October 08, 2010

Popular humorous author coming back to SIUC

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Back by popular demand, author Harlan Cohen is returning to Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his arsenal of zany tales and helpful tips.

Cohen will discuss his popular book, “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 in the Student Center’s Ballroom D. The presentation is open to students, the campus community and the public. The presentation is free.

Afterward, Cohen will sign books for those who bring them. The book signing will be in the John W. Corker Lounge. He also will meet with various student groups while on the SIUC campus.

Cohen’s visit last year was a big hit so SIUC has invited him back this fall, said Mark Amos, associate professor of English and co-chair of Saluki First Year with Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, director of University Housing.

Saluki First Year, an SIUC initiative begun in 2009, is the sponsor for Cohen’s appearance. The program, created to help students reach their full potential and more actively participate in campus life during their freshman year, presented copies of Cohen’s book to all incoming first year students in 2009 and 2010. Saluki First Year provides information, referrals and answers for students and is sponsoring a variety of special events and activities throughout the year.

A sought-after inspirational speaker, Cohen is the author of the syndicated advice column “Help Me, Harlan!” with a weekly readership of more than 4 million people. From Chicago, he’s a writer, musician and author and also a popular YouTube attraction. Cohen’s latest release, geared toward parents of college students, is “The Happiest Kid on Campus.” For more information about Cohen, visit his website at www.thenakedroommate.com.

For more information about Saluki First Year, visit www.firstyear.siuc.edu, call 618/453-1828, e-mail firstyr@siu.edu or visit the office in Faner Hall, Room 3341.