Courses MA in the HISTORY of DECORATIVE ARTS Popular Culture Philosophy and Religion
Reading the Gilded Age Authors
Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Song of Songs
With its lyrical and sensuous celebration of romance and yearning, the Song of Songs provides a contrast to other parts of the Bible. Tod Linafelt, a professor of biblical literature, provides a theological context for its vision of love.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Rumi: The Sound of One Soul Speaking
The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. Biographer Brad Gooch discusses the less-known life of the man behind those works, and why his poetry remains among the most-read today.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:45 PM
John Feinstein: Basketball Legends, March Madness, and More
The writer shares stories from his newest book (on college basketball’s fiercest rivalry among three North Carolina coaches), previews March Madness, and talks with announcer Phil Hochberg about the sports world he knows so well.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Craft of Travel Writing
Great travel writing captures a reader’s imagination and emotions with compelling stories about places, people, and experiences. Andrew Evans is an expert in the genre, and in a day-long worship he covers the essential skills and techniques that can help you tell the stories of your own adventures.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Maisie Dobbs and Stories from the Great War: The Work of Jacqueline Winspear
As imagined by author Jacqueline Winspear in her series of mystery novels, Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator who served as a nurse on the battlefields of World War I France. She returns to her life in London as shell-shocked as any man in the trenches, and works to heal her wounded soul.  Winspear considers how stories can help people open conversations and, perhaps, provide a means of making sense of the most troubling events in their lives.
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:45 PM