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  To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary
  September 29, 2013

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Tea, Members Dining Room
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Presentation, Crentz Room

Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary
Discover why this American masterpiece, spoken through the eyes of a child,
is anything but child's play.


Thomas DiPiero
Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
Most of us confronted Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird when we were barely older than the novel's young protagonists. We may have been so young, in fact, that many of the work's most shocking elements its depictions of racism, sexual violence, drug addiction, and abuse may have completely surpassed our understanding. We tend to recall the mysterious Boo Radley and the work's message to get along with others by learning to see the world from their perspective. But is this complex masterpiece suggesting that we should learn to get along with one another, or is it cynically arguing that such a thing is, in fact, impossible?
Join Thomas DiPiero, dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies, for a look into the novel's brilliant analysis of what it means to be American. DiPiero is a specialist in early European prose fiction, focusing principally on the literary effects considered to be realistic. Writing extensively on the social and political dimensions of the novel and on the forms of knowledge in early modern Europe that helped structure narrative, he has also published on race, gender, and the formation of subjectivity. 
Admission is $15 and includes tea, coffee, and light refreshments. Dress for the event is business formal. Tie and jacket are required for men.

*Special thanks to Andrew Lipman '74 for sponsoring the event.

If your class year ends in a 3 or an 8, congratulations on your Reunion! 
We invite you to attend this event free of charge.

Please register below or if questions call 877.635.4672 or 585.273.5888.

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