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Date: February 12, 2004 (04-16)
Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College Hosts Spring ‘Books and Ideas’ Series  

Montgomery College’s spring “Books and Ideas” literary series opens at the College's Germantown Campus on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Sciences and Applied Studies building,  featuring fiction writer David Coley talking about "Magical Realism: Reaching for Wonder."  Known for works that join the fantastic with the routines of daily life, Coley will discuss his short story, “The Reach of Wonder.”

Mr. Coley's short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine and The Southwest Review. Upon receiving his B.A. in English literature and creative writing from Connecticut College, he moved to Budapest, Hungary, where he spent a year teaching English and indulging his passion for travel. Returning to the United States, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his master’s degree in English literature.  Coley has taught technical writing at Montgomery College and is currently teaching a creative writing workshop at McDaniel College in Westminster.

            “Books and Ideas” continues on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m., at the College’s Takoma Park Campus, in the Campus Commons building’s Bliss room, with Suzan Shown Harjo and her discussion entitled “Writing with the Right Brain, Left Brain, and Heart.”   A poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, Harjo has helped Native Americans recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places.  She leads The Morning Star Institute, a national Indian rights organization founded in 1984, which sponsored a lawsuit against the name of the Washington’s professional football team.   Her essay, “Fighting Name-Calling: Challenging ‘Redskins’ in Court,” is published in Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy.

A citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and a member of the Wind Clan and Nyaka Tribal Town of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo’s poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native Women’s Writings of North America and The Remembered Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature.

On Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., “Books and Ideas” features Montgomery College professor emerita Dr. Myrna Goldenberg talking on the theme of “Gentle Heroism: Women and the Holocaust.”  A scholar of the Holocaust, Dr. Goldenberg’s book, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (co-edited with Elizabeth Baer), has been described as "a significant and compelling work.”.  She will speak at the Books & More bookstore, located in the Music Building Recital Hall, Rockville Campus.

Dr. Goldenberg has been a force behind the Montgomery College Paul Peck Humanities Institute since its inception.  She has been an editor of and frequent contributor to magazines and journals.  A true Renaissance woman, Dr. Goldenberg has lectured widely on the humanities, the Holocaust, feminism, literature and education, and has been recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees and the Community College Humanities Association for outstanding teaching and by various groups for her civil rights and community activism.

“Books and Ideas” is presented by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College and funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and Silver Spring.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.