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Solkov Work of Literary Merit (WOLM)

Since the early 1980s, instructors teaching freshman composition at SRJC have selected one work of literary merit (WOLM) to be read by all English 1A students, which is about 1600 students per semester. The number of students who study the book is actually much higher because many instructors also assign the selected WOLM to other classes, especially 100 and 1B. In the early years, the program consisted of little more than this agreement on a common literary text, with instructors benefiting by sharing ideas about teaching the particular work. As the years passed, however, the program developed into an exciting and integral part of the 1A curriculum. A constellation of optional adjunct activities also began to revolve around the WOLM, such as the lecture program, library displays, bookmarks, public readings, special classes for ESL students. In short the WOLM has become an event. Note: there is no selected WOLM for summer semesters.

Current Work of Literary Merit, Fall 2014

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A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean (1976)
LibGuide for A River Runs Through It

Fall 2014 WOLM Lecture & Event Dates:

A River Runs Through It Film showing as part of Petaluma Campus film series. Nick Hoffman will present a pre-film lecture on cinematography in the film. Oct. 1. Lecture at 6 p.m. Film at 7 p.m. Carole Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma.

Environmental Biologist Kasey Wade will lead a hike through Shone Forest to the Russian River, discussing the intricacies of watersheds and waterways. The hike will begin at Shone Farm and includes meeting Alex Phillips, NRM Student/Fly Fisherman. 
Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

“Haunted by Places: Western Montana and Norman Maclean,” Ed Castellini, English Dept.
Oct. 20, 12-1, Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, SRJC.

English Dept. Faculty Panel Discussion: “Poetic Impressions,” Carmen Castillo; “Family Dynamics in A River Runs Through It,” Jacqueline McGhee; “Presbyterian Fishing: A Woman’s View,” Barbara McClure.
Co-sponsored by Arts & Lectures.
Oct. 27, 12-1, Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, SRJC.

“The River of God’s Grace: Scottish Presbyterian Calvinism Runs Through It,” Eric Thompson,
Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Humanities, and Religion.
Oct. 28, 4-5, Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, SRJC. AND Oct. 29, 2-3, 696 Call, Petaluma Campus.

“A Spirit Runs Through It,” Rabbi George Gittleman.
Nov. 5, 12-1, Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, SRJC.

“How Can I Help?” Matthew Murray, English Dept.
Nov. 19, 12-1, Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, SRJC.




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