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Danger In A Beautiful Place – Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco - Wednesday
 Show Description
Instructor: Jay Sherwin, JD
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/18/2023 - 1/18/2023, W, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: ,

The Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its elegance, beauty and mystery to great effect in many of his films. In this virtual tour, you’ll see brief scenes from Vertigo, The Birds and other Hitchcock classics filmed on location in the Bay Area. You’ll hear great stories about how Hitchcock chose those locations and how he filmed them. And you’ll learn why San Francisco was the perfect setting for Hitchcock’s favorite themes: danger, deception, and obsession. It’s a treat for Hitchcock fans and lovers of the City by the Bay. THIS COURSE WILL MEET ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

 

 

About the Instructor: Jay Sherwin  Jay created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy letters, ethical wills, and other legacy documents. He has practiced law, worked with five different charitable foundations, and served as a philanthropy consultant and a hospital chaplain. He has extensive experience teaching and facilitating online learning programs, including recent presentations for six other OLLI programs.

 

Keats's "The Eve of St. Agnes": The Greatest Love Poem Ever Written! - Wednesday
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Instructor: Luc Agosta, PhD
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/18/2023 - 1/18/2023, W, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: 307, Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building, 37500 Cook St Palm Desert, CA 92211

By the time of his death in 1821 at age 26, John Keats's poetic output had exceeded, in both quantity and quality, that of any other of the world's greatest poets, including Shakespeare. His "Eve of St. Agnes" (1819), a "Romeo and Juliet" story--but with a gloriously happy ending--is a sensuous poem of great beauty and tenderness celebrating love. This course involves an introduction, reading, and discussion of the poem, perhaps the greatest love poem ever written. . THIS LECTURE WILL MEET IN PERSON ON THE CSUSB PALM DESERT CAMPUS

About the Instructor

Dr. Agosta received his MA and PhD in English at the University of Texas, Austin. At CSU Sacramento, Luc taught courses in children’s literature, English romanticism, and the Victorian Era before retiring in 2010. He has published numerous articles on children’s literature and three books, Howard Pyle, E.B. White: The Children’s Books, and Losing Time: AIDS Lessons in Love and Loss.

 

Learn to Relax: The Practice of No Problem Meditation Techniques - Friday
 Show Description
Instructor: Laya Raznick, MS
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/20/2023 - 1/20/2023, F, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: Zoom, , CA

Most people say they can't meditate because they can't quiet the mind. Since it's the job of your mind to be on the lookout for problems, expecting it to quiet is futile. The instructions for The Practice of No Problem Meditation Technique are to sit, and have no problem. It's simple, but not easy. Come learn how to relax and feel peaceful even with a busy mind.
 

Instructor: Leslie Raznick.  For over 40 years, Leslie has been helping people enjoy a greater sense of inner peace. She's a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist and is a certified health coach, yoga teacher and meditation guide. Her focus is simple, but not easy...by learning to allowing everything to be as it is in this moment, we become aware of the absolute wonder that life is offering.

 

Life on The E-Ring - Tuesday
 Show Description
Instructor: Donald Reifer
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/17/2023 - 1/17/2023, Tu, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: 307, Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building, 37500 Cook St Palm Desert, CA 92211

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the Department of Defense. It is the world’s

largest office building consisting of 6.5 million square feet of space and housing

25,000 military and 2,000 support personnel. Its offices are connected by

corridors and rings and it has 5 entrances and 5 floors). Its E-ring houses its

senior personnel because it is the only one that has a view. Because it has been

closed to the public since 911, few have been through the building and fewer

have observed its wonders. Don will try to provide some insights to life on the E-Ring

based on his service. This course will meet on campus

 

About the Instructor

Don currently enjoys life as a retired techie. During his career, he built software

businesses, managed major projects, and served on Boards, Panels,

Committees and as advisor to Fortune 500 firms and the Government. From

1993 to 95, he served as the Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense and

as the Director of the Software Initiatives Office as a Senior Executive Official (3-

 

Music and the Holocaust: Tragedy, Hope and Legacy - Thursday
 Show Description
Instructor: Emanuel Abramovits, MBA
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/19/2023 - 1/19/2023, Th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: Zoom, , CA

One lecture about the role that music played in the struggle for hope in those dark times. Stories about the artists who died in the Holocaust, about others who survived and the stories of the instruments that have been restored. Finally, how the events of the 30s and 40s affected American Culture in ways we had not considered. THIS COURSE WILL MEET ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

 

About the Instructor: Emanuel Abramovits has been a concert promoter since 2000, directly involved in many concerts by international artists, like Itzhak Perlman, Gustavo Dudamel, Sarah Brightman, Roger Hodgson, ASIA, Journey, Kenny G and many more. Designed and staged many original orchestral events, including an Event of the Year winner and several world premiers. He served as the Cultural Director at UNION ISRAELITA DE CARACAS from 2008 to 2019, releasing books, organizing film cycles, concerts and art exhibits. He has been consistently teaching online and in presence across the US since 20

 

Pan American - North Africa Lecture - Tuesday
 Show Description
Instructor: Peter Fleury
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/17/2023 - 1/17/2023, Tu, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: 307, Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building, 37500 Cook St Palm Desert, CA 92211

Before the United States formally entered World War II, some 1000 American men, under Pan American Airways, developed an aerial resupply network across North Africa in support of the British war effort in Egypt. After US war declaration, the network expanded to support allied operations all the way to China. The presenter will also highlight the Palm Springs Air Museum and its evolution into the present day venue, exhibiting over 70 military aircraft and the people who made them fly, as well as an overview of community oriented activities hosted throughout the year. THIS COURSE WILL MEET IN PERSON ON THE PALM DESERT CSUSB CAMPUS.

 

SAAM Visualizing Honor, Service & Sacrific - Thursdays
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Instructor:
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/19/2023 - 1/19/2023, Th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: Zoom, , CA

Visualizing Honor, Service, and Sacrifice with SAAM and ABMC

American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries honor the service and sacrifice of US soldiers overseas. The Smithsonian American Art Museum reveals key aspects of America’s culture and history through its collection. Artists and cemetery designers have brought to life the themes of honor, sacrifice, and service through many forms of symbolism and allegory. Representatives of ABMC and SAAM contextualize the history of memorials, monuments, and art in their collections. Compare past and present meanings of specific artworks and cemeteries. Explore the visual elements of sculpture, architecture, and 2-dimensional works to understand how their compositions convey these themes.

THIS COURSE WILL MEET ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

 

About the Instructor

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its holdings capture the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. Drawing from the Museum’s extensive collections, join study group leaders as they shine a light on the contributions of overlooked, marginalized, and self-taught artists from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of media who have contributed to the nation’s rich visual heritage.

 

What it was: Growing up when Music Mattered - Friday
 Show Description
Instructor: James Pagliasotti
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/19/2023 - 1/19/2023, Th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: Zoom, , CA

he Classic Era of rock 'n' roll music was a time of incredible creativity in the arts and in artful ways of living. It was a tumultuous time, too, when struggles over civil rights, the Vietnam war, political assassinations, and gender equity sometimes made it seem the world was coming apart. The music helped us get through it. It gave us a voice, an anthem, a gathering place where we shared our dreams and our fears. This is a memoir of those times by a writer who covered music and the counterculture with press credentials and a backstage pass. THIS COURSE WILL MEET ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Instructor: James Pagliasotti was the first rock & roll columnist for The Denver Post, where he covered music and the counterculture from 1968-74. He has written for Rolling Stone magazine and numerous other publications, and is the author of three books.

 

Wildland Wildfires: A Discussion of Wildfires and the Wildfire Situation in America - Wednesday
 Show Description
Instructor: David Haas, PhD
Course Date(s) & Time: 1/18/2023 - 1/18/2023, W, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $10.00
Location: 205, Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building, 37500 Cook St Palm Desert, CA 92211

This presentation will discuss the current situation of wildland fires today, their increase is the past thirty years and the prospect for the future (Palm Desert is NOT in danger!).  We will present relevant statistics on the number, extent, and control of wildland fires today.  No one knows how American civilization, technology, and government regulations will change to minimize this new problem.  The problem is growing rapidly!

 

About the Instructor

David Haas is an expert in the field of fire awareness. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CalFire, has an all-time high budget of $1.5 billion dollars.  The 2020 social cost of wildfires to California was estimates to be $12 billion dollars with 10, 488 buildings destroyed, 33 deaths, and millions of acres burned.  In the United States, there are about 60,000 wildfires annually, $148 billion dollars in estimated losses - 90% of which were caused by humans! Note: If you want to change your understanding of this subject, just watch “Black Saturday” on YouTube (caution: this film contains terrifying material).