Symposium Class Gets Off the Ground

The Symposium Class is prepping for author Colson Whitehead's visit this December, and the class just finished reading Whitehead's debut novel, The Intuitionist, about an independent-minded young woman who inspects elevators by sensing their psychic vibrations. Who better than to explain the mechanics of elevators than by Brian Frye, director of service quality at Otis Elevator, who visited the class on Friday, September 14? He answered all the students' elevator-related questions for an hour and 15 minutes, drew diagrams to demonstrate the way elevators work and showed all of the safety features. Additionally, he demonstrated an iPhone app that can diagnose elevator issues. "It was great to have this opportunity to have an expert in this field to be able to answer all of our questions," said Symposium teacher Heidi Hojnicki. 

Founded in 1983 by Warren Baird (then chair of the English department), the Baird English Symposium has welcomed some of the nation’s greatest writers, poets, and playwrights, including Arthur Miller, John Updike, Jane Smiley, William Styron, Tony Kushner, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Albee, and others.

Each year, a selected author visits campus for a reading and various student-centered events. To prepare, students in all grade levels read at least one work by the visiting writer. Students in a Senior Symposium class study the author’s work exclusively. Prior to the Symposium, they visit all other English classes and teach students about the author’s life and work.
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