The Center for Global Education and the International Writer's Workshop held Away Café 3 in the Cellar Pub this past weekend. (Scroll to the bottom of the article for audio excerpts of the event.)
Away Café is an open-mic-style event for what organizers call, “stories that cross borders.” More than 30 students, faculty and staff attended, with 18 sharing their own stories, some written, some off-the-cuff. The topics ranged from the serious, like negotiating ethnicity and generational differences in an immigrant family, to the funny, such as stories about mishaps abroad and difficulties with the postal system of other countries.
“Taken together, the speakers at Away Café 3 illustrated how unique and quirky our community is, said event co-organizer Doug Reilly, programming coordinator at the Center for Global Education. “Their stories are a testament to the power of words to evoke realities that aren't often talked about.”
Away Café is the public performance of the International Writer's Workshop, a group that meets every Thursday at Writer's House for dinner, conversation and writing that also “crosses borders.” Mostly made up of returned study abroad students and international students, anyone with an interest in the theme is welcome to join. IWW is co-facilitated by Doug Reilly and Stefan Senders of the Writing and Rhetoric Program.
Click on the “start” button below to listen to audio from the event. Player not working? Download the MP3 directly here.