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The Art of Early Cinema: Seeing and Storytelling

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar. This seminar offers a lively overview of cinema styles from the 1890s to 1931. By exploring examples of comedy, drama, suspense, and Expressionism, and through discussion of early film criticism, we will develop new ways of seeing the moving image and understanding narrative art. Sessions will focus on feature-length […]

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A Serial Reading of Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens’s last completed novel, filled with humor, dark satire, multiple plot lines, and remarkable prose. This seminar considers the book in serial weekly installments (no spoilers) for an engaging in-depth look at Dickens’s literary craft, social criticism, and psychological insight. Eight sessions via Zoom. […]

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar Registration is now closed. This seminar will offer a three-part reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s most recent novel, Klara and the Sun. The sequential format of reading and discussion will allow participants to explore and appreciate Ishiguro’s engaging yet challenging style as the novel unfolds its own exploration of technology, […]

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Appreciating Form in Books and Movies

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar offers a lively survey of some of the artistic techniques, styles, innovations, and traditions that we encounter everyday. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lectures, and discussion, our sessions will explore the importance, in fiction and film, of a good beginning, the depiction of characters’ thoughts and feelings, […]

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A Serial Reading of Little Dorrit

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar Charles Dickens’s challenging novel Little Dorrit explores poverty and privilege, fact and fiction, history and memory, the human capacity for fiction, and the experience of confinement. In this seminar, we will read and discuss the novel in manageable weekly installments (with no spoilers), following its characters and themes through the streets […]