UCTV is proud to announce the launching of UC San Diego’s Library Channel. The first spotlighted program is Books That Changed America with Jay Parini — Dinner in the Library.
Renowned author and Middlebury College Professor Jay Parini offers a compelling narrative on the evolution of the American psyche with selections from his “Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.” Parini was the keynote speaker at the UC San Diego Library’s “Dinner in the Library,” which takes place annually in Geisel Library.
Parini explains, “These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps to show us where we have been and engenders a lively conversation about our destination, which seems perpetually in dispute.” —from Promised Land
Jay Parini’s 13 books that changed America:
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