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Public reading of Homer classic to be held at Avila
Recitation of The Odyssey to begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 near the fountain on the quad

August 31, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - The English department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University is hosting a public reading of Homer's The Odyssey, beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 near the fountain on the quad.

This all-day event invites the Avila community, alumni, surrounding neighbors, local high schools and anyone interested to participate as both readers of, and listeners to, Homer's epic tale of Odysseus' adventures as he attempts to return home after the Trojan War.

The reading will continue until the book is completed. A copy of the modern translation will be provided for easy reading. Readers and/or listeners can stay as long as they want. Readers simply will pick up where previous ones stop. Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila president, is scheduled to read around noon, and groups are encouraged to sponsor a block of time to read. Reading is not required, however. Those interested in the literature can simply stop by and listen whenever they like.

Many know the stories of The Odyssey – Calypso holding Odysseus on her island as her lover; Odysseus' blinding of the Cyclops; the deadly lure of the Sirens' songs; Odysseus' eventual return to Ithaka and destruction of the suitors wooing his faithful wife, Penelope. This tale of cunning, romance and adventure was intended to be experienced as a community.

Stop by the new Subway on campus, spread a blanket on the ground, and join in the fun.

For more information, email Amy Milakovic, Ph.D., chair of the English department, at amy.milakovic@avila.edu, or call her at 816-501-3633.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.