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Three-week Courses

French architecture and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century.
Presenter: Dr. Casadesus Therese Rawson
Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A survey of the architectural and furniture styles in their historical context—from the grandiose “chateaux”of the monarchs, the First and Second Empires, to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles and the iconic Le Corbusier. Lecture and power-point presentation.


Georgie, Nicky and Willy - The Last Emperors
Presenter: Dennis Dool
Tuesdays, September 19, 26, and October 3, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
King Edward Vll died suddenly in May of 1910. Bertie, as he was known, had presided over a brief colorful Indian summer in Britain. His death marked the end of the Edwardian era, as dynastic Europe spiraled unwittingly toward annihilation. In the years before the First Word War the great European powers were ruled by three cousins directly related to Bertie: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm ll of Germany and Nicholas ll of Russia. Come hear the tragic story of these three cousins and the role their family relationships played in the disastrous events of the early twentieth century.


The Contributions of Musicians and Artists in our Wars
Presenter: Helen McDevitt-Smith
Tuesdays, September 26, and October 3, 10, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
During wartime, musicians and artists have portrayed the experiences, motivations, and feelings of those who are fighting in battle and their loved ones at home in ways often absent in written histories or other accounts of warfare. Music has always been an effective way to inspire patriotism and boost the morale of troops and entire civilizations in times of war. In some cases, the music can take the form of propaganda and protest. In addition, paintings, illustrations, political cartoons and, since the mid-nineteenth century, photographs show that words alone can be inadequate in conveying the meaning that a war has for those on the front and at home. During these three sessions, we will hear the music and view the art that expressed the deepest emotions of people during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Roe V. Wade, Its Past, Present, and Future
Presenter: Joseph Hylan
Mondays, October 2, 9, and 16, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
With the exception of the issue of chattel slavery, no social issue has torn at the american experience with more ferocity than the issue of abortion. With rigorous dispassion and candor, the course will consider the statutes and court decisions that have addressed and shaped the issue. The course will also address the medical, moral, economic, and social issues which have animated the controversy which appears to have no resolution.


Mysterious Offerings: Culture Clash
Presenter: Meredith Baird
Tuesdays, October 10, 17, and 24, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

What happens when disparate cultures are brought together by a criminal act?
Explore three fictional situations where the resulting investigations can easily be derailed by the wrong questions or inferences. Characters in these novels range from a samurai and Roman Catholic priest in 16th Century Japan, a Los Angeles police officer called to an orthodox Jewish community, and a Navajo tribal policeman balancing the ne line between Native American cultures, the local sheriff’s department, and the FBI.

Join us as we read and discuss a diverse trio of thought-provoking mystery novels.
Please note: Because this course will be heavily discussion-based, class size will be limited.

Book Discussion List:
October 10: The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
October 17: The Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann
October 24:Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillermang