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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

English Department Outreach Event - Volunteers Needed

Interested in The Great Gatsby? Want to get some experience planning an event centered on a literary classic? The English department is hosting an event designed for first-year students, and we need students to help us.

The English Department has started doing more outreach to the undergraduates (especially freshmen) to be sure that our department and major remain visible to them now that there is no freshman English course in the core requirements for the university.

Last year we held a very successful event called "Wildcat in the Rye" in one of the freshmen dorms. The concept was to talk about a book that is taught in high school and explore how it is approached differently at the college level. A faculty member talked briefly about Salinger's novel, and then there were breakout discussions run by graduate students. Around 90 freshmen attended the event (which also included free pizza and cookies).

This year, we're going to have a similar event, "The Great Catsby"--no, that is not a typo--in which our very own Dr. Jean Lutes will be talking briefly about, you guessed it, F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, and then we'll have the breakout sessions again. We'd love to get help again this year from you, our graduate students. I've included an email below from Dr. Lutes, and we hope some of you will volunteer.

Come to a planning session with Dr. Lutes Monday Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the English department lounge. Email her to let her know if you're coming -- OR if you can't make it but you want to be involved: jean.lutes@villanova.edu.

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