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Three-week Courses

Each three-week course is $45.
All courses meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom.

Introduction to Scene Study

Presenter: Polly Edelstein, M.P.A.

Wednesdays, March 13th, 20th and 27th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Curious about the art of acting or do you have experience performing, but it's been awhile since you have picked up a script? In this course, we will explore theatrical works from the 20th and 21st centuries. We will dive in to 5-10 minute scenes from modern scripts to discover theme, action, character, style, and more while performing and reading scenes aloud in each class. In addition to the scene study aspects of this course, we will delve into what makes a good scene, scene partner, and actor.

Emerson and His Times

Presenter: John Heffner, PhD

Thursdays, March 28th, April 4th and April 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the giants of American literature. In addition to his writing, he was a friend of Thoreau, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and other leading authors. If we know only his essay Self-Reliance, we miss most of what he contributed. In this course, we will examine Self-Reliance together with the main ideas in his long essay Nature and other works. We will also look at his background and his influence as an abolitionist, public speaker, and key voice in New England Transcendentalism.

Post-Holocaust Theology

Presenter: Ruth Sandberg, PhD

Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th and 16th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In response to the Holocaust, many people asked: "Where was God?" and “How could such a tragedy happen?” This course will first explore several Jewish theological responses to the Holocaust and the problem of God permitting such evil to exist in the world. We will then look at several Christian theological responses that focus on Christian anti-Semitism and how these anti-Semitic aspects must be eliminated from Christian theology.

*This class is one of the initiatives of the Rosemont College Fund for Jewish Studies in Honor of Ethel C. Levenson.

Do We Live in an I-Robot Future?

Presenter: Brishen Miller, MA

Fridays, April 5th, 12th and 26th from 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

You may know the legacy of I, Robot and how Isaac Asimov has influenced fiction, but do you realize that he has predicted present future? We will discuss how Asimov, with the Foundation Series and the Robot Novels, predicted all of our current politics, religion, and art. If we gain an understanding of how our biological consciousness operates, then we can understand how to create artificial consciousness. With that understanding we can see how entire generations can be predicted and engineered by a simple thought. But why wasn’t this present in the famous Will Smith movie? We will discuss how books and plays become contorted when adapted to film and how patterns in humanity inform all of this through an Asimovian lens.

Mary Shelley as Commercial Writer Post-Frankenstein

Presenter: Lauren Davenport, MA

Mondays, April 8th, 15th, and 29th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Though Frankenstein brought her critical acclaim and permanent status as a writing prodigy, literary study of Mary Shelley’s writing career often starts and stops with her infamous novel. This course will be a study and discussion of the short stories she wrote and commercially sold to publications to support herself as a widowed single parent who never remarried. The course will also include discussion of the short story form, study of Shelley’s writing process from the Frankenstein manuscripts edited in conjunction with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a brief chronology of her life and lasting impact on literature.

The Molly Maguires

Presenter: Joseph Hylan, Esq.

Thursdays, April 18th, 25th and May 2nd from 1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m.

The Molly Maguires were a secret society of Irish coal miners in the anthracitic coal region of northeast Pennsylvania, an organization that grew from the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Some historians have argued that the Mollies were urban terrorists. The truth lies somewhere in between. This course will consider the Irish Immigrant Movement of the 1840s, the relentless prejudice to which the Irish were subjected, the grinding poverty suffered by the Irish once they arrived, and the harsh and incredibly dangerous job of mining coal for pittance wages. We will also examine the criminal trials, masterminded by the Coal Companies, which resulted in no less than 20 Mollies being hanged in 1877, including the brooding John “Black Jack” Kehoe, leader of the Mollies.

The House of Stuart

Presenter: Dennis J. Dool, BS, MA

Wednesdays April 24th, May 1st and 8th from 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

It was said of the Stuarts – “They did not know how to rule, but they knew how to die.”

Elizabeth's Golden Age had come to an end and James l had been crowned King of England. At last, the Stuart dynasty had seized the English throne. But their deeply held belief in the divine right of kings instantly came under fire from Parliament. In the upcoming century, Jamestown would be settled in the new world, an English King would be executed, and a great fire would destroy most of the city of London. Come hear this incredible story of the romantic, but luckless, reign of the House of Stuart.

Lifestyles of Famous French Kings, Queens, and Emperors

Presenter: Thérѐse Casadesus Rawson, PhD

Tuesdays, April 23rd, 30th and May 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This course will feature a PowerPoint presentation in a historical perspective from the Renaissance to the late 19th century focusing on culture, architecture and decorative arts, fashion and more. The main trends of each era will be featured, as well as the ruler who influenced them.  

Nurturing our Spirits with Music, Poetry, and Art

Presenter: Helen McDevitt-Smith, MS, MA, MA, Rosemont ‘63

Tuesdays, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The inspiration for this course comes from a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “A man (sic) should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” In this course, we will explore some examples of music, art, and poetry that have the potential to inspire an appreciation of genuine beauty and enrich our spiritual lives.