To Kill a Mockingbird: Whose Story is It?


Facititator: Jon Aaron has taught English, History, and Performing Arts at McDonogh School for 43 years. He has a BA from Boston University and MLA from Johns Hopkins University. Jon has become passionate about creating conversations around universal themes that deepen appreciation of how literature, art, film, and history complement one another and provide insight into our lives and our world.

Dates: Thursday, October 3,10,17, 24, 31, November 7, 14

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Kolker Room

To Kill a Mockingbird has remained beloved and relevant since its publication in 1960. Reflicting on the novel’s “first draft” in 2015, Go Set a Watchman and Harper Lee’s death early in 2016, we will celebrate the author’s gift to the American literary tradition. Participants will read both books before the opening class to explore deeply the core question of the course, “Whose Story is It?” We will discuss historical ideas at the heart of the novels, thematically related Harlem Renaissance poetry, various film and video experts, a James Baldwin essay, the art of Aaron Douglas and Norman Rockwell, and related essays from Hadassah Magazine. Participants will be encouraged to share insights and make connections within and between the novels to the world around then and to their personal experiences.

Fee: $55/Beth El Congregation members; $65/non-members. This fee includes a copy of both "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman". Registration is required for all participants

For further information, contact Ellen Marks at [email protected] or 410-580-5166.