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Spring Weekend Study Retreat: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

“Would it be all right? Would it be all right to go ahead and feel? Go ahead and count on something?” Beloved, Chapter 3, pg. 38

Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved is not only a work that won her a Nobel Prize; it is also one of those rare works that, once read, never leaves you, a work that transports you as reader into a powerful and personal experience, richly portrayed and thoughtfully nuanced, leaving a lasting impact on the mind and the heart. Following the experience and memories of former slave Sethe, Morrison brings to life the complex experiences of what it may mean to be freed from slavery, and the struggle to find and create a life not possessed by the ghosts of the past. She achieves this with masterful writing that is lyrical and moving and never trivializes its subject.  Join us for a weekend of exploring this important and seminal novel through public talks and group discussion.

The weekend will include talks by Professor Audrey Petty, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and Basic Program Instructors Clare Pearson and Claudia Traudt, small-group discussions, a showing of the film “Beloved”, and free time to enjoy the resort.

We recommend the following edition:
Toni Morrison Beloved Vintage; Reprint edition (June 8, 2004), ISBN 978-1400033416

Tuition includes lectures and discussions, special presentations, coffee & tea service at lectures, and two catered meals.

The Abbey Resort, Fontana, WI

Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and meals unless otherwise noted. Room reservations and payment must be made directly with The Abbey Resort (800.709.1323, then press #2). A limited number of rooms are available at a group rate of $115 per night. Subject to availability, the Graham School Spring Weekend Retreat group rate is available through  April 12, 2017.


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Registrations cancelled within 10 business days of start of event are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.



Course Code: 

BASC 14003


April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017
6:30 PM Friday–12 PM Sunday


Unlimited slots available