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Date: October 8, 2003 (03-78)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Noted Author to Speak at Montgomery College-Takoma Park Campus
Neenah Ellis Shares Stories of Centenarians on November 5 

The American Studies Program at Montgomery College-Takoma Park announces its first event in the 2003-2004 lectures series about contemporary American life.  Noted author, freelance reporter/producer, and former National Public Radio producer, Neenah Ellis, will discuss and read selections from her recent book, “If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from Centenarians,” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., Resource Center Room 204, Takoma Park Campus, Montgomery College. 

In the year 2000, Ellis, a Takoma Park resident, spent a year traveling across the country meeting and interviewing centenarians, people who are 100 or older.  During that year, one interview was aired each month on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” show. “One Hundred Years of Stories,” Ellis’ series of interviews, became one of the most popular features ever to run on NPR.  What started out as a project to gather the oral history of America turned into something much more revealing – a personal journey of growth, understanding, and human connection as Ellis learned, in a most surprising way, the art of living well over a very long period of time.

The presentation by Neenah Ellis is free and open to the community. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be arranged with at least two weeks' notice.  For further information, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin, professor of English and coordinator of American Studies, at (240) 567-1385 or via email at:

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