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Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Community, Social Justice, Social Practice, Writing Life
We often think about mass media and journalism in the context of social responsibility: what and how news is covered, as well as accuracy and objectivity. What about literature? Do writers have a responsibility to engage with critical societal issues or movements? What brings a writer to feel compelled to use their art as social commentary or activism? How do race, class, and other social categories affect our lives and lead us toward certain subject matter or genre? Can creativity even be obligated at all? Join authors Kirstin Chen, Bill Konigsberg, Jennine Capó Crucet, and Matthew Salesses as they explore these ideas and share their understanding of what being a good literary citizen means.