Mon, Jun 11 at 7:30 p.m. | 90 minutes
At its heart, Fahrenheit 451 is as much a love story as it is a prescient depiction of a brutalized totalitarian society and its pathologically isolated population.
Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, first published in 1953, is the latest in a series of dystopian fiction classics that have become handbooks for our troubled times.
But there is more to “Fahrenheit 451” than the eerie déjà vu quality it projects onto the tumult of 2018. At its heart, Fahrenheit 451 is as much a love story as it is a prescient depiction of a brutalized totalitarian society and its pathologically isolated population.
Beyond the stylized fire, fear and violence, Fahrenheit 451 is Bradbury’s paen to a conception of literature – and the requisite focus and solitude of reading – as indispensable to the development of both individual identity and meaningful community. The power of books – and the damage of their absence – is the core of Bradbury’s prescient warnings about the direction of contemporary society. Join Hunter College adjunct professor Phelim Kine for an Olio that explores what Fahrenheit 451 can tell us about love, memory, and the printed page in turbulent times.