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Coming To Terms With Watchman

Deans DiPiero and McCombs

Thomas DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and an acclaimed expert on the works of author Harper Lee, led an animated, interactive discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird and the recently published Go Set a Watchman on October 7. Friends of the SMU Libraries, in partnership with the SMU Staff Association Book Club, sponsored the program, with an introduction delivered by Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director, Central University Libraries, shown with DiPiero. “You can’t really read Watchman outside of Mockingbird,” DiPiero said, challenging readers to examine the different persectives โ€“ one story told through the prism of childhood; the other through an adult lens โ€“ and appreciate the complexities of Lee’s characters in both novels.