PNC Students Present “Courage, A Way of Life, From Youth to Age”

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: March 24, 2010

Purdue University North Central students will present their annual Potpourri of Literature oral interpretation program on Tuesday, April 13, at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. purdue-north-centralThe program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

The Potpourri of Literature program is presented by students in the Communication 240 class, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. The class focuses on the performance of all genres of literature before an audience. Based on the traditions of Reader's Theatre, the Potpourri of Literature features "readers" with a book or script present. Selections are performed in a presentational style in an environment that does not pretend to be anything other than a performance space. The program features a theme and examples of literature supporting it.

"Courage, A Way Of Life, From Youth to Age," will present an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class. This theme will be explored from three areas: the courage of youth, the courage of adults over the years, and finally the courage to face growing old and death. Various pieces of literature will reflect upon courage, that fabric of character which no pill can produce, no persuasion can muster, that phenomenon that appears and allow mere mortals to do extraordinary things.

Performers assume a variety of personas depending on the selection. The Reader's Theatre has been a fixture at PNC since 1989 as a result of a classroom activity.

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction To Oral Interpretation class are Tommie D. Billups , East Chicago; Anna M. Boller, Michigan City; Meghan L. Buckmaster, Chesterton; Keith E. Carlson, Valparaiso; Paul T. Charpentier, Chesterton; Cynthia L. Faricelli, Hebron; Bambi L. Forker, New Buffalo; Lisa M. Gilyan-Davison, Valparaiso; Rachael A. Herbert-Varchetto, Knox; Jordon E. Jones, Valparaiso; Amy A. Kanyer, Michigan City; Keri L. Payne, LaPorte; Jason P. Pollock, Porter; Jessica L. Schroeder, Portage; Earl H. Temkin, Michigan City; Brianna K. Thomas, Westville; Charles D. Watterson, LaPorte and Adeline P. Zerkel, Wheatfield.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 219.785.5200 ext. 5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.