Author’s Coffee is a great opportunity to meet wonderful writers. This section is led by Teresa Judd and Andrea van Niekerk. Please read the Preview newsletter for more details and RSVP information. Enjoy a cup of coffee and hear authors read, share thoughts and discuss their books.

Thursday, March 15th, at 1:30 pm, at the home of Susan Z.

We will be privileged to hear from Professor Robert C. Gregg on his book Shared Stories, Rival Tellings. Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions-holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common-but there are definitive distinctions between these “Abrahamic” peoples. Shared Stories, Rival Tellings explores the early exchanges of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and argues that their interactions were dominated by debates over the meanings of certain stories sacred to all three communities. Professor Gregg shows how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters–artists as well as authors–developed their unique and particular understandings of narratives present in the two Bibles and the Qur’an. Gregg focuses on five stories: Cain and Abel, Sarah and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. As he guides us through the often intentional variations introduced into these shared stories, Gregg exposes major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, and sometimes combative, exchanges among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Thursday, April 19th at 1:30 pm.     Location pending.

Professor Jim Campbell from the History Department will talk to us about his latest book. Professor Campbell works in the field of public history, studying how societies tell their histories and how those narratives change over time.  In particular, he works on the history of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, focusing on Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964.  In interviewing a local resident, Florence Mars, on her role in the movement (now featured prominently in the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum), he discovered an extraordinary photographer reminiscent of Eudora Welty. Her photographs will be published for the first time in a collection titled Mississippi Witness, of which Professor Campbell is co-editor.

Author Ulla Carter (left) and Sandy Siegmund enjoy a author’s coffee. Ulla wrote a memoir Rivers of My Life.