Review: Dean Scholar series continues with student readings

November 6, 2015


From left: Senior Jessica Doster,  Associate Professor of English Laura Barlond-Maas, Professor of Humanities Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., and senior Heather Kennedy pose in front of the fireplace in Burrage Library on Monday, Oct. 26./Photo by Mitchell Galloway


This series is put in place to celebrate the work and presentations that select students achieved off campus, and then bring them to a campus setting. Seventeen students, professors and friends gathered at Burrage Library to sit in on two speeches by two individuals, both seniors at Olivet College.  

The first speech was given by Jessica Doster. Doster spoke about three specific novels and their characters’ love for language and contemporary literature. 

The first novel she introduced was “The Color Purple,” written by Alice Walker, which is about an African American woman named Celie, who was being abused by her husband. Celie loved to write. Through all the emotional and physical pain caused by her abusive husband, Celie’s breaking point came when she discovered Mr. (her husband) was hiding letters written from her sister.  Celie then began to rely on writing to escape her pain; it helped her.  Writing provided a sense of entitlement and reason for her because she lacked a sense of voice.  Afraid to speak her mind, she resorted to putting it to words with ink and paper. Celie defied all odds and became what she never saw herself becoming; happy.