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Guest Speaker Series 2021-2022 Continues

Olney Friends School is delighted to announce the next virtual guest in our 2021-2022 Guest Speaker Series.

Date: Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT

Title: Detective Fiction — Therein Lies the Mystery: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Speaker: Mimi Kramer ’64, Olney alumna and Board of Trustees Co-Clerk

Description: Poe invented detective fiction. His short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue established ground rules that are still followed by modern detective fiction and mystery writers. My slide presentation will lay out some of those ground rules, using examples from the story, a tale most people read in high school but probably have not thought about since then. Olney students will read the short story and write about it in their Metanoia classes. Guests may access the story ahead of time via this link to a free online text.

To attend this Zoom presentation:

    1. Follow the link in our invitations emailed to alumni and friends, one week in advance and again on the day of the event; OR 
    2. Email to request an invitation.


After graduating from Olney, Mimi earned a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Friends Boarding School, as it was then known, has played a key role in her life, not only through its Quaker values but also as a shaper of her beliefs and practices as an educator.

As a professor of English, Mimi has taught writing and business communication to undergraduates at Prince George’s Community College (Maryland) and to graduate MBA students at Purdue University (Indiana) and Georgetown University (Washington, DC). She also authored college-level writing and business communication textbooks and built a consulting practice that took her organizations across the country. During 12 years as chair of the English Department at Prince George’s, Mimi managed a faculty of 75 and led statewide curriculum development and assessment committees. In 2013 she received the President’s Medal, the highest honor awarded by her college. These experiences as a faculty member, administrator, and educational consultant have informed her service on Olney’s board of trustees.