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Friends of Hannon Library speaker series

Friends of Hannon Library announces speakers lineup

The Friends of Hannon Library has announced its 2023-24 Speakers Series Speakers Series – a total of six events on literary and historic topics.

Friends of Hannon Library lecture series, LaLandeOn Oct. 12, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., Jeffrey Max LaLande will talk about his book, “The Jackson County Rebellion, and his journey to bring awareness to near-forgotten episode in Southern Oregon’s history. LaLande has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oregon and worked for over 30 years with the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeologist and historian.

On Nov. 9, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., writer and librarian Thomas A. Dodson will give a reading from his short story collection, “No Use Pretending,” to be published in October by the University of Iowa Press.  His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and “No Use Pretending” was selected by Gish Jen for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize.

On Jan. 11, 2024, at 7 p.m., the Friends and emcee Amy Miller will present the William Stafford Birthday Celebration, with featured poets and an open mic.

On Feb. 8, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., Caroline Lion will discuss her book, “Reading Shakespeare in Jewish Theological Frameworks: Shylock Beyond the Holocaust,” published by Routledge. Lion holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and is a Visiting Research Associate at the New Swan Shakespeare Center.

On Mar. 14, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., John Pratt will speak on “Why The Rogue Valley Is A Treasure In The Climate Changing Wine World.” Pratt is the owner of Celestina Vinyard and president of the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association.

Friends of Hannon Library lecture, WrightOn April 11, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., author Jan Wright will talk about the research behind her book, “Oregon Outcast: John Beeson’s Struggle for Justice for the Indians, 1853-1859.” Wright is the Southern Oregon Historical Society archivist and also serves as the archivist for Harry & David.

All events are free and open to the public in the Southern Oregon University library’s Meese Room (#305). Zoom links will also be available on the Friends website. Metered parking is available for those visiting campus to attend the event in parking lots 1, 12, 29, 36, 37 and 41.

Those who need disability accommodations to participate in the event may contact SOU’s Disability Resources office at (541) 552-6213. For more information on the event, contact Hannon Library staff at libraryevents@sou.edu or (541) 552-6816.

Friends of Hannon Library was established in 1974 by a group of SOU librarians, faculty members, and interested citizens to raise money to enrich the library’s collections and support library activities.