Does the start of the semester have you overwhelmed and frazzled? We have a quick, guilt-free escape lined up for you! Leave behind your textbooks for an hour and join us at the virtual Chang Science Library to explore some fun activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your room.Based on feedback from the discussions at Summer Tales and Books We Read, our new initiative, Tales We Read combines the benefits of creating virtual communities during difficult times. ENROLL TODAY!
If you're already someone who reads for pleasure, you know what that pleasure is like; if you're not, then you'll have to trust us that it's a lot of fun to read when you don't have to worry about a quiz or a paper.
If picking up a work of literature can feel like wandering into a gym full of body builders, think of this as a judgment-free, no-pressure fitness program.
Some practical benefits:
We've chosen short stories in part because they're short: easy to finish no matter your reading pace and easy to hold in your mind all at once when discussing so that we can all be on the same page, literally and figuratively. As they say about classic games like chess and poker, these stories take "minutes to learn and a lifetime to master."
When people think about discussing literature, often they'll revert back to the way they were taught to read in high school: that every story has a "point" or a "message" that you must identify, and every point has to be connected to a larger argument about What This Story Means.
In order to be a good discussion participant, you'll have to "unlearn" this way of reading!
Instead, imagine the discussion like you're walking out of a theater with your friends or family who just watched the same movie.
It's a conversation without a particular goal in mind; you just respond to other people's experience while sharing your own and see where it takes you!
A discussion starts with noticing:
Each of these is an implicit opportunity for a further question: how does the text do this, or why? In fact, articulating a question can be just as valuable to a discussion as providing an answer.
The program "Tales We Read" is sponsored by the Chang Science Library of the New Brunswick Libraries and the Office of Academic Programs of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) at Rutgers University. All students enrolled in courses at SEBS are welcome to join any of the available sessions.
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