EVENTS: Edgar Allan Poe & The Big Read!

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The Big Read 2013

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

From October through mid-December 2013, Rutgers-Camden Center for the arts will celebrate The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe with a full calendar of events, including a lecture series, performances, exhibitions, storytelling workshops, and more!

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  Camden is one of 77 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2013 through June 2014, and the only site in New Jersey for this year.

A free copy of the Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe will be given to each attendee of any Big Read event!

Full List of Public Programming

Tom Uttech, Gessikawa

Tom Uttech, Gessikawa

Concurrent Exhibitions in the Stedman Gallery:

  • Poe in Popular Culture:Selections from The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

  • Dark Eye Glances: Romantic Impulse in Landscape

November 11 – December 20, 2013 (Closed November 28 – December 1, 2013)

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Shades of Poe 2013 postcard

Shades of Poe 2013 postcard

Performances in the Gordon Theater & Black Box:

  • Poe Out Loud! – Recitation Celebration in the Gordon Theater

Tuesday, November 19 at 6pm

Hear recitations of famous Poe works by local Camden favorites including Rutgers-Camden faculty and alumni! Call 856-225-6202 for more information or to reserve seats.

  • Shades of Poe

Thursday, November 21 at 5:00pm-7:00pm; Performance start time: 5:30pm

This performance uses the works of Edgar Allan Poe to tell the story of 6 spirits whose tragedies in life keep them from moving on in death. Experience complete renditions of Poe’s spookiest works including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart & The Black Cat hosted by the master himself!

*Camden’s 3rd Thursday event  Call 856-225-6202 for more information or to reserve seats.

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Speaker Series in the Stedman Gallery:

  • Poe and The Detectives

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:15pm

presented by Tyler Hoffman, Ph.D Professor of English, Chair, English Department RU-C;         Co-Director, Walt Whitman Program in American Studies. Hoffman will discuss Poe as the father of the detective fiction tradition and the significance of his residence in Philadelphia in the development of that popular literature.

  • Curators’ Gallery Walk and Talk of the Exhibition Dark Eye Glances

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12:15pm

presented by Bruce Garrity, Faculty, Department of Fine Arts, and Noreen Scott Garrity, Associate Director/Education, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

  • Poe and the Philadelphia Gothic Tradition

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:15pm

presented by Ellen Malenas Ledoux, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English Department & Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program Rutgers University, Camden

For more information on The Big Read or to have your own Edgar Allan Poe book group, call Noreen Scott Garrity at 856-225-6306. For a full listing of programs, please go to rcca.camden.rutgers.edu

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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