Instructor: Jon Aaron
Schedule: Monday, September 17 to Monday, November 19, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Mullan Board Room, Edward St. John Student Center
The Fall, 2018 course is full. If you are interested in taking this course in the winter or spring, please contact Jon Aaron (firstname.lastname@example.org).
While To Kill a Mockingbird has remained beloved and controversial since its publication in 1960, the novel’s relevance to American culture has steadily deepened over the decades. Participants in this course take a deep dive into Harper Lee’s classic in addition to reading Go Set A Watchman, the manuscript which surfaced in 2015 and is now known to be the first draft of Mockingbird. In tackling the core question of the course (Whose Story Is It?), we will also discuss the following as connected to the novels: the origins and proliferation of Jim Crow; thematically related poetry; a Chimamanda Adichie TED Talk; a James Baldwin essay; the art of Aaron Douglas and Norman Rockwell; music ranging from Billie Holiday to the Broadway musical Big River; and selected political cartoons by Kevin Kallaugher.
As discussions expand, we may consider excerpts from the following books and films which offer poignant connections to Harper Lee’s works:
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (nonfiction)
13th by Ava DuVernay (documentary)
Moonlight by Barry Wilkins (film)
I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck (documentary)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Robert Mulligan (film)
The course will meet on eight consecutive Monday evenings in the Mullan Board room.
Please register here.