The U.S. Constitution now protects samesex marriage, unrestricted media depiction of sexuality, unrestricted sexual activities in private, women’s right to choose in child-bearing and contraception, sexual discrimination and harassment, interracial marriage, and fluid sexual identities and equal treatment for all. Review and discuss these developments and their longrange implications.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez said of Juan Rulfo’s works, “They add up to no more than 300 pages; but … they are as durable as the pages that have come down to us from Sophocles.” Rulfo’s masterful stories follow the existential struggles — both external and internal — of common people in revolutionary and postrevolutionary Mexico. Closely read these stories and look deeply at their context, language, and mind-boggling narration.
Explore the first part of the “golden century of the symphony” through analysis of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. Learn about the musical features and formal structures of a symphony and the chronological development of the genre. Then go beyond the music to study its representation of changing social structures in central Europe in the 18th century.
It’s not uncommon to feel physically less sure of ourselves and more vulnerable as we age. Cultivate awareness in public and private situations; practice prevention and de-escalation; set and enforce your personal boundaries; and learn simple, effective physical techniques for self-defense. Each class will include discussion, journal writing, role playing, and simple movement. Appropriate for most levels of fitness.
Illustrated children’s books are an enduring and unique form — but how do you go about writing one? Walk through the process from the idea to the finished manuscript. We will do weekly writing assignments and workshop them in class. This class — for experienced and beginning writers alike — will offer a minimum of fear and a maximum of fun. No illustration skills required.
Compare six modern plays to their Shakespearean precedents: Shaw’s Pygmalion (The Taming of the Shrew); Chekhov’s Seagull (Hamlet); Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Much Ado About Nothing); Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Hamlet); O’Neil’s The Emperor Jones (Othello); and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (King Lear). The approach will stress performance, such as Paul Robeson as both Othello and Emperor Jones.
The essence of popular music is the song; whether it is folk, pop, rock, rhythm and blues or country, the song is the core of the popular record. This course examines the lives and work of six great songwriters/artists of the golden era of rock and roll. We will study the contributions of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.
The Ottoman Empire ruled most of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe for about 400 years — and its fall in 1922 helped shape the modern Middle East — yet few Americans know much about it. Discover the major historical trends that influenced the state. Investigate key aspects such as religion, the imperial family, and the harem system, and explore Ottoman language, literature, music, art, and architecture.
This course will examine French short stories from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Colette’s “The Hand” sets a perfect example of what is now dubbed flash fiction. Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” remains a classic to this day. In addition to Albert Camus and Françoise Sagan, we’ll also study Marcel Aymée and Anna Gavalda, lesser known by U.S. readers. Discussion questions will be available seven to 10 days in advance.
This course will examine important religious trends, conflicts, and political events from around the world. Topics include Christianity, imperialism, and U.S. foreign policy; Islam and Arab nationalism; Hinduism and the creation of modern India; Shinto and Japanese militarism; and Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism in political protest and national identity in Asia.