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Published 3/19/2004
Internationally Known Literary Expert Visits Owens Community College, March 25

Internationally known literary expert, Dr. John Ditsky will visit Owens Community College to discuss the life of John Steinbeck and provide insight into one of his more famous book's "Cannery Row" on Thursday, March 25. Ditsky's appearance will highlight a series of events, sponsored by the College's Literacy Committee, to promote and encourage reading throughout Northwest Ohio.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the College's Library on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

"Owens Community College is delighted that such a well-respected and accomplished Steinbeck expert will be visiting Northwest Ohio to promote literacy awareness," said Cory Hoover, Owens Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee and Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences. "His insight into the life and works of John Steinbeck will prove both entertaining and educational."

Ditsky has written over 100 critical articles and chapters on a variety of subjects, particularly in contemporary literature, with a special focus on the works of John Steinbeck. Among his works that have been published are "Essays on 'East of Eden'", "John Steinbeck: Life, Work and Criticism", and "The Onstage Christ". Most recently his "Critical Essays on John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'" has appeared in print. In addition, Ditsky is an accomplished poet with over 1,400 poetry acceptances to his credit.

A Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor, Ditsky speaks frequently on Steinbeck's life and novels. He is respected as an expert on the subject of John Steinbeck and also serves as poetry editor for "The Windsor Review".

For more information about the event, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7096 or (567) 661-7096.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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