F411 Winter 2019 Literary Potpourri
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan 24–Feb. 14
Coordinators: Katie Mitchell, Jackie Gropman, Pat Bangs
Dabble in timely topics and scary escapism for your winter reading.
- Jan. 24: Understanding Our Diverse Communities through Literature. This session uses the lens of literature to illuminate the many vibrant immigrant cultures that make up Fairfax County today. Librarians from the George Mason Regional Library will provide a variety of world author reading suggestions, with a special focus on authors who tackle issues relating to modern immigrant communities and experiences. Selected titles will be presented in class along with a wider annotated bibliography. Kathy Richardson, Jenny Grimsley and Rebecca Wolff are all librarians with Fairfax County Public Library. Together they bring almost 40 years’ experience recommending books to the county’s diverse residents.
- Jan. 31: The Law of Unintended Consequences: A History of Textbooks Gone Bad. Ever since the days of George Washington, America’s textbook publishers have worked hard to properly educate our kids. But, have politics and political correctness interfered with telling the truth about American history? Rosalyn Schanzer, a multiple award-winning children’s author and illustrator of 16 books for children and teens, is a frequent presenter at OLLI and around the country. She speaks from personal experience in the world of children’s book publishing.
- Feb. 7: Horror Fiction. Learn from an unabashed horror fan about classic and contemporary horror fiction and subgenres such as supernatural, gothic, urban fantasy, alternate history, and humor. Ted Kavitch, is administrative services director for the Fairfax County Public Library, a public librarian for 28 years with specialties in programming/event planning, readers' advisory and youth services. His recommendations are guaranteed to take the reader on a creepy, menacing, terrifying ride from the safety of her/his armchair.
- Feb. 14: Policing Black Bodies. Based on their recent book, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change, the authors will explore the ways that Black people experience policing in public places such as parks and cafés, by the police as well as others. Dr. Angela Hattery is professor and director of women and gender studies at George Mason University and the author of 11 books. Dr. Earl Smith, also the author of 11 books, is emeritus professor of sociology and American ethnic studies at Wake Forest University and teaches courses in sociology, women and gender studies and African and African American studies at George Mason University.