Proust Seminar with Dr. Mark Calkins | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

Proust Seminar with Dr. Mark Calkins
The Seminar continues its seventh cycle with Proust's Within A Budding Grove

Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White called, "the most respected novel of the twentieth century." SFSU Lecturer in Comparative & World Literature Dr. Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at Mechanics' Institute since 2001. In September the Seminar's 2023-26 cohort begins volume two, Within A Budding Grove. Dr. Calkins will be using the Modern Library Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation.

The Proust Seminar will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 5:30-6:30pm in the 4th Floor Board Room. The semester will begin on Thursday, September 14, 2023, and continue for five months until January 25, 2024. Please note the seminar dates below:

  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 30 (please note this date change due to the Thanksgiving holiday)
  • December 14
  • January 11
  • January 25

In advance of the Seminar's first meeting of the Fall Semester on September 14, 2023, please read pages 1-79 of Within a Budding Grove (Modern Library edition).

For questions about registration, contact [email protected] or 415-857-6727.

For questions about curriculum please contact Dr. Calkins at [email protected].

Cancellation policy:

For each seminar, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend the seminar, please email [email protected] or call 415-857-6727 by Thursday, September 7, 2023, to receive a full refund less any non-refundable ticketing fees which may be applicable. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. After Thursday, September 7, 2023 no refunds will be issued.

Register by using the Eventbrite window below

Proust Seminar

Members $250
Non-Members $375
Register now ›
4th Floor Board Room
Nico Chen - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling .


Future Proust Seminar