This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.
This class will explore immigrant experiences in America. We’ll read memoirs, novels, and short stories of significant literary merit that explore the motivations, difficulties, and rewards of the American immigrant.
Authors will include Willa Cather, Mohsin Hamid, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dinaw Mengestu, and Phuc Tran. We'll discuss the authors' varied backgrounds, styles, and themes as well as the moral questions they raise. Finally, we will view online segments of readings by and/or interviews with the authors.
Linda Levine (MA in English Education from Northwestern University) has taught English and Humanities for decades, including many classes at the Newberry and at Oakton College.
- Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Riverhead Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781594482854
- Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Harvest Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781594482854
- Phuc Tran, Sigh, Gone. Flatiron Books, 2020. ISBN: 97811250194725
- Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies. Mariner Books, 1999. ISBN: 9780395927205
- Willa Cather, My Antonia. Vintage, 2018. ISBN: 9780525562870
- Please read The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears for the first class.
Cost and Registration
Six sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.