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DUQ Reads 2017: When the Emperor Was Divine: Welcome!




Welcome to Gumberg's guide for our 2017 NEA Big Read Event!

Gumberg Library has selected When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, a book about the experience of a Japanese-American family forced out of their home in Berkeley, California, and sent to live in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. 

Events and activities will occur in Spring 2017, and will feature educational and cultural events that are relevant to the novel:

  • Our kick-off event with a taiko drumming performance in the Genesius Theater will be held on March 16th from 4:30 - 6 pm
  • The author of this book, Julie Otsuka, will be visiting Pittsburgh for three book discussion sessions within the city on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Student Union Ballroom.
    • This event is open to the public!
  • Book talks and panel discussions will be held across campus to discuss the book's relevance to current-day refugee and immigrant experiences

We will continually be updating this guide to reflect upcoming events.

Copies of When the Emperor Was Divine will be distributed to members of the Pittsburgh-area community free of charge as part of participating in Gumberg’s program.

Gumberg Library was one of 77 
not-for-profit organizations chosen to receive a grant to hold a Big Read Project! The NEA Big Read awarded Gumberg a $15,000 grant to host a Big Read at Duquesne University.

For more information on
the Big Read, click here!

This guide was createby Kiera MudryMLIS. It is maintained by the DUQ Reads 2017 Committee.