Saturday, September 18, 2010
The First Thing and the Last
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Allan G. Johnson will read from his new novel The First Thing and the Last. He will tell the story of what it took to overcome the publishing industry's resistance to bringing into print this inspiring story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence.
Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker who has focused on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He first became involved in the issue of men’s violence against women in 1977 as a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Service in Hartford, Connecticut. He has authored research on sexual violence, testified before legislative committees, consulted with the National Center for the Prevention of Rape and the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health, and served on the board of the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence. During thirty years of college teaching, he regularly taught courses on gender, race, and social class. His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. More information on his work and his most recent NPR interview is available at www.agjohnson.us