Duquesne Students Take Study Break at Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Gumberg Library at Duquesne University is hosting a unique "study break" for students taking midterms: a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Held in conjunction with Duquesne's Big Read program, the ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Popular Reading Area on the 4th floor of Gumberg Library. Yoko Motoyama of the Pittsburgh Sakura Project will perform the ceremony.

Duquesne's Big Read program, which is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, invites the campus community as well as the city of Pittsburgh to read the novel When the Emperor Was Divine. Written by author Julie Otsuka, the book tells the story of a Japanese-American family forced from their Berkeley, Calif., home and sent to live in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

Duquesne's Big Read kicks off on Thursday, March 16, at a special event featuring free copies of When the Emperor Was Divine. Otsuka will visit campus on Thursday, March 30, to discuss her book and its cultural impact.

For more information on Duquesne's Big Read program, including details on the official kickoff and a campus visit by Otsuka, visit the Gumberg Library website.

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