ANNUAL SPRING DINNER - HARVARD PROFESSOR MARIA TATAR
This year's Spring Dinner will feature Harvard Professor Maria Tatar, the world's foremost authority on fairy tales. Join us as she shares her expertise and fresh insights on familiar characters and the tales they inhabit. Maybe the Big Bad Wolf was just misunderstood.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: Cocktails at 6:30PM / Dinner at 7:00PM
Place: The Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ (Please note, this facility is handicapped accessible)
Who invented the story of Snow White? Many of us grew up with the idea that it was Walt Disney or the Brothers Grimm, but the fairy tale about mother/daughter rivalry turns out to be told in nearly every culture, though only rarely with a heroine "with skin as white as snow."
In African cultures, the tale is known as “The Beautiful Girl”; in the US South it has the title “King Peacock”; and in Armenia it is known as “Nourie Hadig.” The Snow White story loads up its narrative circuits and keeps us listening by engaging with beauty, aging, generational succession, death, and resurrection. It is also a never-ending story, vital, self-referential, and relevant precisely because it is always evolving and ready to be reanimated in a more “beautiful” version by the next generation. We will travel around the world with the story and explore how its kaleidoscope features are reshuffled and reorganized from one culture to the next.
Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Folklore & Mythology and Germanic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University. She served as Dean for the Humanities from 2003-2006. She is the author of The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, and, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Annotated African American Folktales, among other volumes. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other media outlets. She is a Senior Member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows.
RSVP ON OR BEFORE SATURDAY, MAY 12TH.
Organizers: Mike McLaughlin, Nancy Kienzler, Werner Glantschnig
Cost: $65 per person for Members and their guests, $75 per person for Non-Members and their guests (Cost includes cocktails and wine with dinner)
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PLEASE NOTE REGARDING PARKING... THE NASSAU CLUB NOW CHARGES ORGANIZATIONS RENTING THE CLUB FOR ON PREMISE PARKING. IN ORDER TO KEEP THE COST OF THE DINNER THE SAME AS LAST YEAR, ATTENDEES NEED TO FIND OFFSITE PARKING. ONLY MEMBERS OF THE NASSAU CLUB OR ATTENDEES WITH A HANDICAP LICENSE PLATE ARE EXEMPTED.
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