In addition to the special events listed
Speakers and Performers
The Social Issues in The Secret Life of Bees
-Timberland Regional Library Director, Jodi Reng, will moderate
a discussion of the social issues underlying Sue Monk Kidd's
novel, "The Secret Life of Bees". Panelists include
Les Purce, President of the Evergreen State College; TESC
faculty members Babacar M'Baye, Nancy Koppelman, and Elizabeth
McHugh from a wide range of disciplines; Laura Hurtado-Webb,
Community Services Coordinator for Safeplace; and Annie Cubberly,
Director of the Child Care Action Council. Discussion will
include issues such as race and gender relations, domestic
violence, child protection, mental health, and the various forms
The Kids in School with Me - Karol and James
Brown will perform interpretive readings, poetry and songs to
explore African American perspectives on education and civil
rights. The presentation is developed around the legacy of
African Americans' contributions to society and the 1954 US
Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education. Karol
Brown is an educator, storyteller and community leader.
James Brown is soloist in two Gospel choirs. (A Humanities
Washington Inquiry Mind presentation)
Stephanie Coontz will speak on family
dynamics in The Secret Life of Bees. Stephanie teaches history
and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia,
Washington. She is the author of "The Way We Never Were: American
Families and the Nostalgia Trap" and "The Way We Really Are: Coming to
Terms with America's Changing Families". Her new book, "Marriage,
a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage"
will be published in May, 2005. Coontz has testified about her
research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and
Families in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on Oprah Winfrey,
Crossfire, NPR, CNN's Talk Back Live, as well as several prime-time
television documentaries. (http://www.stephaniecoontz.com/)
Heartsparkle Players will use
playback theater techniques to explore issues in this book and engage
the audience. Their performances utilize the acting and musical
skills of their company of players. They will "playback" some of
the themes in the book suggested by the audience.
Decoding The Secret Life of Bees - Join Evergreen
Professor Dr. Doranne Crable as she presents a freethinking
exploration of the central images and symbolism in the book "The
Secret Life of Bees". She will discuss women's roles,
bees, honey, and the Black Madonna throughout history.
Jenna Lamia, reader of the
of The Secret Life of Bees, will read from the book and share her
experience being a talking book reader. Jenna was nominated for an Audie award for this book. She has also done other audio books
including "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and "Witness". A
well-respected actress, Jenna has appeared in several major motion
pictures, guest-starred on many TV shows and done theater in New York in
many Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Book-It Repertory Theatre - Literature
comes to life in the capable hands of this Seattle-based theater
company. Book-It Repertory Theatre adapts short stories and novels for the stage,
creating a form of narrative theater that has to be seen to be believed.
Book-It Repertory Theatre's productions use very little scenery and almost no costumes or
props. Instead, the company plays on our imaginations to bring
narrative pieces to life.