Photo Journal Spring 2015

Common Read

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, by Yiyun Li

The Southeastern English Department is proud to feature award-winning author Yiyun Li and her short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers for the Spring 2015 Common Read.

Speaker Series

In the weeks leading up to the main event, the Writing Center hosted several Speaker Series events, during which professors from different departments across Southeastern gave lectures relating to this semseter's Common Read book. Dr. Hyde      Dr. Hyde

Dr. Hyde, from Southeastern's History Department, gives a lecture on Chinese history, from the Waring States Era to the decline of communism, in order to give cultural context for the stories included in Li's works.

Student Participation

 Student Project 1

                                         Student Project 2

                                                                     Student Presentation

                                                              Student projects decorated the lobby of the Student Union                                                                     Theater (top, middle). Students create a dramatic recreation                                                                       of a scene from one of Yiyun Li's stories (bottom)
Each semseter, students across the Southeastern English Department read, study, and react to the Common Read works, and this semester was no exception. English 101 and 102 students created projects and wrote papers detailing with and reacting to A Thousand Years of Good Prayer. During the Common Read main event, students put their efforts on display in the lobby of the Student Union Theater and on its stage.

Common Read Main Event

  Yiyun Li on stage     Panel in the Writing Center

Yiyun Li giving a reading from one of her new works (left), later she takestook part in a panel held in the Writing Center, giving English majors advice and information on the publishing process. From left to right: Thomas Keith, Vanessa Hughes, Yiyun Li, Brigid Hutchinson, Dusty Cooper (right).