Members of the Academy for Lifelong
Learning at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
recently delved studied Contemporary Latin-American Literature. They studied
the novel of Juan Rulfo, “Pedro Paramo,” which had a great
influence on the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Also studied was
“The Green House,” by Mario Vargas.
Members of the Center for Learning in Retirement at
Rock Valley College in Rockford, will be studying The 2005 Drought
from Space. Class begins with an overview of how satellites can
be used to monitor vegetation. They will then examine the extent and
severity of the 2005 drought in Illinois using both standard measures
and satellite imagery.
Family Legacies: African American Women Artists is the title
of a new course being given this month at the Community Academy
for Lifelong Learning (CALL) in State College, Pennsylvania.
To coordinate with an upcoming exhibition, Family Legacies: The
Art of Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar, the course presents contributions
of Black women artists from mid-19th century to the present, focusing
on transmission of knowledge, cultural traditions and values, and family
and communal memories from one generation of women to the next.
Art & Technology: Color Magic with Electricity is the
title of a new course at Encore: Center for Lifelong Enrichment
in North Carolina. Using one of the “Rare Earth Metals,”
Titanium, this course offers an opportunity to combine science with
technology to produce ART. Classes will meet at the Meredith College
Metals Studio where participants will be taught to make simple, small
objects. These will then be colored with electricity and water. This
technique, called “Anodic Oxidation,” is a process that
controls an electrical current passing through an electrolyte bath forming
an oxide film on the metal surface. The thickness of the oxide film
formed is determined by the voltage applied. Each volt creates a beautiful,
predictable color. Participants will finish or wear many of the “art”
works by the close of the course.
The Furman University Learning in Retirement program
in South Carolina is offering members a chance to study History
of English Cathedrals. The rise of Christianity from pagan pre-Roman
England to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation and the
Victorian Era is traced through the growth of the cathedral towns in
England. This course will discuss the religious, political and cultural
development of England reflected in the great cathedrals, which contains
the archives of British civilization from early Anglo-Saxon times up
to the modern Church of England and Catholic Transitions.
William James and His Family is the title of a recent course
at the ILR at Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut.
The colorful and productive life of the Jameses is well known and never
uninteresting. With many published accounts available on William, Henry
and Alice, all of them were discussed.
Decoding Paintings is the title of a new course that was given
last month at the Bradley University ILR in Peoria,
Illinois. Dan Brown’s interpretation of Leonardo DaVinci’s
Last Supper generated a great deal of controversy and conversation.
A Bradley University Assistant Professor of Art will examine and discuss
the “hidden” meanings and messages contained in a number
of select paintings, including not only the famous Last Supper,
but in other Renaissance and modern paintings.
This winter the LIR program at Waukesha County Technical
College in Wisconsin is offering its members a chance to study Eugene
O’Neill: America’s Foremost Playwright. The course
will involve an in-depth study of Eugene O’Neill, considered by
most critics to be America’s greatest playwright. Discussions
will center on his works and then watching videos of those works.
The Lifelong Learning Society at Christopher Newport
University in Virginia is offering a new course entitled American
Architecture in Context. The course will focus on American architecture
within the social, political and aesthetic context of the period 1650-1900.
Areas covered include colonialism along the Eastern Seaboard and the
emergence of the Georgian style.
What Arab Voices are Saying was the title of a program that
members of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Edison
College in Florida took last fall. After three years of speaking to
countless American audiences in many and varied venues, author Samar
Jarrah wrote the book “Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts.”
This book was the center of the class discussion and a wonderful opportunity
to learn about the lives of Arabs and Muslims as well as an explanation
of many of the common misconceptions we all hold.
Public Diplomacy: 18th Century Lessons, 21st Century Questions,
is the title of the November Forum held at the Lifetime Learning
Institute in Annandale, Virginia. Americans “rediscover”
public diplomacy in wartime. Driven by the events of “9/11,”
widespread anti-Americanism, and mistakes in Iraq, many Americans are
turning again to an instrument of statecraft that began with Thomas
Jefferson’s “decent respect for the opinions of mankind.”
What is public diplomacy? Why does it matter? What are its strengths
and limitations? These are the questions that members addressed in this
Members of the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement
in Montreal will be studying People, Persuasions and Pursuits: Power
and Art in the Italian City States. They will discuss the motivations
of the patrons and their relationship with the artists. Equally, they
will look at the work and the lives of the artists during this turbulent
period of history.
Members of the OLLI program at Duke University in
North Carolina will be studying Classes of the Sea. The sea
has always been a powerful stimulant of human behavior and imagination
that has produced great literature. Sometimes it is a central character,
sometimes the volatile stage on which the story is played, sometimes
a kind of force or spirit that pervades the environment. They will read
some major works which utilize the sea in several of these forms and
will discuss the various messages they seem to be sending about social
relationships and challenges. Works that will be studied include “Twenty
Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” “Robinson Crusoe,”
“Billy Budd,” “Youth, Heart of the Darkness,”
and End of the Tether.”
Members of the Worcester Institute for Senior Education
at Assumption College in Massachusetts will be studying Striving
After Wind: Qoheleth’s Worldview, this spring. The Book of
Ecclesiastes is one of the most neglected books of scripture,
with the sole exception of Chapter 3,(“for everything there is
a season…”) In this course they will explore the Preacher’s
context and his teachings. Is he a cynic or a realist? Are his questions
an act of tremendous faith, or of faithlessness?