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SHARED  LEARNING  COURSE  CATALOG  FOR  FALL  2017                      
   * Registration Period:   July 15, 2017   to   September 4, 2017.      
  * Fall Classes:   September 11  to  December 15.    End-of-Term Party:  Dec. 15.
         **  Fall break:  week of November 20th.  Class rooms are posted on site, first day of term.
  If you have questions about any course, feel free to contact the moderator(s).                    


BOOK CLUB   Moderators:  Abbie Tom (919-933-8972, and Suzanne Haff (,   919-933-9329).    For everyone who loves to read and discuss a good book.   Class members in the spring, 2017 course have selected three books to be read and discussed for this fall term.  The books tend to be provocative and personally relevant.   A volunteer class member will serve as moderator for each monthly discussion.   The three books and moderators for the fall term include:   October 6:  The Great Divide by Thomas Fleming with Ed Nirdlinger as moderator;  November 3: My Antonia by Willa Cather with Elizabeth Wheeler as moderator;  and December 1: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal with Anne Marie as moderator.   Both new students and those from previous terms are welcome. First Fridays, starting Oct. 6, 11:00-12:30.

CONTROVERSIES IN THE WORLD Moderator: Hank Becker (932-7356, This is a seminar-type course based on book-length reading.    Participants are responsible for presenting an overview, based on one week's reading selection.   The book we will read during the fall is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (2017), by Richard Haass.    For many years, Haass, President of the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations, has been a major writer and scholar on U.S. foreign policy and a frequent commentator on national news programs.   NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 20 people.    Through Aug. 15th, participants from the prior semester have priority for registration. Monday, 11:00-12:30.

EARLY CLASSIC BRITISH LITERATURE   Moderator: Nancy Goudreau, (, 703-329-2933).   Dr. John Sutherland (Great Courses) believes that people cannot appreciate literature without knowing the historical circumstances, experienced by authors.   Thus, in each ½ hour lecture per class, he will review classic British literary works, published from early 1600 – late 1700's, along with justification for their place in British history.   We will enhance his lectures with oral readings and more information about the authors, their works and concurrent British history.   Class members will select our study topics which may include:   John Donne;  Milton's Paradise Lost;  Andrew Marvell;  Daniel Defoe;  Alexander Pope;  Samuel Johnson;  and John Dryden.   Class interest will determine the time we spend per work/author/historical event.   Students will get texts for oral reading/study from the internet and public and personal libraries.  NOTE:  Both new students and those from the spring 2017 term are welcome. Thursday, 11:00–12:30.                                                 

EPISODES FROM THE HISTORY OF JAZZ  Moderator:  Nancy Goudreau (703-329-2933,  Whether curious or hip, you may still want to learn about the history of jazz and its innovations and innovators.  This course should amply suffice.   Directed by Ken Burns, the 2000 PBS series of 90 minute documentaries traces jazz development.   In this term, we will cover Episodes 4 – 10 … from early 1930's 'swing' to establishment of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.   The series is loaded with:  full musical excerpts;  information/photos of historical/ social context;  profiles of musicians/composers;  and insightful comments from those who know.    In order of musical era, we will play about 45 minutes from one documentary and complete its showing during our next meeting.  Thus, per session, we'll be able to spend time:  expressing our reactions to lectures;  adding our own info;  sharing our own recordings/references; and listening to selections from our personal collections.   (A fine reference book to own, if you have none, is Jazz:  A History of America's Music, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, 2005, 489 pp.  Second hand in Amazon, $15.00.) NOTE: Both new students and those from summer 2017 term are welcome.  Tuesday, 9:15-10:45.

FROM MONET TO VAN GOGH:  A HISTORY OF IMPRESSIONISM    Moderator: Jane Misch (919-918-3649, and Sharon Epstein ( .  Dr. Richard Brettell of the University of Texas combines history, biography and art in a series of 24 Great Courses lectures on the Impressionist movement.   Most of us are familiar with Impressionist painting, but are we aware that it was considered shocking, startling, even revolutionary in its time?   Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro and their fellow “Impressionists” painted during a period of cultural upheaval in Europe which included the rebuilding of Paris, the rise of industrialism and the aftermath of war.   We will view over 200 works of art as Dr. Brettell describes the Impressionist movement in the context of contemporary events.   Jane and Sharon will show two lectures per class meeting, and class members will be encouraged to share books, experiences and opinions.  Monday, 11:00–12:30.

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