Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine: Metaphors of Small Town America [F-17-50]

Presenter: Frank Palumbo
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 10:00 AM 10/09, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

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The study of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel will draw upon each class participant’s memories of the events, people, and lessons that shaped their own youth. Discussions will not only allow members of the class to travel back to Green Town, Illinois, in the summer of 1928, but also to relive those warm and adventurous days of their own hometowns. Parallels will abound as the metaphors that influenced our childhoods will be shared and once again enjoyed to their fullest. You will remember important relatives, exciting adventures, joys of friendships, fears of the unknown, curious strangers... and that cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day!?

Frank Palumbo taught secondary English and coached athletics at Gouverneur Central School for 35 years. His family and high school students maintained a coast-to-coast friendship with Ray Bradbury for seventeen years. In 2009, Frank and his family traveled to California where they met Ray Bradbury and celebrated with him the occasion of his 89th birthday. Frank has previously offered various SOAR courses related to the works of Ray Bradbury, as well as courses on Classic Science Fiction, Martial Arts History and Philosophy, and Personal Safety and Fitness seminars.

NOTE: The presenter will supply copies of “Dandelion Wine” along with some notes, prior to the start of the first class.

Cap: 20

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