Books about modern motherhood and a pilot’s journey through recovering from a plane crash will be featured during a UW-La Crosse program highlighting university authors.
The Celebration of Campus Authors runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Strzelczyk Great Hall in the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. More than 40 books written by UW-L alumni, faculty and staff will be highlighted.
David Berling, a 2001 UW-L graduate, will be joined by his wife, Missy, to talk about writing and publishing their self-published book, “Just Living the Dream.” Both are Holmen High School graduates. Berling was flying to work from Phoenix to Los Angeles in 2007 when his private plane hit a power line and crashed in a field. The plane’s engine pushed into the cockpit, crushing the U.S. Air Force officer’s legs. Rescuers found him hanging upside down strapped in his seat — which ultimately saved his life by preventing bleeding through his legs. Berling lost both legs and since has learned to live with a different perspective.
UW-L History Professor Jodi Vandenberg-Daves will talk about writing and publishing her book, “Modern Motherhood, an American History,” published this spring by Rutgers University Press. Her 344-page book explores the multiple and complex societal roles mothers have endured throughout history. Vandenberg-Daves shows how mothers have continued to innovate new ways to combine labor force participation and domestic responsibilities. She follows their challenge to male expertise in the 1960s on issues from abortion rights to childbirth practices, to confinement of women to maternal roles.
Other authors will be in attendance and some books will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Find out more about the event at: www.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/About-the-library/Programs-and-publications/Campus-authors/.
If you go—
What: 2014 Celebration of Campus Authors
When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21
Where: Strzelczyk Great Hall, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center