Tupelo to spend a month with Morrie in reading push

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Starting Wednesday, fans of the New York Times Bestseller “Tuesdays with Morrie” will enjoy a month of mostly free events based on the book.
From a philosophical lecture on life and death to a movie in the park, the activities target even those who haven’t read it.
They’re all part of a city program called Tupelo Reads: We’re All on the Same Page. Announced in May, the program asked all residents to read the 1997 book by Mitch Albom and reconvene later to discuss and celebrate it.
The book recounts the last days of retired college professor Morrie Schwartz. The author was one of Schwartz’s former students and reunited with him during his dying battle with ALS.
The events start Wednesday with a free review by Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. at 11:30 at the Lee County Library. Other activities follow in September.
“It’s to help promote the sense of public spirit and really set ourselves apart as a community that celebrates lifelong learning,” said Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who helped spearhead the effort along with his wife, Lisa, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Education.
“It seemed like such a good way to connect the community from school children to seniors,” Lisa Reed said, explaining that Tupelo High School students were invited to participate and will present artwork and videos of their interviews with older citizens.
Other events include a free showing of the movie “Tuesdays with Morrie” at Fairpark, a two-man play based on the book by the Tupelo Community Theatre, and a panel discussion.
Vanderbilt University Centennial professor of philosophy Dr. John Lachs also will speak. Lachs used the book as inspiration for his Sept. 11 lecture on love, life and death, which he’ll give at 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Library.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com

On the Same Page
WEDNESDAY – Jack Reed Sr. will review the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” at 11:30 at the Lee County Library

SEPT. 11 – Dr. John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt, speaks on the topic of love, life and death based on “Tuesdays with Morrie,” at 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Library

SEPT. 20 – Panel Discussion on the book’s medical, ethical and spiritual aspects featuring Dr. Sharon Douglas, Chair of AMA’s Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs (CEJA), Dr. Justin Graff, Neurologist, and the Rev. James Richardson, Director, NMMC Pastoral Care, at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Library

SEPT. 27 – Public screening of the television movie, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” starring Jack Lemmon, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairpark

SEPT. 29-OCT. 1 – A two-man play based on “Tuesdays with Morrie” at the Lyric Theater