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Free Insight Seminar Lecture on Wordsworth and Coleridge, Mon., Oct. 29

Jim EarlAs part of the library’s Insight Seminar programming, UO Professor Jim Earl will offer a free public lecture entitled “The Invention of Romantic Poetry,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29, in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

The free lecture will offer an overview of topics covered in an Insight Seminar that begins Saturday, November 3, and continues each of the following three Saturdays: November 10, November 17, and December 1. Entitled “The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge,” the Saturday seminar sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Knight Library’s Browsing Room and cost $99 for the four sessions. To register for the seminar, visit

The seminar will focus on Alan Sisman’s book The Friendship, which tells how, as college students in England, Wordsworth and Coleridge reacted to the French Revolution by inventing a new kind of poetry to improve mankind. Focusing on nature, feeling, and imagination rather than reason and ideas, the two poets founded the Romantic movement in England and changed the world. The seminar will cover Sisman’s book along with the two poets’ work.

UO Insight Seminars, a program offered by the UO Libraries, were established in 2003 to provide an opportunity for the general public to re-engage with the liberal arts and experience the intellectual fulfillment that is the hallmark of a university education. They are led by UO faculty who are expert in the topics, who provide formal study guides and lead college-level discussion of the materials for ten hours of class time. For a complete list and description of Insight Seminars on tap for the 2012-13 academic year, visit

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