Course at a Glance

Crime and Punishment: Murder, Mystery, and the Menace of Ideas
October 4 to November 8

Crime and Punishment: Murder, Mystery, and the Menace of Ideas

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With Peter Kaye, Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University

In 1866, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote what would become one of the world's great novels about murder. And it's told from the murderer's point of view. People are still reading it and arguing about what it means -- indeed, it can be read in more than 170 languages. It's an odd yet compelling book -- we learn from the murderer Raskolnikov that he is indeed guilty. The mystery revolves around why he committed the murder -- Raskolnikov keeps changing his own explanations. Here is a novel about the dangerous powers of ideas, revolving around the question of whether a truly extraordinary person can overstep the barriers of morality and law; a story of friendship, love, and redemption, asking the ultimate questions about human life.This discussion course anticipates that students will read the novel and actively participate in class discussion about each week's reading.

Wed. Oct. 4-Nov. 8 • 9-10:30 a.m.