The Ottumwa Courier

August 30, 2013

MUM literature majors to reunite

Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — It’s been four decades in the making, but Maharishi University of Management’s Literature majors are having their first reunion this Labor Day weekend. If you’re not a MUM alum but love reading and writing, you’re invited, too.

Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson is hosting the event, along with the alumni office and the faculty of the MUM Literature Department. Orme-Johnson was a founding faculty member at MIU (MUM was formerly known as Maharishi International University) and for years was 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," said Anna-Maria Petricic Cornell, 1995, 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."

And if you can't attend in person, join the livestream event at

Event Schedule for today and Sunday Master classes today: 10 a.m. "Take that Poem off the Page" with Dr. Silvine Farnell 11 a.m. "Theatre Directing for Non-Directors" with Tim Truby 1 p.m. "The Flow of Consciousness" with Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson 2 p.m. "How to Make a Poem Fly" with Diane Frank Poetry reading at 7:45 p.m. Sunday with readings by MUM faculty, guests and alumni poets. Live music will be provided by Rick Stanley. Event Locations Saturday morning and Sunday evening: MUM Library Saturday afternoon: Dalby Hall, Argiro Student Center Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield