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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.

Spring 2022 Great Books Series

Feb. 9 | noon-1 p.m.
"Parable of the Sower"

Monica Hogan, Professor of English, explores the impact of inequality and climate change with one woman’s attempt to survive in “Parable of the Sower.”

Venture into an apocalyptic world set in 2024 and the chaos that results in this science fiction novel by Octavia E. Butler. 


March 2 | noon-1 p.m.
"Journal of the Plague Year"

Jim McWard, Professor of English, will lead a discussion about the tragedies and triumphs while surviving the bubonic plague in “A Journal of the Plague Year” by Daniel Defoe.

Travel back in time to 1665 and find one man’s account of what became known as the Great Plague of London. 


April 6 | noon- 1 p.m.
"Alice in Wonderland"

Larry Reynolds, Dean of English/Journalism and Communication Studies divisions, will lead a discussion about the various iconic characters and whimsical tales behind "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

Fall down the rabbit hole and into a world of fantasy and adventure.


RSVP to as many presentations as you like. You will receive a link to a Zoom session for each one you choose.