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50th Anniversary Perspective on The Caine MutinyOffice of Public AffairsPulitzer-Prize-winning author Herman Wouk, CC '34, reflects on his masterpiece, The Caine Mutiny, 50 years after its publication. The book, which was made into an acclaimed movie, is an American classic with renewed relevance for today. This video is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of literature from the author's perspective. Wouk brings the passages of the book to life, and reveals new themes in the text.
From Olympus to Valhalla: How Greek and Norse Mythological Traditions Inspired Deity WorshipOffice of Public AffairsRichard Sacks, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, journeys into the world of the ancient gods. By comparing the ancient Greek and Norse mythological traditions, he gets to the heart of what inspired people to worship and revere these deities. In this Continuing Education lecture, Sacks explores important themes like divine power, destiny and creation and gives us a better understanding of the past, and perhaps ultimately of ourselves.
Herman Melville a Repository of the Dialectics of His TimeOffice of Public AffairsAccording to Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Hermann Melville was a "repository of the dialectics of his time," at once containing both "the yes and the no of their culture." "We are free to [interpret him as] the prose-poet of our national destiny, imagining a world of grateful converts to the political religion of liberal democracy, or to prefer the Melville who saw the ship-of-state sailing under lunatic leadership toward incalculable disaster for us and the world," said Delbanco in a lecture on April 10, 2003.
Maryse Conde Shares New MemoirOffice of Public AffairsThe PEN American Center Open Book Committee's celebration of the publication of Maryse Conde's new memoir, Tales from the Heart: True Stories From My Childhood, includes a reading by Conde in French and English. In an interview, Conde speaks in English about her childhood in Guadeloupe, the trials of assimilation into the French mother country from the French Caribbean, and her 12 years in West Africa.
Reading, Ethics and the Literary Imagination Are the Focus of Lionel Trilling SeminarOffice of Public AffairsThis Lionel Trilling Seminar focused on reading as a cultural activity, exploring the history of reading with emphasis on what was read in earlier periods and how it was read. Archived webcast of speakers Brian Stock, University of Toronto, Robert Darnton, Princeton University, and Thomas Flanagan, University of California at Berkeley.

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