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Fall 2015

  • Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 to Sunday, Nov 8, 2015: The Trail of Maud Gatewood
    Maud Gatewood, a native of Yanceyville, North Carolina, was a former art professor at Averett (1975-1997). This show coincides with a larger exhibit of her work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Thursday, Oct 1, 2015: Lunchbox Histories (2:00 pm)
    Dr. Mary Vanderlinden will present her research on lunchboxes in American history.
  • Monday, Oct 19, 2015: Book Discussion: Harper Lee (3:00 pm)
    Katie Whitehead will lead the first of three discussions on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015).
  • Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 to Thursday, Nov 19, 2015: Art Exhibit: Spotlight Shows
    A Selection of Student Art
  • Monday, Oct 26, 2015: Book Discussion: Harper Lee (3:00 pm)
    Katie Whitehead will lead the second of three discussions on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015).
  • Monday, Nov 2, 2015: Book Discussion: Harper Lee (3:00 pm)
    Katie Whitehead will lead the last of three discussions on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015).

About Library Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks are brief presentations on academic resources and topics of interest to the Averett community, followed by questions and discussion. Averett students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend ... and to propose and present new topics!

Join us for learning, dialog and refreshments at the Mary B. Blount Library.  Days and times vary. Look for specific times and topics on this page.

We are grateful to Friends of the Library and the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund for supporting this initiative.


Book Discussions@Averett

Brigid Belko, Averett’s Director of Experiential Learning, led the conversation for the first series sponsored by the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund. Each of three sessions focused on one of the three major sections of Dr. Meg Jay’s The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter-and how to make the most of them now, beginning with “Work” on June 30, continuing with “Love” on July 7 and concluding with “The Brain and the Body” on July 14, 2015.

Beginning on Monday, October 19, Katie Whitehead will lead a discussion of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015).

Book discussions are sponsored by the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund. Refreshments are courtesy of Averett Library Friends. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend and lead book discussions. If you would like to participate but do not have a copy of the book, please contact Jim Verdini at the Mary Blount Library (434-791-5694, to request copies.

Cover Art
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Call Number: PS 3562.E353 T6 1960
ISBN: 9780397001514
Publication Date: 1961-01-01
Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.

Cover Art
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
Call Number: Browsing Fiction: PS3562.E353 G6 2015
ISBN: 9780062409850
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

Cover Art
The Defining Decade - Meg Jay
Call Number: BF724.5 .J39 2012
ISBN: 9780446561761
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twenty-something clients and students, The Defining Decade weaves the latest science stories from twenty-somethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.


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