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Acclaimed Writer Jim Shepard to Speak at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 27, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard will visit Ramapo College for a talk and reading on Thursday, November 10. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. and the reading will be at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies and the Office of the Provost, will be held in the Trustees Pavilion.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Jim Shepard received a B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.F.A. from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He currently teaches creative writing and film at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. His work has been published in McSweeney’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker, among others. His short story collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, won the Story Prize in 2007 and was nominated for a National Book Award the same year. The novel Project X, which he also drafted as a screenplay, won the 2005 Massachusetts Book Award.

Shepard’s 2011 collection You Think That’s Bad also cites an extensive bibliography, including Avalanches and Snow SafetyThe Japanese Earthquake of 1923Climate Changes and Dutch Water Management, and Satanism and Witchcraft. His 2015 novel The Book of Aron involved massive research into the Holocaust, which he called “critically important.”

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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