VILLANOVA, Pa., January 5, 2011 – Villanova University welcomes Craig M. Mullaney, author of The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, to campus January 31 for a full slate of activities open to the public. The Unforgiving Minute, Villanova’s 2010-11 One Book program selection, provides a focal point of discussion for the University community throughout the academic year. The annual author visit is the capstone event of the One Book Villanova program.
Mullaney will speak at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31 in the Villanova Room of The Connelly Center. He will sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. in the first Floor Lounge of the University’s Falvey Library and will be the guest of honor at a 6 p.m. community dinner in Dougherty Hall.
The Unforgiving Minute chronicles Mullaney’s extraordinary metamorphosis from a super-achieving West Point grad, Rhodes Scholar, Airborne Ranger and U.S. Army Captain, to the contemplative teacher of future officers after a life-changing first combat experience in Afghanistan. Through Mullaney’s eyes, readers experience both the pathos and nobility engendered by “the unforgiving minute” in combat that unleashes a domino effect of irreversible consequences.
“One Book Villanova” is a distinctive educational program that engages all segments of the campus community – students, faculty and staff – in activities presented throughout the academic year that explore dominant themes presented in a selected book. Discussion groups, public readings, special events and a One Book blog site continue to enliven and extend the campus community’s examination of The Unforgiving Minute through the end of the spring semester. Further details of the event will be available on the One Book Villanova Web site as the date approaches.
This year’s One Book Villanova selection taps into the breaking news of the day as the United States involvement in Afghanistan marks its ninth year. Other selections featured since the One Book Villanova program began in 2005 include The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni, Blood Done Sign My Name, by Timothy Tyson, Left To Tell by Imaculee Ilibagiza, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji.