Winter 2020 Classes (Jan. 8 to Feb. 29)
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9:30 a.m. Classes
A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND A LITTLE BIT OF THAT
Allan M. Hing, Professor of Interior Design (including at Art Institute of Atlanta, Virginia Commonwealth U., Atlanta College of Art, Auburn U.)
The class deals with architecture, design—and life! Sessions will update and expand topics presented in past classes such as the Value of Good Design, Great Rooms, and Museums, and will also introduce new topics such as Kenzo Kuma, the architect of Tokyo’s new 2020 Olympic Stadium; we will look to the Bauhaus and its 100th anniversary; discuss the recent passing of major luminaries in architecture (I.M.Pei, César Pelli, Kevin Roche, Stanley Tigerman, and Robert Venturi) and learn about Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, starting in October 2020.
SHAKESPEARE BETWEEN THE LINES
Susan Pillans, retired English teacher, Marist School. Member, SUGA
Using familiar plays, we will look at various scenes, themes, and characters by not only noticing what the words of the script tell us but also what is revealed between the lines. A goal will be to make Shakespeare's works easier to explore on your own and to increase your enjoyment of them in the theater. You will have a chance to be an actor or audience or both. Elizabethan and theater history will be integrated as well. As Shakespeare clearly had a sense of humor, so shall we.
Alan Lind, jazz aficionado whose jazz library holds over 200 books and 9000 albums
The Great American Songbook includes songs that have remained popular over time and generations. It is difficult to think that the songs of Berlin, Mercer, Porter and the Gershwins will ever be unimportant to the creative history of America. A great many of these songs have remained popular due to the jazz musicians who have interpreted them, keeping them alive over the years. There is also a considerable set of songs written by jazz musicians that have become equally standard to the jazz community. Some of these jazz standards have found their place within the Great American Songbook. Others, while well known to jazz musicians and the jazz community, are referred to as Jazz Standards. Most will recognize “Autumn Leaves” or "Pennies From Heaven" by the end of the first chorus. How about “Confirmation,” “All Blues,” or “God Bless the Child”? I would like to introduce you to many of these lesser known, but equally important, compositions
11:00 a.m. Classes
THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Madeline Griffin, former Juvenile Court Judge and former Assistant District Attorney (DeKalb County). Member, SUGA
This class surveys the Juvenile Court system, with emphasis on both juvenile delinquency and abuse/neglect cases, as well as mental health commitment hearings, termination of parental rights, and other issues. The history and philosophy of the juvenile system, as well as constitutional issues, will be covered. The jurisdiction, venue, detention, adjudication, transfer cases, disposition, confidentiality, juvenile records, and sealing of juvenile records will be discussed as well.
HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY PART 2: THE SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR
Michael Zeiler, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Emory University
This course continues where Part 1 left off in the development of psychology as a natural science. Psychology changed from the science of the mind to the science of behavior. Why did this significant shift in the field develop and where did it lead? The focus of Part 2 of this course is on how the science of behavior developed and its present status.
WHAT’S IN YOUR HEAD?
Tom Hawkins and Art Slavin, Members, SUGA
Back for its eighth exciting season, it's the team trivia game that pits you and your randomly selected teammates against five other similarly formed teams. Put your heads together to see what you collectively remember from all the things you learned in life. Four rounds of questions from every category you can think of, from academics to cultural literacy, will result in lots of laughs and the crowning of the winning team. After all, seniors just like to have fun.
Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28
9:30 a.m. Classes
GEOLOGY IN GEORGIA HISTORY: FROM PALEO-ARCHAIC TIMES THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR
Charles Hill, Freelance geologist in the environmental consulting Industry
Classes will focus on the following topics: (1) Paleo-Archaic Indian Cultures, (2) Woodland Indian Cultures, (3) Mound Builders, (4) Spanish Exploration & Missions, (5) English Colonization, (6) The Revolutionary War in Georgia, (7) The Acquisition of Georgia's Land, and (8) The Civil War in Georgia.
PHOTOGRAPHY - BEYOND THE SNAPSHOT
Roger Easley and Jeff Milsteen, Members of Southeastern Photographic Society
Whether you use your phone, a point & shoot camera, or a digital SLR, the goal of this course is to help you take photos you want to share. Understanding some basic concepts can vastly improve your efforts to capture your experiences close to home or on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Course topics will include key camera controls, defining photographic terms, essentials of composition, stopping action, posing people, an introduction to travel photography, storytelling through photos, and sharing your work with others.
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.
11:00 a.m. Classes
GARDENS AND GREENSPACES
Virginia G. Dunbar, Coordinator. Member, SUGA
Metro Atlanta is extremely fortunate to have a wide variety of public gardens and green spaces for residents to enjoy year-round. This course will feature representatives from a selection of these sites who will provide some background on their respective property, its current status and future plans. Speakers will talk about such efforts as preserving historical sites, protecting native plant species, or making creative use of open spaces. Planned properties will include Atlanta Botanical Garden, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Preserve, Fernbank Forest, GSU Native Plant Garden, Mason Mill Park, Oakland Cemetery, The Nature Conservancy, and Woodlands Garden.
Lynn Cherry Grant, Retired Associate Professor of English, Georgia State Perimeter College. Member, SUGA
Explore the endlessly fascinating world of the gods, goddesses, and heroes that have influenced the development of the western world and fascinated children of all ages for centuries. The course will cover the Olympians’ origins, adventures, and influence as well as that of the great heroes as they contributed to the idea of what it is to be human. it is highly suggested that members of the class have a copy (used or new) of Edith Hamilton’s Greek Mythology. Crowell’s Handbook of Classical Mythology (available in paperback) is very thorough.
THE CINEMA OF JEAN RENOIR
Michael Lastinger, Retired Professor of French, West Virginia University
The second son of the celebrated impressionist painter Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir (1894-1979) turned his family’s talent for the visual to the screen, forging a career that spanned some fifty years and more than 40 films. Beginning in the 1920’s with the silent era, continuing in the 1930’s and a period of poetic realism, he then fled France for the United States in 1940 after Germany invaded France, later returning to work in Europe after the war. While in America, he made the first feature movie filmed in Georgia! He is a major figure in the development of “auteur theory” and the New Wave of François Truffaut who wrote that Renoir’s film The Rules of the Game is the “credo of cinephiles, the film of all films, the most despised at its release, then the most admired.” This course will examine Renoir’s career through viewing and discussing a select set of films by one of world cinema’s greatest creators.
Tuition for three quarters (2020 Winter, Spring, Summer): $130 per person