Read-a-thon to kick off "Weber Reads" Series

Get Ready!
Weber State University Department of the Performing Arts joins with the College of Arts & Humanities, the WSU Honors Program and Weber County Libraries to encourage local communities to participate in “Weber Reads: Beowulf.”

Get Set!
The idea of “One Book, One Campus, One Community,” originated several years ago as a Weber State University Honors project, mentored by history professor Kathryn MacKay. It has a natural tie to a similar program initiated by the Library of Congress and brought to the local community by the Weber County Library. The two Webers are joining forces to fulfill the project.

Thursday, Jan. 10, the kick-off event at WSU will be a Beowulf Read-a-thon, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Atrium. Students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to take turns reading the Seamus Heaney translation of “Beowulf,” straight through. This program is sponsored by WSU’s College of Arts & Humanities.

At 6:30 p.m. that day at the Ogden City Amphitheater activities will continue with “Hwaet! In the Dark,” featuring selected portions of “Beowulf” read by Tracy Callahan, WSU theater professor, and Joe Crnich, Ogden High School Arts and Humanities teacher. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s local chapter, Gryphon’s Lair, will help set the mood beginning at 6 p.m. with costumes, music and some sword fighting demonstrations. The audience is encouraged to dress warmly - but to consider coming in costume, too. Warm drinks will be provided by Grounds for Coffee.

WSU is presenting many faculty members as well as a visiting scholar in events scheduled January through April in the Stewart Library Hetzel-Hoellein Room. Added to events planned by the Weber County Library, Ogden Nature Center and the Treehouse Museum, the entire community will know a lot more about “Beowulf” by springtime. The mystery of why it continues to be a part of our education will be revealed!

A complete listing of events can be found at

For more information about the Beowulf Read-a-Thon contact Caril Jennings, 801-626-6431 or

For more information about the lecture series at WSU, contact Kathryn MacKay, 801-626-6782 or

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts and others
What: One Book, One Campus, One Community: Weber Reads Beowulf
When: Kick-off Events Thursday, January 10th, 1:00 pm
other activities continue through April, 2008
Where: Shepherd Union Building Atrium
What to do now: Read the Book! Buy it from a local bookstore or check it out from your local library.

Caril Jennings, marketing director, Dept. of Performing Arts
(801) 626-6431 •
Caril Jennings, marketing director, Dept. of Performing Arts
(801) 626-6431 •