Books That Changed the World Seminar Series Explores 'America: Tales of Time and Place'

Notre Dame College is proud to present its sixth annual “Books That Changed the World” seminar series this fall, offering anyone with a passion for great books and lifelong learning the opportunity to meet and discuss a common theme for the year.This year’s seminar will study “America: Tales of Time and Place.”

Seminars anchored in the “great books tradition” that draw readers into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through classic literature are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences. The ideas, concepts and situations these works present are as fresh and relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities as when they were first created.

This year Notre Dame will explore America: Tales of Time and Place, seeking insight into the American experience─a sense of place and regional variety and a sense of time and Americans’ shifting values and perspectives.

The series will meet nine times at Notre Dame College, once each month from September through May.

The Program: Participants will meet monthly to discuss a great literary work during a 90-minute session. They can choose between three sessions each month, as the seminar will meet on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday and Thursday mornings beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 17; Wednesday, Sept. 18; and Thursday, Sept. 19, and ending in May 2014.  During each session, participants will explore and discuss a different great work. Participants will receive a detailed schedule in advance. Wednesday and Thursday sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. with refreshments followed by the discussion from 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesday sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments followed by the discussion from 7-8:30 p.m.

Note:The only January session (Jan. 22) will be An Evening of Film Discussion: The Grapes of Wrath, the 1939 version produced by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Participants will receive a DVD of the film to view at their leisure prior to the evening’s discussion.

The Presenters: Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth will return as seminar leader, along with Nicholas Santilli, vice president of academic and student affairs; Ken Palko, associate professor of philosophy; and Sr. Eileen Quinlan, professor of English and communication. All have years of experience in leadership theory, philosophy, theology and literature studies.

The Reading List:The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (September); Beloved by Toni Morrison (October); The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (November); As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (December); The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck—1939 John Ford/Henry Fonda film version (January); Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (February); Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (March); The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich (April); Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (May).

Enrollment is $375 per person and includes all nine sessions, books and materials and light refreshments. For additional information, go to NotreDameCollege.edu/books or contact April Kennedy at 216.373.5238 or akennedy@ndc.edu



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