The next meeting of the Thomas University Book Club on Tuesday, Jan. 21, will feature Karen Bickley leading a discussion of T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral.”

Eliot’s work is a verse drama that recounts the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral when Henry II was King of England. Eliot’s work, first performed in 1935 and later made into a movie, is based on the writing of Edward Grim, a clerk who witnessed the assassination.

Bickley graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in English and went on to earn a master’s degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as bibliographer and speech writer for the dean of the College of Education at Florida State University.

Bickley also worked as a grant writer and conference coordinator for FSU’s Department of Religion and the FSU Humanities Institute. Later, as an Assistant Director for FSU’s Center for Academic and Professional Development, Bickley was in charge of budgets for FSU’s online and part-time degree programs. She also wrote grants for and coordinated the FSU Summer Holocaust Institute for 17 years. Bickley won three national curriculum development awards while working for FSU.

The TU Book Club is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). For more information, call (229) 227-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu. Visit thomasu.edu/actu to learn about other ACTU events.

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