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Patrick Collier on "Everyday Life in Middletown"

In this interview, #bsuenglish professor Patrick Collier discusses his Virginia Ball Center seminar “Everyday Life in Middletown.”


What did the project entail?

These Virginia Ball seminars are semester-long projects where students get up to 15 credits for their participation, the teacher gets a fellowship, and that gets him or her out of teaching responsibility or any other responsibility on campus. The subject of the seminar was “Everyday Life in Middletown.” Middletown, I assume you know, is Muncie. There’s this history of Muncie being referred to as Middletown since the ’20s when the Lynds did their sociological study in Muncie and it became a national best-seller.

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The Circus in Winter comes to the Muncie Civic Theater

Last week, I was walking down Main Street when I saw this on the marquee of the Muncie Civic Theater.

Photo courtesy of Cathy Day

Yes, I know this is Muncie, Indiana, not New York City, but it’s still pretty cool to see the name of your book on a theater marquee.

Last year, an amazing group of Ball State students adapted my first book into a musical. This project was sponsored by the Virginia Ball Center and led by Theater professor Beth Turcotte.

To prepare for the full production in Fall 2011, they have been performing concert readings all around the region.
The next one will be Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 PM, a fundraiser for the Muncie Civic Theater. $5 at the door.

I hope you can make it. You’ll be supporting the arts in this community as well as BSU students. And you will enjoy yourself to boot. Seriously, this is a wonderful show. You’ll find yourself humming the songs for days afterward.

Here‘s more information. Please share the link and let others know about his event, too.

Thank you,
Cathy Day