On April 12th the Ikeda Center hosted a seminar featuring Anita Patterson (right), Professor of English at Boston University, in dialogue with a dozen Boston-area university students. The topic was "The Role of Literature in Times of Division." In her introduction, Dr. Patterson said:"It’s been my experience that students thrive in classrooms where they don’t feel rushed, and we can dwell together on the meaning of a phrase or the depth of a writer’s insight. Ideally, the literature classroom is a place we all take our time arriving at the satisfactions of reading. We learn, in this process, not to make snap judgments. We foster bonds of community through our acts of reading."