The City Library to Host "Ancient Greeks and Modern Lives" Programs
Book discussions, films, keynote explore Greek myths in literature and art
On April 4, at 7pm in the Main Library’s Level 4 Conference Room, Dr. James Svendsen will present the feature lecture in Salt Lake City Public Library’s “Ancient Greeks and Modern Lives” series which includes a four-part book discussion group, films, and Svendsen’s keynote, exploring the legacy of Greek myth as it presents itself in literature and art throughout history.
The reading group, which begins on April 11 at 7pm, will focus on some of the stories that have helped shape our understanding of the world—whether we are aware of it or not. Space in this reading group is limited to 25, and requires pre-registration by calling 801-524-8200 or by visiting the Welcome Desk at the Main Library. Books and reading guides for the series will be provided, free of charge.
In conjunction with the “Ancient Greeks and Modern Lives” lecture and book discussion series, join us for screenings of contemporary films that bring ancient Greek myths to the big screen, including O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Troy, and The Trojan Women followed by discussions of the literature on which they were based, led by Professor James Svendsen. Film screenings start April 13 at 2pm in the Main Library Auditorium and continue on Saturdays at 2 throughout the month of April. Screenings are free and open to the public.
Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a program that has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.www.ancientgreeksmodernlives.org.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Additional support for this program comes from Aquila Theatre, Westminster College, The Hellenic Cultural Association, The University of Utah’s Departments of Classics, Languages, and Literature, and by OSHER.
For more details regarding Ancient Greeks and Modern Lives at Salt Lake City Public Library, please visit www.slcpl.org/ancientgreeks.