MUM Celebrates Literature Reunion 2013

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Literature Professors and Alumni celebrate 40 years of literature at Maharishi University this Labor Day weekend.

MUM Literature Reunion 2013

We came to MUM to experience the source of literature in our own consciousness and to claim the creativity and freedom that became unleashed as a result. We are proud to welcome our grads home.

It’s been four decades in the making, but this Labor Day weekend, August 30–September 2, Maharishi University of Management’s Literature majors are having their first reunion. If you’re not an MUM alum but love reading and writing, you’re invited, too. Everyone will literally have lots of fun! And if you can't attend in person, join us for the livestreamed event.

Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson is hosting the event, along with the alumni office and the faculty of the MUM Literature Department.

Rhoda was a founding faculty member at MIU (MUM was formerly known as Maharishi International University) and for years head of the Literature Department. She, along with Dr. Susan Anderson, recently edited The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Language and Literature, which is the first volume in a series covering Maharishi’s lectures.

"This is a milestone event for the alumni office and the literature program," says Anna-Maria Petricic Cornell '95, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at MUM. "For the first time in the history of our university, alumni and former faculty are coming together to celebrate one of our founding departments. We come to share how the study of literature has shaped our lives. We come to remember that what had brought us here, to this small town in Iowa, was not just the love of the written word and the analysis of great literary works. We came to MUM to experience the source of literature in our own consciousness and to claim the creativity and freedom that became unleashed as a result. We are proud to welcome our grads home."

Listen to interviews Cheryl Fusco Johnson produced in The Studio with faculty members Diane Frank, Silvine Farnell & Terry Fairchild in Part 1 and Rhoda Orme Johnson, Nynke Passe, Tim Truby, with Alumni organizers Anna-Maria Cornell & Matthew Kendz in Part 2.

Event Schedule for Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:00am EDT — Sun Sep 1, 2013 10:00pm EDT

Master classes on Saturday:
10:00 A.M. "Take that Poem off the Page" with Dr. Silvine Farnell
11:00 A.M. "Theatre Directing for Non-Directors" with Tim Truby
1:00 P.M. "The Flow of Consciousness" with Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson
2:00 P.M. "How to Make a Poem Fly" with Diane Frank

Poetry reading at 7:45 P.M. Sunday:
Readings by MUM faculty, guests, and alumni poets
Live music by Rick Stanley

Event Locations:
Saturday morning and Sunday evening: MUM Library
Saturday afternoon: Dalby Hall, Argiro Student Center
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa

Click here to watch the livestreamed event

Faculty organizers include Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson, Dr. Susan Andersen, Nynke Passi, and Rustin Larsen.

Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based℠ Education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with self-development programs like the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Students are encouraged to follow a more sustainable routine of study, socializing and rest without the typical college burnout. All aspects of campus life nourish the body and mind, including organic vegetarian meals served fresh daily. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, MUM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit

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