Hiram College

Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature will present “Ethics, Immigration and Borders: A Panel Presentation” as part of the Big Read at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2015 in Koritansky Hall.

For the past month, Hiram College and local organizations have been examining Luís Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” and related issues and themes, as part of the Big Read. “Into the Beautiful North,” set in the U.S.-Mexico border region, deals with hot topics of ethics, immigration and borders, which the panel discussion will bring to light.

The event’s featured panelists are Associate Professor of History Adriana Novoa, Ph.D., (University of South Florida, Tampa) and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Andrea Pitts, Ph.D., (University of North Carolina, Charlotte).

A cultural historian with a specialty in science in Latin America, Dr. Novoa coauthored two books—“Darwinistas!: The Construction of Evolutionary Thought in Nineteenth Century Argentina” and “From Man to Ape.” She is published in a number of journals, including the “Journal of Latin American Studies” and “The Latinoamericanist.”

Dr. Pitts has been published in several journals including “Radical Philosophy Review” and the “Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.” Her research is focused on social epistemology, philosophy of race and gender, Latin American philosophy and biomedical ethics, among other topics. She is currently working on coediting a volume of contemporary scholarship in U.S. Latina and Latin American feminist philosophy.

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The Big Read concludes next Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 with a discussion of “Into the Beautiful North” and a retrospective of the Big Read at 4:15 at the Hiram College Library. In addition to being the primary focus of the Big Read, “Into the Beautiful North” is the College’s common reading for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Started by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006, the Big Read supports community reading programs by funding grants and providing educational resources and promotional materials. The Lindsay-Crane Center and its partners, which include local libraries and high schools, have put on more than 15 individual events since the Big Read began in September. In addition to readings of the College’s common reading, events have included film viewings, Mexican art exhibits, author discussions, crafts and more.