Radicals, writers and rabbits in England’s Lake District featured in Coe Thursday Forum

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2016-10-20 10:56:17 - General

Kate Aspengren
Kate Aspengren
Ann Struthers
Ann Struthers

Radicals, writers and rabbits in England's Lake District will be featured in the Coe College Thursday Forum series Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1. Coe English Professors Kate Aspengren and Ann Struthers will lead participants through this popular tourist destination in a variety of ways. Even before travel to the Lake District became popular, there were numerous public footpaths criss-crossing the hills and dales that are still in use. Travelers of yesterday and today were and are intrigued by the mountains, the little gem-like lakes and the gentle wilderness.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The first program in the series will explore the landscape and some of the art produced in this region. Some of the writers who visited the Lake District but did not stay will also be highlighted. The second session will concentrate on the writings of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, a brilliant writer in her own right.

Samuel Coleridge's writings, his diplomatic service and his later life in London will be explored in the third session. The final session will discuss children's author Beatrix Potter, her life and writings, and perhaps just as important, her major contributions to preserving this part of England that she loved so well.

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8619.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, the Thursday Forum schedule includes:

  • "The Conflicted Jewish World of Chaim Potok" – Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • "The Lechaion Harbor: A New Excavation in Greece" – March 2
  • "The Drugs We Take: Contemporary Issues Affecting Patients, Doctors, Drug Makers and Regulators" – March 9, 16, 23, 30
  • "Plant Stewardship in the 21st Century" – April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • "The Acts of the Apostles: Luke’s Second Volume" – May 4, 11, 18, 25