“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF LYNNE DELADE
This quote was uttered by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Blasey Ford testified in September 2018 that then nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh had assaulted her in high school.
The powerful quote has become the title of a new book, “Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement,” an multi-genre anthology of works reflecting on the #MeToo Movement, comprised of pieces of short fiction, poetry and essays. The book was featured as the first work in the annual Writers@Drew series. The event, which took place on Tuesday Oct. 15, featured a panel with the editor, Shelly Oria, and several contributing writers of the book.
Talking to an almost full Founders’ Room, the panelists took turns reading excerpts from their works in the anthology. They then answered questions from both Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, Courtney Zoffness, and audience members.
Oria read excerpts both from the foreword to the anthology and her piece of short fiction “But We Will Win.” In her foreword she discusses her desire to give physical form to something that lived mostly on the internet.
Syreeta McFadden read from her essay “How Did It All Begin” while Hossannah Asuncion read her poem “A Promise Obtained By Coercion is Never Binding” and Samantha Hunt read an excerpt from her essay “One Thousand and One Nights.”
Zoffness, the coordinator of the Writers@Drew series, also has a piece in the anthology titled “Hot For Teacher.”
Sam Hecker (‘20), a Women’s and Gender Studies major who was at the event, stated, “I thought it was really interesting and I think it’s important to have events like this on campus because I think it increases awareness and it also helps people hear stories that they might not have heard before.”
“I also think it’s important because this is a literature lens of it all, so rather than seeing it in the news you’re seeing it through literature which in some ways is deeper and needs a lot more understanding to think about it,” said Megan Vu (‘20), an English major. “[Y]ou have to actually spend some time with the pieces to understand what’s happening. And I think it appeals to a broader audience which is kinda necessary at this moment in time.”
In the lobby of Mead Hall, attendees had the opportunity to purchase the anthology, as well as Oria’s other work “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0,” and could get them signed by the panelists.
The next Writers@Drew event will host Valeria Luiselli on November 21, at 4:00 p.m. in Mead Hall. Writers@Drew is sponsored by The Casement Fund and the Drew English Department.