Create beautiful books that tell your stories and memories with printed images, photographs, and text. Learn scanning, editing, enhancing, and touching up, with the ultimate goal of adding your content to a customized online photo book. You may create your books as gifts, personal memoirs, travel journals, or family heirlooms. Bring your own laptops to class. No iPads or tablets, please.
This session will rely on drawing and sketching as you provide the unique creative approach to the medium. Learn techniques for effectively working with pen, brush, and inks. Subjects will range from still life to working from photos. Topics will include loose sketching, contrast, texturing, hatching techniques, composition, and illustration. All skill levels welcome.
There is transformative potential inherent in grieving. We will explore myths and models of grief, obstacles to it, and how personal strengths can support it. Cultivate skills to support others who are grieving by increasing your self-awareness and selfcare. (Note: This class is not grief therapy and is not recommended for those who have suffered a recent loss. Contact the instructors if you’re unsure about participating.)
Gain tools to depict a few memorable events from your life. Try your hand at sketches of people and places, scenes with action and dialogue, and passages of description and reflection. Read published excerpts to learn about literary technique, then practice through writing exercises. You’ll leave with a portfolio of five personal pieces and constructive feedback for future writing projects.
Asia has always been a politically dynamic and culturally vibrant part of the world. Focus on six countries that have come to the forefront of global concern and interest, either because of dramatic shifts in the political and cultural landscape or because of ongoing and persistent issues that seem to defy a lasting solution. Gain a greater understanding of India, Myanmar/ Burma, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and the Korean Peninsula.
This two-part course will encompass political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Mexico’s past and present. Part 1 (Winter 2018) will cover the period from the defeat of the Aztecs to the mass protests of 1968. Part 2 (Spring 2018) will cover 1968 to the present, including the prospects for the presidential election of July 2018. We will discuss the interface between the United States and Mexico throughout.
The first great globalization (1870–1914) brought the world economically closer together than in any earlier period. However, World War I and the Great Depression ended this extraordinary period. Today, globalization has again become central to economies worldwide. Examine the economic effects of globalization on international trade, international labor migration, the international monetary system and economic integration, and global economic crises.
This course will provide an accessible overview of current space research and astrobiology missions searching for evidence of life beyond Earth. In addition to putting astrobiology science and technology in context, we’ll also discuss challenging real-world issues involving policy, ethical, theological, and societal implications of a possible discovery of ET. Far-out thinkers welcome!
Learn about the marvelous men of movie musicals who have enchanted us with their fabulous feet and way with a song. Discover who was also a classical composer, who was a jazz pianist, who was a lion tamer, and who was a political activist and (closet) intellectual! Featured performers include Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ray Bolger, Bill Bojangles Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, and Donald O’Connor.
Bay Area documentary filmmakers expose contemporary and historical injustices at home and abroad and spotlight the work of unknown or forgotten artists and activists. Each session will feature a new or recent one-hour film followed by a candid, in-person conversation with the director. We’ll focus on the practical, financial, creative, and ethical aspects of crafting documentaries, from conception through editing to broadcast and distribution.