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Award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason featured speaker for Murray State’s first Easley Lecture

The Easley Lecture will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

The series is named in honor of Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents chair, the first Golden Horseshoe Award recipient, Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the Murray State department of history.

“This event marries three of my Dad’s greatest passions — history and sense of place, a love for the written word and Murray State University,” Sid’s son, Don Easley, said.

Award-winning author Dr. Bobbie Ann Mason (Photo Provided)

This first-time event is affiliated with the department of history and will provide the community with annual opportunities to hear guest lecturers’ unique perspectives regarding historical topics.

Local Kentuckian and award-winning author, Dr. Bobbie Ann Mason, will be this year’s guest lecturer discussing how history is used in fictional pieces.

Mason is most famous for her book, “In Country,” that was transformed into a movie starring Bruce Willis just four years after its release. The renowned author has also written many short stories, including “Shiloh.”

Because Mason does not present lectures, this year’s series is providing the community and University with a rare gift of the insight of a distinguished writer.

“I can think of no one more fitting to speak at this inaugural lecture series in his honor than Bobbie Ann Mason, whose writings about her Western Kentucky roots are as rich as the history of this special region,” Don Easley said.

Friendship between Sid and Mason was parked on the common ground of Graves County and their great love for history and writing.

Thanks to contributions from the Easley Family, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Following the lecture will be a special reception at the Commonwealth Suite sponsored by Sid’s former law firm, Easley, Ernstberger, Perlow and Naber, PLLC. All proceeds from the reception will profit the Easley Lecture Fund.

Reserved seating at the lecture and admissions to the reception are accessible to anyone who gifts $100 or more to the Easley Lecture Fund. Gifts can be made by contacting the Murray State University Office of Development at 270-809-3001 or emailing Lucy Love, director of development for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, at llove@murraystate.edu.

In advance of the event, a community read of Mason’s short story “Shiloh” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Calloway County Public Library. Professor Staci Stone will provide insights on the story and its themes, and a Q&A will follow.

Murray State University provides an “Opportunity Afforded” for more than 10,000 students through a high-quality education with experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability to secure a lifetime of success. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, Ky. and includes five regional campuses.

For more information on Murray State University, visit murraystate.edu.

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