Shakespeare’s Ms-takes

In this course experience professional actors Nancy Carlin and Joy Carlin perform famous monologues in different interpretive tones that highlight themes in very different ways. There will be passages from Romeo and Juliet A Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear.  So many productions of these three plays "lock" characters - particularly women - into certain interpretive positions. What happens when we perform these passages differently to unlock very different meanings?

$110.00

Muriel Rukeyser: The Poet as Visionary and Activist

"What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open!" Fifty years ago, the cutting-edge writer and activist Muriel Rukeyser asked and answered this question.  She documented some of the key issues of her time, from the failed Republican uprising against Franco in Spain, to the civil rights and anti-war movements in the United States, to the welcoming of Vietnam into the United Nations. The instructor, a colleague of and collaborator with the late poet, will give students a view into the life of this visionary creator.

$110.00

Koru Basic Mindfulness

This course offers a set of techniques and skills to apply mindfulness and meditation in your life. Whether you are seasoned mindfulness practitioner or new to mindfulness, there is something for everyone! The Koru Mindfulness approach is experiential and discussion based. You are invited to ‘try on for size’ the offered techniques and to see for yourself how to best apply them in your life. Each participant is asked to ‘practice’ daily outside of class.  We will look at obstacles arising in your practice as you ‘grow your mindfulness muscle’!

$110.00

Central Europe between the Wars: A Light Extinguished

Central Europe between the First and Second World War was home to a vibrant culture that included the likes of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. It was also the scene of hyperinflation and depression, leading to the rise of the Nazis and the catastrophe of the Holocaust. The concept of Central Europe was reborn with the end of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. In recent years, the rise of right-wing nationalist regimes in Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere once again threatens the vibrancy of Central Europe.

$110.00

Vision and Art

Have you ever wondered how artists create certain visual effects in their paintings? Why do Monet’s poppies seem to bend in the wind; how come the Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you around? In this seminar, students will learn about the neurobiology of vision through art, and about how artists create effects in paintings using properties of our visual system. The course will follow Margaret Livingstone’s book “Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing”.

$110.00

The Rehabilitation of Ulysses S. Grant

Over the past fifty years, scholars have come to assess the career of Ulysses S. Grant more sympathetically than was once the case. Earlier treatments of both his military and political life were filled with corrosive epithets; contemporary studies, however, emphasize his dogged pursuit of justice for African Americans during Reconstruction, and his attempts to reform and humanize government Indian policy. This course will trace the lengthy and devoted service of an unfairly maligned figure in American history.

$110.00

Austen and Fenimore Cooper: Paths of the 19th-Century Novel

Fairly contemporaneous yet radically different, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) and James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826) offer two striking visions of the nineteenth-century novel. One explores country lanes and the intricate workings of society. The other navigates through the violence and beauty of the wilderness. One is a masterwork of style and precision. The other is crude yet visionary. Both are central to the history of the novel. In this class we will read these novels carefully to examine what the early nineteenth century has to tell us about how novels represented the world, imagined social relations, and set out formal and thematic problems that later novels would later take up.

$110.00

Women in Rock: From the 1950s to the 1980s

This class will enhance students' appreciation of the evolution of women's role in rock from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, and vividly illustrate how heavily women were involved in rock music's growth during its first quarter-century or so, in numerous styles throughout both North America and the United Kingdom.

$110.00

Charles Mingus: Double Bassist, Composer & Outspoken Political Voice

This class will examine the fascinating life and selected works of the influential jazz composer and double bassist, Charles Mingus. We will explore key musical concepts and esthetics that distinguished his personal compositional style and bass playing throughout the various periods of his musical career, and examine how this was shaped by his impassioned character and life experiences. While elements of basic music theory will be discussed, musical training is not a prerequisite.  Live demonstrations by renowned jazz artists are a part of the presentation.

$110.00

After Fossil Fuels, Then What?

Adapting to climate change, and lessening its effects, means we will need to abandon oil, gas, and coal. But, those fossil fuels are the foundation of our current economy and society. What shifts will occur in how we live our lives as we transition to a "post-carbon society?" This course begins with the latest information on climate change and expands from there, to the human adaptation it will require, especially in the Bay Area. We will examine the highest emitters of greenhouse gases and look at how our lives will change as we reduce their "carbon footprint."

$110.00

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