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With the upcoming Sigma Tau Delta 2022 International Convention, the Phi Delta chapter hosted a discussion event for the Common Reader novel, Dear Martin by Nic Stone. In consideration of the restraints of COVID 19, this event took place in person with a zoom option on October 4th, 2021.

With books provided by Sigma Tau Delta, students read and prepared for discussion in advance of the event. Hosted by Dr. Buchanan, Dr. White, and Dr. Helwig, with Dr. Banash and Dr. Allison in attendance along with students of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Department, they engaged in a variety of conversations over the two-hour event. 

Professors and students had plenty to say on topics of racism, class, and police brutality within the contents of the novel and in their own experiences and observations of today’s society. Working through many technical difficulties, all participants made the most of the time and engaged in meaningful ways which allowed the array of perspectives to be shared. 

Students left with plans of writing critical essays on Dear Martin for the Common Reader which will be submitted and considered for 2022 National Sigma Tau Delta convention.