Great Writers, Big Questions: Important American Essays of the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

6 – 7:30 pm

We will explore personal and political dimensions of “the American century” as described by some of the nation’s best writers: James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe, and many more. For the first session, please read “Of the Coming of John,” “A Law of Acceleration,” and “The Devil Baby at Hull-House” in The Best American Essays of the Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

Theo Anderson holds a Ph.D. in modern U.S. history from Yale University and is working on a book about the origins and influence of philosophical pragmatism in modern America. 

Seven sessions, $180.
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Materials List
Required:
Oates, Joyce Carol, ed. The Best American Essays of the Century. Mariner, 2001. ISBN: 978-0618155873 

CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.