GREAT BOOKS: Robert Morris University

Great Books


Let Your Mind Wander…

Four Books, Five Sessions

Each year more and more join the RMU Great Books Program. In the past we've stretched the minds of many in order to get new and insightful perspectives on some of history's greatest literature. The '15-'16 Great Books sessions will begin October 22 in the Sewall Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Join us this season as we share and discuss some of the greatest American novels. 

Fall of the
House of Usher
The Sun
Also Rises
Tender is
the Night
All the
King's Men

Edgar Allen Poe
The narrator visits House of Usher, a desolate mansion owned by his childhood friend Roderick Usher, who reached out to the narrator for help after being afflicted by a disease of the mind.
November 19

Ernest Hemingway
The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
February 25

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Follow the journey of 18-year-old American movie starlet Rosemary Hoyt, who becomes overly infatuated with Dick and Nicole Diver, a happy couple living in southern France, to the point where romantic affairs take over their friendships.
March 22

Robert Penn Warren
Jack Burden, a political reporter, becomes the right-hand man of Governor Willie Stark, a cynical populist in the American South during the 1930s.
April 14 


No grades and no homework… sign up to enjoy an evening of conversation and discussion among peers.

Join Professor Emeritus Jay Carson as he facilitates a lively and engaging group discussion of four classic American novels. Carson began teaching at Robert Morris in 1969 and has educated over 10,000 students during his 44 years in the English Department. His expertise in poetry led to over 80 of his poems being published in local and national journals, magazines and anthologies, as well as the publication of two volumes of his poetry. The seventh-generation Pittsburgher has written articles for scholarly journals, scripts for PBS Adult Learning Services, and, most recently, had two of his short stories published. 

Registration is $60, and can be completed by contacting Marian Sikora at or 412-397-6407. Books can be purchased at a special RMU discount at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA.

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