American classic focus of October events

Shippensburg University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic during October.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was published in 1960. The university will recognize the novel with a Celebration Exhibit on the main level of Erza Lehman Library that will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

The exhibit will feature newly acquired library books about To Kill a Mockingbird and Lee, information about the characters, themes of the book, and the culture of the time the book was written, as well as items from the time period.

A panel discussion about the book and its resultant film is 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in Orndorff Theatre in the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building. Following the panel discussion is a showing of the film at 6:45 p.m., also in the theatre.

The panel will feature members from the university’s English department including Dr. Mary C. Stewart, professor English; Dr. Raymond E Janifer Sr., professor of English and ethnic studies; Dr. Thomas C. Crochunis, assistant professor of English; and student and English major Samatha DePree.

For more information about the event, contact Joyce Harding at or Stewart at