Join Chesapeake Forum the week of October 3d for epic stories, lost causes and new perspectives. The week kicks off with Savoring Shakespeare’s King Lear and The Lost Cause Mythology on October 3rd, followed by New Aspects of the War of 1812 on October 4th.
Join instructors Suzanne Sanders and John Miller on Tuesday, October 3rd from 1-2:30 pm for the first of this Savoring Shakespeare series and the tragic tale of the old King who tried to put a price tag on his daughter’s love. Over five weeks, the class will explore several of Shakespeare’s works at a relaxed pace, reading together, discussing plot, themes, and sharing personal reactions. The main direction of the classes will be decided by participants’ interests.
Savoring Shakespeare’s King Lear is five sessions Tuesday, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 1-2:30 PM. $50.00. In person at the Easton Family YMCA. To register, visit https://chesapeakeforum.org.
If Shakespeare’s not your thing, how about a lost cause? In the Lost Cause Mythology, Tuesday, October 3rd from 10-11:30 AM, Dominick “Mickey” Terrone examines the post-war effort to reframe the Confederate’s Civil War defeat in the best possible light. Over three sessions, Terrone will detail how the initial concept was identified and developed as a southern narrative written by former Confederates and eventually, their following generations. He will identify the major tenets and discuss how and why that version was preferred by those authors. He will show how novelists, poets, songwriters, and movie makers added to the distorted, heroic picture of the war and the antebellum South. Finally, he will cover the long-term impacts of the Lost Cause on the collective memories of the large majority of Americans today and how the Civil War still has significant relevance in the political life of Americans.
The Lost Cause Mythology is three sessions, Tuesday, October 3, 10 and 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. $30.00. HYBRID (in person at the Easton Family YMCA or via ZOOM). To register, visit https://chesapeakeforum.org.
In the years before the Civil War, the most significant battle of the young U.S. may have been the forgotten and under-appreciated War of 1812. In “New Aspects of the War of 1812”, on Wednesday, October 4th from 1-2:30 PM, William S. Dudley, former Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command and author of several books about the naval history of the war, looks at how a woefully unprepared U.S. prevailed in an unequal fight with Great Britain, at that time, the most professional army on earth. The War of 1812 constituted an existential crisis for our young nation. Considering the odds against the U.S., it was less a matter of winning outright than of surviving and outlasting a larger, more experienced enemy. This is a rare opportunity to look closely at a period of our history that some might say was pivotal to the building of the American nation.
New Aspects of the War of 1812 is two sessions, Wednesday, October 4 and 11 from 1-2:30 PM. $30. HYBRID (in person at the Easton Family YMCA or via ZOOM). To register, visit https://chesapeakeforum.org.
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