Curriculum

WEDNESDAYS

9:00–10:30am WINSTON S. CHURCHILL

Winston Churchill was one of the most exciting and exasperating men of modern times. By participating in this course, we will attempt to add to the international efforts to share with future generations his contributions to the political philosophy, culture, and literature of the great democracies, as well as his contributions to statesmanship. In addition, we will delve into his humor, moods, and sometimes outlandish errors. A quote from Sir Edward March, Churchill’s onetime private secretary, encapsulates the feeling of many toward this great man: “It was sometimes wearisome and sometimes exasperating; but it was the most exhilarating of all experiences to serve, at close quarters, and in war, that wayward, romantic, expansive and explosive genius, with the inspirational qualities of an Old Testament Prophet, Winston Spencer Churchill.” This course is a repeat of an earlier course.

WENDELL MUSSER, MD, is a retired academic physician who held faculty positions at Indiana, Duke, George Washington, Kentucky and Emory. He is a longtime book collector, primarily about Churchill and FDR, and feels that a day away from OLLI is a day away from happiness.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 9:00–10:30am, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 40. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0508.

9:00–10:30am THOMAS BERRY’S DREAM OF THE EARTH: Foundations of an Ecological Civilization

Thomas Berry, formerly of Greensboro, is the leading thinker in human ecology of our time. 2014 is the 5th anniversary of his death and the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Dream of the Earth, his landmark book, has sold over one hundred thousand copies. First published in 1988, it is still regarded as the key source for his thought. Berry taught that the universe expresses itself as a succession of dream experiences and that humans are part of the dream of the Earth. The question, then, is not what do we want Earth to be but what does Earth want us to be. Drawing on the wisdom of Western philosophy, Asian thought, and Native American traditions, as well as contemporary physics and evolutionary biology, Berry recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics, religion, ecology, and education. This course will explore Berry’s ideas and how he speaks to us today.

Required text:

  • Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth (ISBN 978-1578051359), Sierra Club Books, 2006, $9.99.

HERMAN GREENE is president of the Center for Ecozoic Studies, Chapel Hill, a center for advancing new ideas and ways of living for an ecological-cultural age. He holds graduate degrees in spirituality and sustainability (United Theological Seminary, 2005), law (UNC–Chapel Hill, 1979), theology (University of Chicago, 1970), and political science (Stanford University, 1967).

5 Wednesdays, September 10–October 8 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Educational Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: $45; this course is not available for a multicourse discount. Course ID: 1307.

9:00–10:30am BRIAN SWIMME & THOMAS BERRY’S UNIVERSE STORY: Our Primary Sacred Story?

Brian Swimme, a mathematical cosmologist, teaches in the Consciousness and Cosmology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Thomas Berry, a historian of religion, taught at Fordham University. In 1992, they came together to write The Universe Story, a mythic story of transformation based on a scientific understanding of the evolutionary development of the universe and the cultural history of humanity. They understood our times as being a change of both civilizational periods and the geobiological functioning of Earth. They write that for the first time, humans are dealing with a transition in geobiological eras of Earth. Reflection on this classic is in the context of 2014 being the 5th anniversary of Thomas Berry’s death and the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Recommended text:

  • Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era—A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos (ISBN 978-0062508355), HarperOne, 1994, $11.25.

HERMAN GREENE is president of the Center for Ecozoic Studies, Chapel Hill, a center for advancing new ideas and ways of living for an ecological-cultural age. He holds graduate degrees in spirituality and sustainability (United Theological Seminary, 2005), law (UNC–Chapel Hill, 1979), theology (University of Chicago, 1970), and political science (Stanford University, 1967).

5 Wednesdays, October 22–December 3 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: $45; this course not available for multicourse discount. Course ID: 1535.

9:00–10:30am THE SUPREME COURT IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The course will review, discuss, and critique Supreme Court cases, decided from 2000 to the present, that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues presented in these cases include voting district gerrymandering, minority voting rights, campaign contributions, firearms control, corporate speech, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and the Affordable Care Act. Introductory discussions covering Article III of the US Constitution (the Judiciary) and the principle of judicial review will precede consideration of the 21st-century cases. No formal legal education will be necessary, although all students will be expected to be prepared to discuss and debate each case under consideration. Our goal is to develop an understanding of how the federal judicial system works, how and why the Supreme Court Justices do what they do, and where they and the Court might be going.

DOUGLAS SHRADER (BA, Yale University, LLB Yale Law School, Postgraduate Engel Fellowship) was a teaching assistant for Professor Robert Bork’s constitutional law seminar at Yale Law School and served as law clerk for USDJ Robt. Zampano (D, Conn.). He served forty years in trial and appellate law practice in Connecticut and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

10 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3 (please note dates; no class on Oct. 22), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1512.

9:00–10:30am PHILOSOPHIES OF HUMAN NATURE

We will sample philosophers from Ancient Indian through modern European and American traditions to survey the major ideas people have had about what makes humans distinctive. Readings will include Buddhist texts, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Hobbes, Hume, Marx, and the existentialists.

Required text:

  • Joel Kupperman, ed., Human Nature (ISBN 978-1603847452), Hackett, 2012, $16.95.

RICHARD PRUST is professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Andrews University and one of the organizers of the International Forum on Persons. He is the author of Wholeness: The Character Logic of Christian Belief and is currently working on a book titled Who a Person Is: The Character Logic of Our Identity.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1060.

9:00–10:30am CHANGE YOUR AGE: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More Fit

Baby boomers—Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider this: our movement habits at ages fifty and sixty will impact how we feel at age seventy and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make our bodies and minds agile and more fit. This groundbreaking Change Your Age program, based on the Feldenkrais Method of neuromuscular reeducation, applies the principals of childhood development and neuroplasticity to adult learners. You will learn simple but powerful exercises that will train your brain to send signals to your muscles to move in healthier, stronger, and more coordinated ways. The program is not stressful and does not involve repetitive routines. It does not place demands on your muscular strength and flexibility. Learn to create a more intelligent body, release your pain, and then celebrate your newfound feelings of youth.

Please note: Women and men of any age are welcome, as long as you can lie on the floor comfortably. Please bring a mat (or thick blanket or sleeping bag) on which to lie and a big towel to fold to create support for your head, if you need it. Wear comfortable clothing for movement and dress in layers. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate, please contact the instructor at kd@movewithelan.com.

KAREN DOLD, a guild certified Feldenkrais practitioner, has changed her age and delights in watching her students do the same. “The older I get, the younger I feel.” She has been teaching classes throughout the Triangle area since 2000 and offers private sessions in her Chapel Hill and Cary offices.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0857.

10:00–11:30am THE LIVES OF ANCIENT GREEK WOMEN IN ART & LITERATURE

This course will explore the varied roles of ancient Greek women as bride, wife, and mother. We will look at original sources on the legal status of women, their private lives, their occupations outside the home, their religious activities, and how doctors viewed female anatomy. We will also view artworks showing women’s daily activities. Many of the stereotypes about women and their roles originated in Greece and were perpetuated throughout Western society because until the 20th century education was largely a matter of studying the Classics. But did these patriarchal values and negative views of women really predominate in everyday life or were they mostly a matter of ideology? Close readings and discussion of the original documents will help to decide the answer.

CYNTHIA DESSEN has taught over thirty courses for OLLI since she retired from UNC–Chapel Hill in 2000.

8 Wednesdays, September 10—November 5, 10:00–11:30am (please note dates and times; no class on Sept. 17, but class will meet on Oct. 15, during OLLI’s Fall Break), Carol Woods Retirement Center, Building 1 Classroom, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. Maximum: 35. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0428.

10:30am–12:30pm WARM GLASS FUSING: Playing with Color and Light

Think collage with glass. You will play with colored glass to create dishes, window art, and jewelry. The work will be fired in a kiln to fuse the collage into a single piece. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment with color and light.

Please note: Students will be responsible for the cost of glass they use. This can range from $75, depending upon the number and size of the projects they complete.

SALLYE COYLE was a research scientist in neuropharmacology before she discovered that playing with color and light in the form of glass was much more fun. She has a teaching studio in Orange Co, North Carolina.

8 Wednesdays, September 10–November 5, 10:30am–12:30pm (please note dates and times), instructor’s studio, 5520 Lockridge Rd., Durham. Maximum: 10. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0422.

10:30am–1:00pm FOOD FOR LIFE—DIABETES INITIATIVE: The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Diabetes is a public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the United States adult population has diabetes, and nearly one-third of those sixty-five and older have the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems resulting from nerve damage and circulatory problems. An even greater number of people, 79 million in the US, have prediabetes. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is largely a disease of overnutrition and sedentary lifestyle. The disease can be prevented, and complications can often be avoided or treated with a significant change in lifestyle. This evidence-based class features nutrition discussions and the opportunity to taste plant-based dishes.

Please note: There is a $25 food fee ($5/class) per person. There is also a $5 fee for handouts.

Required text:

  • Neal Barnard, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs (ISBN 978-1594868108), Rodale Books, 2008, $11.58.

DILIP BARMAN is a long-time OLLI photography and philosophy instructor. He is a professional photographer and leads Triangle Vegetarian Society, hosting the country’s largest vegetarian Thanksgiving (almost one thousand people in 2012). He has taught vegetarian cooking for years and is a certified instructor of the successful Food for Life program of evidence-based nutrition

5 Wednesdays, October 22–November 19, 10:30am–1:00pm (please note dates and times), St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham. Maximum: 15. Fee: $50; this course not available for multicourse discount. Course ID: 1335.

11:00am–12:30pm THE BASICS OF ESTATE PLANNING—WILLS, TRUSTS & LAND OWNERSHIP: You Too Can Control Others from the Grave and Beyond

This course will address your deepest concerns: What about the worthless son-in-law? Must he be included? What about land inherited from a rich uncle? Does your spouse have an interest in that property? Can you set up a trust that requires the children to attend an ACC school? Answers to these questions are in this course.

Recommended text:

  • Rachel Emma Silverman, The Wall Street Journal Complete Estate Planning Guidebook (ISBN 978-0307461278), Crown Business, 2011, $10.99.

A graduate of the United State Air Force Academy, PETER SARDA received his MPA from Auburn University and his JD from Wake Forest University. He has been in private practice of law in Raleigh since 1976.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1499.

11:00am–12:30pm RUSSIA, FRANCE & FINLAND IN THE 19th CENTURY: The Foundations of Socialism, Communism, and Terrorism in Three Nations

We will follow the tension between dictatorships and their attempts at social and political reform in the late 19th century. We will analyze the monumental changes that occurred in Russia and Europe in the years before the Russian Revolution. We will examine the foundations of socialism, anarchism, communism, populism, terrorism, and nationalism that altered the course of history for the three nations. Some historical events will be characterized with music, art and literature of this period.

JOHN CANZNALLE left a career in banking and obtained two graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He then taught history, English, philosophy, and economics at public and private schools in New York and North Carolina. He is a docent at the Museum of History in Raleigh and has published two books.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1509.

11:00am–12:30pm WOMEN ON WEIGHTS PLUS: Resistance Training and Aerobic Activity

Research continues to document the benefits of strength training to slow age-related muscle loss, increase bone density, and produce a beneficial protein in the brain. Class begins with twenty minutes of moderately vigorous, low-impact aerobic activity performed with peppy music. After a quick water break, we will move into the resistance training segment. We will utilize a variety of muscle-strengthening equipment including dumbbells and resistance tubes. Balance training and stretching exercises are integrated into the routines to promote other important components of fitness. Mats are provided or bring your own. Experience the support of a group while you exercise under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer. It is always recommended to check with your doctor before engaging in a new exercise program. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail the instructor at juliarose21@gmail.com.

JULIA ROSE is a certified personal trainer with ACE, the American Council on Exercise. She specializes in exercise programs for active older adults and people with osteoporotic concerns.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1152.

11:00am–12:30pm THE WORLD TODAY

This course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the group. Class members also offer topics for discussion. Active participation by class members is encouraged (but not mandatory), as it expands our mutual understanding of the many events that might affect us. Discussions are enriched by the variety of backgrounds, expertise, and viewpoints of class members. Topics are discussed knowledgeably, respectfully, and sometimes with passion, but we always end with humor, looking forward to the next class.

Please note: The discussion leaders will rotate between the two sections. Each has participated in The World Today discussions many times, each brings a distinctive style and background to the class, and most important, each will elicit a wide spectrum of views from class members.

HENRY BLINDER is an attorney and served in several different positions as a legal counsel to local government and state agencies. He was the City Attorney for the City of Durham for many years prior to his retirement in 2008 and has lived in Durham for more than thirty years.

TOM HAUCK grew up overseas and then worked for Texaco managing petroleum marketing companies in
West Africa, Central and South America and ending his career in Nigeria.

DOUG LONGMAN has taught several classes at OLLI on international political economy, public policy, and economics. He has a doctorate in business administration, and has taught previously at the University of Chicago, UNC–Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas.

BOB LYNCH has taught and counseled students from the seventh grade to university level during a forty-four-year career in education. With two master’s degrees (Antioch College in social studies and NYU in counseling), he has spent the bulk of his career as a high school counselor.

RIC SHEPHERD has been a CPA for thirty-one years, originally in the Boston area. Since 1988 he has lived and practiced in the Triangle area. His specialty is financial consulting to business, and he teaches at Wake Tech Community College.

Please note: There are two sections of this course open for enrollment. When registering online, enter the four-digit Course ID (0393) into the course search. You will then need to choose between the two sections. If registering by paper, write the preferred section on the line.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 30 in each section. Fee: Standard.

Section 1: Course ID: 0393-027.

Section 2: Course ID: 0393-028.

11:00am–12:30pm A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM & ROMEO & JULIET: Pride, Power, and Passion

On one level, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, two of Shakespeare’s best known and most frequently performed plays, illustrate Lysander’s observation, “the course of true love never did run smooth” (MND 1.1.134). In each play, young people risk alienation from authority figures to validate their love. Romeo and Juliet treats the subject tragically, raising questions about fate and free will and the cost of entrenched hatred and unbridled passion. Perhaps A Midsummer Night’s Dream spoofs the earlier Romeo and Juliet. Certainly, we never take the comedy’s four young lovers and their plight as seriously as they take themselves. However, Midsummer also confronts the more complicated love of older couples and the question of domination in relationships. At the heart of both plays we discover the Bard’s perennial concern with the disruption and restoration of moral order. Through discussion and close work with individual monologues and scenes, we will use our classes to actively explore Shakespeare’s character development, stylistic choices, and thematic concerns. Attending the PlayMakers production of Midsummer and seeing film clips of both plays will enhance our conversations about realizing the scripts in production.

Please note: The cost of the ticket to PlayMakers is not included in the course fee.

Required texts (both by William Shakespeare):

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ISBN 978-0743477543), Simon and Schuster, 2004, $5.39.
  • Romeo and Juliet (ISBN 978-0743477116), Simon and Schuster, 2004, $3.62.

JANICE CHING is retired from Durham Academy, where she taught Shakespeare’s works for more than twenty years. She studied in Stratford, England, and at the replica of the Globe in London. She has conducted professional development workshops on teaching Shakespeare’s plays and has been teaching at OLLI for ten years.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1519.

1:00am–12:30pm JUDAISM: From Israelite-Biblical Religion to Rabbinic-Talmudic Judaism

The Torah or Pentateuch lays out the tenets of ancient Israelite religion from the Exodus until the Israelite entry into the land of Canaan. The centerpiece of this religion is the revelation of the Law at Mount Sinai. Many of these strictures are still recognizable in contemporary Judaism, such as the laws of kashrut, conduct during the major holidays, guides to permitted sexual relation, and the importance of Sabbath observance. After the destruction of the Temples, Israelite religion underwent a radical transformation. Rabbinic authority supplanted the transmission of Divine Law from the High Priest to key Rabbinic figures and conclaves. This did not take place in a single stroke; there was a process of change that overlapped the Temple and post-Temple periods. This course shall examine differences and similarities of these two major varieties of Judaism and what we know about the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism from the ashes of the Temple Cult.

Required text:

  • Johnathan Golden, Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives (ISBN 978-1576078976), ABC-CLIO, 2004, available online at a significant discount.

Recommended text:

  • Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC–1492 AD (ISBN 978-0060539184), Ecco, 2014, $17.01.

DONALD J. GOLDSTEIN, PhD (Harvard, ’75), formerly was an adjunct professor of religion at George Mason University and has taught comparative religion at OLLI. He has studied religion at Boston Hebrew University, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, UNC, and Hebrew University. This is his third year of teaching in Duke’s OLLI program.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1211.

GOLDEN TREASURES OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE & SMALL TREASURES OF NORTHERN PAINTING: The Importance of Color, Shape, and Size

The focus of this class is inspired by the special exhibition that opens at the North Carolina Museum of Art in October, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries, which features sixty-four paintings no larger than 8x10 inches. In this course, we will study Italian, Dutch, and Flemish painting from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in slide lectures and in the North Carolina Museum of Art galleries, from the standpoint of color, shape, and size. We will explore questions such as how these elements represent patronage, function, and meaning.

All classes will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, with large lecture classes alternating weeks with smaller, gallery session classes. The course will conclude with a tour of the special exhibition.

Lectures—Wednesdays, 11:00am–12:30pm (see schedule for dates)

Gallery Sessions (choose 1; see schedule for dates)

Section 1: Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am
Section 2: Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00pm
Section 3: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30am
Section 4: Thursdays, 12:00–1:00pm

Schedule—

  • September 10 (lecture) Medieval Italy; The Icon and the Altarpiece
  • September 17 & 18 (Italian Galleries)
  • October 1 (lecture) Italian Renaissance Art; The Patron of Place
  • October 8 & 9 (Italian Galleries)
  • October 22 (lecture) The Northern Flavor of the Renaissance
  • October 29 & 30 (Dutch & Flemish Galleries)
  • November 5 (lecture) The Small and Special; Rembrandt and Vermeer
  • November 12 (lecture) Works in the Small Treasures Exhibition
  • November 19 & 20 (tour) Special Exhibition Galleries: Small Treasures

KRISTINE DOOR, PhD, taught art history at the University of North Dakota for over a decade before moving to Raleigh in 1995. Until her retirement, she lectured at the North Carolina Museum of Art and directed the docent program.

Please note: You can sign up for either the entire course (which includes all lectures and your choice of available gallery sessions) or you can sign up for just the lectures. When registering online, enter
the four-digit Course ID (1490) into the course search. You will then need to choose between the four sections that include lectures and gallery sessions or the one section that includes only lectures. If registering by paper, write the preferred section on the line.

Section 1: Wednesday lectures, with Wednesday Gallery Sessions, 10:30–11:30am. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1490-001.

Section 2: Wednesday lectures, with Wednesday Gallery Sessions, 12:00–1:00pm. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1490-002.

Section 3: Wednesday lectures, with Thursday Gallery Sessions, 10:30–11:30am. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1490-003.

Section 4: Wednesday lectures, with Thursday Gallery Sessions, 12:00–1:00pm. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1490-004.

Section 5: Lectures only—Wednesdays, 11:00am–12:30pm. Maximum: 150. Fee: $50; this section not available for multicourse discount. Course ID: 1490-005.

1:30–3:00pm HUMAN MULTIDIMENSIONALITY: Selves, Souls, Group Souls

According to esoteric sources, human beings are multidimensional entities, of which the physical dimensional is, in a sense, the least important dimension of all. In another sense, however, it is profoundly important. In this course, we will examine the various dimensions of human beings and explain why the physical dimension is said to be the least important dimension, while, at the same time, of such great importance. We will discuss what it means to be a “self,” examine the concept “soul,” and show how all this is related to the concept of “group-souls,” a concept to which even most esoteric sources fail to give proper attention. Through this process, we will be considering and exploring what is according to esoteric sources the true “meaning of life.”

JEROLD CLACK taught philosophy for thirty years, primarily in the Triangle area. He has taught numerous courses at OLLI concerning the spiritual nature of human beings.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1537.

1:30–3:00pm THE WISDOM OF DREAMS: How to Interpret Your Dreams

Dreams are an integral part of spiritual awakening, and they are a natural way of knowing God and our true nature. We receive dream guidance on every aspect of our being, and nothing of significance ever happens to us unless it is first previewed in our dreams. So claimed Edgar Cayce, the most documented American mystic of the 20th century, who was referred to as the “sleeping prophet.” This course is based on Cayce’s method of dream interpretation, and the instructor will share his own dreams and those interpreted by Cayce, as well as biblical dreams. In this course, you will establish a foundation for dream work, learn to recognize the fourteen purposes of dreams, acquire interpretation skills, analyze dream imagery and symbols, identify varieties of dreams, enhance recall strategies, make sense out of “bizarre” dreams, and practice interpreting your dreams in a facilitated dream group.

Required text:

  • Jerry Lazarus, Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God (ISBN: 978-0-982755808), Welkin, 2011, $17.20. Books will be available from the instructor at the first class; please bring exact change.

JERRY LAZARUS, MA, is a spiritual counselor, author, and speaker. He is the dream columnist for Venture Inward magazine and the author of Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God. He conducts workshops and retreats throughout the US.

6 Wednesdays, September 10–October 22, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 15. Fee: $50 (not available for the multi-course discount). Course ID: 0760.

1:30–3:00pm CLASSICAL POLITICAL THINKERS & MODERN METHODS (Part II): Rousseau to the Present

This course analyzes the philosophic, economic, and social bases of government of classical political thinkers and their relation to contemporary political thinkers and models of government. Examples include Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Peter Bachrach; Immanuel Kant and John Rawls; Edmund Burke and Michael Oakeshott; Georg W. Hegel and Karl Marx; John Stuart Mill and Robert Nozick; Friedrich Nietzsche and Nazism.

Please note: Students do not need to have taken Part I of this course to enroll.

Dr. WILLIAM DAVIDSHOFER holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in political theory and West European and East European governments and politics. His manuscript Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model will soon be published by Palgrave MacMillan.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1545.

1:30–3:00pm CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE—POET, PLAYWRIGHT, COUNTERFEITER, SPY

The face that launched a thousand ships . . .”

Come live with me, and be my love . . .”

Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?”

Christopher Marlowe was never at a loss for memorable words. He and William Shakespeare were born in England in 1564. Marlowe was murdered in a bar at the age of twenty-nine; Shakespeare quietly retired in his forties. Between them, they revolutionized English theater and left bodies of work that continue to provoke wonder, admiration, and enlightenment. We will look closely at Marlowe’s plays, including Tamburlaine Parts 1 and 2 and Doctor Faustus. Marlowe, the great ironist, continues to speak to us not only with his use of language and spectacle but by grappling with fundamental issues of war and peace, value and dross, truth and lies. Come and be ready for surprise and to have your 21st-century experience challenged by this 16th-century playwright and poet.

Required text:

  • Any editions (including Internet-available) of Marlowe’s plays (or at least Tamburlaine, parts 1
    and 2, and Doctor Faustus)

Recommended texts:

  • David Hopp, I Never Did Repent for Doing Good: A Companion to Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” (ISBN 978-1439240731), BookSurge, 2009, $16.99.
  • Any editions (including internet-available) of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the first part of King Henry IV.

DAVID HOPP has taught several courses at OLLI, on Shakespeare and on the Declaration of Independence. He received a doctorate in nuclear physics from UCLAin 1964 and spent over forty years in computing in the health sciences. Since retiring he has devoted himself to his abiding love of the English language, and to instructing community college students in mathematics.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1522.

1:30–3:00pm DIAGHILEV & THE BALLETS RUSSES, 1909–1929: Catalyst for Creativity

For twenty years the Russian impresario Sergey Diaghilev saddled a creative comet that flew through Paris and ultimately the entire world of the performing arts. His productions caused riots, created sensational press, nurtured some of the most remarkable dancers the ballet stage had ever seen, and generally stimulated a period of phenomenal creativity that has never been equaled. Two of OLLI’s most experienced and knowledgeable instructors will guide you through the dance and the music of this exciting epoch.

BETSY BULLEN, also known as Madame Tutu, has been a student of ballet all her life and has introduced hundreds of OLLI students to the joys of this art form. She is back this fall with the amazing story of the impresario who changed the history of dance.

KEN HOOVER, former classical music radio host at WCPE, has taught a number of music courses at OLLI. Ken will shed new light on the music of this phenomenal creative era.

11 Wednesdays, September 10–December 3, 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1531.

1:30–3:00pm A WAY OF HAPPENING: A Selection of the Poetry of W. H. Auden and Robert Frost

In this course, we will consider two poets with commanding reputations. A critic in the New York Times Book Review wrote that “from roughly 1930 to 1950 British and Irish poetry seemed to fall under the sway of a single writer: W. H. Auden.” Today Auden continues to rank high in critical opinion. As for Frost, he is regarded as “one of the most popular and critically respected poets of the twentieth century—almost an institution.”

Recommended texts:

  • W. H. Auden, Auden: Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), ed. Edward Mendelson (ISBN 978-0679443674), Everyman’s Library, 1995, $12.50.
  • Robert Frost, Frost: Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), ed. John Hollander (ISBN 978-0679455141), Everyman’s Library, 1997, $13.50.

OLIVER FERGUSON is a professor of English (emeritus) at Duke University.

9 Wednesdays, September 10–November 12 (please note dates), 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1520.

3:15–4:45pm CELEBRITY IN AMERICA: From Barnum to Blockbusters

Media is America’s second largest export, and celebrities are an integral part of this industry. The modern celebrity dates from the early 19th century and is inextricably bound to the rise of American cities and the mass media. In this course, we will study celebrity’s beginnings as well as its evolution. We will study and discuss the unique contributions made by celebrities to American culture, through the rise and fall of vaudeville, silent film, and radio, as well as the creation of modern electronic media.

Dr. LISA RHODES specializes in courses on American media and entertainment culture, most recently at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her book Electric Ladyland: Women in Rock Culture (2005), is a study of how women rock and pop musicians were treated in the popular press, specifically in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Time, and Newsweek. Before entering academia, Rhodes was a professional musician with national releases as both a performer and a composer.

10 Wednesdays, September 17–December 3 (please note dates), 3:15–4:45pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1544.

3:15–4:45pm THE ARCHITECT MICHELANGELO: The Very Model of the Major Architect

While few names stand out before him, Michelangelo is the archetypal (and sometimes stereotypical) model of our contemporary concept of the architect. His influence goes beyond his personal accomplishments because his works stand out from the general body of architecture. In fact, modernist and contemporary architects from Le Corbusier to Frank Gehry are indebted to Michelangelo for his innovations. Indeed, in many ways, architecture has not surpassed his earlier achievements.

JOEL DABROWSKI received his professional degree in architecture from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he studied Michelangelo in Rome (among others). He is a licensed architect and currently works for BBH Design in Raleigh. He is TEED accredited, and his designs have won local and national design awards.

8 Wednesdays, September 10–November 5 (please note dates), 3:15–4:45pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1492.

Free Lunchtime Lectures

CONSCIOUS AGING SERIES

A free lunchtime lecture series with knowledgeable speakers addressing relevant issues and topics:

  • Sept 17 • Triangle Small Theater Scene (Tim Scales)
  • Sept 24 • Common Foot Challenges (Jane Anderson)
  • Oct 1 • Acupuncture (Christina Fish)
  • Oct 8 • Memory & Aging (Kathie Hayden, PhD)
  • Oct 22 • NC Travel (Amy Pasquini)
  • Oct 29 • TBA
  • Nov 5 • NC Ticks & Their Pathogens: An Increasing Problem (Dr. Marcia Herman-Giddens)
  • Nov 12 • Voluntary Stopping of Eating & Drinking: An End-of-Life Option (Susan and Elliot Schaffer)
  • Nov 19 • Medicare Update (Barry Mowbry)
  • Dec 3 • Stress Relief through Yoga (Carol Krucoff)

Wednesdays, 12:45–1:45pm, Judea Reform Education Building (Commons). Attend as many sessions as you wish; no advance registration is necessary. Watch the OLLI bulletin boards for details. The schedule is subject to change.

3:30–5:00pm NEW HORIZONS CHORUS

Men and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing!

The New Horizons Chorus invites you to join with fellow OLLI members in a serious, but fun, atmosphere to learn healthy singing techniques. Making music is enjoyable, but it’s serious fun . . . and it can help maintain both good mental and physical health.

Experienced as well as novice singers are welcome. Sing favorite music that you remember from the past. Our focus will be on learning basic concepts and vocal technique, reading music, and—most of all—experiencing the joy of singing.

GLENN MEHRBACH is our director and CARMEN WARD is our piano accompanist.

11 Wednesdays, September 10—December 4, 3:30–5:00pm, in the Chorus Room at Durham Academy Middle School Campus, 3116 Academy Rd., Durham. There is ample parking after 3:15pm, when parents have picked up students from school. Fee: Standard; covers group instruction and sheet music. Course ID: 0457.

You must be a paid member of OLLI ($35 annual dues) for the 2014–2015 academic year.

 

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