2001 archives

book group 10: November 1 to December 1, 2001

Stephen Crane & Nadine Gordimer
Discussion led by Al Filreis

Al Filreis, Class of 1942 Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, will lead discussion of two short stories--Stephen Crane's "Experiment in Misery" and Nadine Gordimer's "Which New Era Would That Be?" Crane's story is about a night living with New York's homeless; Gordimer's records the adventures of a white liberal woman in South Africa's black townships.

book group 9: September 15 to October 15, 2001

A sampling of contemporary poetry written by Penn women
Discussion led by teachers and poets affiliated with the Kelly Writers House

What's going on in poetry today? This discussion will feature a sampling of very recent poetry by Penn women. Several such poets will themselves be leading the discussion! Join them and other teachers and writers affiliated with the Kelly Writers House at Penn for a fascinating look at new art in the making. The Writers House was founded in 1995 as an alternative learning and writing community by students, staff, faculty and alumni of Penn--housed in a Victorian cottage at 3805 Locust Walk. With this program the Writers House community is proud to be part of the celebration of 125 years of women at Penn. For more on the 125th program, click here. For more on Writers House programs in celebration of women at Penn, click here.

book group 8: May 1 to June 1, 2001

Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf
Discussion led by Bob Giegengack

A legendary teacher, Bob Giegengack is one of the few members of the Penn faculty of whom alumni are constantly saying they would die to be able to take one of his courses again. Well, here's your chance. Bob is the Chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and director of the undergraduate major in Environmental Sciences (since 1971). He is a passionate geologist and environmentalist. "Gieg" has won both the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award--the two greatest teaching prizes at Penn. Join him for a discussion of Farley Mowat's compelling book, Never Cry Wolf.

book group 7: March 1 to April 1, 2001

Discussion led by Joe Farrell

Joe Farrell is Professor of Classical Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. His main intellectual passions are Latin and Greek literature (chiefly poetry) and Roman culture and society; when Gladiator opened at the movies, Joe was a much sought-after commentator on the depictions of the Roman empire in the film. He is an innovative user of new technology for teaching and recipient of a major grant from the NEH for development classical studies materials in electronic form. Join him for a fascinating discussion of Ovid. Write Joe at joef@classics.upenn.edu with your questions. Participants will be purchasing these two books: The Metamorphoses of Ovid, translated by Allen Mandelbaum; and After Ovid: New Metamorphoses, ed. Michael Hofmann and James Lasdun (Noonday, 1994).

book group 6: January 15 to February 15, 2001

Edward Rothstein's Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics
Discussion led by Cristle & Bob Judd

Cristle Judd is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Penn's distinguish Music department, and Robert Judd is a Lecturer in Music and Executive Director of the American Musicological Society. Join two of the world's foremost music historians for a fascinating month-long discussion of the structure of music and its associations with math--through a reading of Rothstein's compelling book. Read more about Bob and Cristle on their web pages.