Dixie Forum to discuss Fitzgerald’s classic ‘The Great Gatsby’

By Jyl Hall

Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum: A Window on the World will critically examine the implications of class distinctions in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 20th century American classic “The Great Gatsby.”

Satyam Moorty, a published author and Fulbright Scholar, will discuss the variegated aspects of taste in literature at noon on April 17 in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

In his Dixie Forum presentation, Moorty will examine “The Great Gatsby” in the context of class distinctions. Specifically, Moorty will look at the characters of aristocrat Tom Buchanan and the nouveau riche Gatsby, their attitudes that reflect their tastes, behavior, choice in cars, mansions they inhabit and language they use.

Originally from India, Moorty completed his doctorate in American literature at the University of Utah. He has taught at Southern Utah University for 31 years, including courses on Fitzgerald, Shakespeare and Eastern literature. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Yemen, Moldova, Austria and Azerbaijan, a Balkan Scholar at the American University in Bulgaria and a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Honor Lecture Award at SUU.

Moorty has also published scholarly articles and poetry in several countries. Additionally, Moorty has served on the Board of Directors of Utah Humanities for six years and is now retired and continuing his passion of writing poetry. He is a member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and has met Fitzgerald’s daughter, granddaughters and his Hollywood secretary.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and Dixie State communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via 50-minute presentations. The last installment of this year’s Dixie Forum will feature Diego Valles from Mata Ortiz Pottery at noon on April 24 in the Dunford Auditorium.

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.