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Courses: Late Summer   

 
  • IN-PERSON: The History of the Concerto - Great Conversations in Music
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/5/2024 - 9/16/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: John Prescott
    Seats Available: 23

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    **Note that this class will skip September 2 for Labor Day.**

    The concerto is a piece of music for orchestra and soloist or soloists. This course will explore the history of these fascinating musical conversations between larger and smaller musical forces. 

    We will trace the history of the concerto from its beginnings in the time of Bach and Corelli through the ninteenth century and into our own time. We will learn how the musical gifts and personalities of the performers for whom the concertos were written affected the music. We will listen to recordings and have lively discussion. No previous musical experience is necessary.

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  • ZOOM: The Story of Hebrew
  • Fee: $100.00
    Dates: 8/5/2024 - 8/26/2024
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 4
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Asya Pereltsvaig
    Seats Available: 64

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    **This is a 4 week course**

    What was the Biblical Hebrew language like? What did the words in the Hebrew Bible (and of the Old Testament) mean, and how can we know that? What did Biblical Hebrew sound like (and it’s not what you probably think!)? What was the role of Hebrew in the life of Jewish diasporic communities? In what way did Hebrew die out in the Middle Ages—or did it? How was it “brought back from the dead” and what allowed it to become the most successful language “revival” story in the world? In this course, we’ll examine those provocative questions from a scientific perspective, while challenging ideological tenets often held by both Jewish and non-Jewish commentators. We will explore how the knowledge gained from modern speech and language sciences can help us understand the controversial history of the Jews and of their holy language, as well as the often-misunderstood text of the Bible. The course presupposes no knowledge of linguistics or Hebrew.

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  • IN-PERSON: Etta James & Ray Charles – Lives, Times & Music
  • Fee: $75.00
    Dates: 8/5/2024 - 8/19/2024
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 3
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Pamela Rose
    Seats Available: 24

    **This class will be held In-Person**

    **This is a 3 week course**

    Few singers touch our souls as deeply as Etta James and Ray Charles.  They took our breath away with naked emotional truth, whether crooning tenderly or smoking ‘em down.   But each also transcended typical music labels, straddling jazz, blues, country, R & B, gospel, by creating their own unique soulful sound that was bigger than any genre. This is all the more extraordinary in light of the fact that each of these artists managed not only to survive their difficult early years, fighting Jim Crow laws on the road, they stood up for themselves as they carved out a unique place in music that we now call ‘soul’.  

    With in-depth biographical detail, archival footage and sing-a-longs we will explore the lives, times and music of these two Soul Masters.  

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  • IN-PERSON: The Arts of Mexico
  • Fee: $75.00
    Dates: 8/26/2024 - 9/16/2024
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 3
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Avril Angevine
    Seats Available: 22

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    **This is a 3 week course, and will skip September 2 for Labor Day.**

    Explore the powerful art produced in the large, varied, and exciting country on our southern border. We’ll start with a look at the art and architecture of early sites such as Teotihuacan, but the focus will be on the post-Conquest world when indigenous traditions blend with those of newer arrivals and international art trends. We’ll look at the colonial era of the UltraBaroque, the 19th century, the Revolutionary years, Mexican Surrealism, and contemporary art production. Discover Mexico’s unique and influential contribution to the global art community.

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  • ZOOM: The Presidential Campaign of 2024 in Perspective
  • Fee: $100.00
    Dates: 8/20/2024 - 9/10/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 4
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Marc Sandalow
    Seats Available: 59
    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    **This is a 4 week course**

    Every presidential election is branded “the most important in history.’’ Is 2024 the year when the cliché matches reality? This four-week course will explore the U.S.’s unique and much-maligned process of selecting its president. It will address the role of fake news, the breakdown in dignity, and concerns that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to American democracy. Topics will include an evaluation of Electoral College, the news media, polling, vote suppression, television commercials, and the role of money. Each week will also feature a focus on a particular policy issue related to the 2024 campaign, including immigration, the economy, reproductive rights, foreign policy and threats to democracy.

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  • ZOOM: After Empire: 20th Century British & Irish Short Story Masters
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/6/2024 - 9/17/2024
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Robert Weibezahl
    Seats Available: 69

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    **Note that this class will skip September 3 and end on Sept. 17.**

    Explore the short story work of six 20th century British and Irish writers who excelled at the form: James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, V.S. Pritchett, Edna O’Brien, William Trevor, and Penelope Lively. Each week we will focus on the output of a single writer, reading three or four of his/her stories and exploring the sources and particularities of that storyteller’s distinctive narratives style and thematic concerns. Stories will be provided electronically by the instructor and participants should read the assigned stories in advance of each class. There is no prerequisite.

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  • ZOOM: Chair Yoga for Strength and Flexibility - Your Back
  • Fee: $82.00
    Dates: 8/6/2024 - 9/17/2024
    Times: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 7
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Magdalene Khoo
    Seats Available: 61
    **This class will take place on Zoom**
    **This course is open to members and non-members**

    This 7-week yoga series will focus on realigning your body’s optimum posture using a stable chair to strengthen your back.

    Through the Iyengar Yoga method, the postures involve lengthening and contracting of muscles that will strengthen the body, create more mobility and flexibility of the joints and support a healthy back. In addition to the chair, please have these yoga props available: 1 strap, 2 blocks and a blanket. (In lieu of a metal yoga chair, a sturdy dining/desk chair with no wheels will suffice; a belt/scarf for a yoga strap, thick books or empty boxes instead of blocks and a small bedroom blanket/throw. It will also be helpful to set up your Zoom space with the chair in front of a blank wall or tall, bar-height table.) All/no experience welcome.

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  • ZOOM: Women and Migration
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/7/2024 - 9/11/2024
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Oliva Espin
    Seats Available: 72
    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    Even though popular opinion still perceives the immigrant as male, the reality is that over the
    world, women and girls account for half of the almost 300 million international migrants. Eighty
    percent of those seeking asylum in the world are women and their children. Is the experience of
    migration different for women and men? What does the United Nations say about the unique
    causes of women's migration and the impact of migration on women’s lives. These are
    intriguing questions of great relevance at the present time when immigration policies are such a
    “hot” topic in national and international conversations.

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  • HYBRID (IN-PERSON): Silicon Valley - From Apricot Orchards to High Technology
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/8/2024 - 9/12/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Bebo White
    Seats Available: 27

    **This class is a Hybrid. This section of class will be taught In-Person**

    Around the world, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with high technology that has shaped global society, fortunes won and loss, the epitome of venture capitalism and charismatic free-thinkers that inspire legend. But how did this stretch of California’s Santa Clara Valley which only 70 years ago was lined with family farms and orchards evolve into how it is perceived today?

    In this class we will trace the timeline of Silicon Valley’s  growth, the inspirations, successes and failures, the landmarks along El Camino Real, and the characters that have defined and marked its growth. It’s a story that begins with the birth of Stanford University, moves through the World War II and Cold War years, finds itself in the freewheeling 60’s, explodes, collapses and explodes again in the early days of the Internet and the World Wide Web and still continues to shape 21st century society and economy.

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  • HYBRID (ZOOM): Silicon Valley - From Apricot Orchards to High Technology
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/8/2024 - 9/12/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Bebo White
    Seats Available: 72

    **This class is a Hybrid. This section of class will be taught on Zoom**

    Around the world, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with high technology that has shaped global society, fortunes won and loss, the epitome of venture capitalism and charismatic free-thinkers that inspire legend. But how did this stretch of California’s Santa Clara Valley which only 70 years ago was lined with family farms and orchards evolve into how it is perceived today?

    In this class we will trace the timeline of Silicon Valley’s  growth, the inspirations, successes and failures, the landmarks along El Camino Real, and the characters that have defined and marked its growth. It’s a story that begins with the birth of Stanford University, moves through the World War II and Cold War years, finds itself in the freewheeling 60’s, explodes, collapses and explodes again in the early days of the Internet and the World Wide Web and still continues to shape 21st century society and economy.

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  • IN-PERSON: Gender in Pre-code (and Silent) Films
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/8/2024 - 9/5/2024
    Times: 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 5
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Mary Scott
    Seats Available: 24

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    **This class meets 5 weeks for 2.5 hours each**

    The period of films from the Silent era (1920’s) and particularly from the so-called Pre-code era  (1929-1934) saw women playing characters with power and screen presence that would subsequently be absent from female roles in cinema for decades, as The Hays Production Code brought an abrupt end to this brief window of female liberation. But beyond that, there were  films with obvious Lesbian themes, male homoerotic subplots, cross-dressing characters (Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and others.) There were also just plain weird sexual innuendos such as in Madame Satan which takes place at a costume party on a zeppelin! 

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  • IN-PERSON: Europe in the 20th Century
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/8/2024 - 9/12/2024
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Steve Harris
    Seats Available: 26

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    At the end of the 19th century, Europeans seemed to dominate the globe and the future, exercising vast military, economic, political, and cultural power; over the following hundred years, however, Europe became the central battlefield in three wars and saw its preeminence fade in the face of American ascendency, Russian force, and the diffusion of power across the entire world. Amid these developments, Europeans became “modern” while struggling to come to terms with their past. We will explore the political, economic, and cultural aspects of European history over this period. 

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  • IN-PERSON: Our Brains: Movement, Stroke and Stem Cells
  • Fee: $75.00
    Dates: 8/9/2024 - 8/23/2024
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 3
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Peter Ralston
    Seats Available: 27

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    **This is a 3 week course**

    This course provides an introduction to normal brain function and how that function can be altered in neurological diseases. The following topics will be presented:

    • Session one: Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, are conditions that alter our ability to walk safely, speak, swallow, and perform daily activities. 

    • Session two: Strokes are vascular events that may deprive us of the ability to move, feel, speak, and/ or perceive the world. There have been significant advances in therapy for stroke.

    • Session three: Stem cell therapies are in their infancy, yet have the potential to improve many neurological disorders, such as spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

    There are no prerequisites for this course. 

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  • ON ZOOM: Your Write to Resilience
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/9/2024 - 9/13/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Kathryn Goldman
    Seats Available: 3

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    Your Write To Resilience is a guided wellness practice.  

    This class provides participants with an opportunity to enhance their resilience through writing.

    This class is based upon extensive research which demonstrates that expressing our emotions through writing can improve both physical and mental well-being.  

    I will facilitate six 90-minute classes using different writing prompts to explore resilience. 

    We will write in unrestricted 8 to 10-minute bursts. At the end of each burst, people can share what they have written if desired.  This is not a writing instruction class. We do not engage in feedback or critiques. 

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