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Classroom Corner: Dissecting a Pulitzer Prize Winner
Classroom Corner: Dissecting a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Ursuline is part of a community reading initiative!

Monica Cochran's English Classes are reading Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See.

The initiative is part of UD Reads, a University of Dallas project including students in the Diocese of Dallas, Irving Independent School District, and other select schools.

Cochran is using the book as a supplemental read with her contemporary genocide unit, which includes Night, an autobiography by Elie Wiesel.

"With over 30 schools participating, more than 2,000 middle and high school students will have the opportunity to read the novel," said Cochran, who is teaching the book in her freshmen-level English classes. "I'm happy Ursuline is participating."

Doerr will speak at the Meyerson Symphony Center on March 5 as University of Dallas' McDermott Lecturer. He will also host a creative writing symposium and a luncheon talk on his newest book Four Seasons in Rome, a memoir about art and adventures in Rome.

All the Light We Cannot See won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Doerr chronicles Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy, whose lives collide in occupied Saint-Malo, France as both survive the devastation of World War II. The author illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

"It's a wonderful, thought-provoking book that is full of symbolism," Cochran said. "The imagery is amazingly beautiful."