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BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 10 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

EXPLORING EASTERN RELIGIONS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The so-called “eastern” religions offer a stark contrast, in many ways, to the dominant monotheisms of the “western world.” Ideas like karma, samsara, reincarnation, nirvana, flow, energy, and more present a very different view of reality and of human experience than is offered in the west. In this course, we will explore the central concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Our goal is to not only understand both the basic histories and concepts of these traditions, but to grow in our appreciation of their unique contributions to the world’s religious landscape.

EXPLORING EASTERN RELIGIONS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The so-called “eastern” religions offer a stark contrast, in many ways, to the dominant monotheisms of the “western world.” Ideas like karma, samsara, reincarnation, nirvana, flow, energy, and more present a very different view of reality and of human experience than is offered in the west. In this course, we will explore the central concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Our goal is to not only understand both the basic histories and concepts of these traditions, but to grow in our appreciation of their unique contributions to the world’s religious landscape.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION - El Español Contemporáneo

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 20 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at the Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between varients of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

VICTORIAN FOODIES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 20 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you long for a time when everybody displayed proper dining etiquette? Do you have a fondness for afternoon teas with scones and clotted cream? Have you ever wondered whether people really ate boiled calf’s head? If so, you won’t want to miss this literary feast. In this course, we will consume lavishly arrayed meals through a selection of Victorian books that take food very, very seriously. We will read and discuss nineteenth-century meal plans, recipes, table settings, and, of course, etiquette guides from an array of sources to piece together what it was really like to eat during the Victorian era. Some of our readings will discuss the impact of the British Corn Laws and Irish Potato Famine on working-class meals, while others will demonstrate how English tastes expanded along with their territorial acquisitions. All will be delightfully delicious. Your taste buds will be titillated as we discuss Alice’s compulsion to drink and eat whatever she’s told in Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; spicy delicacies from the British Empire in William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair; Miss Havisham’s failed wedding feasts in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; the sensuous appetites in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”; as well as original recipes for soused mutton and plum pudding in Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management. (Note: I hope to satiate your desire to know which jam to serve alongside roast duck, though I can’t promise to solve the ever-vexing dilemma of whether to sit Aunt Mary next to the vicar or the duke.)

FROM STRESS TO SERENITY - Overcoming Obstacles to Peace-of-Mind

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 21 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Science tells us that stress causes illness, and that stress is a factor in many of our modern-day diseases. And yet, there are so many stress-causers around us: difficult people, worrisome projections about the future, issues from the past, feelings of fear, frustration, anger, guilt—all working to overwhelm us. In this class, using the perspectives of behavioral science, philosophy, wisdom traditions, and more, we will become aware of both the external and internal stressors in our lives, and we will learn specific techniques to begin to change our perspectives, and open up our mindsets. We will also discover remedies passed down from sages of multiple spiritual traditions that address our inner stresses. Through class discussion and specific techniques, we will actively understand how to overcome negative obstacles to peace-of-mind. We will learn how to access our inner serenity, and then understand how to abide in this peaceful aware state, in order to better handle stressful situations. We will explore ways we can change our current stressful thought patterns so that we may operate from a space in which we will be aware of all that arises for us in each moment. Most importantly, we will learn how to respond to the great invitation that life extends to us —to be part of the aliveness and poignancy of each present moment of our lives. Class materials provided. (A limited enrollment class)

FROM THE PLAINS OF CHAMPAGNE TO THE HILLS OF BURGUNDY History, Culture, Food and Wine in the Heart of France

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 21 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-21 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Renowned for their gastronomic and wine culture, the regions of Champagne and Burgundy are richly endowed with historic monuments and splendid museums. On this journey from the plains of Champagne to the hills of Burgundy, we will begin in the city of Reims with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, the site of royal coronations for over a thousand years. We will then travel to the Burgundian countryside where countless châteaux dot the countryside, from feudal fortresses perched on hilltops to elegant Renaissance-style palaces filled with paintings, tapestries, and antiques. We will discover the abbey of Cluny in southern Burgundy, a fountainhead of monasticism with a network of 1,500 dependent monasteries that stretched across Western Europe. Exploring Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, will be a delight for art lovers, history buffs, and gastronomes. Among the city’s many treasures are the ornate tombs of two dukes of the Valois dynasty, who were great collectors and patrons of art. We will complete our journey south of Dijon, where the fabled wine road of the Côte d’Or leads to Beaune, renowned for it’s spectacular 15th century charity hospital. Join us for this spectacular journey and exciting exploration of the heart of France.

ATTACHMENT AND RELATIONAL MORES - The Balance between Self-Actualization and Self-Sacrifice

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-22 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Many people have conflicts in the realm of intimacy because of fears of exploitation or abandonment, thereby blocking closeness and interfering with commitments to others. We will discuss patterns formed in childhood that interfere with intimacy, creating villainous, vicious cycles. We will explore the “discipline of love,” including the importance of self-love, in the face of others’ imperfect or improper behavior. In this series, we will examine the difficulties of holding onto oneself, while attempting to maintain a healthy marriage, rear a family, and pursue a career. We will examine the need in relationships to work through betrayals of all kinds in order to reach healthy levels of acceptance, understanding, and growth. Together we will define a good wife, a good mother, a good business partner and a good career, finding the balance between self-actualization and self-sacrifice.

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a study of Russia’s 1917 revolutions, which overthrew a three-hundred-year-old dynasty and gave birth to the first-ever socialist state. Arguably, no other set of events had a greater impact on the history of the modern world; understanding the Russian Revolution is essential to understanding the world today. We will consider the events of 1917 in the context of the explosive social transformation and cultural creativity that characterized the first decades of the 20th century. In Russia, the period included three revolutions (1905, February 1917, and October 1917), and three wars (Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and the Russian Civil War). Turmoil and violence went hand-in-hand with utopian optimism in the future of humankind. We confront the history of the Russian Revolution through the works of revolutionaries, tsarist officials, poets, artists, and filmmakers who shaped the Russian revolutionary period. Besides this course, throughout the year in 2017 their will be a number of public cultural events taking place in Houston—concerts, plays, symposia, and lectures—marking the centennial of the Revolution.

THE ROARING TWENTIES - Part Two

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jazz. Flappers. Speakeasies. Art Deco. The Harlem Renaissance. Widespread economic prosperity. The advent of the golden age of cinema. If we could time travel to any decade, we couldn’t do better than the 1920s. In the aftermath of World War I, the literature and culture of Europe and the U.S. erupted into frenzied expression. Historically, the success of women’s suffrage in 1919 and the flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance signaled new opportunities for women and African Americans. The 20s were about possibility, newness, change, and energy. Ironically, however, much of the literature to emerge from this time period reflects a different ethos. Iconic 20s novels like "The Great Gatsby", "Mrs. Dalloway", and "The Sun Also Rises" present war-torn characters and communities struggling with the loss of shared cultural values and the inability to locate moral and aesthetic meaning in traditional structures. In this class, we will investigate this 20s dialectic through the period’s novels, poetry, art, and history, questioning the relationships between the decade’s jubilancy, celebration, tumult, pessimism, and crash. Note: The material will be different in each class, so join us for one or both. We may have to put on our dancing shoes as we watch demonstrations of the Charleston, the Peabody, and Turkey Trot. Part Two: Renaissance, Humor, and The Great Depression - The Harlem Renaissance; Langston Hughes; Jazz; Ken Burns; Prohibition; Frederick Lewis Allen; Humor; The Crash; Anita Loos; Buster Keaton; The Great Depression; and Film

THE WORLD HISTORY OF IMPERIAL PLEASURE GARDENS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 30 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-30 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Just as stone monuments were (and still are) constructed in an effort to awe and impress, the more ephemeral garden came to play a critical role in demonstrations of political identity and displays of cultural prowess. The impulse to create a garden has proven to be nearly universal throughout human history—produced by political and cultural elites, those who were able to craft an influential aesthetic vision or were wealthy and powerful enough to lay claim to large territories, command landscape architects, employ artists and engineers, commit vast sums of royal treasure and demand the labor of untold numbers of humble workmen. Garden history can be understood in many cases as political and imperial history, illustrating the degree to which the culture of designed landscape was used for creating, declaring, and reading social and political claims. In this class, while understanding the garden as art form and sacred space, we will focus closely on the relationship between landscape and power, in a globally-comparative context, emphasizing the complexity and dynamism of the imperial pleasure garden tradition. • Gardens of the Ancient World (Persia, Greece and Rome) • Gardens of Islamic Spain • Gardens of Central Asia and India • Gardens of China and Japan • Gardens of the Renaissance/ formal French gardens • English gardens and the Rise of the Public Park

INVESTING STRATEGIES In a Slowing Global Growth Environment

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 18 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-04-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Investors are concerned about the contentious political environment, chaos in the Middle East, continuing terrorist attacks, and stagnant global growth. Bill Frisco, wealth advisor and certified financial planner, will give us the very latest information on the risks in the stock, bond, energy, and real estate markets and highlight successful strategies for income and capital appreciation. He will review strategies to help us reduce risk and volatility in our investment portfolio. In addition, he will review the results of the November elections for the Presidency, the Senate and the House, and analyze the impact on taxes, the economy, and the Supreme Court. The seminar is for investors with limited financial knowledge, as well as more experienced investors who wish to sharpen their skills. The seminar is conducted in a question and answer format to facilitate the learning of key financial concepts and strategies. Appropriate portfolios for those in retirement and those planning for retirement will be detailed and analyzed. <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://wih.org">www.wih.org</a></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">dfdfdfdfdfdf</span></div>

ACCESSORIZE YOUR WARDROBE

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 19 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-04-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Accessories can make a basic outfit look updated and current. If you wonder what accessories are a MUST in your closet and how to wear all the jewelry, scarves, shoes, and handbags, this class is for you. We will review what to keep, toss, and how to wear these items in a modern way. Learn how to store and display your accessories so they are always available to you. Bring your accessories and questions to class, and be prepared to learn how to accessories like a pro!

“AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…” The Academy Award Contenders for Best Picture, 2017

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In 1929 a group of people gathered at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. For a $5 ticket, guests were treated to a private dinner and a fifteen-minute award ceremony. Fifteen statue, a statue a minute, were handed out. This small event constituted the first ever Academy Awards. Students in this six week course will not only screen five of the nine 2017 nominations for best picture, but they will also gain a newfound appreciation for, understanding of, and critical eye for the parameters and requirements for selecting best picture as set forth by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Students will learn the history of the Academy Awards, and they will view each nomination in full (or pre-selected segments) as if they too were on the AMPAS voting board. We will screen the following five movies in this course: • Arrival • Fences • La La Land • Moonlight • Lion We will also view selections from Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, and Manchester by the Sea. Note: We will not meet Memorial Day, May 29.

BASIC ITALIC CALLIGRAPHY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is designed for students with little or no previous experience in calligraphy. The Italic hand, also referred to a Chancery, developed in 15th century Italy and spread to Europe and England. It was originally created and used by the pontifical chancery. It is elegant, fluid, and often decorated. This is a six- week class that enables students to work correctly in the space and to be familiar with the tools of the trade. It begins with the lowercase letters, which cover pen angle, size and spacing; then moves to capitals, flourishing, and layout and design. Simple projects are introduced to give students a way to use and share their new calligraphic skills. Practice is encouraged between classes to get students comfortable with lettering. Once the students learn the broad edged pen, they move on to other hands such as Black Letter or an easier step, Romans.

HOW MUSIC MAKES THE MUSICAL: Broadway’s Top Tunes Examined

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 04 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The musical is a true American art form. On any Broadway stage serious drama meets popular song and both are better for the collaboration. What propels a musical to capture the imaginations of the country when the stories stretch from the French (or American) revolution to a nascent view of inner city violence? Well, the music, of course! Music is a powerful force illuminating the inner struggles of characters on stage and allowing the audience to engage with the story on a deeper level. In this course, we will examine some of the top musicals in the last 100 years and investigate exactly how the music makes the audience care. • "My Fair Lady"—The Inner Workings of a Man’s Mind, Writ Large • "West Side Story"—Shakespeare’s Tragedy and Gang Violence • "Chorus Line"—Bit Players Take Center Stage • "Hamilton"—Hip Hop as (American) Revolution

THE BIG LIE

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Price: 75.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be great if one could conveniently discover a new holy book supporting just the reforms one wants to make, get a prophet to declare it is God’s own blueprint, and turn it into the law of the land? In this two session class, students will see how an ancient king of Mesopotamia legitimized his reign, how an ancient king of Israel sold his accession to the throne, how statues were used to bring gods to life, how gods were used to enable commoners to become pharaohs, and how tables were inscribed with advertising making kings sound better than any truth could. One could call this the ancient use of lack of transparency, or just label it “The Big Lie.” Archaeology and critical study demonstrate how priests and rulers in ancient times massaged the truth, exaggerated here and there, and sometimes relied on what has recently been dubbed “alternative facts.” Come back in time to explore the age-old tendency of those in power to stretch the truth for their own purposes. It’s astounding and revealing, amusing and amazing; and the truth is, it’s the real stuff of ancient history (or perhaps all history). You just can’t make this stuff up. (Note: The Friday Lecture, May 5, will be from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 and the Sunday Lecture, May 7, will be from 4:00 - 5:30)

A BOOK THAT INFLUENCED MY LIFE: Presented by Four of our Favorite Professors

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Price: 175.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All of us have read a book that changed us, made us think about the world differently, impacted who we were or who we were becoming—a book that would not leave us—a book that continues to influence our lives. In this exciting class, four of our favorite professors will give a single lecture and share “their” book with us. You will not want to miss these dynamic lectures—they could influence your life. Jill Carroll - May 8 Fernando Casas - May 15 Terrence Doody - May 22 David Brauer - June 5 Note: The class will skip May 29 for Memorial Day.

MAH JONGG

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game, combining skill and luck, played with tiles rather than cards. There are several versions of the game, including American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will learn the American version. It uses a card of standard hands, which is published by the National Mah Jongg League in NYC and changes every year. The card tells exactly what combination of tiles is needed to win. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will have to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571.

WHITMAN & DICKINSON

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

American literature would not be what it is today without the distinctive styles and influences of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the first great American poets. Whitman and Dickinson figure in the US cultural memory in competing and often oversimplified ways: one as an enigmatic recluse who went unrecognized during her lifetime for her intimate examinations of the soul’s inner landscapes; the other as a lurid worshiper of the sensuous physical world and a gregarious champion of American democracy. Whitman’s amplitude and Dickinson’s compression make them an ideal pair for studying a full range of poetic possibility. Together we will read some of their most iconic poems, focusing on their respective attitudes about nature, death, friendship, sex, selfhood, and the soul. We will also learn about their publication and reception histories, and discuss their imprint on subsequent generations. For the last week of class, students will be invited to memorize one poem and to write one poem in response to our readings.

TIME TRAVEL NARRATIVES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 10 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since H. G. Wells’ influential novella, "The Time Machine" (1895), Western culture has been obsessed with the possibilities of time travel—a creative and scientific venture that was further inspired by the popularization of Albert Einstein’s work on relativity in the early twentieth century. Since then, time travel narratives have developed into stories enthralled by paradox. These narratives delight in confronting the mind-boggling possibilities of logical impossibilities and the potentially disastrous consequences of temporal tourism. In this course, we will investigate a lineage of time travel narratives, from "The Time Machine" to Audrey Niffenegger’s "The Time Traveler’s Wife" (2003), focusing on novels and short stories. Nonfiction excerpts from Einstein’s "Relativity", Hawking’s "A Briefer History of Time", and J. Richard Gott’s "Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe" will also be read in order to gain a general understanding of the science of time.

PARTON AND POLITICAL PUNDITS IN: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 14 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-05-14 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Back by popular demand, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" will be making a triumphant return to the WIH classroom. This lecture will focus on the political and social history of the film, while encouraging reading the film through a political lens. In the current political upheaval, rampant accusations of corruption, and conflated sexual affairs mixed with political scandal, "The Best Little Whorehouse" offers a regional take on the political system. We will explore the history of the Chicken Ranch and its complicated relationship with Texas politics, the history of the famous Parton film and stage productions, and the regional flavor of a certain brand of political corruption (it’s BBQ flavored in case you didn’t know). Come prepared to laugh, dance, and squirm in your seats at the uncomfortable intersection of scandal and sex in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." As Dolly Parton might say, “Ya’ll (will wanna) come back now, ya hear?”

SIX GREAT AND VERY DIFFERENT PLAYS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 18 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

We begin with Aeschylus’s "Agamemnon", an early tragedy with few characters and much spectacle. In week two, we will examine Brecht’s "Mother Courage and Her Children", a war play which Brecht terms “epic theater.” Oscar Wilde’s comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest" may be the funniest serious play ever written. It is used by Tom Stoppard as a basis of his "Travesties", in which James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin “debate” the relationship between art and politics. We will read both of these plays for the third class. August Wilson’s "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone" is what one critic calls “a ghost play” about the long legacy of slavery in America. Then, in the fifth week, we will follow Joe Turner with "Millennium Approaches" as well as the first part of Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America". If there is a modern play that can match "Agamemnon" in spectacle, "Angels in America" is it. The second part of "Perestroika" will be the final class.

TAKING GREAT PHOTOS: Sharing and Organizing Using the iPhone/iPad Camera and Photos Apps

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-06-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Two of the most often-used features of iPhones and iPads are the Camera and the Photos app. The smartphone’s camera is very sophisticated and can result in some very professional-looking photos. However, there are so many fun, yet powerful, camera options people don’t know about which offer a lot more options when taking pictures, and can improve the quality of photos exponentially. In this course, students will learn the art and science of taking great photos with the iPhone/iPad in the Camera app, and also include time-honored photography principles that can take photos to the next level. We will cover in detail how to share, store, transfer, organize, and edit these photos in the Photos app. We will learn about using HDR (High Dynamic Range), Time lapse, Panoramic mode, Burst mode, and filters, as well as explore fun photo apps for the camera. By the end of this class, students will have learned everything they ever wanted to know about how to unlock the potential of their camera and confidently organize and share their photos.

BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-06-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Experienced and novice writers alike know the wall—the myriad details of life, the fear of not having the precise words, and the fear that the precise words will alter one’s life in unexpected ways. Despite the blocks to creativity, many of us push on in search of ways to relay the unique meanings and experiences we have to convey. This course focuses on specific approaches to break through the wall and hone our creative abilities. Participants will read selected poems, stories, and essays and write both in class and out of class. The instructor will write comments on one piece of each participant’s writing every week. If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session.

50 YEARS OF THE BRITISH COUNTRY HOUSE: A Personal Experience

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Price: 150.00 USD
2 Weeks

06 - 12 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-06-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

My initial experience with the British country house was in the summer of 1970, when I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks visiting several of the most famous examples. I even spent one of those weeks living in one of them, an extraordinary experience in its own right. Since then, over the past five decades, my wife and I have visited at least 200 country houses in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The whole “business” of the British country house has changed markedly since the 1970s. There are many more important houses now accessible, and the presentation and amenities have improved noticeably. The most famous houses are often owned and shown under the auspices of the various national trusts or other heritage organizations; however, some of the most exceptional are often lesser-known houses with extraordinary collections still in situ. While there have been some highly publicized and unfortunate content sales in recent years, it is not an exaggeration to state that the British country houses still hold some of the greatest collections of the fine and decorative arts ever assembled. This four-session course will look at many varied aspects of the British Country House. In addition, it will be based on the personal experiences of 50 wonderful years of exploring, visiting and being entertained and amazed. (Note: This is a 4 session class that will meet within a two-week time frame on Mondays and Wednesdays: June 12, June 14, June 19, June 21)

Lecture Luncheon 2017 - 2018

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Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-10-20 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

CLINT VAN ZANDT - October 20, 2017 - The New Age of Terrorism What is the current threat posed by terrorists worldwide and might they strike again in America? Former FBI agent, profiler, and hostage negotiator, Clint Van Zandt, discusses the history of both international and domestic terrorism from a review of history and recent case studies and provides a look into the minds of notorious and international terrorists. CHUCK UNDERWOOD - November 17, 2017 - America's Generation's: A Celebration—From the Greatest Generation to the overlooked and under-appreciated Silent Generation, the world-changing Baby Boomers, mysterious and misunderstood Generation X and the joyous, technology-dominated Millennials, Chuck Underwood will take us on a provocative and spellbinding stroll through the generations and the five unique sets of core values, lifestyles and outlooks each give to our nation. Mr. Underwood is one of the founders of field of Generational Study. DENISE KIERNAN - January 19, 2018 - The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II New York Times best selling author, Denise Kiernan, takes us back in time and into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhatten Project raced to harness nuclear power. LOUIS MASUR - February 16, 2018 - Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America—Hamilton's vision of America was of an economic powerhouse with an energetic government as its engine. Jefferson articulated a different vision from Hamilton’s, promoting an agrarian democracy built upon geographic expansion. Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University and American Historian, Louis Masur, shares his vast knowledge of two of our founding fathers.