Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program is a free, open to the public lecture series presented by the faculty members of the ICC English, Humanities and Language Studies Department. The goal of the series is to offer literary presentations to interest students and people in the community, as well as promote reading literacy and scholarly study.
This fall’s topics include the American obsession with zombies, popular non‐fiction books, and Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale,” now a TV series.
On Tues., Sept. 3, Andrea Walton will present “The Handmaid's Tale: What's Love Got To Do With It?” in Arbor Auditorium on the Peoria Campus from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This lecture will focus on authors’ ideas of female characters oppression to a commitment of love and as service male counterparts. Margaret Atwood extends this idea in her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, by reducing her female characters’ value to their most basic function, producing babies. Join us for a discussion that delves into unveiling a completely different female character identity.
On Mon., Oct. 7, Melissa Grunow will present “Zombies 101: Cultural Analysis of an American Obsession” in 210A on the East Peoria Campus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more than 80 years, zombies have infiltrated popular culture in America. Unlike once‐popular horror tropes of werewolves, vampires, and clowns, zombies have remained an American obsession. But where did this obsession come from? Come learn the sociopolitical history and evolution of zombies as we explore how the undead horror motif serves as a metaphor for threats.
On Tues., Nov. 5, Amy Glass will present “Non‐Fiction That Reads Like Fiction” in Arbor Auditorium on the Peoria Campus from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This lecture will explore a variety of non-fiction genres and titles providing the same thrills, scares, and laughs as fiction books, including Steven Johnson’s “How We Got to Now.” Participants are invited to bring a list of suggested non‐fiction for the group.
For more information, please contact Jim Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 694-5357.