Institute for Retired Professionals, New School University, New York

10:00 Limited to 20
Coordinators: Harding Lemay, Gloria Plesent
Novelists are products of their culture and the historical era in which they live. The writer's observing eye creates the setting, and his visionary imagination illuminates the hero's journey on a perilous but necessary search for self-awareness. As we explore the ongoing conflict between self and society in five novels, we gain insight into our own mutable and chaotic world. Volunteers present reports on authors' lives. Reading averages 100 pages per week.
Texts: Trollope, Anthony, Orley Farm (Oxford, 2001, ISBN: 0-1928-38563, $11.95); West, Rebecca, The Judge (Virago Modern Classics, 1980, ISBN: 0-8606-8136X, $11.98); Forster, E.M., Where Angels Fear to Tread (Kessinger Publishing, 2004, ISBN: 1-4191-93775, $20.95); Wharton, Edith, Summer (Bantam Classics, 1993, ISBN: 0-5532-14225, $4.95); Colette, Cheri and The Last of Cheri (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001, ISBN: 0-37452-8012, $15.00).
Harding (Pete) Lemay has written 12 produced plays, two published memoirs, and thousands of daytime television drama scripts. He has taught literature, drama, and television serial writing at New York University, Hunter College, and The New School. Gloria Plesent has a masters degree in comparative literature from Columbia University. She believes literature helps us keep the long view and reminds us what's really at stake in life.

10:00 Limited to 25
Coordinator: Joann Lassen
Haydn was an enlightenment composer who began his career much like today's subway musicians do; he was self-taught and self-employed. He lived, however, to be among the most beloved and successful professionals of his age. For people interested in exploring chamber music, an acquaintance with Haydn is a must. We address what life was like for him and his peers, and how he came to be the Father of the String Quartet. In addition to the historical and biographical perspective, we focus attention in class on critical listening to selected portions of this extraordinary body of work.
Text: Geiringer, Karl, Haydn: A Creative Life in Music (University of California Press, 1983, ISBN: 0-5200-43170, $24.96).
Joann Lassen has a long-standing fascination with serious music.

10:00 Limited to 22
Coordinators: Frederic L. Gannon, Bernard Pasternack, Joan Sobel
Why do doctors write? Medicine and literature may seem to exist in distinct realms, but they have much to offer each other: new worlds of thought, emotion, and experience, and new ways of examining universal concerns of health, illness, and healing. When the doctor in a story is examined as the subject, what insights do we gain about medicine, about the type of person who becomes a doctor, about ourselves? We read short stories by doctor writers Anton Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, and Richard Selzer that may help answer these questions. Discussion is supplemented with brief reports on topics in literature and medicine. Readings average about 40-50 pages a week.
Texts: Coulehan, Jack, ed., Chekhov's Doctors: A Collection of Chekhov's Medical Tales (Kent State University Press, 2003, ISBN: 0-87338-780, $18.00); Williams, William Carlos, The Doctor Stories (New Directions, 1984, ISBN: 0-8112-0926-1, $11.95); Selzer, Richard, The Doctor Stories (Picador, 1999, ISBN: 0-312-20405-5, $15.00).
Frederic L. Gannon, Bernard Pasternack, and Joan Sobel are all "doctors," but only two of them are physicians. Joan and Ted are psychiatrists and Bernie is a practitioner of the "numerate sciences" in medicine. All share a common interest in literature and medicine and why physicians write.

10:00 Limited to 35
Coordinators: Victor Goldin, Charles Morse
"Photography is a tool for dealing with things everybody knows but isn't attending to" (Emmet Gowin). Why are photographs effective? Is photography art? These and related questions are explored, viewing the works of 11 masters of photography: Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Man Ray, August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Weegee, and Edward Weston. We also survey the field of photojournalism, particularly LIFE magazine. Our goal is to determine how these photographers have influenced our ways of looking at our world. If we are our memories, how has photography shaped our sense of self? We seek connections to other arts. The coordinators provide visual and photographic material. Participants should be prepared to "adopt" one photographer and comment on his/her work.
Text: Coursepack materials will be distributed.
Victor Goldin, as a child, learned much about his world devouring each issue of LIFE and has looked at life through the lens of various cameras for the past 40 years. Chuck Morse has been a presenter for the Current Museum Exhibition Class for several years. Photography has been a special interest, and taking pictures has always been a pleasure for him.

12:20 Limited to 18
Coordinator: Jan Adler
This course explores the variety of ways in which people from a range of religious/spiritual backgrounds actively engage with the world. We read transcripts of hour-long interviews on WNPR's Speaking of Faith program posted on the program's website and discuss the ideas expressed and the values that motivate the interviewee. Each study group member is required to choose an interview and lead a class discussion. Internet access is necessary.
Texts: Transcripts and required background readings from WN




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