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Who Knows Jack?


Glen Ellen Community Church

Saturday August 20th 2011 - 2:00pm to

Jack London the topic for GE Historical Society

“Who Knows Jack?,” a panel discussion about the man behind the image of Jack London, will be presented by the Glen Ellen Historical Society in Mayflower Hall, next door to the Glen Ellen Community Church, 5311 O’Donnell Lane. Admission is free, but you are encouraged to arrive early as seating is quite limited.

Speakers will be Jonah Raskin (law and literature professor at Sonoma State University), Clarice Stasz (professor of history (emerita) at Sonoma State University), and Lou Leal (member of the Jack London Foundation and the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association), all recognized authorities who have studied London’s life and writings.

The conversation will be a deconstruction of several common misconceptions about Jack London, who has been characterized as an alcoholic, womanizing adventurer who wrote popular stories. A more nuanced, layered sense of this man will be explored and developed, as the passionate idealist whose perspective predicted and inaugurated many of the movements that defined the century that followed, from Socialism and environmentalism to feminism and recovery – recovery of the land, and of humanity.


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