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Three-week Courses

Ashes (1933-1945)
Presenter: Joseph Hylan

Mondays, April 3, 10, and 17, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The course will consider the Holocaust, the ghastly years that witnessed the systematic murder of seven million men, women, and children. Further, the presentation will detail the campaigns of mass destruction and genocide, the virulent ant-semitism that animated the campaigns, and the demonic Nazi functionaries who planned and executed the massacres. Finally, the course will examine in detail the Nuremberg Trials, the post-war proceedings that addressed the crimes and punished the criminals.


Reading Tarot for Yourself and Others
Presenter: Jenna Matlin

Thursdays, April 6, 13, and 20, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Everything you need to know to jump start your tarot skills. Gain mastery using an ancient practice that is currently undergoing a renaissance with a full time tarot professional. Tarot is hot right now so catch the zeitgeist in this informative, everything but the kitchen sink yet practical tarot class. You will be reading by the end of the first session using techniques honed over years by a professional reader, teacher and tarot author.

Mysterious Offerings: Agatha Christie in the Middle East
Presenter: Meredith Baird

Tuesdays, April 11, 18, and 25, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Agatha Christie, the best-selling novelist of all time, had a deep love for and personal interest in the Middle East. For over 30 years, Agatha accompanied her archeologist husband, Max Mallowan, on his archeological digs throughout the Mesopotamian region. Christie incorporated many of these travel experiences into her beloved mysteries. The irresistible combination of secretive characters ranging from wealthy tourists to international spies and the compelling backdrop of exotic settings provide a strong atmospheric element to each novel. Join us as we read and discuss three Agatha Christie novels set in Jerusalem, Petra, Baghdad, and the Egyptian Nile. Please note: Because this course will be heavily discussion-based, the class size will be limited to 25.      

                                    Book Discussion List:

                                    April 11:                               Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

                                    April 18:                             They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

                                    April 25:                             Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie


Presenter: John Heffner

Thursdays, April 13, 20, and 27, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Hebrew Bible. It is also one of the most unusual and surely the funniest. There is much more to it than the fish story everybody knows. In this class we will tell the story, look at Jonah and his context, and explore some of the book’s other dimensions. Please bring a copy (any translation) to class.


Edward Vll - The Man Who Would be King
Presenter: Dennis Dool

Tuesdays, April 18, 25, and May 2, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Downton Abbey fans are invited to hear the fascinating story of King Edward Vll. He ruled England from 1901 to 1910. Nicknamed Bertie, he spent the first 59 years of his life as the heir apparent to the English throne. His mother, Queen Victoria, did not think him worthy of ever becoming king. “That boy... I never can or shall look at him without a shudder.” Consequently, for most of his years, he led a life of leisure and frivolity - partying, gambling, and eating to excess. By the time of Victoria’s death in January of 1901, the Prince of Wales was more than ready to become king. The royal yacht carrying his mother’s coffin had its flag at half staff. Bertie inquired as to why. The captain said “The Queen is dead.” He replied “The King of England lives.” Back up went the flag, ushering in the Edwardian Era.

Edward Vll proved himself to be a popular, wise, and effective king, who understood the importance of being seen. He enjoyed being king and he was very good at it. Over his nine year reign, he became a surprisingly successful and beloved monarch.


Psychological Themes in the Visual Arts
Presenter: Helen McDevitt-Smith ’63

Tuesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Since 1949 the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month. So it seems fitting to explore how psychological themes and mental illness have been portrayed in art during this month. In these three sessions we will examine the following topics:

  1. How artists have depicted psychological themes and mental illness
  2. The connection between mental illness and creativity
  3. The ways that the emotions of the artist can affect his/her viewers

The motivations of an individual artist are unique. (There may be financial, political and vainglorious influences.) Yet it can be said that every artist has a great need to create a work of art that expresses his/her deepest thoughts, feelings, and needs.


Whose Conscience is it Anyway?
Presenter: Sister Marie Michele Donnelly

Thursdays, May 4, 11, and 18, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

What basis do you use to make moral choices? What factors have gone into your conscience formation? What role does religion play in your moral decisions? Where do you stand on some of the major issues of the day: euthanasia, stem cell research—and many others. Join us as we explore conscience formation and moral decision-making.

History’s Scribe
Presenter: Christine Emmert

Thursdays, May 4, 11, and 18, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Writing about history in a fictional and non-fictional sense takes some creativity with the facts at hand. Christine Emmert, who has used historical writing in theatre, articles, and novels, wants us to walk through a hall of mirrors, where we see events in history in a multitude of ways. The participants will be invited to talk about the different ways we look at the past and how many different tales we can construct from it. There will be some readings, writings, and sharings of ideas.


FDR, the Great Depression and the New Deal
Presenter: Dick Donagher

Mondays, May 15, 22, and, 29, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The financial crisis of 2008 and the great recession that followed helped to refocus attention on the collapse of the American economy in the 1930s and the attempts of Hoover and then Roosevelt through his New Deal to restore prosperity. Liberals applaud the New Deal as a movement of recovery, regulation and reform. Some conservatives, however, contend the New Deal did not solve the economic crisis but actually lengthened recovery and in the process alienated the business community. This course will look at the Hoover administration’s efforts to deal with the aftermath of the Stock Market crash and the ensuing depression and how Roosevelt’s New Deal impacted American society and try to assess how positive that impact was. Excerpts from some Hollywood films and documentaries will be incorporated into the classes.

Jump Start Your Creative Writing
This course is available in one or two parts. First Three-week course is $45, Phase II is an
additional $25 or $70 for both courses.

Presenter: Vivian Grey

Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, and 17, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Having difficulty turning your ideas into a well-crafted piece of writing? Whether you are experienced or just getting started, this workshop will help you create a story that your readers will remain interested in and enjoy.

Phase I April 12, 19, and 26-Weeks 1-3 will get you started as we examine and de-mystify the craft of writing. Character treatment, plot development, dialogue, and description, the basic process of creating fiction from short stories to novels will be explored.

Phase IIMay 3, 10, and 17-Weeks 4-6 will help you draw on your memory, powers of observation, and imagination to
create compelling fiction. You’ll discover your writer’s voice and focus on your theme as you build on weeks 1-3 and bring your story to life.

Each session includes handouts and tips on how to make your writing memorable. The workshop is designed to accommodate all levels and can be applied to a wide variety of genres. Writers of all levels are welcome.