2014 Course Offerings

Each Six-Week course is $70. All classes meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom. Classes will not meet the week of November 24, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tai Chi

Session 1: Mondays: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 2014 | 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Session 2: Mondays: October 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 | 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rich McKenzie

Tai Chi is a series of slow dance-like movements designed to promote balance, flexibility and coordination.  Sometimes viewed as a moving mediation, it has been used for stress management, concentration and general relaxation.  It has also been recognized as a valid therapy by the American Arthritis Association. Please join us for one or both sessions on offer this semester.

Hell and Literature 

Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2014 | 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Jackie Murphy

Join us as we examine the idea and expression of Hell throughout foundational works of literature, from Dante’s Inferno through Sartre’s No Exit. We will tackle the idea through its explication in near-eastern, classical, and Judeo-Christian works. Also discussed will be the works of Milton, Goethe, Blake, and more. This will be a lecture format with no required outside reading.

Write Your Life Story 

Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vivian Grey

Your personal life story is important. Tell about the times you’ve lived in, the people and events that have been important to you. In a relaxed, supportive atmosphere, the workshop will help you organize your thoughts and aid your creative development. Sessions will explore how to go about assembling your research; how to organize your material; how to develop an interesting narrative format and flow; how to create believable dialogue; how to shape compelling characters; new ideas to write about. As you develop skills for writing techniques and preserve the phases of your life you will have the pleasure of creating an important link for future generations that only you can tell through your life story.

A Survey of French Classical Music from the Pre-Baroque to the mid-20th Century

Thursdays: September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Therese Rawson

Join us for an investigation of some of the finest classical music ever produced. We will discuss the foundations of French Music in the pre-Baroque period through its apogee in Versailles, as well as its lasting influence through the generations that followed. This course will combine audio selections as well as PowerPoint presentations for a detailed survey of a fascinating point in the particularly French evolution of classical music.

America in the Sixties 

Thursdays: October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dick Donagher

This decade remains controversial. Some see it as a time when barriers were breached. The election of the first Catholic president, the Civil Rights movement, the cultural revolution, Medicare and Medicaid, the War on Poverty and the other programs of the Great Society, opposition to an ill-advised war, the re-invigoration of the Women's movement, are just some of issues that are cited as, even if only partially, remaking American society. Others see an era when drugs and sex raged out of control, when old values were thrown aside, and needed authority was challenged. Our current political debates are partly a battle over what came out of the Sixties. We shall attempt to analyze the legacy of this era.

Between Philosophy and Psychology: the I Ching Path 

Tuesdays: October 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 2014 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Tiziana Murray

Our life is a path full of experiences, joys and sorrows.  However, we cannot always make sense of it.  We stumble on the rocks until we realize that it is the path itself that is the purpose of our life. How we travel on our path is the subject of this course.

The I Ching is the oldest book on Earth and is the origin of Chinese philosophy.  It has had a strong influence on medicine, the arts and is still the very connective tissue of Chinese Society.
Also called The Book of Changes, the I Ching is designed to answer the fundamental question: How can we live in harmony with the Cosmos and achieve inner peace and understanding?

This course explores different approaches to the I Ching and offers insights into how to deal more effectively with practical, everyday matters.

Enjoying Young Adult Fiction at Any Age

Thursdays: October 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Alyssa DeCarlo

With adaptations of bestselling Young Adult novels dominating the movie box office, this course offers a unique look at the Young Adult literary genre. Attendees of this course can look forward to lively discussions, powerful reading material, and a first-hand look at what exactly all the Young Adult buzz is all about.

This course will focus on materials considered classic, dystopian, and contemporary in the genre. Discussion will revolve around story, character development, setting, and of course, the Young Adult genre as a whole. The Young Adult genre is multifaceted with many exciting trends, opinions, and voices. This course will provide a better understanding of the genre and its place within the literary world.

Course Materials:   
“Looking for Alaska” by John Green
“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry