Creativity Never Retires

Harvard University’s “Justice”

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

How do we make decisions? How do we know what we know? Discuss trends of thought that influence us not only as individuals but as a community and nation. Together, we will watch partial segments of Michael Sandel’s Harvard courses and then discuss the content as well as implications in our present political scene. Examine the surprising results and the many complexities of seemingly simple moral questions. Advance visit to: suggested. Advance viewing of The Lost Art of Democratic Debate recommended. 6 SESSIONS
Mon & Wed, Sep 25-Oct 11, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $119, XPERS 231

The Music Of Lee Morgan

Terrence McManus, professional musician

Explore the music of jazz trumpeter and composer Lee Morgan (1938-1972). We’ll focus on the recordings under his name on the Blue Note label, as well as his work as a sideman. Morgan, a fiery and powerful improviser, and fascinating composer, is associated with the hard bop idiom. He reveals a unique approach that incorporates multiple stylistic elements, including blues and funk. In addition to his work as a leader, Morgan was a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, an important hard bop ensemble, and he performed on noteworthy recordings by musicians such as John Coltrane (Blue Train) and Wayne Shorter (Night Dreamer). 4 SESSIONS
Tues, Oct 3-Oct 24, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XHUMM 074

God Particle: Higgs Boson And Other Quantum Secrets

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

Sometimes called the Goddamn Particle because it took almost 50 years and billions of dollars to find, the Higgs Boson is the missing link necessary to complete what is perhaps the most beautiful and elegant theory in physics regarding the fundamental building blocks of our universe. Rewarded by a Nobel Prize in 2013, this thrilling discovery was the crowning glory in a 100-year journey to understand the stuff from which everything is made – a journey that revealed a whimsical world of tiny invisible particles that can appear and disappear at will, tunnel through walls and even be in two places at the same time. (No background in physics is required for the course.) 4 SESSIONS
Fri, Oct 6-Oct 27, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XPERS 278

Meet The Masters – Women Artists

Maurice Mahler, professional artist, art historian

The history of Western art offers few examples of great women artists. Learn how women were denied admission to art school, or if admitted, not permitted to study the human figure. Also, male art historians did not take their work seriously, denying them the recognition they deserved. Mary Cassatt and Georgia O’Keefe bear witness to the fact that talent knows no gender. Join this exploration of women artists from the Renaissance to the 21st Century – including the overlooked and under appreciated. 3 SESSIONS
Mon, Oct 16-Oct 30, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XARTF 042

Loud And Proud – We Are Jewish, A Redux Short Stories

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

What might it mean to be “Jewish”? We’ll try to answer this question as we connect with three new short stories which preserve the rich and diverse tradition of Jewish life in the U.S. and Israel. Pause, reflect and share your thoughts regarding author’s message and your own insights. Be inspired by the deeper meanings of being human. Stories are First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud, A Whole Loaf by S.Y. Agnon and A Leak In The Heart by Faye Moskowitz. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS
Fri, Oct 27-Nov 17, 10 am-noon (no class Nov 3)
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 099

Breakfast & Book Talk: We’ll Always Have Casablanca

Noah Isenberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Isenberg, author and presenter, is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, in New York City, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books and many other publications. He is the book review editor at Film Quarterly.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic film Casablanca. What makes Casablanca an enduring favorite and what lessons does it hold for us today? Dr. Isenberg will discuss his book about the timeless film, from the film’s origin in a playwright’s 1938 trip to Austria to its distinguished place in the American consciousness. Program includes a copy of We’ll Always Have Casablanca, coffee, and continental breakfast. Registration deadline: October 18.

“Whether you’re a Casablanca devotee or just a film-history buff, the story of how the iconic movie got made and what the world made of it is downright fascinating, an absolute page-turner… a narrative nonfiction thriller.” — Booklist (starred review)
Wed, Nov 1, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $45, XHUMN 309

Tunesmiths: The Ascendancy Of Singer-Songwriters

Patrick Barton, professional musician and instructor

Although songwriters singing their original compositions was not unheard of in the first half of the 20th Century, in the mid 60s and well into the 70s, the singer-songwriter model fast became a dominant musical genre. Professional musician Pat Barton will trace the ascendancy of this model using recordings of and background information on these tunesmiths who shaped a musical era. 3 SESSIONS
Wed, Nov 8-22, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 306

Today’s US Economy: Feast And Famine

Lawrence Bashe, economist

The United States has the largest and strongest economy in the world. However, many feel left out of the benefits of our economic growth. Join us to explore the economic discontent many of us are experiencing and the potential policy responses. We will focus on why our economic recovery from the “Great Recession” of 2007-08 has been so slow and the causes and effects of growing income inequality. 3 SESSIONS
Tues, Dec 5-Dec 19, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XFING 088


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