Common Reading Experience – in SL

CRE in SLThe University of Kentucky Libraries and UK’s Common Reading Experience will host a discussion of the book The Color of Water, by James McBride, today, (Monday, Oct. 12, 2009) from 6pm until 7pm Eastern time (that’s 3-4pm Second Life Time) in the virtual William T. Young Library on University of Ky Island in Second Life. The slURL for the event is http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20of%20KY/121/98/29. A face-to-face observation of the in-world discussion will be provided simultaneously in the Young Library Gallery on Oct. 12th from 6:00-7:00pm (EST).

The discussion will focus on issues such as race, religion, education, identity, family and more found throughout the book as well as how those things shaped the character’s experiences and perceptions of the world around them. This discussion provides student participation credit for the Common Reading Experience.

While on the island, be sure to visit the W.T. Young Library exhibit The Color of Water: A Common Reading Experience at the University of Kentucky. The exhibit, housed in the virtual W.T. Young Library, includes information about James McBride, his book, The Color of Water, the Common Reading Experience, and campus resources at the University of Kentucky. In addition, the exhibit provides supplementary information to expand the reader’s understanding of the author’s background and to address issues such as religion, interracial families, and African American history that are discussed in the book.

For more information about the book discussion or the exhibit, contact UK Libraries’ Second Life avatars Erimentha Hitendra, Ginevra Merlin, or Alice Burgess.

For help with Second Life or more information, visit the University of KY Island blog. For a tutorial in getting started in SL, including setting up your avatar, visit Blue 2.0.

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