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. The focus will be on The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam's Rib (1949), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and the discussion will touch on other film hallmarks along the way. Katharine Hepburn's extraordinary career and creative output will serve as a prism through which to review and discuss the changing role of women in the 20th century.

913.194.01 Homewood campus Mondays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $96 (four sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff and spouse/same domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the benefit. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.