Discussing the Essay

 ALL1267-Z     12 Weeks      Mondays 12:00-1:20     Start Date 11-Sept
Zoom     Limit 25

This class discusses essays.  Essays can offer opinions, impart knowledge and information, or share personal experience.   This semester, we will be discussing the essays that span the time period of 1953 to 1982. The discussion of the essays revolves around considering the time period in which they were published as well as their continued relevance to today. Many of the essayists are writers you know. Class members are encouraged to summarize an essay of their choice, describe the background of its author, and lead a discussion of the essay. Two essays will be discussed each week. For the first class, read “Artists in Uniform” and “The Marginal World.”

Text: The Best American Essays of the Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan, available via Amazon or Barns and Noble in paperback.

Assignment: For the first class, read, “Artists in Uniform,” and “The Marginal World.”

Coordinator: Marilyn Nouri   

Marilyn is a retired professor of sociology from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She has coordinated classes on many topics for ALL and enjoys using the discussion format.

Coordinator: Brett Burgess   

Brett has been taking ALL Classes for 2 years. He is a passionate reader, especially of the Classics, and loves to discuss all genres of literature, including essays. When not reading, he enjoys gardening, hiking on Cape Cod, walking, listening to classical music, and volunteering.