Arts & Humanities

Modern Languages - The Beulah E. Book Lecture Series

The Department of Modern Languages at Manchester University is proud to announce the initiation of the Beulah E. Book Lecture Series. The series is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Beulah E. Book who established the I. Bruce Book Memorial Endowment Fund to provide funds to further the study of language at Manchester University.

Beulah Book and her family have strong ties to our university. Her father, I. Bruce Book taught English, manual arts, French and German during Manchester College’s formative years. He also served as librarian and introduced basketball to the campus by hanging peach baskets on the oak trees behind the Administration Building. Her sister Orpah A. Book graduated from Manchester College in 1931, and was our reference librarian from 1964 to 1975 when she retired.

Beulah Book earned her B.A. from Manchester College in 1939 and M.F.A. from Indiana University in 1952. She was an art teacher in Muncie, Ind., schools for 40 years retiring in 1978. She was a member of Psi Iota Psi, Indiana Retired Teachers and National Art Education Association, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer and founding member of Art Education of Indiana. In 2004, we were proud in induct her as an honorary member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the national language honor society.

The Department of Modern Languages will use her bequest to further intellectual and cultural discourse on our campus.

Beulah E. Book '39 at the 2004 Alpha Mu Gamma Initiation