On February 10, Professor Ruth Cary’s English 102/115 class attended the opera Cold Mountain, based on the book of the same name by Charles Frazier. Frazier’s novel is the 2016 One Book/One Philadelphia featured selection; this program supports a variety of cultural events all over the city related to the annual common read.
The novel tells the story of the odyssey of a Confederate soldier, a deserter, who journeys against great odds back to his home in the mountains of western North Carolina, where his true love has also undergone hardship and transformation. After reading the novel and attending the opera, these students are considering how the opera and novel portray similar themes using a wide variety of techniques. Thanks are due to the Office of Student Affairs at Widener for a grant that subsidized the price of the opera tickets; the Performance and Lecture Mini-Grant Program supports enriching experiences that enhance teaching and learning for Widener students both in and out of the classroom.