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"Everybody Reads" Events at Portland State University
Author: Angela D. Abel (503-725-8763) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: January 5, 2006

For the first time, Portland State University will be hosting events as part of Multnomah County Library's "Everybody Reads" project in 2006. Sponsored by The Fred Meyer Foundation, this year's focus for the project is Khaled Hosseini's book The Kite Runner. Various exhibitions, lectures and literary events will take place at PSU, including panels on Afghanistan and The Kite Runner, along with exhibitions on women in Afghanistan and kites (listed below).

“We are proud to be a major sponsor of this excellent program,” said Maude Hines, professor of English. “Our sponsorship of the 2006 program is a wonderful opportunity to stimulate interaction between the city and the University’s outstanding humanities and social science programs. The events at PSU, while academic in nature, will be extremely accessible to the public. I hope this will be the beginning of a long partnership between our institutions.”


This is the fourth year of the community reading project, which sponsors reading events all over Multnomah County. The book choice for this year is a best-selling highly acclaimed tale of the friendship of two boys set against the tumultuous backdrop of modern Afghanistan. Events begin in January and continue through February. For more information please visit www.multcolib.org/reads.

Events at Portland State University

January 25-March 5, 2006, PSU Millar Library (1875 S.W. Park Ave.)
"Women of Afghanistan Today Exhibition," an interactive exhibit on the Revolutionary Women of Afghanistan Association (RAWA) and the cultural changes women have dealt with during decades of war and government upheaval in Afghanistan.

January 25-March 5, 2006, PSU Millar Library (1875 S.W. Park Ave.)
"Glass, Kites and Light," an exhibit of kites in glass created by Portland State University students.

Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296 (1825 S.W. Broadway)
"Afghanistan: Politics, History, and Culture," a panel discussion led by Portland State University professors John Damis, Grant Farr, Jon Mandaville and Masoud Kheirabadi.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296 (1825 S.W. Broadway)
"The Kite Runner: Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies," a panel discussion led by Portland State University professors Pelin Basci, Maude Hines, Marie Lo and Lee Medovoi.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 7 p.m., PSU Millar Library, second floor (1875 S.W. Park Ave.)
"The Kite Runner and the Myth of Afghanistan," presented by Amardeep Singh, assistant professor of English, Lehigh University, and sponsored by the Portland Center for Cultural Studies.


Monday, February 27, 2006, 7 p.m., PSU Millar Library, second floor (1875 S.W. Park Ave.)
“Afghanistan Four Years After the Invasion: A Success Story or Squandered U.S. Credibility,” presented by M. Nazif Shanrani, professor of Anthropology, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Indiana University, and sponsored by the Portland Center for Cultural Studies.


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For Immediate Release (#06-002)

Source: Maude Hines (503-725-3523)
Portland State Department of English