Twenty-two years ago, Georgetown University conceived the idea of engaging new students in the thoughtful reading of a text by a major international author. During the summer prior to their matriculation into the academic life of Georgetown, the University asks first-year students to read the selected text and complete a reflection assignment. At the beginning of the fall semester, the author of the selected text comes to campus to discuss the novel and the life of writing with all incoming freshmen. Immediately following the author's conversation with the new Hoyas, more than seventy faculty and staff members meet with the students in small discussion groups and together embark on a thematic and stylistic analysis of the novel.
This year's Workshop features author Lawrence Hill and his novel, The Illegal. The novel follows the tumultuous life of Keita Ali who is a promising runner in the fictional nation Zantoroland, but must escape when his family is targeted for their outspoken political views. He lands in Freedom State, a nationalistic, xenophobic nation that is unfriendly to immigrants where he struggles to elude capture while continuing his training.
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The Workshop is sponsored by Frederick Marino (SLL '68) and his family in honor of his father, Joseph Marino. It is jointly run by the University Library and the Office of the Provost.