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The Hunger Games Trilogy: Building Even as We Tear Down

November 7 - December 12, 2023, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


The Hunger Games Trilogy has become a staple in the Young Adult genre, inspiring a generation of readers to think critically about social issues, government systems, and the applications of revolution. Revisiting the trilogy with a critical eye, we will look closely at the world of Panem and how it came to be, how it maintained control over the population, and how it all came to crumble around them. Crucially, we will keep our eye on the world-building fantasies of revolution – the imagined world and what must be torn down to build something better. This seminar is designed for anyone interested in social justice, political systems, and dystopian literature. While it is a young adult novel, it remains a powerful and continuously timely commentary on the function of revolution.

As we read, we will examine the transformation of Katniss from a victim to a revolutionary figure. Katniss resists the revolution’s attempts to turn her into a heroic figure, but her individual wishes are constantly subjugated. Both the Capitol and the Revolution deny Katniss her girlhood. She must navigate the choppy waters of oppression and freedom and weigh her needs as only one person against the needs of an entire country.

Throughout the seminar, we will also focus on the importance of Young Adult texts as stepping stones in one’s journey to critical integration. Young Adult literature can spark the desire to critically interrogate media and open the door to more complex texts and ideas.


The Hunger Games

Catching Fire


all by Susan Collins

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Delve: Hunger Games
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Heaven-Leigh Carey

Heaven-Leigh Carey (she/her) earned a Masters of Arts in Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work allows her to read and watch  science fiction of all kinds, and her passion for the genre and its ability to help sculpt the future gives her plenty to think and write about. Bored with hopeless pessimism, she advocates for radical community care as a tonic necessary for change.
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