Dr. Thomas Endres to discuss Sturgis Stories at St. Joseph’s “Dinner With an Author” Oct. 24

Dr. Thomas Endres, a professor of communication and department chair at the University of St. Thomas, will discuss his book, Sturgis Stories, at an upcoming “Dinner With an Author” sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary.

The dinner, open to the public, starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Scheffer Center, 69 W. Exchange St. in downtown St. Paul. Tickets are $20; for more information or to reserve tickets call Kay Baker at (651) 232-3035. The evening includes slides, a book signing, wine and a light dinner.

In writing the book, published earlier this year by Kirk House Publishers, Endres tapped his love of biking and his academic roots. He holds a master’s and Ph.D. in communication, a master’s in pastoral studies, and chairs the St. Thomas Departments of Communication Studies and Modern and Classical Languages. Much of his research and writing has focused on the analyses of the symbolic communication of cultural communities, all the way from the Knights of Columbus to the motorcycle riders who attend the world’s largest motorcycle rally held each August in Sturgis, S.D.

His book features stories and photographs of more than two dozen people he met the 2001 rally. Endres conducted the research and wrote the book with the help of a St. Thomas faculty research grant.

St. Joseph’s Hospital, the first in Minnesota, was founded in 1853. Its auxiliary was established in 1953 and raises funds for the hospital through events such as Dinner With an Author.