The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for January:
Also available from the Libraries as a Kindle e-book.
Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.
Based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film tells the story of Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his Oklahoma family who, after losing their farm in the Great Depression, are forced to become migrant workers. As they travel west along Highway 66 towards California, the family faces many forms of discrimination and exploitation as well as life-threatening challenges in the migrant labor camps. Tom is eventually moved, by what he has witnessed and experienced in the camps, to devote his life to fighting for social reform.
Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.