Wild Mushrooms, the 40’s, and Oedipus

From Sept. 14 – 19, Lawrence University’s Björklunden offers three seminars.

“The Wild Mushrooms of Door County,” presented by Charlotte Lukes, will explore a variety of habitats in Door County’s parks and preserves to see where and how the wild mushrooms grow. If good edible species are collected, the instructor might cook some for the students to sample. Lukes, with the help of her husband Roy, has been collecting, studying and photographing wild mushrooms for 40 years and plans to write a book, Mushrooms of Door County.

“The 1940s: Exploring the Decade Through Film, Literature and Popular Culture,” presented by Jack Rhodes, will re-examine some classic icons of the popular arts of the decade, with special attention to Hollywood’s depiction of this fascinating era. Rhodes is the author of three books and several scholarly articles and has recently concentrated his research and lecturing on the rhetoric of film genres.

“Agamemnon, Oedipus and Medea,” presented by Daniel Taylor, will have the participants studying closely these three Greek tragedies, paying special attention to what these tragedies would have meant to their ancient Greek audiences and the role of the chorus. Taylor is the Hiram A. Jones Professor Emeritus of Classics at Lawrence University. He is the author of three books and dozens of articles.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden’s resident chef. For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216 or visit