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Dr. Youngberg opens 2012 Frieze lectures

October  25, 2012

Dr. Karin Youngberg, Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, presented the first of the 2012 Frieze Lectures at the Rock Island Library on Oct. 23.

The theme for the 15th annual lecture series -in the bicentennial year of Dickens' the birth — is "What the Dickens?" Dr. Youngberg, a professor of English, gave an overview of the life and work of the author.

Other lectures in the series:

Oct. 30: Dr. David Ellis, history department, will speak on the world Dickens inhabited, considering the key themes and issues in British, European and global history at the time Dickens was active.

Nov. 6: Dr. Catherine Goebel, art history department, will offer a slide lecture on artists important to Dickens. Dr. Goebel, who holds Augustana's Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, will discuss both those artists who were favorites of Dickens and those who found inspiration in his literary works.

Nov. 13: Dr. Umme al-Wazedi, English department, will provide a post-colonial view of the staunchly pro-colonial Dickens, and consider how his place in literature has changed in a world vastly different from the one in which he lived.