Faculty in the Media: Straight Man by Richard Russo, Book Group

Monday, January 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by Barry Milligan, Ph.D., Interim Chair and Professor of English.

Join the CTL for a new series called "Faculty in the Media" where we will examine popular culture's portrayal of our profession. Barry Milligan will lead the discussion about the novel Straight Man by Richard Russo. Amazon describes the novel as "a characteristic high-wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak. Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist--and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television." Please call x4522 to reserve your spot and make arrangements to receive your complimentary copy of the book or eBook.