Brimmer and May held its 8th Annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, Uses of the Narrative, on January 22, 2013. The Symposium featured a keynote presentation by alumni author Marcus Burke ’06 and panel workshops focusing on the full range of narratives in today’s global society. Workshop presenters included a current senior, three Brimmer and May alumni, two faculty members, a former parent, and other professionals in the community who represented the arts, blogging, medicine, and the news media.
Marcus, recent author of The Big One Two, received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and a M.F.A. in Fiction from The University of Iowa Writers Workshop. His novel is due out in 2014. Marcus, spoke to Middle and Upper Schoolers, faculty, staff, and parents, about his path to Brimmer and May, college, and graduate school, and then on to becoming a published author. His life as a first-generation American was difficult, but he committed himself to moving ahead. He encouraged students to “make an investment in change,” saying “change is very possible.” He said, “Frederick Douglass said it best, ‘Without struggles, there is no progress.’” He also shared, “My time here at Brimmer and May helped me build a solid foundation.”
Panelists presented the following workshops to groups of students:Marcus Burke ’06
, Writing Workshop, “Talk and Exercise