Panel Discussion on “The Lovely Bones”

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Professors Charles Campbell, Stanley Hauerwas, and Lauren Winner will lead a panel discussion on the book “The Lovely Bones” at 12:20 p.m., Nov. 18, in Room 0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School.

The discussion is the final event this fall associated with Divinity Reads, a school-wide initiative celebrating the role of fiction in the Christian life. Professor Stephen Chapman, an organizer of the project, will moderate the panel.

In Alice Sebold’s "The Lovely Bones," 14-year old Susie Salmon tells the story of her own murder and its aftermath. She watches from heaven as her family tries to come to terms with her death and searches for justice.  The book explores the impact of violence on family and community life, the mystery of evil, the finality of death, the emptiness that often accompanies suburban life, the limits of a scientific worldview, the fragility of human embodiment, the rich emotional life of childhood, and the deep human longing for forgiveness and reconciliation.

A major film adaptation of the novel is set for release by Paramount Pictures on Dec. 11, 2009, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci.

Copies of the book are available for sale in the Divinity School’s Cokesbury Bookstore.

For details about Divinity Reads, contact Chris Brady, director of the Offices of Student Life and Formation.