The Council’s annual Winter Weekend, a humanities seminar on a classic text, provides an opportunity for readers to confront, in a group setting, an important work of literature. Held at Bowdoin College in early March, the program begins with a Friday evening lecture and dinner (a gastronomic taste of the time and culture reflected in the chosen text). The group reconvenes Saturday on various aspects of the book, from cultural context, to critical analysis, to explorations of specific themes.
The 2010 selection, George Eliot’s Middlemarch is an English masterpiece the follows the social and intellectual lives of very human characters in a small provincial town.
Dianne Sadoff, professor of English at Rutgers University presented third on Saturday morning with a lecture entitled “The Reading Nation at Mid-Century: George Eliot’s Critics, Contemporaries, and Publishers.”
Winter Weekend 2010 took place March 12 and 13, 2010 at Bowdoin College.