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War and Homecoming: How the Iliad and Odyssey Resonate Today

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Course Description:

Two of the earliest masterpieces of Western literature, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey began as popular entertainment, the work of oral poets who worked to craft these stories of war and homecoming to uplift their audiences. Composed over 3,000 years ago, many of their themes still resonate today. How do both soldiers and families survive the harsh conditions of war and their aftermath? To what extent are wars driven by honor or by the baser human instincts and emotions of hate, selfishness, and ego? This presentation will examine how these poems were composed and what they mean to us today. Samples of modern works based on the Iliad and Odyssey, such as the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood will also be discussed.

 

Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


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Day/Time

Wednesday, Sept. 13 *4:00 – 5:30pm* (1 session)

Location

CSUMB at Ryan Ranch

Facilitator:

Bonnie Irwin, PhD is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSUMB. Dr. Irwin received her doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley and was dean of the Honors College at Eastern lllinois University. She currently serves on the board of the American Conference of Academic Deans.