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Jan 18 - Dr. Rubenstein and Children’s Program
Philosophy Sunday, Dr. Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee, "Crusade and Apocalypse, or Why the World Ended in 1099.” - Pellissippi State, 10:30 a.m. (come early for coffee and fellowship) - Children's Program, Mleeka Learn Houston and Dave Buck, "Stellaluna,” by Janelle Cannon.


January 18, 2009, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (come early for coffee and fellowship)

"Crusade and Apocalypse, or Why the World Ended in 1099"
Dr. Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee
U.T. History Professor Jay Rubenstein, recent winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, will give a talk about the First Crusade, called by Pope Urban II in 1095. When the warriors who answered the call experienced an incredible string of victories, they believed something otherworldly was taking place. After 1099, observers in the East and back home in the West believed they were living through an on-going Apocalypse. Professor Rubenstein will explore how medieval people viewed Jerusalem, the Bible, and their own place in history -- which, apparently, had reached its climax in 1099.


Mleeka Learn Houston and Dave Buck will read the book, “Stellaluna,” by Janelle Cannon.
The story is about being different and being accepted.

A quote from Amazon:
'Baby bat Stellaluna's life is flitting along right on schedule--until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother's loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna's adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should--she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. "How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" one asks. "And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?" asks another. "I agree," Stellaluna responds. "But we're friends. And that's a fact." Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they're not will understand the conflicts--and possibilities--Stellaluna faces."

Also, the children plan to participate in Ella's craft idea - draw an animal that represents a quality that one of the other children has or that the artist particularly likes, then swap his/her drawing with that that of the friend.

Posted by pking
Jan. 12, 2009