Figuring out How to Be Human: How Literature Helps

Looking forward to speaking at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference offsite panel, “Figuring out How to Be Human: How Literature Helps.” Thursday, March 5, 6-9 pm, Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St, Main Building 311, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Here is the event description:

Panel discussion followed by an open mic. Discussion on how to keep the good aspects of ‘great books’ and the literary canon (community building, mindful cultural conversations on how to exist wisely/compassionately) while expanding the canon to reflect the insights of many more cultural groups. Speakers include a Victorian lit expert, an educator who taught Western classics in China while reading their classic works, an educator on Chicano/Indigenous/queer lit, a writer/activist with schizophrenia, and an author who has extensively researched female philosophers. Organized by Cristina Deptula, Synchronized Chaos Magazine,

What an interesting and compelling topic. As the “Victorian lit” expert, I will discuss the continuing relevance of George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Anthony Trollope, and other historical authors in helping us understand our relationships to society and how to be human.

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