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Courses: Fall Session   

 
  • IN-PERSON: Diego Rivera’s Artistic Vision of North America
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/10/2022 - 11/14/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Maureen O'Brien De Geller
    Seats Available: 22

    **This class will be taught in-person**

    Timed to coincide with Diego Rivera’s America, an exhibit at SFMOMA  July 16, 2022–January 2, 2023, this course explores Rivera’s work in Mexico and the United States during the 1920s to the early 1940s.  Featured are easel paintings, murals and portable frescoes created in Mexico and the United States, as well as discussion of the influence of Rivera on California murals.

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  • ZOOM: Nature, Poetry and the Language of the Spirit
  • Fee: $155.00
    Item Number: 22Fall22FalAC10481
    Dates: 10/10/2022 - 11/14/2022
    Times: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Diane Frank
    THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please click the "Add to Waitlist" button below.

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    Poetry is the language of the soul. It’s a powerful technique to access your inner wisdom and express it with power and beauty. In this workshop, we will explore: 

    - How to go beyond description with poems inspired by the natural world. 

    - Wildness, meditative silence, leaping and light. 

    - How to write a poem that is larger than you are. 

    - Writing techniques to make your language sing. 

     

    Diane Frank provides a safe and supportive environment to create and share poems. She works closely and personally with each writer to help you break through to a deeper level of expression. 

 

  • ZOOM: The History Wars: The 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/10/2022 - 11/14/2022
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Richard Bell
    Seats Available: 13

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    By now, it seems everyone has an opinion about The 1619 Project, a special edition of The New York Times’ Magazine (August 14, 2019) that tried to focus readers’ attention upon the continuing legacies of race slavery in American life—and about Critical Race Theory, a set of premises developed by legal scholars in the 1990s to interpret America’s institutions in the context of race and civil rights. The 1619 Project and CRT have both been the subjects of widely publicized controversy, debate, and now politicization and legislators in many states have since passed laws to ban them from school curriculums. This six-week course pushes past the headlines, the op-eds, and the shouting on cable news and talks candidly about what The 1619 Project and CRT actually are—and why they matter. 

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  • ZOOM: Benjamin Britten, A Composer of Contrasts
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/11/2022 - 11/15/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: John Prescott
    Seats Available: 60

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    This course will explore the life and music of one of the twentieth century’s most popular and enigmatic composers. Britten embraced avant garde musical practices and was deeply rooted in tradition.  He was fascinated by nonwestern music and was famously nationalistic. He was as openly gay as possible in his time and yet was intensely private. Out of these contradictions came music of staggering beauty which explore every facet of human experience from pure sensual joy to the deepest anguish. 

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  • ZOOM: Everyday Astronomy: Orienting Yourself in Space, Time, and the Sky
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/11/2022 - 11/15/2022
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Andrew Fraknoi
    Seats Available: 24

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    In this 12-hour, 6-week course, we will examine how so many aspects of our everyday lives are intimately connected with the Sun, Moon, and the sky. Using everyday language, analogies, humor, and lots of visual aids, we will see how our sense of time, motion, seasons, and light and dark all stem from the way the Earth interacts with the other worlds in our neighborhood.

    We’ll examine where the idea of a day, week, month and year come from, how eclipses happen (and which ones are coming to the US), how fast you are moving in the cosmos when you are sitting still, the evolving motion of the Moon, the reasons for the seasons, the past and future of the constellations, supermoons and blood moons, the zodiac, etc.  We’ll also lay to rest some folk wisdom that is not so wise, including full moon madness, the flat-Earth delusion, UFOs as alien spaceships, and the idea that the planets can affect your destiny (astrology). You’ll finish with a new awareness of how much cosmic cycles and cosmic events are part of your life.

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  • ZOOM: Noir and Blacklist
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/11/2022 - 11/15/2022
    Times: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Elliot Lavine
    Seats Available: 48

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    Each week films will be watched by the students in advance of class.

    By the late 1940s the fear that Communism was a serious internal threat to the nation's security  resulted in the creation of the House Un-American Activities Committee to ferret out subversive  figures. The left-wing faction of Hollywood became a prime target. 

    The ensuing witch-hunt decimated Hollywood's vast talent pool as brilliant careers were  suddenly and often tragically ended. Six films created by those most affected by this shameful  scourge, subversively camouflaged as "B" crime pictures -- now commonly referred to as Film  Noir and all allegorical commentaries on the blacklist -- will shed light on Hollywood's most frightening real-life horror story. 

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  • IN-PERSON: How is Now, The Nature of the Modern World
  • Fee: $64.00
    Dates: 10/12/2022 - 10/26/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 3
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Steve Harris
    Seats Available: 22

    **This class will be taught in-person**

    **Please note this is a 3 week course. Course packages do not apply to this 3 week course. One does not have to be a member to enroll.**

    Over the past 250 years, the way people live has become radically different from that which has gone  before. We use the label “modern” to describe how we are now. Our world is characterized by longer lives and higher standards of living, science and technology, reason, cities, globalization, democracy, a host of  “isms”, acceleration, compression, and staccato shifts and upsets (although there are many variations and  exceptions). This history course will give you one interpretation of how the world became “modern” and  how modernity has played out in culture, material life, events, and, in particular, human consciousness/ epistemology/ mentality.

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • IN-PERSON: Giants of the American Musical Theater
  • Fee: $64.00
    Dates: 11/2/2022 - 11/16/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 3
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Richard Harrell
    Seats Available: 27

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

    **Please note this is a 3 week course. Course packages do not apply to this 3 week course. One does not have to be a member to enroll.**

    We will explore important works by three of the most important composers of American Musical Theater, Jerome Kern, Rogers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.

    Of course, as we explore the history of these important composers and their works, we will enjoy many video performances by some of the greatest performers of the American Musical Theater. 

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • ZOOM: Industrial Giant: the Rebuilding of America after the Civil War, 1865-1901
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/12/2022 - 11/16/2022
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Jared Day
    Seats Available: 57

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    This set of lectures examines American history from the close of the Civil War to the assassination of William McKinley in 1901.  We will put special emphasis on the Reconstruction era, its implications for both white and African-American southerners, the time of the Plains Wars with Native Americans, and the dramatic impacts of the industrial revolution on working families and the nation at large.

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  • IN-PERSON: Rilke: On Life and Other Difficulties
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/13/2022 - 11/17/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Jannie Dresser
    Seats Available: 28

    **This class will be taught in-person**

    Rainer Maria Rilke's life (1875-1926) bridged the 19th and 20th centuries while his poetry bridged literary movements. The peripatetic Czech-Austrian devoted himself to his creative work, sometimes letting down those he loved. He left his readers many beautiful works. We'll sample poetry and prose in various translations.

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  • IN-PERSON: Arthur Miller and the Challenge of Writing Tragedy in the Modern World
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/13/2022 - 11/17/2022
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Julian Lopez-Morillas
    Seats Available: 31

    **This class will be taught in-person**

    Over nearly 2500 years of the history of theatre, the concept of Tragedy has undergone many changes. For the ancient Greeks, it was a religious ritual having to do with the workings of fate and the inscrutable will of the gods; in Elizabethan England, it was the quintessential popular entertainment, the drama of the fall of great men, as the Wheel of Fortune turned. But in twentieth-century America, any playwright choosing to tackle the subject had to deal with a national consciousness that embraced ideals of equality and social parity; where to find the towering figures whose downfall generates the feelings of “pity and terror” that Aristotle identified as an essential feature of the tragic experience? In a society without kings and heroes, what does tragedy even mean? For Arthur Miller (1915-2005), perhaps the greatest of American playwrights, the answer lay in redefining the very idea of tragedy. Miller believed that the questions of the individual protagonist confronting the moral crises of life were not confined to figures of power and destiny, but could be found in the challenges facing ordinary men and women struggling to lead meaningful lives in a modern democracy. In plays like All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, The Crucible and Incident at Vichy, Miller developed a new kind of domestic tragedy, focusing on his protagonists’ struggle to lead meaningful, moral lives in an era of eroding values and moral uncertainty. The resulting plays take their rightful place among the masterpieces of the modern theatre.

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  • IN-PERSON: Late Imperial Russia 1855-1914
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/13/2022 - 11/17/2022
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Richard Robbins
    Seats Available: 22

    **This class will be taught in-person**

    This class is a series of talks on Late Imperial Russia (1855-1914). We will look at the autocratic tradition and the social, political, economic and governmental changes that marked this complex and fateful period in Russian history. Often seen as a time of decay, a prelude to the Revolution of 1917, recent rethinking and scholarship is now altering our perspective. While not all signs were positive, the years before the Great War were remarkably vibrant and creative. Perhaps the best way to look at this period is to see it as a "road not taken" with lessons and implications for today. 

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  • IN-PERSON: Paint It More Black; A Deeper Dive into Black Art
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/14/2022 - 11/18/2022
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Charlie Goldberg
    Seats Available: 28

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

    Most of us, if asked, could name 10 Impressionist artists without too much trouble but I bet many of us would be hard-pressed to name 10 Black artists, either American or from the rest of the African diaspora.  This course will look at early depictions of Blacks in Western art, examine some of the earliest Black American artists, and continue to the present day. We’ll look at the Great Migration and what role it had on the Harlem Renaissance. We’ll look at lesser-known but equally important roles of the Harmon Foundation, and the Chicago Institute of Art and the roles they both played in promoting Black art and artists. Join in on the fun as we enjoy looking at and discussing a lot of great images. 

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  • ZOOM: Film Art, An Introduction to the Formal Elements of Film
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/14/2022 - 11/18/2022
    Times: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Sarah Childress
    Seats Available: 54

    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    This course will introduce you to the elements of film form – mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound – and to how they communicate story details, express concepts, and develop characters, stories, and themes. We will explore each formal element by analyzing specific films (e.g., Sunset Boulevard, The Graduate, and The Maltese Falcon), which are available to view for free or a small fee on popular streaming platforms. Familiarity with the films will enhance your experience, but advance viewing is not required. 

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  • ZOOM: More from the Promiscuous World of Jewish Music
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 10/14/2022 - 11/18/2022
    Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Joshua Horowitz
    Seats Available: 60

    **This class will be taught On Zoom**

    This course leads the audience through little known themes of Jewish music in the world, exploring why the music at Jewish weddings were such sombre affairs where the bride had to cry before her betrothal, and the synthesis of, and differences between "Gypsy" and Jewish music. It details the unique case of a 19th century traveling Hassidic musician who wowed the classical world with his homemade instrument, and analyses the only surviving pre-war Yiddish opera through a discussion as to whether we should be ashamed or proud of it. Then, the sordid underbelly of Jewish superstitions is explored through the story of the demon Lilith and connects forbidden Jewish magical practices with the hidden symbolism used by all of the classical composers. Finally, we end the lectures with an instrument that practically defined klezmer music, only to fade into obscurity following its fascinating adventures into all of the other east European folk traditions. All of the lectures feature imagery, music and videos, followed by a lively Q & A.

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  • IN PERSON - OLLI Plus Events and Lectures
  • Fee: $35.00
    Days: Mondays
    Sessions: 18-20
    Building: Main SFSU Campus
    Seats Available: 146

    OLLI Plus events and lectures are offered in person twice monthly September through July on the main San Francisco State campus on Hollway Ave, about 20 one hour talks. For a single fee of $35 your name will appear on the sign-in roster and you may attend as many of these on campus talks as you like. Each in-person talk will be followed by complimentary cookies, coffee, tea, and social time. 

    OLLI Plus talks are one hour in length and range in topics from art to politics to science to music.

    Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30. No sessions in August. Only one session each in November and December.
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