ARCC presents reading series

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Division’s first event in the spring 2013 Two Rivers Reading Series at the Coon Rapids Campus will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27 and present St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre Company reading and discussing the play, “Spunk.”

There will be two sessions, the first 1 from 1:50 p.m. and again from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in the Legacy Room.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Spunk” by George Wolfe is an adaptation of three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston.

Although much-awarded in the early decades of the 20th century, Hurston’s work dwindled into obscurity until Alice Walker in the 1970s led a charge to revive it.

Since then, Hurston’s work has been lauded for its portrayal of strong black women and its themes of identity and place.

In addition to the campus-Penumbra event, the long-term partnership between the college and Penumbra affords Anoka-Ramsey students an opportunity to attend a subsidized performance of the play Sunday, March 24, including transportation to and from campus and a presentation from Penumbra Education Director Sarah Bellamy before the performance.

The Anoka-Ramsey’s Two Rivers Reading Series provides student access to award-winning authors, poets and playwrights each semester and makes learning more comprehensive by combining classwork with real-world experiences.

“The series offers our students the unique experience of studying an author’s book in class and then attending a presentation,” said English faculty member Paige Riehl.

“Students have immersed themselves in the text and come to the events excited to listen, ask questions, and learn.”

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