Mercy Book Club: What if you were suddenly without words?

What would be the personal and professional impact of such a loss?  How does the human brain enable or disable the ability to find and connect and express words?  What happens to a person – and to those who love him – when words disappear…and then return?

Questions such as those run through One Hundred Names for Love, the Mercy Book Club choice for this semester.  Chosen by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, this memoir by Diane Ackerman tells the story of her husband Paul West’s struggle to recover from a word-robbing stroke – a struggle intensified, perhaps, by the fact that he himself is a wordsmith, an author.

Open to all faculty and staff, Mercy Book Club provides an informal opportunity to engage with colleagues across the disciplines on topics related to aspects of the University’s mission and values as a Catholic and Mercy institution of higher education.

Complimentary copies of One Hundred Names for Love are now available to faculty and staff members eager to participate in this semester’s Mercy Book Club.  Readers/discussion participants can “sign on” and – while supplies last – receive their free copy of the memoir by contacting Carole Cahill in N-207 or or 773-298-3091.

Full of possibilities for rich interdisciplinary conversation, One Hundred Names for Love will be the focus of discussion sessions on Thursday, February 27, and Thursday, March 27.  Both discussions will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Bishop Quarter Room.  Refreshments will be provided.

Begun with a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program, Mercy Book Club is now in its third year.

This semester’s academic partner is the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders represented by Professors Gail Harris-Schmidt and William Sennett.

Past academic partners in the program have been the Department of English and Foreign Languages (last semester), the School of Education (2012-2013) and the School of Nursing (2011-12).  Mercy Book Club is facilitated by Prof. Michael O’Keeffe of the Department of Religious Studies and Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M., of the Office for Mission and Heritage.