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How to Read the News: Be Informed Without Losing Your Soul - R - Remote
An interactive discussion-based course to help you cope with the flood of news information that is both the blessing and curse of the modern age. Every week we will discuss news coverage about different parts of the world from a variety of news sources. We'll share stories about how the news can make us smarter, and discuss ways to cope with media overload.
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The War in the Skies: Europe 1939 - 1945 - R - Remote
PLEASE NOTE: This course will have four two-hour class sessions. There will be a 10 minute break during each class.
This course explores how the arrival of airplanes on the battlefield changed the very nature of warfare. We will focus on the Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force during WWII. The development of aviation and air power in the years leading up to the war and the greatest clash of machines in the history of armed combat will be covered. The tale of how each air force enjoyed its own "Finest Hour" - and how American industrial might brought victory, but only after an enormous cost in men and aircraft will be told.
Reading the Short Story - R - Remote
Schedule Update: There is no class on February 10th.
We will read stories by masters and discuss the shape and structure of this relatively new literary form. How does the short story work? What is its subject, its territory, and its history? How does it relate to other forms of storytelling? What does it tell us about what it means to be a human being? What does it tell us about our culture? How does it give us something we need? The goal is for students to have a deeper understanding of how these little masterpieces work, with the purpose of being moved by their elegance and appreciating their beauty.
Native American History–Is It Your History Too? - R - Remote
Is it possible to teach about the history, government, culture, society, and issues of this country without teaching about Native Americans? Most students are not taught the basics of Native history in the U.S. today. One study found that 87% of all state standards do not include any Native history after 1900, and that 27 states do not mention Native peoples in their K-12 curriculum at all! Other studies have found that in general, most of the U.S. population sees us as invisible. Consequently, we find ourselves misrepresented or absent from American culture or the media. (“Dances With Wolves” does not count!)
Memoir Writing - R - Remote
Maximum Students: 30
Everyone has life stories to tell, from childhood reminiscences to tales of struggling through difficult times. Whether students are interested in writing for publication, or write simply for personal reasons, this six-week class will provide a supportive environment for stretching our literary wings as we explore the fundamentals of memoir writing. Class time will include writing prompts and exercises, discussion of craft and technique, and opportunities for sharing and feedback. No writing experience is necessary, and MOLLI students who’ve taken the class in the past are encouraged to reenroll and deepen their creative practice.
Climate Change: The Science Is In, Now What? - R - Remote
Climate science has now definitively established the causes and impacts of global warming. There are endless technical, political, policy and personal ideas of what to do to respond to this crisis. This course will briefly summarize current climate science, but the instructors will spend most of the course discussing what society should do. What are the highest priorities for us personally and as a city, state, nation, biosphere? Is the Paris Accord target of limiting the increase in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees C possible? What are the impediments to progress? How can they be overcome? Is it already too late???
Great American Trials VI - R - Remote
This class, the sixth in the series, will explore some of the most important courtroom trials in American history. These have shaped American jurisprudence and offer fascinating glimpses into an ever-evolving American society. The study of these cases will provide an in-depth look at judicial milestones in our country’s history. Case studies will include: the 1883 trial of Frank James for train robbery and murder; the 1922 rape trial of Hollywood star Fatty Arbuckle; the kidnapping trial of George "Machine Gun" Kelly in 1933; the 1934 custody battle over heiress Gloria Vanderbilt; the court-martial of Lt. Jackie Robinson in 1944; and the 1958 homicide trials of Nebraska teenagers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate.
The First Amendment - R - Remote
The First Amendment’s 45 words are the bedrock of our pluralistic constitutional republic. Its powerful text protects our freedoms of religion, of speech and expression, of the press/media, and our right of assembly against government restrictions. This course will explore the First Amendment’s historical origins and its evolution and expansion in the 20th and 21st centuries using landmark Supreme Court cases as guides. We will have lively discussions on a wide range of current issues and controversies surrounding the First.
Jazz History and the Appreciation of Jazz - R - Remote
This course is designed to help cultivate an appreciation for the art form of Jazz through a brief historical account of the major developments of the music from its inception in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, through its current ongoing evolution. The student will gain a basic understanding of the performance practices adhered to by most typical jazz groups and solo performers, that includes a basic outline of performance form, a basic understanding of jazz compositional form, recognition of rhythmic traditions (swing vs. straight-eighth) and recognition of blues phrasing. The class will culminate in the student’s developing a range of personal aesthetic and preference for the wide offerings of styles that fall under the umbrella of “Jazz.”
My Love Affair with Montana - R - Remote
Montana is as rich in stories as our beloved Big Sky: From Glacial Lake Missoula to Triple Divide Peak, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the Great Plains, grizzly bears and the pronghorn, the dog Shep, the much-traveled elk Earl, Indian tribes inhabiting the plains and mountains, suffragettes, railroaders, homesteaders and town builders–Montana has it all. Chiefs Plenty Coups and Charlo; explorers Lewis and Clark; military leaders Custer and Sitting Bull; political leaders Jeannette Rankin, Mike Mansfield, and Eloise Cobell; writers A.B. Guthrie, Richard Hugo, James Welch, Norman Maclean, and Dorothy Johnson; beloved artist Charlie Russell; and the magical 1904 Fort Shaw Indian girls’ basketball team–all have contributed to making Montana a very special place to call home.
The Gilded Age for Beginners - R - Remote
This course is intended to fill a historical gap that is caused by undercoverage of the late 19th century in many U.S. history classes on the high school level. The class will focus on philosophical themes that impact our attitudes today. The reactions to the problems of industrialization will be stressed throughout the course. Labor unions, immigration, Populism, Progressivism and attempts at reform will be covered as well as the ideas that propelled them–to name just a few
Women and the English Renaissance - R - Remote
Female characters in the drama of Shakespeare’s time aren’t always virtuous, but they are often dynamic–enraged shrews, insatiable widows, homicidal prostitutes, sword-fighting transvestites, women who lead armies, hard-drinking “gossips” who carouse in taverns. Real life offered women less scope for dynamism. Preachers demanded that wives be subservient to husbands, and decreed that “housewives” belonged in houses and should hardly ever venture across the threshold. Wife-beating was legal, married women couldn’t own property (even their clothes were legally their husbands’), and single women’s employment opportunities were limited to shop clerk, prostitute, and Queen. What to make of such discrepancies between literature and life? Through lectures, film clips, and class discussions, we’ll enjoy the dynamic characters and ponder the discrepancies.