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Discussion: Ursula Le Guin's 'The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas'

Event Details

March 20, 2018
6:45 pm-9:15 pm

Campus Center

Room: Hadley Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Timothy Pachirat

Faculty are invited to an evening of food, drinks and discussion of three short stories in celebration of the late author, political thinker and feminist Ursula K. Le Guin. In her short story, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," Le Guin poses one of the most urgent political and intellectual questions of our time: What makes it possible, in modern society, for large groups of people to derive pleasure from the infliction of suffering on others?

In addition to Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," participants should come prepared to discuss two other contemporary short stories that take up the question of what we make of suffering in these times: "The Reverse Bug," by Lore Segal, and "The Semplica-Girl Diaries," by George Saunders. This is a jargon-free, multidisciplinary event. No specialized knowledge required: just read the stories and come.

Short stories available at the hyperlinks above and by email distribution to those who RSVP. Due to space limitations, this is a limited-attendance, faculty-only event.

Plant-based appetizers and desserts; cash beer and wine bar; and complimentary drink tickets to early RSVPs. 

Co-sponsored by Political Science, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Communication, and the colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts. 

RSVP to attend.


The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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Event Category

Literature Other Literature