Tembusu Reading Pods

August 22, 2014

This semester Tembusu College organizes five Reading Pods in which you are invited to read one work of literature together with a Tembusu Fellow in a small group. Tembusu College fosters an atmosphere of individual and collective reading, and the Reading Pods are a great way to get to know your fellow students, Fellows, and most of all an original work of literature. The Reading Pods will meet every fortnight, at a time and place that is convenient to all participants. They will likely start in week 5 (second week of September), depending on the delivery time of the different books. More details will be sent to participants nearer the date.

Students from all four years can sign up for one of the following five Reading Pods at the Tembusu College Office by 1 Sep 2014. Be fast, because each Pod has a maximum of five participants. Each participant will pay $10 (cash only) for the book to the respective facilitator at the first reading pod.

Aeschylus: Oresteia (Facilitated by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei)

Arthur Rimbaud: A Season in Hell and A Drunken Boat (Facilitated by Adam Staley Groves)

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (Facilitated by Connor Graham)

Mitch Albom: The Timekeeper (Facilitated by Lina Lim)

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (Facilitated by Shamraz Anver)

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.