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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women: Lecture Series

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FILM: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: THE WOMAN BEHIND LITTLE WOMEN

 


Viewing of the documentary film, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Bucher. Discussion topics will include viewers’ familiarity with Alcott’s work, how the film affected viewers’ previous impression of Alcott and mid-19th century America, key themes viewers discerned from the film and for which they might expect to hear more about in future programs in the series.

 

Approved for CE Credit


Thursday, September 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Science Auditorium, Berry College

 

 

DVD cover image by Liane Brandon

BOOK DISCUSSION: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: THE WOMAN BEHIND LITTLE WOMEN

 

Discussion of the biography led by Dr. Bucher. Discussion topics will include the impact of Alcott’s relationship with her parents on her life and work, Alcott’s attitude toward her fans and why and how she created both public and private personas, ways in which Alcott was and was not a “typical” nineteenth century figure.

Approved for CE Credit

 

Thursday, September 8, 6:00-7:30pm
Ford Living Room, Berry College

Copies of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
will be available for check-out at Memorial Library, Berry College,
and at the Rome Floyd County Public Library. 

Cover used by arrangement with Henry Holt and Company LLC

“THE RED STAIN OF THE LAND": ALCOTT AND THE CIVIL WAR

 

Berry College Professor of History Dr. Jonathan Atkins will provide a contextual overview on abolitionism and the Civil War in Rome and Floyd County. Dr. Bucher will focus on Alcott’s fictionalized account of her time as an army nurse during the Civil War, Hospital Sketches; Alcott as an Abolitionist; and how her writing advanced social reform.

Approved for CE Credit

Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:30pm
Etowah Room, Rome-Floyd County Public Library

 

Read Hospital Sketches online at:

Image courtesy of Lousia May Alcott's Orchard House/LMA Memorial Association

 

“A LOVING LEAGUE OF SISTERS": ALCOTT AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Shorter University Archivist Rebecca Roberts will provide a contextual overview on women’s rights and woman suffrage activities in Rome and Floyd County (and particularly at Shorter University, founded in 1873 as the Cherokee Baptist Female College). Dr. Bucher will discuss Work: A Story of Experience, Alcott’s novel about women’s rights and responsibilities beyond the family.

Approved for CE Credit


 Thursday, September 15, 6:00-7:30pm
Ballroom D, Krannert Center, Berry College

 

 


 Read Work online:

Read How I Went Out to Service online:

Image courtesy of Lousia May Alcott's Orchard House/LMA Memorial Association

THE IMPRACTICAL CALL OF THE OVERSOUL: ALCOTT AND TRANSCENDENTALISM

 

Dr. Bucher will provide both a contextual overview of Transcendentalism and a discussion of the effect of transcendentalist and utopian philosophy on Louisa May Alcott’s life and work, using her satire Transcendental Wild Oats as a focal point.

Approved for CE Credit

Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:30pm
Auditorium, Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum 

Read Transcendental Wild Oats online at:

Image courtesy of Fruitlands Museum

    "A NATURAL AMBITION FOR THE LURID": ALCOTT'S THRILLERS

    Berry College Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing Dr. Lara Whelan will provide a contextual overview on the Gothic. Dr. Bucher will focus on Behind A Mask, or a Woman’s Power and the rediscovery of Alcott’s thrillers.

    Approved for CE Credit


     

    Thursday, September 22, 6:00-7:30pm
    Ballroom D, Krannert Center, Berry College

     

     

    Read Behind a Mask online at: