Over 75 students from SEIS on the Roosevelt campus in North Portland attended the Isabel Allende lecture at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland on May 11. The event was a partnership between Literary Arts, Powell’s Books and the Miracle Theatre. Tickets and transportation were provided to the SEIS community through Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program.
SEIS students read Allende’s The Stories of Eva Luna to prepare for the event and asked some of the evening’s best questions, including, “What makes a good ending for a story?” After the lecture, students reported that seeing Allende in person added to their understanding of her work. One SEIS student, Angel, said, “Allende wants the reader to be part of the story; she leaves her endings open on purpose, so we make our own stories as well.”