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“My name is Snopes, I heard you got a farm to rent.” Thus William Faulkner, in the Snopes Trilogy, introduces us to Flem Snopes. In this trilogy we will meet other members of the Snopes clan, some angry, some mad, some humorous, and others tragically sad. The humor is dark and at times gothic, the tragedies sometimes almost unbearable, but tragedy or humor, Faulkner’s brilliance as a storyteller is evident throughout each book. In the spring term we will read The Hamlet (Vintage International, 1991) and The Town (Vintage International, 2011). Note: we plan to finish the Snopes Trilogy (The Mansion) in the fall term 2018.

180039

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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Benjamin Franklin, the venerable elder statesman of the founding fathers, is without peer in the range of his accomplishments. He was a world-famous scientist (the kite/lightning experiment); a prolific inventor (the Franklin stove, the lightning rod; bifocals); a printer and publisher (Poor Richard’s Almanac) and author (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the world’s best-selling autobiography). He represented colonial America in Great Britain and the nascent United States in France before and during critical years of the American Revolution. He was present at the crafting of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution! Our text, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, a biography by Walter Isaacson, (Simon & Schuster, 2004), is a lively and thorough account of Franklin’s rise from humble beginnings to being worldrenown. Isaacson, (who has authored biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and others), also includes reflections on Franklin’s accomplishments and reputation up to contemporary times. Please join us in exploring Franklin’s fascinating life.

180046

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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The Pulitzer Prize winning book, Parting the Waters; America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch will continue to guide our discussion of the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. The spring study group will discuss Chapters 13–23 (participation in the fall class is not required). Documentary films will be used to make the people, places, and events from 1961 to 1963 come alive. The story takes place in the heart of the old South. It’s about the beginning of organized voter registration drives in Mississippi and desegregation efforts in Alabama and Georgia. The Albany and Birmingham Movements launched sit-ins, boycotts of downtown businesses, and mass marches. Watching the evening news, the nation saw local police using fire hoses and attack dogs on children, and the dimensions of the Civil Rights Movements became part of the national and international consciousness. This historical period culminates in the March on Washington in August 1963 where 200,000 people, both black and white, gathered to show support for justice, equality and meaningful civil rights legislation. The book ends with the assassination of President Kennedy in November of 1963. The new President Johnson told the nation that “the most fitting eulogy would be swift passage of his civil rights bill.” Join us!

180041

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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The Economist weekly magazine is widely acclaimed for its thoughtful and provoking analyses of world news, politics, and business. It also has sections on science, technology, books, the arts, and extensive reports on particular issues of current interest. Each week our study group holds a lively discussion based on articles selected from that week’s Economist. Each participant is encouraged, during one of our sessions, to select articles from the current issue and lead our discussion. A subscription to The Economist is required. Information on subscriptions, digital subscriptions, and reduced rates is available at 1-800-456-6086 or www.economistsubscriptions.com.

180043

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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Japanese fiction isn’t traditionally popular in the West, but Haruki Murakami’s books have been best sellers internationally, translated into 50 languages. Murakami is a novelist of magical realist fiction. His works are built around an urge to explore and understand the inner core of the human identity. His heroes routinely journey into a metaphysical realm — the unconscious, the dreamscape, the land of the dead — to examine directly their memories of people and objects they have lost. He is both a Japanese writer and a “global” one; his works are best read not as expressions of Japanese culture, but as examinations of questions that concern all humanity. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Vintage, 1998) is at once a detective novel, the story of a disintegrating marriage, a Bildungsroman, and an exploration of psychic burdens of war. Briefly, young Toru Okada’s search for his wife’s missing cat soon transforms into a desperate search for his wife. He encounters an unusual mix of characters: psychics and healers, his malevolent brother-in-law, a cheerfully morbid 16-year-old-girl, and a veteran of Japan’s conflicts in Manchuria. Critics have called the novel “gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace… a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.” Join us! Note: This study group meets for 11 weeks: March 8–May 17

180044

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

11 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/8/2018-5/17/2018)



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Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the post WWII era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of the 20th century. We will read Baldwin’s first three novels: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni’s Room and Another Country. In addition we will watch I Am Not Your Negro, an award winning documentary based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, which provides background information and context. Each study group participant is expected to lead a class discussion. Our text is Baldwin, Early Novels & Stories, (The Library of America, 1998). Please join us to discuss Baldwin’s work and the issues he raises. Participation will include email access, ability to open Word attachments, and PDF documents, and follow links to material online.

180042

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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Although not as well-known in America as some of his fellow Victorians, Anthony Trollope was a fine, richlyentertaining writer. These paired novels, set in the imaginary British cathedral town of Barchester, teem with vivid characters, such as the scheming and ambitious curate Obadiah Slope, who finds himself pitted against the iron-fisted Mrs. Proudie, his bishop’s wife who fancies herself the real bishop. These characters dramatize issues of money, love, class consciousness, rapid social change, and the religious versus the secular in the England of the 1850s. The Warden, whose central character is a saintly musician, is a shorter lead-in to Barchester Towers, which is thought by many to be one of the funniest novels in the English language. The assigned editions are: The Warden (Penguin, 1986 or 2004) and Barchester Towers (Penguin, 1994 or 2003) both by Anthony Trollope. Do join us for rollicking discussion of these wonderful books!

180045

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/08/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/8/2018-6/7/2018)



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