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ODU prof to discuss Big Read project on 'HearSay' program May 20

KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson, assistant professor of teaching and learning at Old Dominion University, will be a guest on WHRV-FM's (89.5) "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, for a discussion of Amy Tan's book "The Joy Luck Club."

Also appearing as a guest will be Laurie Rozakis, the author of the CliffsNotes for the book.

Hinton-Johnson was a co-investigator for the recent "Big Read" grant the Darden College of Education received from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She and her fellow project leaders are sponsoring and promoting a local, community-wide reading of "The Joy Luck Club."

The NEA program, which debuted in 2006, supports projects that bring communities together to read, discuss and celebrate various selections from U.S. and world literature.

Locally, the Big Read program kicked off May 1 at the Asian Fest in Chesapeake. Approximately 700 participants throughout South Hampton Roads have been given a copy of "The Joy Luck Club" to read, and over the next several weeks they will have opportunities to engage in discussions and to take part in various activities related to the novel's themes. The ODU project is targeting a broad spectrum of residents, from high school age on up.

"The Joy Luck Club" tells the stories of four Chinese American immigrant women who share their own views of the world, based on their experiences of growing up and living in China, with their American-born daughters.

For more information about ODU's Big Read project, go to http://odubigread.ning.com.

An archive broadcast of the "HearSay" radio program can be downloaded athttp://www.whro.org/home/publicradio/whrv/localprogramming/hearsay.

This article was posted on: May 18, 2010

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