It was eleven-thirty in the morning, and Science Center 152 was already abuzz with the participants eagerly and excitedly talking about their projects and sharing their thoughts on their favorite works of literature with the faculty and students in attendance.
Some students were clustered around their posters chatting and relaxing, having found a space and occasion to be temporarily relieved of their study stress. This was the first Literature Poster Session hosted by the Department of Reading and English on November 17 in SC 152.
Over the course of the day, close to a hundred visitors attended the event. Thirty-three students had created colorful and thought-provoking poster presentations for display. Their topics ranged from Oedipus the King to Gilgamesh to Chinese poetry to Robinson Crusoe to Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things to Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Israel Alfaro won the poster session top prize for his English 201: World Lit I poster. Israel drew very clever connections between modern day memes and the Chinese ‘Classic of Poetry’ composed between 1000 and 600 B.C.E.
The students’ posters highlighted various aspects of the texts of their choice and even drew connections between the works and their own lives, and this is where the poster session truly succeeded in its purpose of enabling the students to extend literature beyond the classroom and relate it to their own lives, highlighting the resonance that literature has for all, and bringing the College community together to share in the laughter, camaraderie, and warmth that the event generated.
There was also voting at the session, and the poster with the maximum number of votes was declared the winner. Its picture will be published in The Red Jacket, the student-run literary journal at Montgomery College, and on the English and Reading Department website. As we savor these delicious memories of our first Literature Poster Session, we will look forward to the next one to be held next November.
–Prof. Shweta Sen