Dates: Four Tuesdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, and 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $50/4 sessions
Enrollment: 8 min./12 max.
Join us for good reads and stimulating conversation. We will read and discuss the following works. The Waiting Room, by Lisa Loomer, is both comedy and tragedy.
The play focuses on societal expectations of beauty and their psychological, medical, and political impact on three women from different eras: Forgiveness from Heaven, an 18th century Chinese woman, suffers from the losses and pains caused by foot-binding; Victoria, a corseted woman from the 19th century, battles the diagnosis of “hysteria;”
and Wanda from New Jersey wrestles with the realities of silicone breast implants. The Bridegroom by Ha Jin is a book of 12 stories, with titles such as “Sabatuer,” “Flame,”
and “An Official Reply.” Each story is based in a China experiencing change, transformation, and the birth pangs such change induces. And The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel, tells of collaboration, genius and encounters between two people from very different cultures at the turn of the 20th century, Cambridge University mathematician H.G. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, of the South Indian Brahmins, whose genius was undeniable. The last session will be devoted to the movie, The Man who Knew Infinity, based on the book.