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Join us for Anthony Trollope's "The Way We Live Now"

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March 9 - 10, 2018 in Kresge Auditorium at Bowdoin College
Friday: Program begins at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Program begins at 9:00 a.m.

0001 (22)Join the MHC for its 21st annual Winter Weekend, March 9 – 10, 2018 at Bowdoin College. Join other literary enthusiasts for a deep dive into this classic novel, led by noted scholars and critics.

Money, corruption, and greed are the chief themes of The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, a satirical portrait of London society. Enter Augustus Melmotte, a financier with lavish tastes, a man reputedly rich beyond most characters’ wildest imaginations. The rumors shadowing him—of fraud and jail time in Europe—don’t stop London from bowing at his feet. Quite the contrary: his is Society’s most popular house. The story follows those who seek a touch of Melmotte’s fortune: the young aristocrats who seek to marry Melmotte’s awkward daughter, the businessmen who join Melmotte’s board of a shady railway scheme, and the Conservatives and Liberals who want him as their parliamentary candidate. A lady novelist who views positive reviews as social favors, an old-fashioned country squire who detests the new ways, and a vibrant—and potentially violent—American woman pursuing the modest Englishman to whom she was engaged reveal worlds outside of Melmotte’s, but they cannot be wholly free of his influence. Trollope’s mirthless satire of a Victorian London ruled by credit shows parallels to today’s political, economic, and cultural challenges.


0602fc0Declan Kiely, Director of Exhibitions, New York Public Library, joined the NYPL in October 2017, where he oversees exhibitions at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. He was most recently the Robert H. Taylor Curator at the Morgan Library and Museum and Head of its Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts. During this time he curated major exhibitions focusing on Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and Abraham Lincoln.


ann-kibbie-bowdoinAnn Kibbie, Associate Professor of English, Bowdoin College, focuses on representations of money and capital in early modern literature, the eighteenth-century novel, Samuel Richardson, sentimentalism, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic, law and literature, and literature and the history of medicine. Her teaching areas include Milton, restoration and eighteenth-century literature (all genres),  the novel,  the gothic, the sentimental, and Jane Austen.


pamela-m-fletcher-bowdoinPamela M. Fletcher, Professor of Art History, Bowdoin College, teaches courses ranging from Eighteenth-Century Art to Contemporary Art and Theory, with a particular focus on exhibition culture and British art. She has offered advanced seminars on the History of the Commercial Art Gallery; Modernism and the Nude; and The Pre-Raphaelites.


Sean Fleming, Organist and PianistSean Fleming performs regularly with the Bowdoin Chorus, Coastal Chorale, Down East Singers, Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires, Lincoln Festival Chorus, Maine Friends of Music,St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, Sheepscot Valley Chorus, and Tapestry Singers. He is the assistant director of Midcoast Community Chorus, and is also the music director for the Hearts Ever Young Chorus. He regularly accompanies many high school and junior high festivals. He has worked with Ann Arbor Camerata, Bowdoin Chamber Choir, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Chorus, Colby


peltsont-squareTimothy Peltason, Professor of English, Wellesley College, writes and teaches on nineteenth and twentieth-century British and American literature and Shakespeare. His essays on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, focuses on its relationship to Wilde’s life, its origins in earlier Victorian literature, and its extraordinary afterlife in 20th and 21st century literature and culture. He has also written a sequence of web-based commentaries on five plays by Shakespeare and other essays about the place of value judgments in contemporary academic criticism.


Program Details

Dinner at Winter Weekend

The registration fee includes:

  • A copy of the book
  • Background readings
  • A cocktail reception on Friday
  • Dinner on Friday (a gastronomic taste of the time and culture reflected in the chosen text)
  • A musical performance on Friday after dinner (related to the chosen text’s time period and ethos)
  • Coffee and continental breakfast on Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • CEUs for teachers
Winter Weekend 2016-photo by Dan D'Ippolito-153

Photo by Dan D’Ippolito

The program begins at 5 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium on Friday, March 10 and continues at 9:00 a.m. Saturday until mid-afternoon.

A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers, librarians, and students. Please contact Karen Myrick for information.


Lodging Information

The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick offers Winter Weekend participants a special two-night rate, which includes a full hot breakfast. To get the special rate, please call the Inn directly at 207-729-4914 (or toll free at 1-800-299-4914) and ask for the Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend rate.

The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble Street, Brunswick, offers a reduced rate to Winter Weekend participants. For the special rate, please call the hotel directly at 207-837-6565 and ask for the Maine Humanities Council’s Winter Weekend rate.


A map of the Bowdoin campus can be found on the Bowdoin website. The program will be held in Kresge Auditorium, on the lower level of the Visual Arts Building. Meals will be taken at Thorne Dining Hall.

How to Receive CEUs

CEUs are available through the University of Southern Maine’s Professional Development Program. Learn more here.


Learn more about becoming a program sponsor