Faculty Members to Host 'Big Read' Events

October 1, 2012 – Members of the Dutchess Community College English and Humanities faculty will host a series of presentations as part of the 2012 Big Read Project, which centers on the classic Dashiell Hammett book “The Maltese Falcon.” All are free and open to the public.
Three presentations by English Professor John Desmond will discuss multiple film adaptations of the book. The first will be held Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Bowne Hall, Room 122 on DCC’s main Poughkeepsie campus. Two similar presentations will be held the following day at 9:30 a.m. and noon for groups of high school students and interested members of the public.
Desmond is the co-author of “Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature,” a textbook that describes the overlapping histories of literature and film, and introduces the art of adapting literature for film.
In addition, Dr. Beth Kolp, DCC English professor, will host a discussion of author Hammett’s appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee and subsequent imprisonment, along with a screening of “The Front,” a comedy starring Woody Allen that uses Hollywood blacklisting as its backdrop. The discussion and screening are scheduled for Nov. 2 at 7:15 p.m. at the Hyde Park Library Annex.
Also, DCC Associate Professor of English Dr. Keith O’Neill will discuss the unsentimental literary style known as “hard boiled” fiction, popularized by crime stories such as “The Maltese Falcon.” The talk will be held on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Bowne Hall, room 122 on DCC’s main campus.
The Big Read is an initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts aimed at emphasizing the importance of reading in American life. Those participating in the Big Read in the greater Poughkeepsie area will read “The Maltese Falcon.”
The 2012 Big Read project is administered by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, with a host of community partners, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and with support from local sponsors. For a full listing of events, visit http://www.neabigread.org/events/.
For more information, contact John Desmond at (845) 896-8649 or desmond@sunydutchess.edu.