Friendswood novel invites FDU students to explore environmental responsibility

Rene Steinke
Rene Steinke, speaks at “Art of Disaster: A Writer and an Artist Respond to the Environment.”

The College Writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus hosted “Art of Disaster: A Writer and an Artist Respond to the Environment on Nov. 16. It was followed by a student art exhibit at Writing and Visual Expression (WaVE).

Rene Steinke, FDU’s director of MFA in Creative Writing and author of the novel Friendswood, presented in conjunction with her sister, Krista Steinke, a lens-based  artist. Krista’s photography and video work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.

Friendswood is a novel about how an environmental disaster in Friendswood, Texas impacts a community — also this year’s featured text for the College Writing program.

The new Friendswood themed exhibit on display at the WaVE exhibition space located in the college writing office in Monninger, is the result of collaboration between writing and graphic art students. The exhibit focuses on topics from the novel that include sexual assault, addiction and environmental responsibility.

audience for the event
Nearly 800 students were in attendance for the presentation.