The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College will offer a four-week lecture series on the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens.

During the annual Frieze Lecture Series, Augustana College professors will lecture on the theme “What the Dickens?” with each lecture featuring a topic related to the writer.

The free lectures will be offered at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 and 13 in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th St. Coffee and conversation follow the lectures.

Oct. 23 — Karin Youngberg, English department, will provide an overview of the life and work of Dickens.

Oct. 30 — David Ellis, history department, will speak on the world Dickens inhabited and the key themes and issues in British, European and global history at the time Dickens was active.

Nov. 6 — Catherine Goebel, art history department, will offer a slide lecture on artists important to Dickens.

Nov. 13 — Umme al-Wazedi, English department, will provide a post-colonial view of the staunchly pro-colonial Dickens and how his place in literature has changed through the decades.

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