Languages & Literatures

Upcoming Courses


If you are familiar with the library resources but want to go beyond the basics, this session will explore some of the more interesting and unusual digital collections and databases. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.

Monday, Mar 13, Boatwright Seminar Room 2
Written by brothers Ron and Clint Howard, 'The Boys' is a detailed look at their family and experiences in Hollywood making television shows and movies. This book gives a very open view into how Ron and Clint established careers in a very competitive environment. Through that transparency readers will find the knowledge and guidance of their parents.

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This class is for book lovers and those who like to share their love of books: bring your favorite book and share it with the class! The instructor will reach out to the registered students to discuss your book idea and determine what media help you may need. Also, you are free to simply present your book with no particular media required. Each presenter should prepare 5-10 minutes, followed by time for questions and discussion.

Monday, Mar 13, TBD - UR Campus
Learn how to find books, articles, and other resources that are of interest to you. This session provides an overview for beginners or those new to Osher and includes a virtual tour of the library.

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What woman doesn't love shoes?! They tell the viewer if you are into fashion, comfort, adventure, or pain. Golden Lotus feet/shoes were the most desirable by wealthy Chinese men; it didn't matter if you were beautiful. We will explore the beauty and pain that was passed down from one generation to the next through the ancient tradition of foot binding.

Thursday 4/20, TBD - UR Campus
The stories from our childhood take us to places where dragons are real and dreams were magical transformations of the impossible. In this course, we will explore some of the storytelling literature from the Galvin Rare Book Room's collections of historic children's literature. Introduction to the collections will be followed by a lecture-based study showcasing highlights and special materials from the collections, capped by a question and answer session.(Note, this course is offered twice this semester. In person on 2/3 and via Zoom on 2/24)

Friday 2/3, B1-22 ( No seats currently available )
Changed date/time! This will now be on Friday, March 3, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Synchronous Online
When most people think of Italy, they think of the usual places like Rome, Venice, and Florence. Even these places hold secrets: Italy is much more! Come and explore off-the-grid Italy with a seasoned first-generation Italian who has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Italy since 1972. Discover the out-of-the-usual parts of Italy, its people, customs, traditions, and food. If you are planning a trip to Italy, this may help shape your trip.

Monday 4/10, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162 (3 seats (3%) remaining)
Dickens pioneered the method of publishing novels in serial. By writing and publishing a novel in 19 monthly or 36 weekly installments, Dickens could change his story, shared and shaped by the audience who read it, at any time, depending on what his readers liked or disliked. And he did.

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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest author of plays and poems in the English language. What is not widely recognized is that he wrote for two audiences: playgoers eager for diversion and entertainment, and the thoughtful "wiser sort" concerned with political, cultural, religious and social questions of the day.

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Don't let others write your story! We normally think of obituaries as being dreary and solemn. But by adding a little humor to an obituary and straying aware from tradition, you can give readers insights into your or your loved one's unique personality. It can create an impression that won't fade away. You will learn obituary writing techniques by writing your own obituary: but we promise to make this daunting task fun, reflective and interactive.

Monday 1/30, WHC, Living Room (Deanery) (1 seats (2%) remaining)
Join us as we look at 18 poets, 1850-present, two per session. We will also spend time on participant poems and on poems from the presenter's new chapbook, On Sunday Afternoons. Topics will include syntax, line, beat, meter, word, image, voice, and feel. Discussions will focus on poetry of Merwin, Dickinson, Collins, Stevens, Grennan, Eliot, Ashbery, Yeats, Baraka, Williams, Komunyakaa, Whitman, Graham, Walcott, Creeley, Frost, Brooks and Bishop.

Thursdays; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, Booker Hall, Room 207
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker was a significant figure in the fight for civil rights and Black religious life from the 1950s into the 2000s and beyond. He and his wife, Theresa Ann, donated their personal papers to the University in 2015. The course includes a presentation on Dr. and Mrs. Walker as well as the collection's content and status, followed by some hands-on time reviewing material from the collection.

Monday May 15, Boatwright Library, Room B1-22
CLASS AND FIELD TRIP Edgar A. Poe grew up, lived in, and started his writing career in Richmond as a popular journalist and short-story writer at the Southern Literary Messenger. Murray Ellison (a Poe scholar) and Poe Museum Curator Chris Semtner will lead one class on the UR campus on the life, work, and death of Poe around Richmond. In the second session, Murray and Chris will lead an inside tour of the 100-year-old Poe Museum in Richmond.

In class on Wed, Apr 5; field trip to Poe Museum on Wed, Apr 12, The Poe Museum ( No seats currently available )
Come and learn about this unusual 212-year-old church, probably the earliest, independent, ongoing church founded by Blacks in the South, emphasizing their remarkable work in offering a place of worship; providing education even before slavery; and promoting political activity. Students would benefit from reading Dr. Dance's book, 'Land of the Free. . . Negroes: A Historical Novel' prior to class.

Monday 5/8, TBD - UR Campus (5 seats (14%) remaining)
Richard Wagner's monumental (and controversial) Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the largest works of Western art. Comprising four epic operas based on Norse mythology, this cycle has profoundly influenced generations of artists including the creators of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. With Virginia Opera continuing the Ring this fall with Die Walk

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