Odyssey: The Great Kate on the Silver Screen

Described as the "greatest female star in the history of American cinema," Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) played every film role available to a woman: ingénue starlet, clever divorcée, betrayed wife, vulnerable spinster, loyal daughter, resilient sibling, perfect mother, overbearing parent, prodigy pianist, adversarial law partner, morphine addict, monarchs of Scotland and Aquitaine.

This course examines highlights within a corpus of films and roles that defined the pioneering actress, as a businesswoman and progressive thinker. Our focus will be on The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam's Rib (1949), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and we will touch on other film hallmarks along the way. Katharine Hepburn's extraordinary career and creative output will serve as a prism through which we review and discuss the changing role of women in the 20th century.

913.194.01 Homewood campus Sunday, April 23 to May 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m. No class May 14 Cost: $96 (four sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent remission; spouse/same-sex domestic partners for 50 percent remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516, for more details.