John Steinbeck's America the focus of CWRU Off-Campus Studies program at Westlake UMC

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 26, Off-Campus Studies, under the auspices of Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, and in collaboration with the Association for Continuing Education, will be available in Westlake. The group meets on Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road. There will be eight sessions, extending through Nov. 14.

Our topic is Steinbeck’s America. John Steinbeck is a familiar name to all of us. His voice is that of the ordinary working class person facing both internal and external challenges in life. He takes on the human struggle in a timeless and universal language. His characters are richly developed and reach into our very souls.

In "The Grapes of Wrath" and "In Dubious Battle," Steinbeck addresses social and political issues of the Depression era. During this course, we will discuss the human, social and literary aspects of these works. His novels inspire and enrich readers of all generations.

Books for discussion are Steinbeck’s "In Dubious Battle" and "The Grapes of Wrath." The leader teacher is Barbara Parr; Barbara received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Education degree from Cleveland State.

Cost for the eight-week course is $75. For more information, please call Sandra Berendt, 440-892-4931, or Joan Grace, 440-777-9381, or register online at:

Joan Grace

Co-coordinator for Case Off-Campus Studies in Westlake

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