SLC presents literary discussion on March 2

Posted On February 15, 2018

Mohsin Hamid

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The Silver Lake College English Department will host a round-table discussion on “Impurity — the Importance of Literature in Society” as part of its SLC Salon Series.

The discussion, inspired by an essay by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, will be held at noon on Friday, March 2 in Room 115 of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Facilitated by Dr. Albert Sears, professor of English at Silver Lake College, the event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Albert Sears 2In a recent essay in The Guardian, Hamid urges readers to consider the importance of “impurity” — the commingling of complex ideas, diverse perspectives and world views — in our global society.

Hamid sees a link between the rise of nationalism and a focus on “purity.” He posits that reading and writing are crucial allies of the “impure,” because they allow us to “accept ourselves as the messy, fertile, multifaceted composites we actually are, rather than the frozen, sterile, monochromatic entities we are told to pretend to be.”

Hamid’s 2017 book, “Exit West” was named one of the 10 best novels of the year by the New York Times Book Review. The book tells the story of a young couple living in an unnamed city in the midst of a civil war. The characters discover portals to various locations around the world.

Read Hamid's Guardian essay here. 

For more information about the salon discussion and other English Department events, please call Dr. Emilie Lindemann at 920-686-6202.