‘Literary November’ creates opportunity

By Robert Kallwass
November 8, 2007

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The English department’s “Literary November” started early with a film screening the night before Halloween. A series of events are being hosted by the English department this month including a poetry reading and a trip to New York.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, there was a screening of Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.” Food was served and the film played at 5:30 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Library’s conference room. Dr. Seth Frechie made an introduction to the film, and the literary origins of the story by American author Washington Irving. Over 30 people attended and the screening was a “great success and a lot of fun” English and communication major Bill Monohan said.

Literary November began as a program in the past known as “Literary Philadelphia.” The program consisted of a few day long trips into the city designed for the first year students. It has evolved into a month where the events are organized with the help of faculty and students.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, students are invited to a Morroccan dinner at Marakesh in Philadelphia. The poet Abdal Hayy Moore, a member of Philadelphia’s Sufi Muslim Community will be reading Rumi’s poetry along with some of his own works with musical accompaniment. A discussion will follow about the works. The trip, inculding dinner is $15, which is only a fraction of the cost, the rest is supported by the English department.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Frechie and DeBlasis will accompany students on a walking tour through New York’s East Village to visit “the haunts of beat and bohemian writers of the past 100 years” according to Frechie. The trip will cost $35 for the students, including the bus ride, a small price to pay for a day in New York. The trip is designed for English majors but all are welcome.

To attend any of the events, students interested can contact Dr.Frechie at sfrechie@cabrini.edu for more information. “We are expecting a large crowd for the Morroccan dinner poetry reading” said Frechie. Jessica Gruber, an English student, was a large contributor to organizing all of the events, and designing them for students. Students will meet other English majors, learn a lot and have a really good time.

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