Harvard Club in Concord Annual Dinner, Guest Speaker Professor Maria Tatar


We hope you'll join us at the Annual Dinner of the Harvard Club in Concord. Come reunite with old friends and make new ones! Enjoy a delicious multi-course buffet dinner while you listen as Professor Maria Tatar shares with us some fascinating insights about fairy tales. 

WIRED FOR WEIRDNESS: How Fairy Tales Work Their Magic

Annual Dinner Presentation by Professor Maria Tatar

John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore and Mythology

Even when we are asleep, our minds tell us stories. This talk will explore how fairy tales, as the simple expression of complex thought, take up cultural contradictions that get us talking about what could be, what might be, and what should be.

Professor Tatar received her Ph.D from Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests include Weimar Germany, German Romanticism, folklore, children's literature, and cultural studies. She serves on degree committees in Folklore and Mythology as well as in History and Literature. The author of books on the Brother Grimm and on fairy tales (The Hard Facts of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, Off with their Heads, Secrets beyond the Door), she has also published Spellbound: Studies on Mesmerism and Literature and Lustmord, which explores sexual violence in the literature, film, and art of the Weimar period in Germany. Professor Tatar is a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Harvard Crimson. Her work has been featured on the Today Show and in Harvard Magazine.

The Dinner will be held at Middlesex School in Concord on Wednesday, June 8th. Beverages and appetizers will be offered at 6:30 pm, followed by a delicious buffet at 7:15pm.

Dinner is $55/person. Students $25.

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