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Proust Seminar

Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM (PST)

Proust Seminar

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member of Mechanics' Institute Jul 24, 2019 $70.00 $0.00
Public Jul 24, 2019 $100.00 $0.00

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Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, "the most respected novel of the twentieth century." SFSU Professor of Comparative & World Literature, Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at the Mechanics' Institute Library since 2001. In February 2019, the Seminar continues with the fourth volume of the novel, Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Mechanics' Institute.
  • This semester will begin on February 27, 2019 and end July 24, 2019.
  • Registration is open to all.
    • Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session;
    • Members of the public pay $100.
  • This cycle, Dr. Calkins will use Penguin edition of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, any translation is acceptable.

Contact Myles at mcooper@milibrary.org or 415-857-6721 with questions about registration, or contact Dr. Calkins with questions about the group.


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Mechanics' Institute
4th Floor Board Room
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM (PST)


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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

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