English professor Mark Looker celebrates the 160th anniversary of Charles Dickens' revered novel.

Samuel Johnson once wrote about what he called “the hunger of the imagination,” which keeps us restlessly longing to be something we’re not. How can we reconcile the self we imagine with the one looking back at us from the mirror? Is Dickens’ famous novel just a doorstop with which to plague generations of high schoolers, or does it speak to our own “great expectations”?

Part fairy tale, part love letter, part confession, Great Expectations haunts the imagination by trying to exorcise ghosts that we may wish would stick around.


There is no need to register for this free event. Concordia students, employees, and alumni, as well as members of the community, are invited to attend.

The talk will take place in the Earhart Manor Living Room.