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ShakespeareTake a guided tour through literature, film, and history. Trace the development of the short story. Feel the pulse of the inspired poet. Appreciate the genius of Shakespeare. Discover the hidden depths of filmmaking. View history in a whole new light.

Each quarter, the Library offers 6 to 8 week seminars on a variety of literary topics, with each spring being reserved for the study of Shakespeare's plays being performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that summer.

These affordable classes are always insightful but casual, and are taught by seasoned and knowledgeable teachers.

Call the library at 503-682-2744 to reserve your spot!

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Spring 2014 classes

tempest-movlicBrush Up Your Shakespeare
J. Ehrstine

Professor John Ehrstine (emeritus, Washington State University) will continue his engaging discussion of Shakespeare’s plays being performed at this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, including his final play “The Tempest,” and three favorites: “The Comedy of Errors”, “Richard III”, and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”.

Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded.

Texts, as well as films to aid in the study, will be available at the Library. Seating is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your seat.

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 4/16 - 6/4
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Cost: $40 for class series
Texts available for purchase at a discount.

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Winter 2014 classes

william stafford - wsarchivesWilliam Stafford: Oregon's Poet
J. Ehrstine

Although born in Kansas, William Stafford became Oregon’s most celebrated poet. How did this happen? How did his experiences in Oregon shape his creative work? What is the substance of this acclaimed poet?

In this seminar, we will look at some of Stafford’s poetry. We will also have a featured special guest join us as we study this award-winning poet.

Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded. Texts, as well as films to aid in the study, will be available at the Library. Seating is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your seat.

This class is held in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2014, celebrating William Stafford. Find out more at the Oregon Reads 2014 website.

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 1/29-3/19
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series
Texts available for purchase at a discount.

Sign up by calling the library at 503-682-2744 or visiting the Circulation Desk.

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Looking for other discussion and learning opportunities?
Check out our monthly Book Club and Public Lectures.

Last updated: 2/20/2014 1:16:19 PM