( ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN JAN-FEB 2014)
Fans of the vastly popular novels and films in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy will have the opportunity to explore various themes found in the saga of Katniss Everdeen through a five session mini-course that is being offered at Camden County College from Jan. 30 through Feb. 27. “Catching Fire: Symbolism, Myth and Rebellion in The Hunger Games” will examine a range of concepts in these works and contrast them against ideas found in history and other fiction. The course will be taught by Professor Ellen Hernandez, who focused on the worldwide television hit “Downton Abbey” during a mini-course she taught last fall.
Thursday Classes This semester, she will teach in room 105 of Madison Hall on the Blackwood Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on five Thursdays in January and February. Each session of her mini-course will cover a specific topic:
- “Celebrity and the Victory Tour” (Jan. 30) will juxtapose “Hunger Games” characters with those found in Greek mythology;
- “The Loyalty Game” (Feb. 6) will look at governmental control;
- “Strategy for Survival” (Feb. 13) will compare the series’ fights to the death to the Roman arena;
- “Sacrifice in the Arena” (Feb. 20) will tie in allegorical tales; and
- “The Chaos of Rebellion” (Feb. 27) will focus on the aftermath of resistance.
Cost for this mini-course is $25, but participants have the option of paying $50 for a Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility membership that includes enrollment in an unlimited number of other mini-courses at no additional charge through Aug. 31. Professional development credit is available for educators who enroll. Other mini-courses starting in January and continuing through February include:
- “What is Environmental Justice?” (Jan. 27 through Feb. 24);
- “Tolkien’s Shadow: The Darker Side of Fantasy Literature” (Jan. 28 through Feb. 25); and
- “Unmitigated Disaster, Part II: The Causes and Consequences of Five Historical Debacles” (Jan. 30 through Feb. 27).
For further details or to register for “Catching Fire: Symbolism, Myth and Rebellion in The Hunger Games” or other CCLR mini-courses, visit http://www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter; email CCLRregistrations@camdencc.edu; or call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333. Information also is available by following @CenterForCivic on Twitter or “liking” the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility page on Facebook.
Note: The Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the dystopian, postapocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly-advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation.
What would you talk about at theses classes?