Concordia Faculty Writes Love Letter to Fargo
Jul 30, 2012
Fargo, N.D., is a lot more than the Academy Award-winning film made us out to be.
The sister cities of Fargo and Moorhead are not entirely frozen tundra, nor endless fields of soybeans and sugar beets. We’ve got something to offer and are able to hold our own against many of the bigger, flashier cities.
Catherine McMullen, an associate professor of English at Concordia, wrote a love letter to Fargo for the Huffington Post.
A Fargo native, McMullen admits that she hasn’t always considered the Fargo-Moorhead community the place to be.
“Parents and teachers told the teen-aged me that I was fortunate to have grown up in such a well-educated, affluent and safe community, one with three universities and an active arts scene,” she writes. “I didn't believe them.”
The Huffington Post asked McMullen to write this letter on the recommendation of Roxana Saberi ’97. Within hours of the story being posted online, the response from friends and strangers alike was overwhelming.
McMullen also enjoyed watching how the link traveled quickly along social media.
“This is something I have known in theory,” she says, “but it is another thing to experience it.”