Friday, September 7, 2012

Notre Dame offers Books That Changed the World

Sharing this info posted on The News-Herald's calendar of events. It's not exactly cheap, but sure sounds interesting.

Notre Dame College is proud to present its fifth 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 “School-Day Classics Revisited.”

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’s series will meet nine times at Notre Dame College, once each month from September through May.  With its focus on School-Day Classics Revisited, it will reacquaint participants with the classics they first encountered during their school days and challenge them to rethink old assumptions and experience new insights and understandings.

The Schedule: 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 the on the second Wednesday morning; the third Tuesday evening; and the third Thursday morning, beginning in September 2012 and ending in May 2013.  During each session, participants will explore and discuss a different great work.

Wednesday and Thursday sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. with refreshments followed by the discussion from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments followed by the discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Note: The only January session (on the 23rd) will be An Evening of Film: Death of A Salesman (1949 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Play) featuring viewing and discussing the film discussion

The Presenters: Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew Roth and Professor Ken Palko will return as seminar leaders along with Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, and other faculty members, all of whom have years of experience in leadership theory, philosophy, theology and communication studies.

The Reading List:
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (September)
The Canterbury Tales: “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” by Geoffrey Chaucer (October)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (November)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (December)
Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller (January Film Evening)
Poetry by Poe, Whitman, Dickinson and Frost (February)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (March)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (April)
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (May).

Enrollment is $375 per person and includes all nine sessions, books and materials, and light refreshments. For additional information, go to or contact Karen Poelking, vice president for board and community relations, at 216.373.5239 or


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