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  To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary
  April 30, 2014

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation

The Country Club of Rochester
2935 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610

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

Featuring 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 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 $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Advance registration is required.

We are pleased to offer free admission to alumni celebrating their reunion this year.  Reunion class years end in a 4 or 9.

This event is sold out.  Stay tuned for future Rochester events!

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