The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas: Three Short Story Discussions in Celebration of Ursula K. Le Guin

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:45pm to 9:15pm
Hadley Room, Campus Center

UMass 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 & desserts; cash beer & wine bar; and complimentary drink tickets to early RSVPs. 

Generously co-sponsored by:  Political Science, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Communication, and The Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts. 

Contact: Timothy Pachirat