Ambersons Lecture Weds. at Indiana State

Indiana State University College of Arts and Science’s “Crossroads: Community Semester” series continues next Wednesday, March 19, with a lecture entitled, “Behind the Book: Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons.”

The lecture is being presented by Lisa Phillips from the Department of History, and Brittany Michaels of the Vigo County Public Library.

The lecture is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the University’s Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Drive.

Join Professor Lisa Phillips for a glimpse into early twentieth-century America as part of the Vigo County Public Library’s “One Big Read” of Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons. With attention to the social and economic upheavals that industrialization brought to Indiana and the nation, the discussion will contrast the decline of “old money” with the rising fortunes of industrial tycoons and other “new money” families like the Indianapolis Ambersons. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The Library’s main “Big Read” event was Friday night, during which the “newly restored Indiana Theatre” was decorated to “recreate the opulence of the Amberson’s home.” For a $5.00 admission fee, guests were “invited to the Amberson mansion for the celebration of the year. … Come and meet this remarkable family, see an original play and dance the night away.”

Cool idea. Wish I could have been there!

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