Hey all, I hope you had a good weekend! I know the semester is heating up for most people, exams and essays are starting to bear down on us in panic inducing numbers. But, if you can find the time there is going to be a great event put on by the English Undergraduate Association this Thursday at 5pm in room 1111 Susquehanna. You may have seen the fliers floating around Susquehanna, they are the ones with the big picture of a Nazi book burning titled “BOOKS, What are they good for! Absolutely nothing?”
Anyways, the event is part of our “Why Study Lit?” series and it is going to be a casual panel discussion featuring professors Linda Macri, Vivian Salgado and Gerald Maa. The panel is going to focus on discovering the relevancy of the representation of war in literature. As in, what effect, if any, does literature have on shaping our culture’s perspective on war? And does the resulting change effect policy? And if so, how?
- Professor Linda Macri is teaching a course this semester on war and the graphic novel. Examining how war is represented in comics and graphic novels will bring a unique dynamic to the panel. She also has a strong background in rhetoric as it pertains to fiction.
- Professor Vivianne Salgado is a native of Chile, and studied fiction for four years with Pia Barros at Ergo Sum, one of the most prolific literary workshops during Pinochet’s dictatorship. She is also the assistant director of the Jiminez-Porter Writer’s House.
- Gerald Maa is a graduate student at the University of Maryland who also teaches poetry and has received many awards for his creative writing. Maa has also developed a cult following of students who think he’s the best thing since sliced bread. Perhaps you should come and find out why!
There will be food and drinks. The details, once again, are Thursday, October 9th at 5PM in room 1111 Susquehanna.