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The Great Books Mini-Lecture Series is designed to introduce you to watershed texts that have changed their readers’ views of the world. It’s a series of short talks on great books. Watch for these scheduled events in the CoLab.

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Great Books Mini-lecture Series

Discover six spell-binding reads, from the semi-autobiographical to the scientific. RSVP to as many presentations as you like or meet us in the CoLab. You will receive a link to a Zoom session for each one you choose.

These events will be recorded for later viewing.

Fall 2023

Nov. 1 | Noon – 1 p.m.

“Go Tell It on the Mountain”

Sarah Aptilon, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, uncovers the semi-autobiographical tale of an acclaimed American writer and the role of the church in his life and his community in “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin.

Discover why “Time” magazine included this book on its list of 100 best English-language novels.
RSVP to receive a Zoom link for "Go Tell It on the Mountain"

Spring 2024

Feb. 7 | Noon – 1 p.m.

“Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know”

Terri Easley-Giraldo, Professor of Communication Studies, teaches the science of staying curious and finding the surprising joy in being wrong in “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant.

Adopt the role of a scientist and join the crucial search for truth.
RSVP to receive a Zoom link for "Think Again"

Mar. 6 | Noon – 1 p.m.

“Essays and Reflections” by Ivo Andrić

Uros Petrovic, Assistant Professor of Sociology, weaves through writings charting individual destinies composed from a war-torn empire in “Essays and Reflections” by Ivo Andrić.

Journey into a ground-breakingworks of the Nobel Prize-winning author.

RSVP to receive a Zoom link for "Essays and Reflections"

Apr. 3 | Noon – 1 p.m.

“Spoon River Anthology”

Tom Reynolds, Professor of English, introduces a charming and candid portrayal of small-town American life in “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters.

Go stanza-by-stanza and get to know the fascinatingly flawed residents of Spoon River.
RSVP to receive a Zoom link for "Spoon River Anthology"

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