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Assignment for Students


Complete Mario Workshop Reading and Reflection Assignment
Deadline: August 1, 2021

On Monday, August 23, 2021, all incoming first-year and transfer students will participate in the Marino Family International Writer's Workshop (Links to an external site.), Georgetown's new student common read program. This year, the Workshop will feature Mohsin Hamid and his novel, Exit West.

By August 1, 2021, all incoming students are required to read Exit West on their own. You may purchase a copy of the book, or borrow a digital or print copy from your local library. Students can also then participate in an online reflection and discussion through Canvas, Georgetown's learning management system. The Marino Workshop committee, comprised of Georgetown faculty and staff, have created seven discussion questions that all new students can reflect on and discuss together. Your reflection will take the form of responses to the prompts you will see in the Discussions section of this course. We hope that in addition to responding to three or more of the prompts with your own thoughts, you will read and respond to the thoughts of your fellow students. We hope this will foster active, thoughtful discussion between classmates, so replies can be anywhere from a few sentences to a short paragraph. Faculty and staff mentors will also have access to the Discussion on Canvas and will participate in the conversation.

If you are an incoming student, click here to access the Canvas page!

During New Student Orientation, new students will gather via Zoom to hear remarks from the author, Mohsin Hamid, and then engage in a discussion about the book and its themes in small groups led by faculty and staff mentors. As a segment of your orientation, we hope this will give you an opportunity to participate in a sample of what a real Georgetown classroom experience is like before the semester begins. Questions about the Marino Workshop can be directed to


The Workshop is sponsored by Frederick Marino (SLL '68) and his family in honor of his father, Joseph Marino.