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Stories of Homecoming from Homer to Mendelsohn: A public discussion

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Stories of Homecoming from Homer to Mendelsohn: A public discussion of the importance of homecoming and family relationships in the 21st century.

We invite people to read this New Yorker story by Daniel Mendelsohn connected with his book

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/a-father-and-sons-final-odyssey

and listen to this NPR interview

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/555075030/how-an-epic-poem-helped-transform-a-difficult-father-son-relationship.

And then think about the following.

Homer’s Odyssey is many things: a soldier hero’s adventurous and dangerous journey homeward, a difficult return home for a long-absent community leader, father and husband, a son’s challenging coming of age story, and a reunion of father and son, son and father, husband and wife.

For many, if not most, Americans our country is the land of no return, a land to which our ancestors, in shorter or taller family trees, came and stayed, uprooting themselves forever from the lands and families they left behind. In Daniel Mendelsohn’s new book, An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic, he recounts what effects reading and discussing Homer’s Odyssey with a class that included his octogenarian father and then tracing the route of Odysseus through the Mediterranean with his father had on their relationship.

Think of how relatively meaningless the word ‘homecoming’ has become in our country. Can “homecoming” have a significance for us outside of the context of war, imprisonment or high school football parades?

Right now in our country our sense of a permanent ‘home’ and of strong family ties across generations is strained in many ways.

We invite members of the UT community and greater Austin to come and discuss what homecoming and family relationships mean to them in light of these readings. Come prepared to talk about joys, sorrows, troubles and comforts, the lost and the found.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Brazos Parking Garage or the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Parking Garages are the two most conveniently located parking garages for our event. Parking validation will be offered at the lecture.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Khoa Tran with questions about this event by phone: 512-471-5742 or by email: khoabtran@austin.utexas.edu

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