Meet author Gloria McMillan and “live Martian tour guides” at the March 15 launch of McMillan’s book, “Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific, and Other Perspectives.”McMillan is an adjunct writing instructor at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus. The celebration of this collection of essays by scientists, film experts and writers will start at 2 p.m. in room 308 of the Kuiper Space Sciences Building, 1629 E. University Blvd, on the east end of The University of Arizona campus. The event is part of Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books.Local actors John Noble (a Pima Fine Arts/Theater major) and Rainey Hinrichs will emcee the event as “Martian tour guides” Mr. K and Ylla. UA astronomer Peter Smith, the principal scientist for the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander, will be the keynote speaker, talking about the role Bradbury played in Smith’s decision to become a scientist.Attendees also will hear from:
Famed astronomer-artist Bill Hartmann, who did the cover painting of Mars for McMillan’s book. He knew Ray Bradbury and has tales to share.
Wolf Forrest presents the popular culture that helped Bradbury imagine his Mars. As a local collector, Wolf Forrest has loaned some of his vintage artifacts to the University of Arizona’s Library Special Collections for its companion exhibit to the book: Mars Madness.
The Tucson connection to Bradbury’s life is represented by Scott Weiler from Bradbury’s (1930s) school, Amphitheater Middle School.
David Acklam, an aerospace engineer, will present the ways that Ray Bradbury inspires young people to pursue a scientific career with Acklam’s own experiences.
Howard Allen, a local theater director and film producer, will speak about how Bradbury’s short stories in The Illustrated Man illustrate our Sonoran Desert and Mars.
Also, an interview with McMillan and Hartmann will be shown at 6:30 p.m., March 11, on Arizona Illustrated.
Pima Community College’s Adult Education program is joining other adult education and literacy groups from across the state to celebrate Arizona Adult Literacy Week, an annual event celebrating adult literacy and lifelong learning in Arizona communities.The activities are part of Governor Jan Brewer proclaiming Feb. 9-15 as Adult Literacy Week to increase public awareness on the importance of adult education and family literacy.PCC will celebrate the week in numerous ways:
On Feb. 11, from 2-3 p.m., PCC will host the 12th Annual National Adult Education Honor Society Induction Ceremony at El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, Bldg. 7. Ten students will be recognized for their outstanding work in adult education classes and civic engagement.
On Feb. 13, Adult Education students will receive several recognitions at the Arizona Adult Literacy Week Awards Ceremony at the Rio Salado College Conference Center in Phoenix. Awards include a Distinguished Merit Award for the submission of, “Hopes and Dreams for my Child,” a collection of stories and aspirations from the parents to their children, a submission of “Stepping Out, Moving Forward,” a collection of student reflections on school and career goals, and English learning student, Jing Sun, will be recognized for her story, “Hello, My name is Jing Sun.”
Additionally, on Feb. 13, PCC Adult Education students will tour the state capital, visit with legislators and be introduced on the senate and house floors.
And finally, on Feb. 15, PCC Adult Education Student Ambassadors present at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference at The University of Arizona.
Pima Community College plays a critical role in promoting adult literacy in our community. For more than 40 years, PCC Adult Education has provided adult learners in Pima County with opportunities to increase basic skills, prepare to earn a High School Equivalency diploma, learn English and get ready for community college or vocational training. More than 6,000 adult students were served last year in the adult education programs. http://www.pima.edu/meeting-notices/presentations/2013-2015/201310-09-adult-education.pdfLearn more about Pima’s Adult Education programs and services on the PCC Adult Education website.
Over 35 years ago literary genius Stephen King introduced us to a world of the paranormal through the psychic abilities of a little boy named Danny Torrance in his novel, The Shining. Most are well familiar with King’s tale about the Torrance family, and how Danny’s “shining” ability came into play when evading his crazed father who succumbed to the Overlook Hotel’s ghastly visions and inebriating drinks that beckoned the man to attempt to murder his wife and son. And though Danny survived his father’s onslaught, one could only speculate the immense mental and emotional anguish that the boy would encounter throughout his life as a result of the happenings at the Overlook Hotel. How would the child adapt on his journey to adulthood? What grave adventures would Danny’s psychic connection with the supernatural bring him on next? Were his father’s inner demons lurking somewhere deep inside him? The multitude of questions stirred in the pit of King’s mind for a generation before, fittingly in the age of sequels, King put the answers to print in The Shining’s follow-up novel, Doctor Sleep. Outspokenly dissatisfied with Stanley Kubrick’s popular adaptation of The Shining, King chose to ignore the film’s existence when creating the novel’s sequel, claiming that the written work was the true story of the Torrance family. This may cause some confusion to those who have seen the film, but not read the novel, as the endings are much different. Doctor Sleep explores the life of an adult Dan Torrance in the present day. Torrance is now a recovering alcoholic and hospice orderly who drinks in order to dull his psychic “shining” ability. When he does succumb to his powers, Dan uses them to aid dying patients in their passing. Dan also uses his “shining” in order to help mentor and protect a young girl named Abra Stone. A strange cross-country group called The True Knot is pursuing Abra, who also possesses psychic abilities. The True Knot feeds off of the psychic energy of children with “the shining, causing Dan to intervene, and erupting in a war between sides. The overarching question surrounding Doctor Sleep is whether or not it lives up to its predecessor. King took a great risk when he chose to concoct a sequel to one of the most popular horror novels of all time, especially 35 years after the fact. Though Doctor Sleep is not as frightening as The Shining, the story is a fitting and adventurous continuation of the first book. King has matured as a writer. The author has truly harnessed his craft, and used it to construct a compelling story that enraptures the reader, dragging them to the depths of a world of the unexplainable. Like nearly any story that Stephen King creates, Doctor Sleep is an instant classic that is worthy of praise. You don’t need to be a psychic to see that coming.