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Friday, January 20, 2017
In addition to producing prose writings, of which "Culture and Anarchy" is perhaps the most famous example, Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) wrote poetry (e.g., the well-known "Dover Beach"), traveled around England as a school examiner, and served as a prototypical public intellectual. He rebuts various other thinkers in the essays in "Culture and Anarchy."
Our next meeting takes place Monday, May 22d, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room, 338 Main Street in Huntington, N.Y. The selection is "First Snow on Mount Fuji," by Yasunari Kawabata. The anthology, Great Conversations 4, is available at the first floor Customer Services Desk for a materials fee of $10 payable by check or money order.
Rest of 2017 Meetings (held on the fourth Monday of each month, no meeting in December):
Monday, June 26th: "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson
Monday, July 24th: Selected Poems ("Joy," "The Power of Music to Disturb," "Immortality," "Into Space,") by Lisel Mueller
Monday, August 28th: "The Smallest Woman in the World," by Clarice Lispector
Monday, September 25th: "Lava Cameo," by Eavan Boland
Monday, October 23rd: "The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien
Monday, November 27th, "Hekabe," by Euripides (fr. Great Conversations 5)
About Shared Inquiry
Also known as the "Socratic Method," the Shared Inquiry discussion technique championed by the Great Books Foundation is a nonauthoritarian approach to book discussion that values life experience as a important element of learning. Discussion leaders ask questions and do not give opinions. Here are five rules of Shared Inquiry: 1. Concentrate on the selection. 2. Address the question at hand. 3. Speak up (but one person at a time, please!) 4. Listen carefully. 5. Discuss the author's ideas, not the author's life and times.