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Faculty to present as part of Dickens' series

September  24, 2012

The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College are partnering to offer a four-week lecture series on the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens.

As part of the annual fall Frieze Lecture Series, Augustana College professors visit the Rock Island Main Library and offer thought-provoking college lectures. This year’s theme is “What the Dickens?” with each lecture featuring a topic related to one of the best-known writers in the English language.

The lecture series is offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room (401 19th Street) at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays -- October 23, 30, November 6 and 13. Coffee and conversation follow the lectures.

Dates, presenters and topics include:

Tuesday, October 23: Dr. Karin Youngberg, English department, will provide an overview of the life and work of Charles Dickens. Dr. Youngberg, who holds Augustana’s Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, will set the table for the Series’ consideration of Dickens’ place in literature and history.

Tuesday, October 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.

Tuesday, November 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.

Tuesday, November 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.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more details about events at the Rock Island Library, call (309) 732-7303 or check the online calendar at

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833