M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell comes to Binghamton University
Actor and activist Mike Farrell will present his latest memoir “Of Mule and Man” at 7pm Tuesday, October 20, in Binghamton University’s Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. This discussion is free and open to the public.
In May 2008, shortly after being named a “Person of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times, Farrell drove himself cross-country on a book tour like no other. Networking with political groups and friends, Farrell redefined the very concepts of book touring and promotion through a progressive lens.
Departing his hometown of Los Angeles with a rented Prius he nicknamed Mule as his only companion, Mike provides a funny and fascinating account of his road trip across the country and back. In addition to his (and occasionally Mule's) musings, are statements from some of the political groups that cosponsored his tour including Death Penalty Focus, the ACLU, Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch, and many more.
In keeping with his enduringly selfless attitude, Farrell gave portions of “Of Mule and Man” to the various sponsors and organizations who supported him on his tour. In so doing, Farrell reinforces the notion that his celebrity is not an end, but a means. Rather than using his causes to promote his book, he is using his book to promote his causes. According to Publishers Weekly, “Farrell writes with an upbeat, optimistic attitude, infused with humor, insights and soul. As he drives across the landscape he also drives home important social justice issues.”
Best known for his role as B.J. Hunnicutt on the hit show M*A*S*H, Farrell is a spokesperson for CONCERN/America, a founding board member of Peace Studies, and a cofounder of Artists United to Win Without War.
This program is presented by RiverRead Books and the Binghamton University Environmental Studies Program. For more information contact Johanna Ingalls at Johanna@akashicbooks.com