Meet Dina Gerasia, professional museum educator and artist with a masters from Columbia University. For over twenty years, she has given tours on cultural topics at museums and libraries in the NYC area, including the Met and MoMA. Gerasia is currently on staff at the Morgan Library and Museum, where she served as the docent on our popular walking tours there last spring. Please extend her a warm welcome as she introduces three new courses this fall at SAS, each in a different discipline.
On Monday, October 23, 2023, at 10am, Gerasia will discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (12090). The novel became a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror, giving birth to the trope of the mad scientist and the science fiction genre. Dr. Frankenstein's nameless creature has been misrepresented in various media ever since. Trace the author's origins and the cultural and scientific shifts that contributed to Shelley's radical work. The book is recommended but not required reading.
The following month, on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 10am, Gerasia returns to present Woody Guthrie, Voice of the People (12091). The legendary singer-songwriter who wrote “This Land Is Your Land" to counter "America the Beautiful" gave voice and hope to those hit hard during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Examine his journey as an activist committed to social change, as a parent writing playful songs for children, and as an American bard telling stories of and for the people.
Gerasia's third course appears in our history and culture department. Enheduanna and Women in Ancient Mesopotamia (12101) meets at 10am on Monday, December 11, 2023. This lecture spotlights the first known author in world literature -- a woman from the 3rd millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia. Although Enheduanna’s works were discovered nearly a century ago, her contributions are largely missing from history books. Examine the art and culture of Mesopotamia and what they reveal about the role of women in the social, economic, religious, and political realms of that time and place. Cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, stele, and votive figures tell the story of this ancient and remarkable civilization.
All of Gerasia's classes will be recorded and sent to all registered students. Register now to expand your knowledge on these three diverse topics.