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March 2016

Saturday

Mar 5

Delve Readers Seminars

The Nonfiction of Joan Didion (Delve Seminar)

Sat, Mar 5, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

In the late ‘60s, Joan Didion introduced readers to her masterful interweaving of personal narrative and cultural critique in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of nonfiction essays that transformed the genre. More recently, she altered the structure and poetics of memoir through her description of sudden loss and all-consuming grief—and the life that follows—in The Year of Magical Thinking, which won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In this seminar we will explore how…

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April 2016

Wednesday

Apr 6

Delve Readers Seminars

David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Apr 6, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Infinite Jest, Delvers will tackle David Foster Wallace’s inventive, challenging, sobering, funny, and fundamentally human novel about the myriad forms of living a mediated life in the 21st century. For many, Infinite Jest is that pesky, vexing book sitting dusty and untouched for years upon a bookshelf, waiting on an elusive-ethereal “right time” for its reader to clear her schedule. Part of the argument here then, is that even though Infinite…

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Saturday

Apr 9

Delve Readers Seminars

The Works of Mohsin Hamid (Delve Seminar)

Sat, Apr 9, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Mohsin Hamid is the quintessential contemporary migrant writer—born in Pakistan, educated in the U.S., living in the United Kingdom, and dividing his time between these spaces—capturing the reality of living “in-between” language, politics, and multiple global affiliations. Hamid, in short, captures what it means to be a migrant, a foreigner, an outsider, and how these conditions are becoming more common within the globalized literary landscape. In this seminar, we will explore Hamid’s much-acclaimed post-9/11 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist (shortlisted for…

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July 2016

Monday

Jul 25

Delve Readers Seminars

Haunting Legacies: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Contemporary Representations of Slavery (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Jul 25, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Mondays, July 25– August 29, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. Beloved fictionalizes the true story of Margaret Garner, a fugitive, American bondwoman who committed infanticide rather than permit her children’s re-enslavement. Morrison’s version poignantly imagines relationships rent apart or forged by the denial of their participants’ humanity, and explores what it means to be unfree in a country ostensibly built on freedom. Our seminar will consider Beloved’s place in the American literary cannon––what it challenges, builds on, and establishes––and how to read…

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August 2016

Wednesday

Aug 31

Delve Readers Seminars

Unification of the Opposites: The Works of Carl Jung (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Aug 31, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Wednesdays, August 31–October 5, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. “Since it is universally believed that man is merely what his consciousness knows of itself, he regards himself as harmless and so adds stupidity to iniquity. He does not deny that terrible things have happened and still go on happening, but it is always ‘the others’ who do them…we prefer to localize evil in individual criminals or groups or criminals, while washing our hands in innocence and ignoring the general proclivity to evil.…

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November 2016

Monday

Nov 7

Delve Readers Seminars

Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes (Delve Readers Seminar)

Mon, Nov 7, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Mondays, November 7–December 12, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. (6 meetings) A fall evening, when the light fails early and the Portland skies are gray, is the perfect time to pull up a chair with literary friends and dive into the depths of Shakespeare’s most compelling psychological dramas. In Macbeth, Othello, and Titus Andronicus, the most upstanding and heroic men are undone by ambition, jealousy and—in the case of the tragic Titus—misplaced loyalty to those in power. Placed into crucibles of conflict,…

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January 2017

Thursday

Jan 12

Delve Readers Seminars

Cease Not Until Death: Winter 2017 (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Thursdays, January 12–February 23, 2016 6–8 p.m. (no meeting February 9) Death comes for all of us, and for those we love—often after long bouts of debilitating disease. What role can art and literature play in understanding and enduring these losses? In this seminar, we’ll consider how illness and the end of life are represented across genres, with explorations of Atul Gawande’s nonfiction study Being Mortal; Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air; Scott McPherson’s award-winning play Marvin’s Room; Reviewing the…

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February 2017

Tuesday

Feb 21

Delve Readers Seminars

What Is Left Unsaid: Unconventional Storytelling in Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation and Other Contemporary Works by Women (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Tuesdays, February 21 – April 4 (No Meeting March 28th) 6:30-8:30 p.m. “What I try to capture as a writer is the feeling of being alive, of being awake. Because of this, I’m more apt to follow the wisp of a thought or a half-glimpsed image than chart a sequential series of events. But I absolutely believe in momentum. Momentum is not plot, but it has that same quality of urgency and forward motion.” — Jenny Offill In Jenny Offill’s…

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Monday

Feb 27

Delve Readers Seminars

Another Kind of Life: Examining The Short Fiction of John Cheever & James Salter (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Mondays, February 27–April 3, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. James Salter and John Cheever are widely considered to be masters of the short story. Though wildly different in their approaches, both writers are concerned with the forces—external and internal, seen and unseen—that shape our lives. Whether it’s the catty neighbor at a dinner party or some dark force that calls to us in the night, Cheever and Salter recognized that none of us escape the trials of life, no matter how hard…

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March 2017

Sunday

Mar 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Flannery O’Connor: Everything That Rises Must Converge (Delve Seminar)

Sun, Mar 5, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Sundays, March 5–April 9, 2017 4:00–6:00 p.m. Flannery O’Connor died at age 39 with one of the most thoughtful, intriguing, and complex bodies of work in all of American literature. Her obsessions with religion, morality, and the South Gothic are evident in all 32 of her short stories and come into full expression in her posthumously published final collection Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965). She said of her work: “The stories are hard, but they are hard because there…

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April 2017

Thursday

Apr 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Inciting the Political Imagination: The Impulse of Martín Espada (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 from 6:30 pm PDT

Thursdays, April 6–April 20, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. (three meetings) What if we lived in a republic of poetry where “the guard at the airport/ will not allow you to leave the country/ until you declaim a poem for her”? What if “this is the year that police revolvers,/ stove-hot, blister the fingers of raging cops”? What if our grief of 9/11 remembered “the great windows where immigrants from the kitchen could squint and almost see their world”? What if your…

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January 2018

Monday

Jan 22

Delve Readers Seminars

2018 and the New Poetic Activism (Delve Readers Seminar)

Mon, Jan 22, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

In the years following the success of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, what work is answering the call toward more dynamic, vulnerable, and demanding literary activism? During this Delve seminar, we work towards creating the new 'American lyric': Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White.

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February 2018

Wednesday

Feb 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Readers Seminar – Shakespeare’s Complicated Romances

Wed, Feb 14, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Explore the complicated messages about gender, trust, and romantic compatibility in Shakespeare's beloved comedies: Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night.

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September 2019

Sunday

Sep 1

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve: Escape from the Doll’s House

Sun, Sep 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

This Delve will examine stories from different literary genres and periods that all uniquely address the topic of personal freedom in conflict with societal pressures and control over the individual. Our texts will include Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and a selection of poems by various authors. Registration for this Delve includes a ticket to Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Omar…

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January 2020

Monday

Jan 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Fear and Freedom In A Time of Distrust: Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson

Mon, January 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Where have the gonzo journalists gone? Who is proudly owning the biases of their bylines? What use to a readership is a novelist turning to journalism? Why do we invest trust in certain writers above others? How has social media changed authors’ abilities to construct personas? Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson are an unlikely pairing. Their arrivals to world fame coming from London and Louisville respectively. Thompson wrote through the 60s to his death in 2005; Smith writes today.…

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Wednesday

Jan 8

Delve Readers Seminars

Family, Identity, and Womanhood in the work of Min Jin Lee

Wed, January 8 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color. Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures event with Min Jin Lee on January 15. “We cannot help but be interested in the stories of people that history pushes aside so thoughtlessly.” ― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko Whether it’s the children of immigrants living in America or Korean immigrants in 20th century Japan, Min Jin Lee’s characters are people whose stories have not been…

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Thursday

Jan 9

Delve Readers Seminars

Historical Imagination and the Modern Turkish Novel

Thu, January 9 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

This Delve explores two pivotal examples of historical fiction in contemporary Turkish literature, Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (2009) and Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red (2001). Shafak’s novel transports the reader to the golden age of the Anatolian city Konja, the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate in the mid 13th century. Among the many refugees who settled in this cultural crossroads was the family of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the mystic poet and the…

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Tuesday

Jan 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Tue, January 14 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

With the growing interest in speculative fiction, several writers have worked to deconstruct popular tropes to examine contemporary social issues. Octavia Butler’s modern classic, Kindred, is a science fiction novel that uses time travel to reposition the slave narrative as a speculative work.  The story begins when the main character, Dana, is transported to the antebellum South. There, the book creates a story that explores history and family legacies while deconstructing ideas of slavery. Octavia E. Butler is a multiple…

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Wednesday

Jan 22

Delve Readers Seminars

Women Write the West: Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx and Claire Vaye Watkins

Wed, January 22 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

In this six-week seminar, we will explore the works of award-winning contemporary writers Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx, and Claire Vaye Watkins and how they confront, disrupt, challenge, and complicate the dominant narrative of the West. Leslie Marmon Silko’s now classic novel Ceremony weaves desert landscape and tribal origin stories into a tale of a returning war veteran’s trauma and healing. In Close Range: The Wyoming Stories, the first of three short story collections unified by setting, Annie Proulx tells…

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February 2020

Sunday

Feb 23

Delve Readers Seminars

The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk

Sun, February 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Six-week Seminar: This Delve seminar will explore the recent trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—by Rachel Cusk and contextualize it within the developing literary form of autofiction.

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March 2020

Monday

Mar 2

Delve Readers Seminars

Howards End: E.M. Forster

Mon, March 2 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Four-week Seminar This class will focus on Forster’s use of symbolism and allusion, lyrical figurative language, and his keen observations of British life in this early 20th century literary masterpiece.

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April 2020

Thursday

Apr 16

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Still and Unstill: Objects and Landscapes as Human Metaphors

Thu, April 16 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Six-week Seminar: This Delve will explore museum galleries, pages of books, and the realm of memory, discovering commonalities in ways writers and visual artists recreate human experience through their hyper-realistic descriptions of material objects and natural places.

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Friday

Apr 17

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Severance

Fri, April 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Severance by Ling Ma. Hosted by Hannah Kim. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. “ Memories beget memories. Shen fever being a disease of remembering, the fevered are trapped indefinitely in their memories. But what is the difference between the fevered and us? Because I remember too, I remember perfectly. My memories replay, unprompted, on…

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Friday

Apr 24

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on ‘The Falls’ by George Saunders

Fri, April 24 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on The Falls by George Saunders. Hosted by Christopher Zinn. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. "Boy, oh boy, could life be a torture. Could life ever force a fellow into a strange, dark place from which he found himself doing graceless, unforgivable things like casting aspersions on his beloved firstborn. If only he could escape…

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Tuesday

Apr 28

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Memory and Ancestors: Paula by Isabel Allende

Tue, April 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Two week online Delve seminar. Paula by Isabel Allende is a memoir that accepts the magical and spiritual worlds, and is vibrant with strange lands, bizarre ancestors and rich memories.

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Thursday

Apr 30

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: A Universal History: Selected Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

Thu, April 30 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

This Delve takes place online with Zoom teleconferencing. Participants will receive instructions for how to log on to the Zoom meeting. Born in 1899, Jorge Luis Borges devoted his life to literature, exploring far beyond the previously-held boundaries of fiction, and this devotion shifted not just our understanding of language, but of our consciousness. As he once said, “This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen." One never knows what they might find within his…

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May 2020

Friday

May 1

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness

Fri, May 1 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

A free 90-minute online Delve discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. Led by Delve guide Ivonne Saed. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss the following questions, and to bring their own as well. Reflect on Saramago’s social critique and the way he writes about the blindness epidemic as…

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Friday

May 8

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Normal People by Sally Rooney

Fri, May 8 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Normal People by Sally Rooney, led by Delve guide Sara Guest. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Click Here to sign up in advance for this event "Sally Rooney’s sentences are droll, nimble and matter-of-fact. There’s nothing particularly special about them, except for the way she throws them. She’s like one of those elite magicians who can make a playing card pierce the rind of a watermelon." - Dwight…

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Monday

May 11

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Clarice Lispector: The Passion and Água Viva

Mon, May 11 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

In The Passion According to G.H. Clarice Lispector offers us a story where very little happens, but where the transformation of the protagonist—alongside the reader—is a path with no return. A trivial, almost insignificant event leads to a deep philosophical reflection of the character’s life and her mysterious inner self.

“It’s with such profound happiness.” Those are the first words of Água Viva, an in-depth narrative about time, life, death, dreams and creation, where a stream of consciousness gives meaning to the protagonist’s surroundings.

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Tuesday

May 12

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: To the Wedding by John Berger

Tue, May 12

This Delve takes place online with Zoom teleconferencing. Participants will receive instructions for how to log on to the Zoom meeting. "I like quoting ancient verses when the occasion is apt.  I remember most of what I hear, and I listen all day but sometimes I do not know how to fit everything together.  When this happens I cling to words or phrases which seem to ring true." So begins John Berger's To the Wedding (1995), a modern fable, at…

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Wednesday

May 20

Delve Readers Seminars

The Essays of James Baldwin

Wed, May 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Six-week Seminar: This Delve will examine the essays of James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the black freedom struggle.

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Friday

May 29

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Daisy Miller

Fri, May 29 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Daisy Miller, led by Christopher Lord. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. Is the young American heiress Daisy Miller innocent--or reckless? A flirtatious girl from Schenectady or a dangerous woman who "is going too far" to suit the tastes of other Americans in Rome? Young Frederick Winterbourne, American-born but long living abroad, can't decide; he…

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June 2020

Tuesday

Jun 23

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Best Friends Forever: Female Friendship in Literature

Tue, June 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

“It would be ten years before they saw each other again, and their meeting would be thick with birds.” This Delve will explore female friendship, as written by women writers, through both a fiction and nonfiction lens. These friendships are complex and nuanced, sometimes ugly, sometimes enduring, and sometimes one of the most significant relationships of a lifetime. Through Toni Morrison's beautiful and stirring Sula and Nel, Hungarian writer Szabo's unlikely relationship between a woman and her housekeeper in The…

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July 2020

Wednesday

Jul 15

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: The Ethics of Ambiguity and The Metamorphosis

Wed, July 15 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

In her book The Ethics of Ambiguity, the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir asks us to consider what it means to exercise individual freedom and to live in community with others. Where does our individual freedom begin and end? Simone de Beauvoir claims that our personal freedom can be manifest only when we “will others free.” How do we create a life where we protect our individual freedom and work toward the freedom of our neighbor? Can both forms of freedom…

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August 2020

Tuesday

Aug 4

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller and Death in the Andes

Tue, August 4 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

“Opam-pogyakyena shinoshinonkarintsi. Me está mirando la tristeza.” Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa is known for his prolific oeuvre, particularly his long historical novels that portray different aspects and eras of Peru and other parts of Latin America; and yet, his less-known shorter works are narrative gems that show the complexities of the human condition, with characters that cross both geographic and fundamental inner boundaries. We will discuss Death in the Andes and The Storyteller, two books whose protagonists step…

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Wednesday

Aug 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Ritual, Redemption, and Epiphany

Wed, August 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

4 week Delve online. This Delve Seminar explores the common human experiences of redemption and epiphany and the role that ritual can play in ushering in such profound moments. Through our texts, we’ll examine how ritual can be used to protect societal structures as well as shift culture, how the tension between what has been and what might be leads to necessary conflict within the self, and how the power of acute experience ushers in clarity and the capacity for change.

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Thursday

Aug 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Summer 2020: The Case for Oregon Reparations

Thu, August 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

"The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most culturally-relevant examinations of America’s tradition of systematic economic exploitation, particularly of Blacks. Published in 2016, this Atlantic article, which veers into being a short book in length, looks at the foundational policies of the land: 400 years of slavery, decades of Jim Crow and separate but equal that have set the scene for the massive disparties found in the coutry today. The real human collateral of America’s plunder…

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Thursday

Aug 20

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Contemporary Korean Fiction

Thu, August 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

A look at 3 contemporary Korean writers. From a haunting meditation on grief to a powerful examination on capitalism, participants will discuss the themes that bind and distinguish these texts.Discussions will also focus on how translation affects our understanding of these novels as well as elements of Korean culture and current affairs that are uniquely reflected in these works. This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color Reading List: The White Book, Han Kang The Impossible Fairy, Han Yujoo…

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September 2020

Sunday

Sep 6

Delve Readers Seminars

William James: Inventing an American Philosophy

Sun, September 6 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Six-week Seminar: The philosophy of William James (1842–1910) has had world-wide influence, and yet it is in many ways an essentially American view of the nature and humanity. James was a psychologist by training. This study led him to develop his unique view of human experience, out of which grew his profound concept of the nature of knowledge and reality as the way in which we act in the world and experience life.

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Thursday

Sep 10

Delve Readers Seminars

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Thu, September 10 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Six-week Seminar: Composed in the era of the Second World War, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has become, through various incarnations, one of the best known stories in the world and also part of a larger system of myth and lore--thee so-called "Tolkien universe"--that also includes the Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and countless additional tales in prose and verse.

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Wednesday

Sep 23

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Fairytales Retold

Wed, September 23 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

When exactly is “once upon a time,” what does it mean to live “happily ever after,” and how do these tropes from childhood storybooks find their way into so much contemporary literature and film? These traditional frames for fairytales are just one of the aspects we’ll study in this Delve; we will examine other aspects of structure, characters, and motifs of folktales, both in collected oral tales and literary retellings of those same tales over time, into the current day.…

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October 2020

Monday

Oct 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Far From the Madding Crowd

Mon, October 5 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

The older well-to-do gentleman farmer, the dashing cavalry officer, or the steadfast shepherd—whom will accidental tenant farmer Bathsheba Everdene choose? Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel that first established his international reputation, asks and answers that question. But, because this is Thomas Hardy, the course of true love is fraught with perils, tragic accidents of fate, well-meaning rustics, and—sheep. This is one of the great 19th century love stories, written by a master novelist/poet whose lifelong literary…

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Tuesday

Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition

Tue, October 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

What is the purpose of public life? Should we live as thinkers or doers? These are the questions that Hannah Arendt tackles in her 1958 work ​The Human Condition. Philosophers have long argued that the ideal state for the human condition is a life of contemplation and inward-focus. Arendt questions the value of the ​vita contemplativa​ and she proposes that a life of action, ​vita activa​, is central to the human condition. Hannah Arendt is one of the most influential…

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Wednesday

Oct 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: The Essays of Michel de Montaigne

Wed, October 14 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

There are few things more pleasurable than conversing with the great master of the essay, Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592). Sarah Bakewill’s excellent How to Live: A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer (2011) has inspired wide current interest in Montaigne as a writer whom readers uncannily feel they know—our contemporary. He lived in a deeply contested and divided society, to which his answer was to become the greatest reader of his age. His essays,…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Lost Children Archive

Thu, October 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

“We walked out onto Broadway, into the late morning, and the city was buzzing, the buildings high and solid, the sky pristine blue, the sun bright—as if nothing catastrophic were happening.” Valeria Luiselli’s newest novel ​Lost Children Archive ​contrasts a privileged existence in a time laden with myriad state-funded horrors. It begins with a woman in New York who records soundscapes for NYU, translating for a mother from Tlaxiaco whose two children are held in a Texas detention facility. As…

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