This fall we’re offering some new courses and instructors, and additional morning, afternoon and evening class times.
From a romp through American history to conspiracy theories in art history and music’s power to soothe your mood, we are confident you will find a course that interests you.
Intended for adults with inquiring minds, the Lifelong Learning Institute offers learning for the time of your life because we believe you should keep on learning no matter what time of life you are in, and that you should have the time of your life doing it!
Register online below, or if you’d prefer a printed registration form, you can download it at this link. Classes begin October 16.
Did you know . . .
In 1810 the population of the United States was 7.2 million?
Willis Carrier invented air conditioning in 1902?
Pan American Airways made its first transatlantic flight in 1939?
The first U.S. shopping mall opened in Detroit in 1954?
Explore the history of the United States from its discovery through the 20th century. In just four weeks, we will colonize, revolt, gain our independence, abolish slavery,win a war or two, build skyscrapers, roar through the 20s, freeze during the Cold War, feel the love at Woodstock, and much more.
Week 1: Bernard Goetz: the subway vigilante
In 1989, a middle class white man shot four black youths in the IRT subway in New York City. He claimed they were trying to rob him. The incident split the City in two with African Americans shouting “Racism!” and the other New Yorkers applauding the shooter as their hero. This is the true story.
Week 2: Guy Fawkes: Who was he anyway?
The now famous “Gunpowder Plot” at the beginning of the 17th Century is actually a story of rebellion against the terrible religious persecution of English Catholics at the time. Learn the background leading up the plot, who were the participants, how
they were discovered, and what happened to them and to the Catholics afterward.
Week 3: False Confessions in Criminal Cases
The Innocence Project has cleared some 350 people to date who were either on death row or serving life sentences. All of them were innocent and were cleared through the use of DNA fingerprinting. Thirty percent of them had confessed to crimes they did not commit. How can this happen in the greatest criminal justice system in the world?
Week 4: The Assassination of President Garfield
President Garfield was assassinated by a mentally ill man who had sought a presidential appointment and had been turned down. In truth, the bullet didn’t kill the president, rather it was the incompetence of the doctors tasked with saving his life that did. The twists and turns of this true story will amaze you!
Although architecture begins much earlier, this group of talks looks begins with the influential structures of the Greek and Roman worlds, edifices that established the standards in harmonic and geometrical proportions that were imitated and adapted throughout history. We will examine some of the most important surviving architecture reaching into the 20th and 21st centuries when architects began to break all the rules. The lectures are fully illustrated with detailed images of the most impressive architectural structures ever created by the most brilliant architects who ever lived.
Week 1: Architecture of Greece and Roman Empire
Temples atop the Athens Acropolis established the ideal cannon of proportion in their buildings, decor and sculpture. Roman architecture and innovations with interior space, domes, innovative design, including the Colosseum, the Baths, ruins of Pompeii and probably the most influential structure of all time, the Pantheon.
Week 2: Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Medieval villages such as Carcassonne, the Palace of the Popes at Avignon, Castles of William the Conqueror, mighty Crusader Castles, Palace and Chapel of the Norman Kings in Palermo, Renaissance architecture of Florence, Medici Palace, and Doge’s Palace in Venice.
Week 3: Architecture of the Enlightenment to Early Modern
The 17th to 19th centuries, era of Baroque, Romanticism and Neoclassicism, extravagant palaces of Europe, including the Palace of Versailles, Paris Opera House, British Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Bishop’s Palace at Würzburg with its fabulous ceiling paintings, and ornate Rococo churches.
Week 4: Architecture of the Contemporary Era
The evolving design of urban architecture through art nouveau, art deco, the modernistic buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, the futuristic buildings of Frank Gehry, the unbelievable creations of Zaha Hadid and latest architectural wonders from all parts of the world.
Great detective fiction, particularly the murder mystery, has been beloved by readers since its inception in the 1840’s. From the very first mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe to the current crop of thrillers, murder mysteries feature brilliant, often quirky detectives, offer engrossing plots and unforgettable characters. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lively look at detective fiction over the past 150 years.
Week 1: Why Do We Love Them?
Dr. Marcus looks at what makes a great murder mystery, discussing the icons of detective fiction like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and even Jessica Fletcher and Detective Colombo.
Week 2: The Hard Boiled Detective
Dr. Marcus examines this uniquely American genre from Sam Spade to the 21st century police procedural, including beloved characters like Los Angeles’ Harry Bosch and Norway’s Harry Hole.
Sacred art and secret societies are among the numerous controversial topics exposed in the best-selling book and popular movie. The questions raised in this novel still stimulate debate and disagreement among readers and experts. Art critics and historians dismiss the author’s claims of heretical clues concealed in the art of Leonardo da Vinci, but religious scholars present evidence, discovered in the Nag Hammadi scriptures, that those problematic theories could perhaps be verified. Form your own opinion. Might a few of the long-held tenets of the Christian Church be wrong?
The earliest writing appears on the cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls which were sometimes embellished with artwork. During the Early Christian era, scrolls were replaced by parchment codices. During the Middle Ages illuminated manuscripts reached the highest levels of artistic achievement. Examine the intricate, interlaced paintings created by medieval monks in their unmatched works of art, such as the Book of Kells. Admire the beauty of inspirational paintings burnished with brilliant color and sparkling golden highlights and historical annuals of royal courts. View masterpieces of Renaissance masters from famous European libraries, especially treasures of the Vatican. For over 1000 years, artists and calligraphers produced magnificent illustrated manuscripts until the printing press changed book production forever. Books became much less expensive and more readily available but never as beautiful.
There is a saying, “music hath power to soothe the savage
breast . . .” Explore the power of music to improve your
mood and enhance your quality of life with better sleep,
more energy, pain relief, and much more. If you are a clinical
professional, you can increase your understanding of music therapy techniques for a plethora of clinical and educational settings. Live, videotaped and recorded music will be used.
Week 1: A colorful review of the evolution of music in the life of early man, and then onto middle and modern times with a look at the central place music held in all cultures, whether as medicine, communication, ceremonies, entertainment, religion, or education. The effects of music on our brain, mind, and body will be discussed thus defining the vital reason for music in our lives.
Week 2: An exploration of the therapeutic benefits of music on a personal level, and in the profession. Learn how the different musical instruments influence body, mind and neurological systems. Discover various forms of music and how they can be applied to improve your mental state and mood, and enhance your quality of life.
Week 3: Experience the power of music with song writing, improvisation and active listening exercises. Learn how the strategic use of music can improve sleep, concentration, energy, mood, as well as ease pain. One does not need to be a musician to experience the benefits of music in this session. Enjoy!
This four-week course will cover the presidencies of the late 20th century. We will examine the accomplishments, shortcomings, controversies, and legacies of the four presidents who served in the White House from 1977-2001. Questions and comments from the participants in the class are welcome.
Week 1: Jimmy Carter, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.
Week 2: Ronald Reagan, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.
Week 3: George H. W. Bush, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.
Week 4: Bill Clinton, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.
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