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November 1 ♦ Randall Balmer
Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg five hundred years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition. Dartmouth Religion professor Randall Balmer assesses the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.
December 6 ♦ Barbara Will
Dartmouth professor Barbara Will discusses both the war’s effect on American writers, particularly John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, and how it changed American literature and made it “modern.”
January 3 ♦ David Mills
In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer.
February 7 ♦ Nancy Jay Crumbine
Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also laid out the fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates scientist and poet Rachel Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance.
March 7 ♦ Judith Frank
Amherst professor Judith Frank discusses Edward P. Jones’ 2003 Pulitzer-winning novel The Known World, called “a masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.” In her talk "The Known World and the Literary Character," she considers what its unusual approach to characterization can tell us.
April 4 ♦ Barry O'Connell
Drawing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,” and “Experience,” Amherst professor emeritus Barry O’Connell explores the many ways Emerson’s writings continue to offer insights that can make our lives more open and fruitful.
May 2 ♦ James Maroney
Georgia O’Keeffe produced over 2,000 works in her 75-year career. James Maroney, the former Head of American Paintings at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s and the person who conducted her estate appraisal after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work.