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Great Books at Hayfield sets fall schedule

9/20/2006 —

Great Books at Hayfield is an informal discussion series open to all who enjoy reading great literature. The group meets once a month on a Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Hayfield House Community Room at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman. Community residents, alumni, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in the discussions, or just sit and listen. Refreshments will be served. The discussion series is sponsored by the Great Books at Hayfield Committee and is supported in part by Arts at Hayfield and the campus Honors Program.

This fall's line-up begins with The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass on Monday, Sept. 25. "The Tin Drum" is one of the great novels of post-war Germany written by Gunter Grass. Grass tells the story of Oskar Matzerath, who at the age of three years decided he was not going to grow anymore. Oskar relates the disturbing story of his life, starting with his ancestors in pre-war Poland, the Nazi's rise to power and the horrors of their reign, and his life after the war's end. This evening's discussion will be led by Jacques Rodriquez.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift will follow on Monday, Oct. 23. First published in 1726, "Gulliver's Travels" is a timeless book describing the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. On his travels, Gulliver finds a land of little people, a land of giants, a community in the sky, and a society where horses are the superior beings. All of his experiences and observations give him a fresh perspective on his own way of life. Discussion for this evening will be led by David Smith.

The series will end with Prometheus Bound, a Greek play by Aeschylus, on Monday, November 27. This play tells the story of Prometheus who was punished by Zeus for giving fire to mankind. Prometheus also has knowledge of  Zeus's future, but refuses to divulge this information. This final discussion will be led by John Gerecki.

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