11:30 AM-12:30 PM Courses
This course presents a variety of historical topics.
- March 9: The Beantown Girls, an historical novel based on true stories of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls in the WWII European Theater of Operations, by Jane Healey, author
- March 16: Attempts to destroy the WWII Nazi Heavy Water (an A-Bomb ingredient) Plant in Norway, by Bob Lewis, retired USN pilot and amateur historian
- March 23: The Revolutionary War Debt and Hamilton's Repayment Plan, by George Hall, Brandeis professor of economics
- March 30: The True Story Behind Lincoln's Assassination: Myth vs. Reality, by retired MA Superior Court Judge Dennis J. Curran
- April 6: History of the Stillson Pipe Wrench, and Comments on Boston's Involvement in Plumbing Improvements in the 19th Century, by Michael Fitzgerald, articles editor, Boston Globe Magazine
- April 13: Ben Franklin, the Rabbi and Freemasons: How part of Franklin's life code became part of some Eastern European Jewish sects, by Dr. Michael Shire, a Hebrew College Dean
- April 27: The Apollo Heat Shield: Designed and Built in Lowell, MA, by retired aerospace engineer Bruce Belason who worked on the program
- May 4: American West Outlaw, Butch Cassidy, by Dan Silverman, retired high-tech engineer and Western historian
- May 11: Ill-Fated Frontier, the wild 1789 saga of NJ Revolutionary War veterans with 60 slaves attempting to establish a land grant in Spanish-owned W. Florida, by author and physician Stan Forman
- May 18: No class
Course organizer: Bruce Belason
Stories Of Conflict As Seen Through A Narrator's Lens, Part XII
We will discuss how narrators' perspectives affect our appreciation of works including selections from Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Our emphasis will be on Shakespeare's Richard II.
Course organizer: Helen F. Smith has taught at the Winsor School, Newton North and in Armenia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia, Romania and Zambia. A Smith College graduate, she edits texts about writing and journalism. She is the executive director of the New England Scholastic Press Association.
The French Novel: The Anti-Hero
Stendahl's The Red and the Black, Balzac's Pere Goriot, Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Any translation is acceptable. From the beginning the leading character of the French novel generally conforms to the popular stereotypes: the handsome, valiant hero and the beautiful, virtuous heroine. The three writers featured in this course deliberately challenged these stereotypes, creating in turn: a hypocritical young opportunist, a doting senile father, and an unhappily married woman seeking romantic fulfillment. Welcome to the world of the anti-hero!
Teacher: Lois Ziegelman, Ph.D., Brandeis, is a professor emerita from Framingham State College, where she taught World Literature and Drama for 31 years. A recipient of five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has studied, taught and performed works from Classical Antiquity through the 20th century.
U.S. Constitution: “E Pluribus Unum”
The Constitution created 233 years ago replaced the Articles of Confederation, a system that had served its purpose after a mere seven years. The untested Constitution presented the new states with an Owners' Manual for representative democracy that was to last another 73 years. But how long could this bold gamble be expected to endure? Would you have supported the plan in 1787? Did it need a Bill of Rights? Would you have wanted Massachusetts to ratify it? This 10-week interactive course invites students to engage in a series of creative exercises by completing a workbook aimed at examining the question: Does the Constitution work? We will see what the framers produced to “secure the blessings of liberty” and discuss to what extent they succeeded.
Teacher: Steve Lowe, a teacher and author, has devoted seven years of retirement to studying the U.S. Constitution. Since 2014 he has been enriched by sharing what he's learned with many Lifetime Learning students in MetroWest.
Writing Your Story (Memoir, Not Autobiography)
Maximum Enrollment: 20.
Our memories are an essential part of who we are. This class is a community for those with stories to tell and reasons to write them down—to recapture treasured moments, leave a record for family and understand the past. Writing is done at home, then read aloud in class; comments focus on helping the writer. For those who can stay, the class extends to 1 p.m.
Leader: Sue Edgecomb, retired from teaching for 35 years in the Wellesley schools, has participated in Amherst Writers and Artists workshops for 12 years. She is currently writing a memoir and has been published in The Boston Globe Magazine.