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[Past Event] Jules Verne: Tomorrow Man

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Course Description:

Jules Verne is not generally included in the classic canon of Western literature alongside writers like Shakespeare, Dickens and Proust. But if C.S. Lewis was right when he said, "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it," then I say Jules Verne is great literature. He brought the future to life in stories that not only entertain us, but also teach us about ourselves and our assumptions about reality. This five-part course will focus on the ways in which Verne saw into the future. We'll look at some of his ideas about astronomy and ocean exploration, as well as his inventions for space and underwater travel, and we'll discuss the ways in which his predictions and designs are still reverberating in science today.

About the Reading (more to come):

1. We'll supply short stories to read and discuss.
2. We'll also read "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (any edition you like, many free/digital copies exist). Laura Headley will use: Anthony Bonner translation (a Bantam Classic Paperback, ISBN# 0-553-21252.
3. Please plan to read the first 12 chapters of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (100 pages) for our first day of class.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14 *10:00-11:30am* (5 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Laura Courtney Headley has a master's degree in English rhetoric, and a bachelor's degree in comparative religion and philosophy. She has taught courses in literature, reading, and writing at Santa Clara University, San Diego State University and Monterey Peninsula College.