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Oxford College presents spring classroom series

OXFORD -- The Oxford College Community Classroom will continue this spring.

Classes, which are free and open to the public, will be held in April

The OCCC's aim is to bring together residents of the Oxford and Covington community with faculty members in an exchange of learning and ideas.

"We are so pleased to be a part of Oxford, Covington and Newton County.The OCCC is one way we can give back to the communities we are part of, while getting to know our fellow residents better," said Margaret Dugan, Oxford College director of auxiliary operations and liaison to the city of Oxford. "The series is outstanding in its array of topics as well as the knowledge and teaching skills of our speakers. This is not to be missed."

On April 2, Gretchen Schulz, professor English emerita and resident scholar of Atlanta Shakespeare Company, will present, "Shakespearean Romantic Comedy: Much Ado About Nothing."

Those participating will be encouraged to read "Much Ado About Nothing" and encouraged to see productions of the play, which will be shown at Oxford College on April 1. Those who wish to register and get further details can call the Oxford College Events Office at 770-784-8389.

On April 9, John Bugge, professor of English emeritus at Emory College, will present, "The Once and Future King: Arthur through the Ages."

This will be a survey of medieval and modern expressions of the complex myth of King Arthur and the Round Table, ranging from early medieval chronicle and romance to modern novels and long poems, with a focus on the cultural work the myth appears to do in each age that it is prominent.

On April 17, Monica Ali, associate professor of chemistry emerita, will present, "The Crystal Cathedral: Reflections on a Modern Ministry."

The Crystal Cathedral grew into a mega-church from very humble beginnings, under the leadership of Robert Schuller, its charismatic leader. Pictures of the architectural masterpiece will be shown along with a discussion of the church's history, growth, decline and attendant ministry.

On April 24, Brad Hawley, visiting assistant professor of English, will present, "Down These Mean Streets: On the Trail of the American PI."

It's a review of classic crime fiction of the early 20th century, with discussion of post-Dashiell Hammett and post-Raymond Chandler private investigators, including Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer and Robert B. Parker's Spenser.

Those wishing to attend the events can register in advance for any or all dates by calling the Oxford College Events Office at 770-784-8389. With the exception of the April 2 presentation on Shakespeare, registration is encouraged, but not required.

All lectures take place in Language Hall, Room 201, at 7 p.m. Free parking is available nearby.