by Anna Mayfield, staff writer

The whodunnit, murder-mystery genre of literature is popping up just in time for Women’s History Month, and in an illustrious endeavor to bring attention to the women of the genre, PPSC Professor Dionne Howell has offered a selection of events for students to indulge in the brilliant minds behind whodunnit literature.

Her inspiration behind these events is the hope that students will fall in love with literature again. “Reading is such an essential part of who we are and how we develop, and sometimes it helps us frame how we view the world around us,” Professor Howell says.

She reminds us that reading does not only have to be for education but can also be used for personal pleasure and growth.

On  Mar. 7, Professor Howell is hosting an imaginative event that combines a love for solving mysteries and a love of food. It is a murder-mystery feast where roaring twenties attire is encouraged, and the cuisine is almost as marvelous as the mystery. The event will be held in the Learning Commons from 12 to 1 p.m., and all are encouraged to attend.

A whodunnit-themed game day will be held in the Rampart Range campus Atrium from 12 to 1 p.m. on Mar. 11. All students are more than welcome to attend. These games will be filled with murder, mystery, and — most of all — mischief.

The Downtown campus Creative Commons will host mystery writer Patricia Meredith as she leads a masterclass on writing these page-turning murder mysteries. On Mar. 15, Meredith will show everyone how to compose a suspenseful, creative, mystery-filled whodunnit story for everyone. This event will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to all PPSC students.

The final whodunnit-themed Women’s History Month event is a Visiting Writer Spotlight on Mar. 21. Meredith will also host a special event at the Black Box where students and faculty are free to decipher their own whodunnit writings. There will be a gallery reception before the readings at 5:30 p.m., and the students and faculty will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Meredith’s talk starts at 7 p.m. This event is open to all PPSC students and faculty.