Mysterious Offerings: International Mystery Series
Presenter: Meredith Baird
Tuesdays, October 9th, 16th and 23rd from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The field of international mystery fiction offers a unique insight into police procedures, laws and social issues facing detectives/sleuths in different cultures. The investigations of a dashing Commissario of Police in Italy, a homegrown Police Detective in Scotland, and a 72 year old coroner in 1976 Laos provide diverse viewpoints into international law and order.
The addition of foreign settings provides a strong atmospheric element to each story. Join us as we read and discuss three character-driven novels featuring mystery series detectives/sleuths set in Italy, Laos, and Scotland. Please note: Because this course will be heavily discussion-based, the class size will be limited to 25.
Book Discussion List:
Week 1, October 9: Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
Week 2, October 16: The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
Week 3, October 23: Raven Black by Anne Cleeves
Scandals in the Art World
Presenter: Helen McDevitt-Smith, MS, MA, Rosemont ’63
Tuesdays, October 30th and November 6th and November 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Art has the potential to inspire and please aesthetically. Throughout history, however, audiences
have been disturbed, offended, and outraged by art that was socially, politically, and religiously challenging. In addition, some famous artists have led shocking and controversial lives and famous artworks have been stolen, lost, forged, or scammed. In these three sessions, we will explore and examine significant scandals in the art world. As to the controversial lives of some artists, we will leave it up to a Higher Power of Judgment.
The Rightful Heir
Presenter: Dennis J. Dool, BS, MA
Wednesdays, October 31st, November 7th and November 14th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Intrigue and treachery within the English Monarchy of the 16th Century. Come hear the
amazing story of the beautiful, intelligent, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, versus the witty, hot tempered daughter of Henry VIII, the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth l. These two rival queens lived in an era of love, death and tragedy. Elizabeth l and her romance with Robert Dudley, may have led to the mysterious death of Dudley’s young wife, Amy Robsart. While the Queen of Scots, may have helped to plot the murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley. In this time of great religious turmoil in Europe, Elizabeth is Protestant and Mary is Catholic! Each one believes the English crown rightfully belongs to her. Who will prevail in this epic struggle, “the thistle or the rose”?
The Battle of Britain
Presenter: Joseph Hylan, Esquire
Thursdays, October 18th, 25th and November 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force. It has been maintained by historians that the RAF’s gallantry during the Battle of Britain was the turning point of World War II. The course will consider those months during the high summer of 1940 when some 800 young RAF fighter pilots handed the German war machine and its vaunted air force their first defeats. We will consider the strategies and tactics of the battle, the weapons and the aircraft of battle, and the personalities in the violent aerial struggles when the fate of Western civilization literally hung in the balance. For three interesting and action-packed sessions, we will fly with The Heinkels and The Stukas, The Spitfires, and The Hurricanes in the skies over the English Channel and Great Britain.
Theodore Roosevelt: American
Presenter: Joseph Hylan
Thursdays, November 8th, 15th and Tuesday, November 20th from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
During his 60 years of robust and tempestuous living, Theodore Roosevelt helped to bring
the United States, kicking and struggling, into the 20th century. He was a New York state assemblyman, New York City Police Commissioner, and both, Vice President and President of the United States. The author of 20 books, a voracious reader, the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor as the leader of The Rough Riders, and the winner of The Nobel Peace Prize, “Teddy” was an outdoorsman and ferocious defender of the environment— directing the construction of the Panama Canal. He was the first President to fly in an airplane and to go down in a submarine, but above all Roosevelt was a loving husband and devoted father. This course will explain why, to this day, he remains the only President to be more popular at the end of his term than he was in the beginning.