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As Stacy Schiff wrote in The New Times, “A short story is by definition an odder, more eccentric creature than a novel: a trailer, a fling, a warm-up act, a bouillon cube, a championship game in one inning; irresolution and ambiguity become it; it’s a first date rather than marriage. When is it mightier than a novel? When its elisions speak as loudly as its lines?” If you enjoy reading fiction and want to explore the succinctness of the short story, join our study group. The very brevity of the form invites lively discussion and differing interpretations of the material. Each study group participant acts as discussion leader for two stories of their choice, and also prepares a brief biography of the story’s author. As texts, we will use 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015); and The Best American Short Stories 2015 edited by T. C. Boyle Moore and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). Note: No class on 05/28/18  

200058

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Join us as we pay tribute to the renowned French actress, Juliette Binoche, with a series of interviews, films and discussions of both her acting and her tireless humanitarian efforts. Juliette Binoche has appeared in more than 60 feature films and been the recipient of numerous international awards. To experience some of her special cinematic moments from this extensive resume, we will conduct a deep analysis of the following films through weekly discussion, film clips and interviews: Unbearable Lightness of Being; Lovers on the Bridge; Three Colors: Blue; The English Patient; Chocolat; Cache; Summer Hours; Certified Copy; 1,000 Times Good Night; Clouds of Sils Maria; and L’Attesa. All films will be viewed at home via DVD or streaming — none will be shown in class. The available source list for these films will be provided at our first study group meeting. All written material will be available only on Canvas. Ability to use streaming is required. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200065

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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This study group targets readers who enjoy exploring literature from many cultures and styles — classic to modern, from Aeschylus to Atwood, Roth to Rushdie, Shakespeare to Shaw — and who combine the joy of reading with the pleasure of discussion. We usually devote two weeks to each book to assure a comprehensive and meaningful discussion. For spring, we turn our attention to contemporary novels: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Random House 2016); Zero K by Don DeLillo (Scribner 2016); Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf 2005); Hard Boiled Wonderland and End of the World by Haruki Murakami (Kodansha USA 1991); Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf 2010), and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen Farrar Straus & Giroux 2001). Any edition or format of these books are acceptable. New members are always welcome and we hope you will join us. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200057

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Two centuries after his death, Tecumseh is arguably the most celebrated Native American leader. He worked tirelessly to form a grand alliance of the Native American nations and tribes located east of the Mississippi river, and particularly those in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions in order to stem the tide of Euro- American expansion west of the Alleghenies. His vision of a pan-unification failed to overcome intertribal differences and antagonisms, defeatism and accommodation among those already displaced. Was the failure due to Tecumseh’s leadership? Could he have done something differently? Had he succeeded, the history of America would be vastly different. We will read Tecumseh: A life (Owl Books, 1997) by British historian John Sugden. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200059

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Using the second half of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s masterful book, The Gene, An Intimate History (Scribner, 2016), we continue exploration of the history, science and role of genetics in our lives. We will examine recent research into genetic manipulations and the implications introduced by our ability to read and write the human genome. Mukherjee urges us to ponder both the science and the moral questions that follow. “What if we learned to change our genetic code intentionally? If such technologies were available, who would control them, and who would ensure their safety? Who would be the masters, and who the victims, of this technology? How would the acquisition and control of this knowledge — and its inevitable invasion of our private and public lives — alter the way we imagine our societies, our children, and ourselves?” The class will be enhanced by great discussants addressing issues raised in applications of the science. All are welcome to join us on this fascinating journey. If you have not participated in the first term, you are urged to study the first three parts of the book before undertaking this class. We will provide you with helpful videos to support your understanding. Computer access is required. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200064

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Inside its famous covers and beyond the cartoons, The New Yorker magazine has been dedicated to quality, topical writings and ideas, since is first publication in 1925. Our study group discussions will be as varied as the contents of this distinguished publication. Join us as we explore art, technology, politics, personalities, medicine, movies, fiction, fashion, culture and commentary. You will find your view of our current world expanded. You must have access to a current subscription to The New Yorker, either in print or online format. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200063

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Why write our own stories? Perhaps your family has been after you to tell your own life story. Perhaps you want to capture enduring portraits of the people in your life, or to reflect on where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Yet, writing about one’s own life can be daunting. Where does one start? What should be included or left out? How should you organize your thoughts? Chronologically? Thematically? What about style? Poetry or prose? Brief anecdotes or chapter-long memoirs? Whether beginners or experienced writers, we can help each other tackle some of these questions in our OLLI memoir writing groups. Every week we will have an opportunity to present our work to a sounding board of like-minded “memoirists” and to give and receive helpful feedback. A list of reference textbooks, memoirs, and writer’s online resources will be provided. We will have three autonomous memoir-writing groups (limit of twelve each) to allow everyone adequate time for presentation and feedback. If you ever wished to try your hand at writing compelling, real-life stories, this is your chance. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200060

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Why write our own stories? Memoir writing may help us capture enduring portraits of the people in our lives, recreate with words the landscapes we once walked, and take the time to reflect on our ever-changing personal, familial, or social circumstances. Yet, writing about one’s own life can be daunting. Where does one start? What should be included or left out? How should you organize your thoughts? Chronologically? Thematically? What about style? Poetry or prose? Brief anecdotes or chapter-long memoirs? Whether beginners or experienced writers, we can help each other tackle some of these questions in our OLLI memoir writing groups. Every week we will have an opportunity to present our work to a sounding board of like-minded “memoirists” and to give and receive helpful feedback. A list of reference textbooks, memoirs, and writer’s online resources will be provided. We will have three autonomous memoir-writing groups (limit of twelve each) to allow everyone adequate time for presentation and feedback. If you ever wished to try your hand at writing compelling, real-life stories, this is your chance. Note: No class on 05/28/18

200061

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Why write our own stories? Memoir writing may help us capture enduring portraits of the people in our lives, recreate with words the landscapes we once walked, and take the time to reflect on our ever-changing personal, familial, or social circumstances. Yet, writing about one’s own life can be daunting. Where does one start? What should be included or left out? How should you organize your thoughts? Chronologically? Thematically? What about style? Poetry or prose? Brief anecdotes or chapter-long memoirs? Whether beginners or experienced writers, we can help each other tackle some of these questions in our OLLI memoir writing groups. Every week we will have an opportunity to present our work to a sounding board of like-minded “memoirists” and to give and receive helpful feedback. A list of reference textbooks, memoirs, and writer’s online resources will be provided. We will have three autonomous memoir-writing groups (limit of twelve each) to allow everyone adequate time for presentation and feedback. If you ever wished to try your hand at writing compelling, real-life stories, this is your chance. Note: No class on 05/28/18  

200062

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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