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Virginia Wesleyan College will launch “Readings With Wesleyan” this month, a neighborhood-based pilot program designed to bring free college-level teaching to residents of the Lake Edward area in Virginia Beach. The program will begin July 9 and run Wednesdays throughout the month at Heritage United Methodist Church (7-8 p.m.; 815 Baker Rd.). With a theme of “Engaging the Dream,” participants will study Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”—as well as readings from author James Baldwin, poet Langston Hughes and singer/songwriter Tupac Shakur. VWC faculty members will lead participants in a critical analysis of the material and discuss its relevance today. Presenting faculty members are: Ben Haller, Associate Professor of Classics (July 9); Rebecca Hooker, Associate Professor of English and Murrell Brooks, Assistant Professor of Political Science (July 16); Tim O’Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College (July 23); and Kathy Stolley, Associate Dean of Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning and Professor of Sociology (July 30). The class is made up of participants, 18 and older, drawn from the congregations at Enoch Baptist Church and Heritage United Methodist Church. Readings With Wesleyan is modeled after the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a unique educational institution founded in 1995 by author and educator Earl Shoriss to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in underserved communities. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and more. For more information, contact LaShay Wyatt at 757.455.3107 or