As part of the collaboration of Starkville Reads with the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, Dr. Robert Wolverton will lead a discussion of Tom Brokaw’s award-winning book “The Greatest Generation” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Starkville Public Library.
A popular speaker in the Starkville community for his knowledgeable and entertaining programs, Wolverton will provide an opportunity for discussion to those who have read this fascinating book, which is a series of interviews with a variety of figures about their experiences at home or on the battlefield during the war.
Wolverton, a former vice president of academic affairs at MSU, teaches classics in the Department of Foreign Languages and has the distinction of being the oldest full-time professor who is currently teaching courses, with no plans to retire.
He has many honors to his credit. He received the John Grisham Master Teacher Award, the Outstanding Humanist Award, the MSU Alumni Association Award for Undergraduate Teaching, the Outstanding MSU Faculty Member Award, and the Ageless Hero Award for Creativity.
He was selected for Starkville’s Education Hall of Fame and was twice elected president of the Robert Holland Faculty Senate.
He was one of the founding members of the Starkville Community Theatre, in which he took an active role as actor and as director. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Starkville Reads.
“Bob is an inspirational teacher who truly cares about his students and his subject matter. With a wonderful sense of humor as well as a fund of knowledge about anything in the ancient world, he is well-known for coming up with a quotation from a Greek philosopher or Roman writer to fit every occasion,” said long-time colleague and friend Nancy Hargrove, who also is currently serving as the president of Starkville Reads.
“Those who come to his discussion of The Greatest Generation will not only learn a great deal about the book, but will also be entertained with his wit and delightful rapport with the audience.” She added that his minutes of the meetings of Starkville Reads are entertaining, imaginative, and fun to read, so much so that the members of the Advisory Board actually enjoy reading them!
For additional information on this program, contact the Starkville Public Library or consult the website for Starkville Reads at http://www.starkvillereads.org .