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Novelist Jodi Picoult: Her Latest Tough Topic

Popular author Jodi Picoult is known for addressing tough topics in her novels. This evening, she talks about her career, her writing process, and how the issues she tackles in her new novel, A Spark of Light, spoke to her as a writer.

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do novelists like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads spirited lectures and informal discussions about four authors—William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Kennedy Toole, and Ernest Gaines—whose works uniquely define what it means to write about the South.

Date
Monday, October 15, November 19, December 17, 2018 and January 14, 2019 – 6:45 p.m.
Grammatical Gaffes: A Linguist Looks at Language Peeves

Are you someone who winces at the word irregardless? Do you find it hard to believe someone who tells you, “I was literally climbing the walls”? Do you wish everyone would use the Oxford comma in lists of three items? If so, this lively seminar on language is for you. (Hopefully, you’ll come.)

Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
English Words: Etymologies and Curiosities

Over the past millennium and a half, the language we now call English has developed its deep, rich vocabulary by liberally adding words from other languages. This entertaining daylong program explores the origins of a range of English words and how words and phrases change meaning over time.

Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
C. S. Lewis: Life and Legacy, Philosopher, Fantasist, and “Mere” Christian

Fifty-five years after his death, Clive Staple Lewis (1898-1963), Irish-born Oxford don, Cambridge professor, and best-selling author, still attracts and inspires readers and thinkers everywhere. In this absorbing daylong program, Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo offers insights into Lewis’ personal life, published works, and enduring appeal.

Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.