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Author Chris Crutcher Presentation at JCC Apr. 13

On Wednesday, April 13, Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host a presentation on diversity and freedom of speech by author Chris Crutcher at 7:00 p.m. in Jules Center, Room 6-002. The presentation is free admission and the public is invited to attend.

Crutcher was first a teacher and then director of a school for at-risk K–12 students for almost 10 years before launching his second career as a writer. His first published novel was Running Loose in the early 1980s. To support his fledgling writing career, Crutcher began working as a child protection advocate and family therapist. He has since written nine additional novels, two collections of short stories, and an autobiography. Crutcher’s writing is heavily influenced by his ongoing experience as a therapist and child advocate and he is known for his ability to balance comedy with tragedy in a painstakingly honest voice.

He has received many awards including Writer Magazine’s Writers Who Make A Difference Award in 2004 and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. The ALA has named eight of Crutcher’s books “Best Books for Young Adults” and four of his novels appeared on Booklist’s Best 100 Books of the 20th Century as compiled in 2000. A popular columnist and public speaker, Crutcher lectures at universities, conferences, libraries, and schools around the U.S. and the world.

For more information, please contact the Humanities department at JCC at 315-786-6568.

This event is sponsored by the Faculty Student Association at JCC, the Social Cultural Committee, the Humanities department, and the JCC Honors Program.