Classics Books Lecture Series


Below are the Classic Books Lectures we have planned for 2015.  

  • All lectures are at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library at 7 p.m.  
  • Friends' members are free.  Non-friends pay $10.00. 
  • All professors are from the University of MIchigan.

Thursday, February 19, Professor Herbert Eagle, Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, on Milan Kundera’s early Czech novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

Thursday, March 5, Professor Peggy McCracken, Professor of French Medieval Studies, Department of Romance Languages, will present a lecture titled Friendship, Love, and Chivalry:  Chrétien de Troyes’s Knight of the Lion (Chevalier au Lion).   Knight of the Lion is available through the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL).  Ask any of the Grosse Pointe librarians how to access this or click here to find the book.

Thursday, March 19, Karla Mallette, Professor of Renaissance and Mediterranean Studies, Department of Romance languages and Literature, on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron.

Thursday, April 23 (this lecture was previously scheduled for the 16th), Professor Gregg Crane, Department of English Language and Literature, on the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  The Friends are encouraging Grosse Pointe book clubs to pick Moby Dick as their April book!

Thursday, May 7 (this lecture was previously scheduled for May 21), Professor John Whittier-Ferguson, Department of English Language and Literature, on the English World War I poets, Wilfred Owen (Strange Meeting, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility, Dulce et Decorum Est), Siegfried Sassoon (Alone), and Rupert Brooke (The Great Lover and The Soldier).  Click this link for readings.