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Marathon Read To Kick Off 12-Hour Event In Celebration Of Women’s Activism

While a global pandemic has taken away a lot of what we hold dear at Penn State, it hasn’t deterred Marathon Read’s ninth-annual 12-hour reading event.

Co-sponsored by Penn State’s English department and the Center for American Literary Studies, the event will stretch from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 22.

While the Marathon Read typically takes place in-person on Pattee Lawn and includes fun, food, drinks, and t-shirts, it’ll be entirely virtual this year.

In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the theme of the read this year will be “Voices of Power in Women’s Activism.” It’ll feature works by Kate Chopin, Sojourner Truth, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among others.

This marks the second year where the theme of the Marathon Read has centered around classes, discussions, and events planned by the College of the Liberal Arts.

Because the Marathon Read will be held virtually for the first time, it’s now expanded beyond University Park students and will be open to all Penn State campuses, alumni, and community members. Advanced registration is required and can be found along with extra information about the event here.

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Katie Moats

Katie Moats is a senior majoring in English, and her goal this year is to get a big girl job. Seriously, though, if you're looking for someone who can write and edit like nobody's business, she's Katelyn Moats on LinkedIn and will literally interview with you tomorrow. You can follow her @k_moats24 on Twitter for stupid content, but if it's something serious, feel free to shoot her an email (preferably in the form of a poem) to [email protected].

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