Three Famous Plays that Resonate Today

Brought to you by Odyssey  

Wednesday, July 06, 2022, 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 10:00 am 

Great literature is timeless, with many themes that resonate today.  In this three-session course, we will discuss William Shakespeare's "King Lear"  (Alzheimer's/dementia) in the first class (July 6); Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" (Drug Addiction) in the second (July 13); and August Wilson's "Fences" (Race Relations) as well as other modern problems evident in these plays in the third (July 20).  The three texts are widely available.
Each Wednesday class will take place in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden from 10 AM to 12 Noon, followed by an optional lunch with your classmates at Gertrude's (BMA's Restaurant).  Rain location will be inside Gertrude's dining room. Registration is limited so please sign up soon.


Session 1 (07.06.22) - William Shakespeare's "King Lear" (Alzheimer's/dementia)

Session 2 (07.13.22) - Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" (Drug Addiction)

Session 3 (07.20.22) - August Wilson's "Fences" (Race Relations)

Tuition Remission and Refund Policies: 

Full-time JHU faculty/staff, their spouses or same-sex domestic partners, JHU retirees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission form is required. All tuition remission forms and details on eligibility can be found here and should be returned to

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates.  

Please visit the registration and policies page for more information. 

While participating in on-campus events and meetings, participants must follow all public health guidelines required by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine at the time of the event. If you are not fully vaccinated, we require that you wear a face covering during your visit to campus, even when it is no longer required for those who are vaccinated.  

While participating in off-campus events and meetings sponsored by the JHAA/JHM/JHHS participants must follow all public health guidelines mandated by the local jurisdiction and venue at the time of the event, including vaccination and masking and distancing guidance. Johns Hopkins strongly suggests that attendees who join in person be fully vaccinated. 

ABOUT Lynne Agress

Lynne Agress, Ph.D., has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Smith, and Goucher Colleges, and the University of Maryland.  She was president of BWB-Business and Legal Writing, Inc. and still conducts writing and editing workshops for companies.  She is the author of THE FEMININE IRONY and WORKING WITH WORDS,  as well as numerous articles in magazines and newspapers.  For the past 10 years, she has been writing opinion pieces for THE BALTIMORE SUN.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
10:00am EDT

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

BMA Sculpture Garden and Gertrude's

10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD 21218


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