. This collection brings together for the first time in a single volume the most memorable of those columns, written with singular wit, elegance, compassion, and insight—everything from her personal perspectives on the New Deal and World War II to the painstaking diplomacy required of her as chair of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights after the war.

Scholar: Branden Little, WSU.

To the Moon and Beyond

This reading/discussion series will highlight the American Space Program. Join university professors as they lead a class discussion on the history of America’s space program. Free and open to the public.

Rocket BoysThursday, January 8, 2015, 7 p.m. - Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam.

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true.

Scholar: Brad Carroll, PhD, WSU.

Dark Side of the MoonThursday, February 5, 2015, 7 p.m. - Dark Side of the Moon by Wayne Biddle.

A stunning investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago.

This illuminating story of the dawn of the space age reaches back to the reactionary modernism of the Third Reich, using the life of “rocket scientist” Wernher von Braun as its narrative path through the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi regime. His seamless transformation from developer of the deadly V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American celebrity as the supposed genius behind the golden years of the U.S. space program in the 1950s and 1960s raises haunting questions.

Scholar: Branden Little, PhD, WSU.

Light this CandleThursday, March 5, 2015, 7 p.m. - Light This Candle by Neal Thompson.

Alan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic—the man who hit a golf ball on the moon—he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously.

Scholar: Branden Little, PhD, WSU.

Packing for MarsThursday, April 2, 2015, 7 p.m. - Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule.

Scholar: Stacy Palen, PhD, WSU.

Roving MarsThursday, May 7, 2015, 7 p.m. - Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet by Steven Squyres.

Steve Squyres is the face and voice of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. Squyres dreamed up the mission in 1987, saw it through from conception in 1995 to a successful landing in 2004, and serves as the principal scientist of its $400 million payload. He has gained a rare inside look at what it took for rovers Spirit and Opportunity to land on the red planet in January 2004--and knows firsthand their findings.

Scholar: Brad Carroll, PhD, WSU.

Carrying the FireThursday, June 4, 2015, 7 p.m. - Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey by Michael Collins.

In this remarkable book, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of piloting the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight.

Scholar: Kathryn MacKay, PhD, WSU.

A Man on the MoonThursday, July 2, 2015, 7 p.m. - Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin.

On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

Scholar: Brad Carroll, PhD, WSU.

Riding RocketsThursday, August 6, 2015, 7 p.m. - Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tale of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane.

USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of the first shuttle astronaut class, and Riding Rockets is his story -- told with a candor never before seen in an astronaut's memoir. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are -- human. His tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often hilarious, and always entertaining.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, PhD, WSU.

Failure is Not an OptionThursday, October 1, 2015, 7 p.m. - Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz.

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond.

Scholar: John Armstrong, PhD, WSU.

The Mercury 13Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7 p.m. - The Mercury 14: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann.

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by the boys’ club at NASA and on Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.

For the first time, Martha Ackmann tells the story of the dramatic events surrounding these thirteen remarkable women, all crackerjack pilots and patriots who sometimes sacrificed jobs and marriages for a chance to participate in America’s space race against the Soviet Union and beyond.

Scholar: Kathryn MacKay, PhD, WSU.

Eye in the SkyThursday, December 3, 2015, 7 p.m. - Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites by Dwayne A. Day.

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence gathering and achievements in space technology that rival the landing on the moon.

Scholar: Branden Little, PhD, WSU.

 

This series is funded by the

Utah Humanities Council

and the

Brigham City Library

A Reading Discussions Program at Brigham City Library

Series 2014: Eleanor & Franklin

Series 2015: To the Moon and Beyond

For more information please contact Sue, 723-5850.

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