Program Details

Handmaid's Tale, Fiction to Reality?  Let's Discuss

Marlene Solender

Course Description

The Handmaid's Tale is a fictional, oft times frightening story that, in our current political climate, begs the question - how close to reality is this story? Participants will have either read the book or watched the series on Hulu to join an interactive discussion led by an OLLI member facilitator. Although there are many facets of this story to unpack, this particular discussion will focus on the suppression of women and the gender-suppressive actions we see more and more frequently in today's society. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Marlene Solender is former executive in microbiology and laboratory science and chief project executive for the development of major health care information systems. As an adjunct professor in information systems she developed exceptional public speaking skills with a knack for unique presentations. In her "retirement" Marlene is a music historian who shares her love of musical theater, the movies and the American Songbook with audiences on land and to cruise ship audiences around the globe. Using her unique entertainment skills, the life stories of composers, lyricists and other famous personalities are punctuated by the music of the time. Marlene fills the room with story and song and the audience leaves the theater humming and singing!