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Community College Of Philadelphia Celebrates The Bewitching Season With Free Events Featuring The Master Of The Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe
(Sept. 18, 2015) -- Just in time for the bewitching season, Community College of Philadelphia invites the community to participate in a month-long series of events honoring the magnificent, macabre works of author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe – and they’re all free.
Designed to inform, educate and celebrate, this exciting literary event sponsored by the English Department is held in conjunction with The Big Read, a national initiative that seeks to encourage reading in the community. All events are free and open to the public. The Big Read is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
It’s all part of an ongoing effort during the College’s 50th anniversary to bring the community to the campus and involve campus in the community, says Dr. Tabitha Morgan, assistant professor of English and Program Director.
“The College’s mission is one of inclusivity, diversity, and growth for all Philadelphians. All Big Read events, which are free and open to the public, support that mission, and we are honored to create a space where intellectualism, cultural diversity, and community connection can intersect and flourish,” Morgan said.
Why Poe? Few realize the celebrated writer lived in Philadelphia from 1837-1844 during the most prolific periods of his career. From his residence only blocks from the College on 7th and Spring Garden, Poe penned some of his most famous works: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Learn more by taking a tour of Poe’s home on Saturday, Oct. 10. Poe-lovers will gather at the Poe House at 1 p.m.
Throughout the month, Community College of Philadelphia also will host a number of book discussion groups, film screenings, literary and historical panels, lithograph and manuscript exhibits and architectural tours featuring professors, students and area faculty from Temple and University of Pennsylvania. Events are also scheduled at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Poe House, and the Wagner Free Science Institute. Go to www.ccp.edu/poe for more information on The Big Read at the
Schedule of Events (Through Oct. 13)
Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 15, Free Library of Philadelphia, Art Hallway Gallery, 2nd Floor: An exhibit of lithographs and engravings of city views from the era when Poe lived in Philadelphia.
High School Book Groups at local high schools (ongoing): Community College of Philadelphia and high school faculty will provide approximately 250 Poe booksto high school students to help examine the author’s writings through a critical lens.
Monday, Oct. 5, 3-4 p.m., Community College of Philadelphia, Room S2-03: Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: English Majors Literary Discussion Panel. Community College of Philadelphia students will discuss, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe’s eerie short story featuring decay, death and a psychological twist of an ending.
Opening Ceremonies: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m. Community Pennsylvania, College of Philadelphia, Bonnell Auditorium, 16th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: Dr. John Tresch, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will lecture from his forthcomingbook, Poe’s Rare Devices: Twisted Fictions, Incredible Facts, and the Forging of U.S. Science, which demonstrates that Poe's technical obsessions were before his time. In addition, actress and playwright Helen McKenna will deliver her unique rendition of Poe’s stories. Her transformation into Poe “lends her first-person performance a downright errie believability,” said one observer.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. 7th and Spring Garden, Poe House Tour and Lecture: Registered a national historical landmark, the famous residence was where Poe lived from 1837 to 1844. While his years in Philadelphia were among his happiest and most productive, he also struggled with bad luck, depression and his wife’s tuberculosis.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10-12 a.m., Community College of Philadelphia Coffeehouse, Room S1-22, Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: Documentary Screening: “Love, Death and Women.” A scholar once said that in Poe’s work, a woman has to die for a story to exist. Is that true? After the screening, a panel discussion of Poe and his relationship with women will be discussed.
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