FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Taylor Hagood, Ph.D.
LLS Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters 2013–2014 


Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., is the 2013-2014 Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters and Associate Professor of American Literature at Florida Atlantic University. Receiving his Ph.D. in United States Literature and Culture from the University of Mississippi, where he was the Frances Bell McCool Fellow in Faulkner Studies, Dr. Hagood has authored two books: “Faulkner’s Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth” and “Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers.” In 2009-2010, he was a Fulbright Professor in the Amerika Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and he was awarded the 2010-2011 Scholar of the Year Award at the Assistant Professor level.

Poe’s Raven

No single work in Edgar Allan Poe’s lifetime brought him so much recognition as his poem, “The Raven.” The poem was immediately recognized as a classic, and Poe became a celebrity not only as the author of the poem but also for his recitation of it for audiences both public and private, small and large. The poem in fact was a powerful touchstone for both Poe’s life and his aesthetic principles — through examination of its background, its publication, its reception, and Poe’s later writing about how he composed it, we can find one of the vital keys to Poe’s own life and times. This lecture therefore will consider Poe’s life and historical and artistic moment via this central work and will culminate with a reading in the spirit of Poe’s own public rendering of it.

Lecture # F1M2
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Monday, October 13, 2014
  Time:2:15–3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member

Anton Chekhov was one of the great Russian writers of the second half of the nineteenth century. Unlike such writers as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Chekhov’s literary legacy is made up not of massive tomes but highly polished plays and gems of short fiction. His mastery of short story and dramatic form make him highly influential for writers to this day; he also remains timely and relevant for readers, for much like his French contemporary Guy de Maupassant (another great practitioner of short fiction). Chekhov wrote of the struggles, the joys, the victories, and the defeats that all people in all places and stations experience.

This course will center on a selection of Chekhov’s works in the context of his life and moment but also with attention to his technical achievements and the great persistent relevance of his quiet insights and deep compassion.

Eight Lectures
  1. The Life and Times of Anton Chekhov  
  2. The Seagull  
  3. Uncle Vanya  
  4. Three Sisters  
  5. The Cherry Orchard  
  6. Ward No. 6  
  7. The Kiss, The Duel  
  8. About Love, Gooseberries
Lecture # W8M3 - Eight weeks
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays, January 12, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 16, 2015
  Time:1:30 – 3 p.m.
  Fee:$68/member; $98/non-member