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2021 Penn State Marathon Reading

"Escape it All"


When: September 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Pattee/Paterno Lawn (in front of Sparks/Burrowes building)

Our theme for this year’s Marathon read is Escape It All.  The concept is a universal theme that can be found in literature through the ages.  Globally, people are escaping from situations that are either difficult or mundane.  The “Escape” gives the readers freedom or allows them to gain a new perspective on their everyday lives.  

Please email marathonread@psu.edu to sign up to read!

2014 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 25, 2014 12:00 PM to
Sep 26, 2014 12:00 PM
Where Pattee/Paterno Library lawn
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Join us during BANNED BOOKS WEEK for readings of Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Brave New World!

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance?Marathon Reading Event 2014
Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Italian, Arabic or Russian?
We’ve got you covered. Email .

Thursday, Sept 25 at 12pm
Continuing overnight (Sleeping bags and downy-soft pillows recommended for overnighters) and finishing Friday afternoon

Pizza at 7pm on Thursday
Donuts, coffee and orange juice at 8am on Friday

To read or listen, just show up. Alums welcome!

 

Sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, School of Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Women’s Studies, Paterno Fellows Program, Center for Democratic Deliberation, Center for American Literary Studies, and Alpha Phi Omega.  

2015 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 24, 2015 12:00 PM to
Sep 25, 2015 01:00 PM
Where Pattee/Paterno Library lawn
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Contact Phone 814-863-4288
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Marathon Reading 2015

Marathon of Madness

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, Marathon of Madness, focuses on literature surrounding madness and psychological themes, by authors from around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance?
Want to read in Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian?
We’ve got you covered. Email .

Thursday, Sept 24 at 12pm
Continuing overnight (Sleeping bags and downy-soft pillows recommended for overnighters) and finishing Friday afternoon

Pizza at 7pm on Thursday
Donuts, coffee and orange juice at 8am on Friday

To read or listen, just show up. Alums welcome! 

More information about this event…

2016 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 15, 2016 12:00 PM to
Sep 16, 2016 12:00 PM
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2016 Penn State Marathon Reading

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When: Thursday, September 15 @ 1:00pm – Friday, September 16 @ 1:00pm
Where: The lawn in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, The Political Imagination, focuses on literature surrounding various political themes, by authors from around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups --  classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by  volunteering for larger blocks of time. Remember, it gets really fun in the wee hours of the morning.

There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises. 

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian? EMAIL us at 


Book list:

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of the Rights of Man

Seneca Declaration

Univeral Declaration of Human Rights

Letter from Birmingham Jail

The Hunger Games

The Hour of the Star

Selections from Whitman

2017 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 07, 2017 12:00 PM to
Sep 08, 2017 12:00 PM
Where The lawn in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library
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Contact Phone 814-863-4288
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During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, First Books, focuses on Author's first books that they published or their first book in a series, by authors from all around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups --  classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by  volunteering for larger blocks of time. Remember, it gets really fun in the wee hours of the morning.

There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises. 

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian? EMAIL us at 

 

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2017 Book List:

  1. JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye - English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic
  2. Lyriae Van Clief-Stefanon, Black Swan - English
  3. Ernset Kline, Ready Player One - English, Spanish, and German
  4. Cesar Vallejo, Black Heralds - English and Spanish
  5. Eileen Chang, Love in a Fallen City - English

 

2018 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 13, 2018 10:00 AM to
Sep 14, 2018 12:00 AM
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"Pages from 1968"

 

The 2018 Marathon Read joined in the commemoration of 50 years since the watershed year of 1968. The Marathon Read featured texts written or published in 1968, including Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep? and works from Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, Susan Sontag, Galway Kinnell, and others.

The 2018 Marathon Read occurred on September 13 from 10am to 10pm on the Pattee Mall.

Check out a recap from Emily Morrison, intern with the Center for American Literary Studies, and coverage from the Daily Collegian.

 

2018 Marathon Read: Pages from 1968 (psu.edu)

2019 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Sep 19, 2019 10:00 AM to
Sep 20, 2019 12:00 AM
Where Pattee/Paterno Library Lawn
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Contact Phone 814-863-4288
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hen: Thursday, September 19 @ 10:00am – 10:00pm
Where: The lawn in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 12-hour period. This year's event, Myths, Legends, and Songs from around the World. Selected short stories and songs from a number of languages taught and spoken on (our) campus at Penn State!

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups --  classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by  volunteering for larger blocks of time.

There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian? EMAIL us at marathonread@psu.edu.

 

 

The Marathon Reading Coordinators would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Read!
To view the Collegian clip that captures images of several of our faculty and students, as well as conveying the collaborative spirit of this project, please click here.

2020 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM to
Oct 23, 2020 12:00 AM
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"Voices of Power in Women’s Activism"

 

This year’s Marathon Read will celebrate the work of female writers and activists to expand political, social, and economic equality for women. The theme is “Voices of Power in Women’s Activism” and joins the College of the Liberal Arts in marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Featured readings will include the work of Kate Chopin, Joy Harjo, Rebecca Solnit, Audre Lorde, Julie Otsuka, Sojourner Truth, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and others.

The 2020 edition of Marathon Read will be held virtually on Zoom with guest readers calling in from various Penn Stategroups. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude at 10:00 PM on October 22, 2020.

 

Penn State Marathon Read – (psu.edu)