October 15, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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The Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell University invites the campus and community to participate in the Dancing Mind Challenge, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 18, in designated locations on and off campus.

Inspired by Toni Morrison's reflections in her essay "The Dancing Mind," the Dancing Mind Challenge is an opportunity for Bucknell students, faculty and staff and community members to "unplug" from all distractions and electronics — computers, cell phones, sound devices, television, etc. — for eight consecutive hours and commit to spending that time reading. 

Participants may read in designated areas on campus: the East Reading Room in Bertrand Library or the C. Willard Smith Library in the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell; the upper level of Barnes & Noble in downtown Lewisburg; or at a location of their choosing. Light refreshments will be served in the libraries at Bucknell.

Interested parties are asked to register prior to the event at www.bucknell.edu/DancingMind. Participants may register for one of two sessions: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Late participants may register on site.

After completing the Dancing Mind Challenge, participants will be invited to contribute a reflection to the Challenge Blog, recording their experience during the eight hours of the Challenge.

The Dancing Mind Challenge is a partnership between the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and the Office of Library & Information Technology.