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SAGE SPRING SESSION
April 1, 2013 -- June 6, 2013
Monday 1:15-3:15 p.m.
TWO PLAYS OF EUGENE O'NEILL
The group will watch, read and discuss two of the greatest plays of Eugene O'Neill, a Nobel Prize winner. They are Mourning Becomes Electra and Long Day's Journey into Night. Since each of these plays is longer than most, we will spend four weeks on each one; we will watch a DVD the first two weeks, and then discuss for the next two. No one will need to purchase a DVD; the books are available for about $10 each.
Each class member will report on a different ancient empire, such as the Egyptian, Hittite, Persian, Carthaginian, Roman, Babylonian, Assyrian, Mongolian, or Byzantine.
Tuesday morning 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This class is open ended. Presentations can be drawn from any qualified source (newspapers. magazines, radio, television, and/or books) covering the current political or social scene and even historical events with relevancy in today's world. Issues can be local, national, or international. Controversial topics are most welcome since they engender discussion. If you enjoy a lively stimulating exchange of ideas, come and join us.
ENGINEERING MARVELS AROUND THE WORLD
Did you ever stop and reflect on how the Golden Gate Bridge was conceived, designed and built, not to mention how it is kept up? Join us to look into such marvels as the Panama or Suez Canal, the Three Gorges Dam, the International Space Station, the Great Wall of China, great urban Subways, the Millou Bridge in France (the tallest bridge), the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the tallest building), the Transatlantic Cable, the Space Telescope Chandra, the Akashi Kaikyo Suspension Bridge (longest), Hoover Dam, the Great Pyramids of Giza, or any other marvel that piques your curiosity.
Tuesday afternoon 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
JERUSALEM: "It Ain't Necessarily So"
What do we really know about the history of Jerusalem? This ancient city, holy to three major religions, is wrapped in myths and legends. Its past is often imaginary. The new book Jerusalem The Biography by acclaimed biographer Simon Sebag Montefiore guides us through its life, helping us to separate fact from fiction in a highly entertaining manner (if you can handle 3,000 years of massacre, hypocrisy, and spirituality). It reads like a novel $13.60 at Amazon, ISBN 978-0-307-28050-3
ETHICS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
The purpose of this course would be to discuss ethical conundrums that affect all of us. Participants would select their own issue to discuss, but some societal issues might include subjects in research projects; privacy and confidentiality, end-of-life care; beginning-of-life care, universal immunization; drug and alcohol abuse; capital punishment, environmental contaminations. On a personal level, perhaps participants might consider abortion issues or end-of-life decisions among others.
Wednesday morning 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION DILEMMA: BRAIN GAIN OR DRAIN?
Americans have a mixed reaction to immigration. How much do we really know about the benefits we have enjoyed from the great contributions of immigrants? Do our laws about immigration reflect the realities or do they express unfounded fears? Is our global competitiveness enhanced or harmed by our chaotic policies and laws? This class will explore all aspects of the immigration controversy so we can make more informed decisions about this little understood contribution to our society.
Wednesday afternoon Noon - 3:15 p.m.
BALZAC: PERE GORIOT AND EUGENIE GRANDET
These two novels from Balzac's The Human Comedy represent some of his finest writing. Both novels deal with the relationship between fathers and daughters, one set in the city and one in the country in mid-19th century France. Both novels are available in the Modern Library edition of 1950 as translated by E.K. Brown. There are over thirty hard and soft cover used copies listed on Amazon in as good or very good condition at very reasonable prices.
Wednesday afternoon 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
We will look at the life and works of writers such as Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, and Dave Barry.
Thursday morning 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
THE FUTURE IN MEDICINE
If you get sick in the future, how will you be treated? Will you be seen by a flesh-and-blood doctor or a robot? A checkup may include a detailed genetic profile. Treatment may include gene therapy. Will prevention become a higher priority? Will worn-out organs be replaced by new ones grown in a lab? What's ahead in our medical future? What role will technology play in all this? We will each research some aspect of what's on the horizon in medicine.
TUMULT IN WORLD AFFAIRS
Participants will select regions in the world or one particular nation as they answer the question: How is the US managing the tumult in world affairs?
HISTORY ACCORDING TO THE MOVIES
This class will deal with films and their historical accuracy. Film clips of the movies chosen by class participants will be shown to stimulate discussion. A suggested reference is Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, edited by Mark C. Carnes. Available on Amazon, $19.99, ISBN0-8050-3760-8. Many inexpensive used copies available
Thursday 1:15-3:15 p.m.
EGYPT: WHERE IT HAS BEEN,
Egypt has a long a tumultuous history. Today it is in transition and turmoil. A question for the US, the Middle East, and the world is: Where is it going and where will it be in five, ten, or fifteen years? This class will study Egypt with an eye towards determining what lies ahead for it and its neighbors.
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