Faculty members in the Department of English will lead two pop-up reading group as part of the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week.

Open to members of the Virginia Tech community and the general public, the reading group events offer an opportunity to discuss literature in community and engage with the humanities.

The programs will be held in person Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. and are open to the public. To attend, register through this link.

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, professor and chair of the Department of English, will lead the Feb. 9 event in Wallace Hall Room 407, located at 295 West Campus Drive.

Attendees will discuss a short science fiction text, Arthur C. Clarke’s Hugo Award-winning short story “The Star.” The story will be made available at the event but attendees may wish to read it before they arrive.

Associate Professor Shoshana Milgram Knapp will lead the Feb. 11 event in Major Williams Hall Room 434, located at 220 Stanger Street.

The program will include a discussion of Susan Glaspell’s short story “The Last Sixty Minutes,” a timely tale about partisan politics and the importance of public service. Copies of the story will be distributed at the event but attendees may read ahead of time if they wish.

The pop-up reading groups are part of several Virginia Tech Humanities Week programs celebrating 150 years of the humanities at Virginia Tech and the university’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Visit the Humanities Week page to learn more about upcoming events.

Virginia Tech Humanities Week Events