Mockingbirds and Morphodites: A 4-Part Series – A Transformational Reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Wednesdays July 8-July 29, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. EST

A four-part series by Michael Verde. Each webinar can be enjoyed on its own, though they will also build on one another. We invite you to attend the full series for the deepest exploration of the book.
You can read more about each webinar in the series by clicking “Description” below, or by clicking on the title of any individual webinar. Each webinar includes a 75-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. If you’d like to attend but can’t make it on Wednesdays, you’ll still have 3 days to view the recorded webinar, which we’ll be making available to everyone who registers.
We are suggesting a donation of $5 per webinar, or $15 for the full series, but please feel free to adjust the amount to whatever you like. The donation is entirely optional, so if you don’t wish to donate at this time, just enter 0 in the spaces below and come enjoy whichever webinars you wish! All are welcome.
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Reading for Life is a learning adventure dedicated to inspiring your imagination. We seek to illuminate the visionary depths of great works of literature, and to draw readers from around the world into conversations enkindled by those works. First and last, this is a community-building enterprise. Because the way we read has the power to transform the way we live.

Suggested donation: $5.00
Suggested donation: $5.00
Suggested donation: $5.00

The first installment in Michael Verde’s new Reading for Life series, this webinar will introduce the vision and practice of a transformational way of reading fiction called anagogy. This way of interpreting fiction will be demonstrated by a close reading of To Kill a Mockingbird based on the motifs of memory and imagination.
The second webinar in the series will contrast two ways of reading represented and dramatized in To Kill a Mockingbird. Each way of reading will be shown to relate to the two ways of interpreting the Bible contrasted in the novel. This webinar will focus on the novel’s many and deep biblical myths and metaphors.
Ghosts, birds, flowers, and light are four core motifs of To Kill a Mockingbird. In this webinar, passages in the novel associated with each motif will be identified and discussed. How these motifs relate to other important symbols in the novel will also be discussed.
The fourth and final installment in Michael Verde’s series on To Kill a Mockingbird will incorporate the insights of the previous webinars into a culminating vision of the novel. Special attention will be dedicated to exploring how works of fiction well read can educate the imagination and contribute to the creation of healthy human communities.