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symposium
used in The Lovely Bones

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Definition
a gathering to discuss a specific subject — generally with shared and breakout sessions in which individual or panels of experts address audiences
  • At the statewide Gifted Symposium each summer, the gifted kids from seventh to ninth grade would get together for a four-week retreat to, as I always thought of it, hang out in the trees and pick one another's brains.
    Chapter Ten (0% in)
symposium = a gathering to exchange ideas on related topics
  • She was gifted, one of the twenty students from his school who had been selected for the statewide Gifted Symposium.
    Chapter Two (82% in)
  • "Being Susie," "After Death," "In Pieces," "Beside Her Now," and her favorite—the one she was most proud of and carried with her to the symposium folded and refolded so often that the creases were close to cuts—"The Lip of the Grave."
    Chapter Ten (11% in)
  • Ruth had to be driven to the symposium because that morning, when the bus was leaving, she was still at home with an acute attack of gastritis.
    Chapter Ten (12% in)
  • Her father drove her first to the hospital at three A.M. and then to the symposium, stopping home on the way to pick up the bag her mother had packed and left at the end of their driveway.
    Chapter Ten (14% in)
  • She had made a big stink about no meat at home and she had to hold to it, but no one at the symposium knew of the oath she'd sworn.
    Chapter Ten (22% in)
  • The last week of the symposium was always spent developing a final project, which the various schools would present in competition on the night before the parents returned to pick the students up.
    Chapter Ten (42% in)
  • It became common knowledge at the symposium who my sister was and how I had died.
    Chapter Ten (93% in)
  • My brother, the only child, what with my sister attending the symposium, was like a rock with a sheet pulled up over him.
    Chapter Eleven (1% in)
  • Ruth knew her status as a freak at school and knew that their one night at the gifted symposium had been exactly what it felt like—a dream, where elements let loose came together unbidden outside the damning rules of school.
    Chapter Eighteen (17% in)

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