Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

American Rivers in Art, Songs, Stories, and Poems


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Thursdays, June 11, 18 & 25; July 2 & 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jannie M. Dresser, M.F.A., English and creative writing, Mills College
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

From Henry David Thoreau’s writings about the rivers of New England to Merle Haggard’s songs of Kern County, rivers have played a rich and symbolic role in American popular culture. They are emblems of the natural wild and, at the same time, the pathways of economic growth. Ms. Dresser will roam the nation’s waterways for us, sampling great works of art and literature with rivers as their themes. Get ready for visits with the painters of the Hudson River School, Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi”, Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River”, Woody Guthrie’s “Roll Columbia”, and Bruce Springsteen’s “The River.” And along the way we’ll see what rivers have meant to a restless, growing nation’s economy as well as how we have both abused and tried to protect them.


Event Details

Date: 2020-06-11

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.



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