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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 2024 Great Books Mini-lecture Series

Discover four 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.

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.

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-breaking works of the Nobel Prize-winning author.

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.

Apr. 23 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Great Books Bonus: A Celebration of Shakespeare!

Steven Werkmeister, Professor of English, invites you to the worldwide celebration of Shakespeare, which takes place globally on April 23. Explore the tragedy of “Julius Caesar,” the iconic play that will be performed at this summer's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Travel along the journey of conspiracies and hostilities and learn of the tale’s significance today.

Sponsored by JCCC English/Journalism Department

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