Our Spring 2021 Quarter will be 11 zoom classes - varied and so instructive. For the low price of $120 for the rest of the year per person, you can register for as many classes as you want, plus you are registered for all of 2021 and the exciting classes we offer each quarter
ZOOM CLASSES OFFERED MONDAY, MARCH 15 – FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021
Each Class Meets Once Per Week
NO CLASSES WEEK OF MARCH 29-APRIL 2, 2021
MONDAY (March 15-May 10)
YERKES NPRC RESEARCH: IMPROVING HEALTH WORLDWIDE
Yerkes National Primate Research Center Researchers. Lisa Newbern, Coordinator
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, is dedicated to improving human and animal health worldwide. In this course, you’ll hear directly from the researchers who are committed to discovering causes, preventions, treatments and cures so you and your loved ones can live longer, healthier lives.
FROM REVOLUTION TO RENAISSANCE TO ROCKETMAN: Evolution of English Music
Judy Sobel, retired Music Educator, Member, SUGA
Since the beginning of time, there has been music. Instruments like drums and rattles were found worldwide. Songs have been passed down through oral tradition. It was many years before a written method of preserving music was invented. A manuscript in Italy circa 550 A.D. so far is the oldest record of written musical notation. Music of England has been intertwined with the history of the nation. Other parts of the Empire developed separately, and music found in Wales, Scotland and Ireland is unique. Starting with the pipes of Pan, through the Renaissance and Revolution, through folk music and classical music to the present day, all music has been affected by current events, with great changes in history affecting the music. Starting with an overview, we will cover the first written recorded music found in England. Next will come the ballads, the early English church and other medieval music, followed by “Revolution One.” Music written during the Renaissance gives way to war songs, Music Hall, West End, popular songs and bands. Music by serious composers becomes known worldwide. “Revolution Two” leads the way to today’s favorite bands, singers, performers and playwrights. What will “Revolution Three” bring? (Have you seen “Yesterday?”)
TUESDAY (March 16-May 11)
Dave Conley, BA, Physics, Senior Manager designing exhibits in multiple science centers, including a planetarium (retired), Member, SUGA
From the historical development of astronomy to the search for the answers at the edge of the universe, this class will cover a variety of topics. We will cover telescopes and being a backyard astronomer. We will explore the dynamics and current knowledge of our solar system. We’ll marvel at fascinating images of nebulae and galaxies, while learning about other amazing objects in the universe. How did it all evolve? Is there life out there?
George Brown. Ph.D. (International Relations), retired President/CEO of Friendship Force, Travel Coordinator, Member, SUGA
Great Decisions is an annual program developed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), a non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote interest and understanding of policy issues that impact our world. Fascinating topics for 2021 include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; The End of Globalization?
TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE 2021 BRIEFING BOOK: You can order your copy directly from the Foreign Policy Association (fpa.org) for $32.00, by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling toll-free at (800) 471-5836. In addition, e-books are available from various retailers, including Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook Books), and Apple Books for $22.99 by going to their websites.
WEDNESDAY (March 17-May12)
HISPANIDAD: A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP THROUGH THE SPANISH CULTURAL WORLD
John Allensworth, PhD, Geography, Kent State & Georgia State Univ. (retired), Member, SUGA
By the end of the 16th century, Spain had established itself as the first global empire. With the Spanish King, Phillip II (Felipe II), also becoming the Regent of the Portuguese Empire, Spain managed economic and political control over a world that included Habsburg Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, the islands of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Guam and the Marianas in the Pacific and the Philippines in southeast Asia, as well as the Portuguese colonies in India and Africa. The Spanish cultural legacies of language, art, architecture, religion, music, dance, literature, family lifestyle, cuisine, agriculture and commerce manifest themselves on much of the world today. Spain and its empire had an absolutely fascinating and often misunderstood history that was filled with adventure within a set of brilliantly beautiful cultural and physical landscapes. In this course we will vicariously travel via PowerPoint throughout this Hispanic world from Madrid to Miami, Mexico to Manila and Santa Fe to Santiago de Chile and a lot of places in between.
FROM DEPRESSION, TO WAR, TO PEACE: 1932-1945
John Evans, MA Curriculum Development, retired public school administrator
During this span of time the world-wide depression subsided; war broke out in Asia and Europe; World War II was fought throughout the world; the Axis powers surrendered unconditionally; and peace was to come. We will examine and discuss this era from the viewpoint of the United States - particularly from the administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Since most of us lived through this era, most surely there will be many questions and comments.
THURSDAY (March 18-May 13)
MOVIE MUSICAL CONTRASTS
Anne MacDougal, Member, SUGA
This course will present a review of selected musicals, contrasting versions of original sources, revivals and movies of the musicals as well as the actors who were part of them.
The first session will look at some of the Broadway musicals produced by Hal Prince that sourced movie musicals, e.g., Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiddler on The Roof. This will lead into two sessions on the musical Showboat, including the 1994 revival done by Hal Prince. The next two sessions will focus on Oklahoma and an analysis and selection of clips from the original play, the original stage production, subsequent revivals and the movie and will be followed by two sessions giving a similar review of Carousel; the final session will be devoted to some of Anne’s -- and Art Slavin’s – favorites!
TWO APPROACHES TO RENAISSANCE ART: Northern Europe & Italy in the 1500s
Marilyn Morton, BS and MS, Art Education, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory U.
Picking up where we left off in our Fall 2020 class, this class will focus on the 1500s and the differences in the art of Northern Europe versus the art of Italy. In the 1500s in Northern Europe, the predominantly Protestant aesthetic was preoccupied with optically natural surfaces; textures such as velvet, satin, metals, wrinkled faces, etc. The faces and figures reflected their local origin. In Italy, headquarters of the Catholic Church, the emphasis was on large, sweeping religious themes filled with classically proportioned figures in action. There was some cross-breeding of techniques, but generally Italian art featured saints and angels, while to the North, few angels reside in art.
A REVISED HISTORY OF AMERICA: PART II
Sal Depasquale, MC, MBA
Armed with the Doctrine of Discovery, Columbus sailed under the Spanish flag in search of new opportunities for conquering peoples and lands. He attained his goal is Hispaniola. Columbus opened a door and European invaders flooded through it in search of wealth and power. Exploitation by the European invaders of the indigenous peoples followed, in service of wealth producing enterprises. Enclosure Acts in England ultimately resulted in the Transportation Acts creating white slaves for populating colonies and for working lands producing wealth. Enslavement of Africans, first in Barbados and soon exported to the American colonies follows. Settler colonialism continues with killing Indians, stealing lands, creating wealth. Over 400 years ago, Nathaniel Bacon orchestrated a rebellion against the British. It has been presented as early evidence of the fierce independence of the colonists ultimately leading to the revolution. But there is more to the story. Bacon was angered by British reticence in killing Indians and taking their land. He organized black and white slaves to join his insurrection. Bacon died and the rebellion fizzled, but the idea of white and black slaves coalescing frightened colonial leaders. Virginia passed laws establishing different rules for handling white slaves and black slaves, thereby driving a wedge between them and giving white slaves a sense of superiority over the blacks. Wedge political issues are a key for contemporary politics.
FRIDAY (March 19-May 14)
MORAL MATTERS IV: Analyzing Modern Society’s Most Pressing Ethical Challenges
Coordinator: Paul Root Wolpe, Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics and Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University
In this course, the Faculty of the Center for Ethics at Emory University will present their work examining some of the most pressing ethical challenges of our time. Topics will include ethical and social complexities in health and medicine (end of life, rationing, access, obesity, transplants, etc.); science and biotechnology (artificial intelligence, neuroethics, cloning, genetic engineering); the natural world (animal morality, environmental ethics, sustainability); social relationships (philanthropy, poverty, conflict), and social institutions (business, law, social welfare, education). Issues will be examined through many ethical lenses, including philosophy, social science, religion, literature, and the arts.
NOTED AMERICAN WRITERS – FEATURED AND COMPARED
Ellery McLanahan, published poet, short story writer, public speaker. Member, SUGA
Eight pairs of American authors will be examined and compared, using an American Studies approach to understanding the lives and intentions of these writers.