The public is invited to attend a book signing and dramatic reading by Penn State Professor Philip Mosley from his recently published book, Anthracite! An Anthology of Pennsylvania Coal Region Plays. The event will take place in the Bookstore of Penn State Worthington Scranton, on Tuesday, January 23rd from Noon to 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Philip Mosley, professor of English, Communications, and Comparative Literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton edited and wrote the introduction for the book which was published this fall by The University of Scranton Press.
The six plays contained in Dr. Mosley's anthology are: Nobody Hears a Broken Drum by Jason Miller; Patchworks by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; The Fire Down Below by Jack McDonough and Bob Shlesinger; Coaltown Breaker by Michael Cotter; Spirit of the Molly Maguires: A Carbon County Legend by Genia Miller; Molly Daughter by Deborah Lou Randall.
Dr. Mosley conceived the idea of an anthology after learning of a body of dramatic work written between 1970 and 2003 that celebrates and commemorates in various ways the history and daily lives of anthracite miners and their families. Most of the authors are natives of the region.
Dr. Mosley, a Fulbright Award Scholar, is a native of England. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature and master of arts in European literature from the University of East Anglia. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Leeds.
In addition to his latest publishing effort, Dr. Mosley is the author of Ingmar Bergman: The Cinema as Mistress and Split Screen: Belgian Cinema and Cultural Identity. He also translated, October Long Sunday, a novel by Belgian author Guy Vaes, from the original French. He has also written numerous book reviews, articles and contributing chapters.
Dr. Mosley recently presented "Emile de Antonio and Cy Endfield: A Film Event Honoring Two Scranton-born Directors" in the Mellow Theater of Lackawanna College. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Greater Scranton Film Office.
Mosley has presented special film programs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. He is the recipient of a number of academic awards including grants for research and translation from the Belgian Ministry of the French Community.
For the preparation of a collection of critical essays on Belgian author Georges Rodenbach, he received a Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Fellowship in 1991. He was also the recipient of the 1992 Worthington Scranton Campus Pharmakon Laboratories Award and the 1998 Worthington Scranton Matthews Award, both for excellence in research and scholarship.
Dr. Mosley has served at Penn State since 1988. He taught from 1981 to 1988 at Glasgow Caldedonian University, United Kingdom. He was visiting professor of English and American Literature, Université de Toulouse, France. In the 2003-2004 academic year, Dr. Mosley held the Fulbright Chair in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Dr. Mosley served as lecturer for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speakers Program and has led the Council's "Read About It!" book discussion groups. He is a Film Festival discussion leader, Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock and has lectured for the Bradford County Regional Arts Council and the Hazleton Art League.
Dr. Mosley resides in Clifton, PA.