East of Eden Comes Alive at Brigham Young University

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Image of Brigham Young University professor Steve LiddleThe information systems professor who heads the entrepreneurship program at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind when thinking about how to explain Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden to an academic audience. But that’s exactly what Steve Liddle—a California native who first read The Grapes of Wrath as a boy—brought off brilliantly in a stirring speech about free will and personal responsibility to Brigham Young University faculty and students on May 3. Non-members of the Mormon Church, with which the Provo, Utah university is affiliated, might consider Latter-Day Saints (the accurate term for Mormons) too conservative for Steinbeck, but Steve Liddle explains timshel better than anyone we’ve heard anywhere. Listen to the address at Brigham Young University’s podcast site to learn how. (To get to the East of Eden part quickly, advance the podcast dial to 20 minutes. But Liddle’s full speech is inspiring, even for non-Mormons.)

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  1. Herb Behrens says:

    On Monday, May 16, 2016, 5PM PST, Turner Classic Movie channel will show “O.Henry’s Full House”. Here is your chance to see and hear John Steinbeck. He gives the introduction and the introduction to some of the stories. For the back-story of his involvement, check Jackson Benson’s biography, John Steinbeck Writer. The movie has a good cast, including two of the best radio and writing wits. Also in the cast is the highest paid cannery worker to work on Ocean Ave.


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