Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Library Faculty to Give Talk at Millcreek Public Library

Do women and men experience travel differently?  Do they write about their journeys from different perspectives?  Can they explore the same place and have distinctive viewpoints? Barry Gray, Technical Services Librarian at Baron-Forness Library of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, has researched those questions. He will be giving a presentation on Monday, April 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Millcreek Branch Library Community Room, on his findings. His presentation is free and open to the public.  No reservations are needed.

For over one hundred years, women have documented their travels across America by car. This presentation describes several representative road books by women authors and compares them to accounts by male travelers. It contrasts themes of escape and empowerment to show how different authors approach the experience of cross country travel and describe it in their narratives. These works are important primary sources for the cultural and intellectual history of the United States, because the development of cars, the automobile industry, and highways have greatly influenced American history in the past century. If you like to travel, please journey to Millcreek Branch Library, to learn how much others do, too.

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