North Central College - Naperville, IL

Biology major chosen to read his poetry at Chicago festival

Biology major chosen to read his poetry at Chicago festival

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Weien Wang ’11, a biology major, is taking full advantage of North Central’s interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education. He will represent the College when he reads his poetry at the 11th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival April 1 at Columbia College Chicago. Only one student from each of the 11 participating colleges and universities is invited to read his or her work at the festival.


Naperville student represents North Central at Chicago poetry festival

A student taking full advantage of North Central College’s interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education will read his poetry at a festival.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

March 15, 2010—A student taking full advantage of North Central College’s interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education will read his poetry at a festival along with students from Chicago’s top academic institutions.

Weien Wang of Naperville will represent North Central College at the 11th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival April 1 at Columbia College Chicago.

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