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Premise Conversation Course: How will the pandemic change us and our world? Camus’ The Plague

How will the pandemic change us and our world? Camus’ The Plague (Learn about what a Premise class is like here: ) Many of us have described the past year as apocalyptic. We’ve been living through a global pandemic, a critical presidential election, destructive wildfires, and a national reckoning with our country’s legacy of racism and police violence. Literature and philosophy can help us make sense of our experiences and ask questions about our future. In this class, we’ll read works set during pandemics. We will start with Albert Camus’ existential novel The Plague and look deeply at themes of isolation, loneliness, and fate. Together, we’ll use The Plague to dig into the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and discuss relevant…

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FALL Online: Life Sketch: Pandemic Workshop w Wayne Gregory

“There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story.” ~ Maya Angelou We live in a time when it is more important than ever for us to tell the stories of our lives. All of us have been affected. Some on the front lines; others stuck at home, working, minding kids, and wondering what’s next. And for many, stories have begun to emerge. Stories we’ve lived. Stories we’ve created. Stories that teach. Stories that question.  This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify a compelling story from the pandemic experience (as it has been and as it continues to unfold). You will work on a single life sketch – a short slice of your life experience –  with the…

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Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kelly McWilliams

From award-winning, bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes (Ghost Boys) comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Powerful and emotionally gripping, Black Brother, Black Brother (Little, Brown) is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy’s fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice. Agnes loves her home of Red Creek. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an…

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