For fifteen years, the Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop has welcomed undergraduate students into the academic community at Georgetown. Each year, the university asks that all incoming students read a particular text by a major non-American author and write a one-page analysis reflecting on their reading. Traditionally, on the second Saturday of the fall semester, the university invites the author to discuss the text with all of the first-year students. After the lecture, students immediately meet in pre-assigned small groups led by more than 70 Georgetown faculty and staff to discuss the text, the author’s presentation, and their individual interpretations of the novel. Students this year will be reading Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
This year, CNDLS has teamed up with the Marino project to create Georgetown University Digital Commons blogs for each group of students and their respective faculty or staff mentor. Students will post their analyses of the novel to their assigned group blogs, and read and comment on the essays of their peers.
Stay tuned for updates on the Marino project blogs!