Alumni Only Course: It Isn’t Fair, It Isn’t Right: Reading “The Lottery” in 2020

In this alumni-only session, we’ll discuss The Lottery (1948) short story together, considering its depiction of arbitrary violence, unthinking adherence to tradition and the treatment of those who resist the status quo.

Shirley Jackson’s classic short story, The Lottery (1948) has been harrowing readers for over seventy years. Now all first-year students at Ursinus read “The Lottery” as part of the Common Intellectual Experience. In this interactive discussion, we’ll discuss these and other questions, considering why “The Lottery” is a such a masterful short story, and why it matters, both to Shirley Jackson’s time and to our own. Access The Lottery here.