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Carman ’20 and Paske ’20 Interview NYTimes Essayist

Four women seated on couches on a stage, having a conversation
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
October 31, 2019

It's not everyday you get to interview a celebrated author. But University of Minnesota students Sara Carman '20, Lutsen, and Sierra Paske '20, Rochester, had the chance. Carman and Paske interviewed Roxane Gay in a public forum at UMN Morris on Friday, November 1.

In An Evening with Roxane Gay, Carman, Paske, and Gay discussed "The Case Against Hope" and how to act by using lessons from the Humanities. Both are lessons Carman and Paske have learned in their schooling.

"I'm so grateful that my time at the University of Minnesota Morris has enabled me to have this experience, says Carman. "I've spent so much time learning about the importance of writing and the arts, and to hear the perspectives and beliefs of such a well-known figure who capitalizes on her skill in those areas is not only truly inspirational, but also makes me more confident in the skills I have learned here."

"I was so excited when I heard I would get the chance to interview Roxane Gay," adds Paske. "As someone who is double majoring in a STEM field and a Humanities field, I see the benefit of a humanities education, no matter what area you are interested in. Being able to hear Roxane Gay share her perspectives of this topic reinforces for me the type of liberal arts education the University of Minnesota Morris has provided me."

Gay's writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney's, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

This event was made possible in part by the Engaged and Engaging Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.