Books That Shaped America: Stranger in a Strange Land (Updated 3/28/14)
Join us for Books that Shaped America, a special series of conversations for the local community and American University students, faculty and staff. The Series features selections from "Books That Shaped America," a list compiled by the Library of Congress. Informal discussions about the extraordinary influence of these books on American society will be led by faculty and staff members from AU. This Series is intended to foster open, constructive conversations about important and enduring themes in civil society.
School of International Service Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, leads a discussion of Robert Heinlein's novel "Stranger in a Strange Land". The first science fiction novel to become a bestseller, "Stranger in a Strange Land" is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised on Mars by Martians (his parents were on the first expedition to Mars and he was orphaned when the crew perished) who returns to Earth about 20 years later. Smith has psychic powers but complete ignorance of human mores. The book is considered a classic in its genre.
For this event, we recommend the original uncut version of the book published in 1991.
Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and no reservation is required.