Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at the University of Oregon in Portland
70 NW Couch Street Portland, OR 97209
Wednesdays, August 22, September 5, 12, and 19,
Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-UO) for an exciting exploration of Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times.
Written in 1854, Hard Times appeared after the socially tumultuous 1840s and during the expansive years of the 1850s. Dickens’ tenth novel, a work of social criticism, is an indictment of British industrialization and modernization. While he vividly depicts the physical hardships of factory work, he is even more concerned with the brutalization of the imagination and the decline of human kindness.
As always, Dickens provides the reader with memorable and comic characters: Mr. Gradgrind, the theoretician, demands that social improvements adhere to established facts and narrow calculations. Mr. Boundberry, the successful factory owner, has a secret past. Cynical Louisa Gradgrind has been educated by her father so that she no longer has emotions. And wonderful Sissy Jupe, the abandoned circus performer, is able to teach the well-educated Louisa to feel.
This reading-discussion class will explore Hard Times with Professor Judith Stone. She will present questions to encourage discussion, suggest how this novel fits into Dickens’ work as a whole, and offer insights into the history of Victorian Britain.
Stone, who currently teaches at Portland State University, has her PhD in history and is a Delve Seminar Guide with Portland-based Literary Arts. This four-session course is free for OLLI-UO members.
This class is open to the public and nonmembers for $45.00. Registration is required. Register online or call 800-824-2714.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a noncredit, academic program at the University of Oregon in Portland. Geared toward mature adults, OLLI-UO strives to create an atmosphere centered around the joy of learning without the stress of tests, grades, or admission requirements. College degrees or previous affiliation with the University of Oregon are not required for membership or participation.
800-824-2714 • 503-412-3653 • osher.uoregon.edu