Congratulations to Key 5th graders Alexa Cruz, Isabella Moran and Alana Stewart on being named Maryland state finalists for the 2017 Letters About Literature contest!
Seminar Series for Adults
Satire and Humor from Ancient Greece to Modern Day
Satire, in one form or another, has existed almost as long as the written word. Good satire not only promotes laughter but also raises important questions or makes critical statements about the society in which it was written. In modern society, satire permeates virtually all aspects of our society, with outlets like Saturday Night Live and the Onion using humor to raise questions that are often important and other times just plain silly.
From the early Greek playwright Aristophanes through great authors like Chaucer, Twain, Swift, and Orwell, we will discuss how each author utilizes humor and satire to make observations about their society and, in some cases, to critique existing political, religious or social institutions.
The Key School Seminar Series for Adults is modeled after seminar classes taught at Key. The series seeks to engage adults from the surrounding community in spirited intellectual conversations about great novels, poems, films, and more.
Bob McCarthy and Brian Boyd, humanities teachers in Key's Upper School, will lead the discussions.
Join us for enjoyable evening discussions, debating great works with other curious and thoughtful people.
All seminars will take place in Key's Science & Library Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 103.
Participants may register for individual seminars of their choice or sign up for the entire series.
The enrollment fee is $20 per seminar or $120 for the full series.
The Clouds by Aristophanes
The Satires: Book I, Satire I by Horace
The Satires: Satire III-Fleeing Rome by Juvenal
The Life of Brian (film by Monty Python)
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Candlemakers’ Petition by Frederic Bastiat
The Fable of the Bees by Bernard Mandeville
New Date! March 20
How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain
Thank You for Smoking (film directed by Jason Reitman)
May 8Animal Farm by George Orwell