Common Reading Events
Tuesday, April 4 – Hindsight 2023: Revisiting the 1980 Rainbow Murders – 6:00 PM – Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium
Learn more about the unsolved Rainbow murders which took place in Pocahontas County, WV in 1980. Panelists include a former West Virginia state police officer who interviewed a serial killer concerning his possible connection to the crime; as well as Psychology and Criminal Justice faculty from Shepherd University who will explore the complexities and challenges of the case and how modern techniques that weren’t available at the time may have aided the investigation.
Free & Open to the Public. Refreshments will follow the event. Sponsored by the SU Foundation with support from the Office of Diversity & Equity
Monday, September 19 – 12:00 PM – ZOOM Chat with Emma Copley Eisenberg
Learn more about “The Third Rainbow Girl” and Eisenberg’s work during this virtual session to promote the common reading in advance of Eisenberg’s on-campus visit in November. Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will guide the discussion. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Zoom access code at any time prior to the start of the event. Free & Open to All.
Thursday, November 3 – In-Person Author Talk & Book Signing with Emma Copley Eisenberg
6:00 PM – Student Center Ballroom – Free & Open to the Public – The author will discuss her book, “The Third Rainbow Girl”, her time living in West Virginia, and the lasting impact of the Rainbow murders. Book-signing and reception to follow. Free & Open to the Public.
The Common Reading Program and all events are made possible through the support of the Shepherd University Foundation.