ODU 33rd Annual Literary Festival 2010

Seni is an international guest at Old Dominion University campus Oct. 4-8 2010 for the 33rd Annual Literary Festival, “Hard Times in America.”

“Hard times are inevitably entwined with racism, crime, despair, an inequitable legal system, inadequate medical care and inequalities in education, but they sometimes provide examples of heroism, innovation and achievement,” said Mike Pearson, professor of English, co-director of the festival with fellow English professor Janet Peery.

“The writers and performers at this year’s festival are not here to solve the problems of poverty in America but rather to offer stories that will ask us to think honestly about our own experiences, to reach beyond self in order to enter another person’s conflicts, to see with another person’s eyes the problems that confront us all,” Peery said.