Weekly Readings

The Franklin Forum Reading Schedule
**All meetings on Sundays @ 7:30pm in Honor’s Forum Lounge, 321 Ladd Hall**

Spring 2014 Syllabus

Text: All the King’s Men (Harcourt/Harvest, 2002)

Author: Robert Penn Warrenall-the-kings-men

February 2: ch. 1, pp. 1-72
February 9: ch. 2, pp. 73-153
February 16: ch. 3, pp. 154-222
February 23: ch. 4, pp. 223-319
March 2: ch. 5, pp. 320-375
March 23: ch. 6, pp. 376-434
March 30: ch. 7, pp. 435-494
April 6: ch. 8, pp. 495-558
April 13: ch. 9, pp. 559-609 (end)
April 20: film viewing, All the King’s Men (1949, written/directed by Robert Rossen)
April 27: final discussion

Fall 2013 Syllabus

Text: Moby Dick (Penguin Classics edition)

Author: Herman Melville

Sept. 8: chs. 1-5, pp. 3-35

Sept. 15: chs. 6-15, pp. 35-76

Sept. 22: chs. 16-30, pp. 76-142

Sept. 29: chs. 31-42, pp. 142-213

Oct. 6: chs. 43-54, pp. 213-285

Oct. 13: chs. 55-71, pp. 285-348

Oct. 20: chs. 72-86, pp. 348-415


Nov. 3: chs. 87-102, pp. 415-493

Nov. 10: chs. 103-122, pp. 493-557

* Nov. 14(tentative): Talk delivered by Professor John Alvis of the University of Dallas

Nov. 17: chs. 123-132, pp. 557-594

Nov. 24:  chs. 133-135, pp. 594-625 (END)


Dec. 8: open date, wrap-up

Spring 2013 Syllabus

Text: What So Proudly We Hail

Edited By: Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub

* February 7th— “Lincoln’s Moral Revolution” lecture, delivered by Danilo Petranovich, of the Political Science Department of Yale University; 5:30pm in the Pohndorff Room (third floor of library)

February 10

Declaration of Independence
Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Publius, Federalist No. 10
Mayflower Compact
G. Washington, To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island
Lincoln, “On the Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” (Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois)

February 17

London, “To Build a Fire”
Vonnegut, Jr. “Harrison Bergeron”

February 24

Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
Updike, “The Deacon”
O’Connor, “The Artificial Nigger”

March 3

B.T. Washington, “Democracy and Education”
W.E.B. DuBois, “The Talented Tenth”
G. Washington, Farewell Address

–Spring Break–

March 17

Franklin, “Project for Moral Perfection”
James, “Pandora”

March 24

* We will be joined this meeting by ISI Program Officer Lillian Civantos.

Shaara, “Chamberlain”
Patton, Speech to the Third Army
Benét, “The Devil and Daniel Webster”

March 31

Stegner, “The Traveler”
Melville, “Bartelby, The Scrivener”

April 7

Hawthorne, “The Artist of the Beautiful”
Ellison, “The Little Man at Chehaw Station”
Melville, “Lee in the Capitol”

April 21

* The Hamilton Institute Conference (April 18th-20th) will replace this week’s meeting.

(Saturday,) April 27

* On the evening of this day, we will be joined for dinner and conversation at the Surrey Inn by editor Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland.

“The Man Without a Country” by Edward Everett Hale
“The Namesake” by Willa Cather


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