D.E.A.R. & African American Read-in

This year’s Black History Month events at PEA include two events celebrating black writers.  Join Ms. Marshall for this Saturday’s virtual D.E.A.R celebration or attend the in-person African American Read-in event later this month.

FEBRUARY 13th, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST
& 8:00 – 10:00pm EST (ZOOM)
This Saturday February 13th, Dean Marshall will be hosting a virtual Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R): A Kinda Silent Reading Party. Find a comfy spot and settle in with a work of Black literature! Can be poetry, a novel, a play, whatever you like. Stay as long as you like. We’ll have some stretch breaks with nifty prizes, so bring all your knowledge about Black culture. Need a book to read?  Check out our mini collection in Sora.

PEA students, faculty and staff should look for Zoom links in Exeter Connect.  Are you an alum or faculty emeriti interested in attending?  Please email cmarshall@exeter.edu for details. 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28th, 3:00-5:00pm
On Sunday February 28th, the Library will host an African American Read-in Event. The African American Read-In was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Join us for an afternoon program featuring readings of works by African-American authors. Sign up to read from your favorite work! We’ll have gifts for all attendees, and readers will receive a commemorative t-shirt. The event will be held from 3:00-5:00pm in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall and  is open to current PEA students, faculty and staff.  Seating is limited so we encourage attendees to RSVP in advance.

Lamont Poet John Murillo

Award-winning poet John Murillo will give a reading to students on February 18th as part of the 2020-2021 Lamont Poetry Series. “Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in American Poetry ReviewPloughsharesPoetryPrairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 20172019, and 2020.  He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.” (Source: JohnMurillo.com)

English 420 students and other classes will be reading Murillo’s poetry in preparation for his virtual visit.


Assembly Speaker Sheryl WuDunn

Inspired by today’s Assembly with Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, business executive and author ?

Borrow her books from our e-book and audiobook collection Sora/OverDrive or view the PBS series Half the Sky and A Path Appears.  Please note a current PEA login is required to access online library materials.

Tightrope : Americans Reaching for Hope
“The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors [Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn] of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea–deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans–to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.” Ebook and audiobook available on Sora.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
“A unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world–a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen.” Ebook and audiobook available on Sora.


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
“A unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world–a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen.” Ebook available on Sora.


China Wakes : the Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
“The definitive book on China’s uneasy transformation into an economic and political superpower by two Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters. An insightful and thought-provoking analysis of daily life in China, China Wakes is an exemplary work of reportage.” Ebook available on Sora.

Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia
“Offers a study of Asia and how it is reshaping world affairs, tracing the origins and impact of the Asian financial crisis, the growing roles of women, and the region’s increasing economic, diplomatic, and military influence. ” Ebook available on Sora.


A Path Appears Series (PBS, available on Kanopy)
“The three-part series will take viewers on a journey across the country, and across the globe, to drive home the universality of gender inequality and the roots of vulnerability. The series, produced by Show of Force, will lead audiences to a deeper understanding of these critical issues and the proven methods of bringing about change.”

Half the Sky (PBS, available on Academic Video Online)
“Based on the widely acclaimed book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn this two part series was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.”