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Desserts and Discussion event helps English students get acquainted

September 4, 2014

More than 20 students joined English/Creative Writing faculty members Tuesday evening for the fourth annual Desserts and Discussion, a back-to-school activity that helps those in the program get acquainted.
Every year, incoming freshmen and returning students read the same book over the summer and get together to discuss it when the semester begins, Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut said.
“It is a great way for our new students to be introduced to returning students as well as faculty members,” she said.
This year, students read “The Invention of Wings,” by Sue Monk Kidd. The book gives a fictional account of the childhood of real-life sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who were famous abolitionists in the 1830s. For many students, it was their first introduction to the Grimke sisters.
This is the first of several events English/Creative Writing faculty will be hosting for students. 
The annual “Write Like a Pirate Day”—a play off “Talk Like a Pirate Day”—is scheduled for noon on Friday, Sept. 19 in the Penthouse at Hugh Stephens Library. The event challenges students, many of whom dress as pirates, to work together to write original pirate tales.

“We like to have these types of fun events outside of class,” Kogut said. “The informal atmosphere really encourages students to participate.”

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