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Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning - 8 Week Session
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Title
French for Beginners
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Dates
Mar 04, 2024 to Apr 22, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Brian Donovan
Notes

A course for students with little or no previous French experience.  We’ll talk about the sounds of French, and we’ll cover the basics you should know heading into French-speaking experiences. Will be recorded.

Title
Gilbert and Sullivan Operas
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
2:45PM to 4:00PM
Dates
Mar 04, 2024 to May 13, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
13.8
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Andy Papas
Notes

Grab your parasol and patter song and get ready for some delightfully ridiculous fun, as you toddle about the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan! We’ll promenade through 6 delightfully ridiculous light operas, hitting all of your favorite tunes and tarantellas, and previewing Raylynmor Opera's May production of The Pirates of Penzance! The most famous collaborations of William Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan will be the focus, with famous singers and productions highlighting the important moments of this theatrical era. The class is led by a professional actor & singer who specializes in G&S patter roles, and who will be a part of the cast of Pirates at Keene's hometown opera company, Raylynmor Opera. Note: this class will not meet on 4/22 and 4/29 and will run until 5/13.  We are working on findin a guest speaker for one of those weeks.
 

Title
Through the Centuries with Jewish Music
Type
Discussion
Days
M
Time
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Dates
Mar 04, 2024 to Apr 22, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
12.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lainee Ginsberg
Notes

The first four weeks of this class will be taught by Lainee Ginsberg and will cover Biblical and other ancient music, Cantorial music, Ashkenazic Yiddish and Klezmer Music, Sephardic Music in Ladino, and the beginnings of Jewish Choral music in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Then, Virginia Eskin will take over for the next four weeks, specializing in piano works of great Jewish composers in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Prepare for a whirlwind tour of great music! Covenant residents: register through Tracy Summers for a discount.

Title
Senior Sneakers
Type
Online
Days
T, Th
Time
10:00AM to 10:45AM
Dates
Mar 05, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
12.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Gretchen Nadeau
Notes

This is the perfect class for beginners and the older population. Improve strength, balance, cardio endurance, and flexibility during a combination of both standing and seated work.  Light weights (1-4lbs) are required- but water bottles, soup cans, etc. can be substituted.  A sturdy chair, preferably without arms, is needed too.  Each class is 40 minutes in length. It Is effective and easy to follow! This class will not be recorded.

Title
Contemporary Individual Artists
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Dates
Mar 05, 2024 to Apr 23, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Kimberley Olmstead
Notes

In this course, we will examine one artist in-depth per week.  The focus of this course will be on contemporary artists who use their art to express activism in some way.  We will cover topics such as the environment, human rights, LGBTQ, women's rights, indigenous art, and art by African Americans that explores racial issues and social justice. Some of the artists featured will be Zaria Forman, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Kent Monkman, and Titus Kaphar.  

Title
American Encounters to 1877
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 05, 2024 to Apr 23, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • John Lund
Notes

In this course, students will be exposed to a variety of American perspectives through time. Emphasis will be placed on the voices of the traditionally unheard such as the poor, women, African Americans, and Native Americans. Issues of class, race, and gender will be explored from a comparative approach. Emphasis is placed on primary sources and local (NH and VT) connections.

Title
Chess
Type
Discussion
Days
T
Time
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Dates
Mar 05, 2024 to Apr 23, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Eric Strickland
Notes

The course will start with the basics of ‘What is checkmate?’ and what is the difference between checkmate and stalemate?   The relative value of the pieces,  opening principles,  middlegame tactics and strategies, and essential endgame knowledge will be emphasized. 

 

The class will be delivered via Zoom Meeting, in conjunction with the chess website chess.com.  Participants in this course will need to have an account with this website.  Registering for an account with them can be done in just a few minutes.  Free accounts are available, and will enable participants in the course to do most of the planned activities.  There are three tiers of premium accounts: ”Gold,” “Platinum,” and “Diamond.”  The “Gold” tier, which will unlock many features of the website that students of chess will want to access, is recommended.

 

The first part of each class will be for presenting new concepts and techniques, answering questions, and reviewing material covered in earlier lessons.  

During the second part of each class, participants will be divided  into pairs and go to breakout rooms to put into practice what they have learned, with a friendly opponent.  The instructor will monitor the breakout rooms and be available for answering questions and clearing up any confusion that may arise. 

Title
Landscape Drawing
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Mar 06, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
16.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
CALL Special event non-credit $70.00
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Angela Amato
Notes

Express yourself by drawing artistic landscapes - trees, land elements, seascape, clouds, and mountains with expressive mark making. Study composition and explore the Principles of Art: proportion, unity, variety, rhythm, shape, space as well as continue with Art Elements such as line and value This study will also include viewing images of Impressionist Art and Contemporary Artists to help inspire our unique drawings. This course is NOT RECORDED.

Materials: Computer, printer is helpful. Vine or other charcoal, charcoal pencil soft, sketch book size approx. 11x14 inches or loose paper sheets, tortillon sticks for blending, 2B 4B 6B pencils, eraser and any other materials you may have. Spray fixative for charcoal drawings (optional).

Title
Empathy and Fiction
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 06, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Kathy Fleming
Notes

The popular and critically acclaimed author, George Saunders, has expressed the belief that fiction “encourages us to step out of ourselves and into someone else, temporarily,” a movement that he regards as “a de facto moral experience.” Even before the term empathy was coined at the beginning of the twentieth century, fiction writers and literary critics asserted the power of literature, and storytelling specifically, to create a more caring, humane reading public. In this course we’ll discuss the empathic impact of short stories by a wide range of writers, such as Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol, Raymond Carver, Claire Keegan, George Saunders, ZZ Packer, and Yiyun Li.

Title
Continuing Italian
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Dates
Mar 06, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
8.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
CALL Special event non-credit $40.00
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Angela Amato
Notes

Must have taken beginner Italian courses and have some knowledge of verb conjugation. 

The course will include comprehension, reading - writing & verb conjugations with some conversational Italian.  Parliamo e studiamo Italiano insieme! This course is NOT RECORDED.

Materials: Printer is helpful. Emails will be sent weekly. 

Title
Life and Death in Tolstoy's Short Fiction
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 06, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Susan Olson
Notes

Leo Tolstoy is one of the greatest and most well-known authors in nineteenth century Russian and world literature. When we think of Tolstoy, most often his longest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina come to mind, but he also wrote many short masterpieces, in which his realistic portrayal of nineteenth century Russian sociopolitical life and psychological insight reveal his moral, spiritual and philosophical worldview.  In this course we’ll read a few of these shorter works in the context of nineteenth century Russian history, society and culture to define how Tolstoy’s concept of the meaning of life evolved and how he believed humans could attain goodness, often in the face of death.  When possible, our discussion will be enhanced by videos and other media. All course materials will be provided electronically, and the class sessions will be recorded.

Title
Yin Yoga for Hip Flexibility
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
11:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Mar 07, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
8.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Michelle Davis
Notes

In this yoga series you will experience an opportunity to delve deep into each posture and discover how to feel very comfortable and relaxed within each pose. Yin is a practice of stillness rather than an active moving practice. Long posture holds are designed to release tension, stimulate bone cell renewal, increase the production of collagen, rejuvenate fascia and promote joint capsule health.

This series will increase your flexibility, strengthen your bones, improve circulation and reduce stress. Most yin postures will be done seated or lying on the belly or back. There will be a few standing postures within this series to support healthy feet and better balance. 

This class will include 6 weeks online, live with Michelle (class will be recorded), followed by 2 weeks of video content- a 60-minute class featuring special guided relaxation.

Michelle is a very experienced yoga instructor. She will meet you where you are at with your practice- beginner, intermediate & advanced students are invited to join this special yin yoga series.

Title
Keene as Kosmos
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
1:00PM to 2:15PM
Dates
Mar 07, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Matthew Boulton
Notes

 

Please note: This course is an updated, enhanced version of a CALL course offered in 2021, based on research for a book project by the instructor. This time around, participants will have the option of reviewing and commenting on selections from the manuscript-in-progress. The idea is to do two things at once: participate in a CALL class, and (for those who wish) participate in the creation of a book about Keene and the Monadnock region.

In this course, we'll explore the "deep history" of both Keene and the Monadnock region more generally, with special emphasis on three levels of learning: highlights of the region's natural history (landscape, flora, and fauna), human history (from Abnaki settlements to present), and literary/artistic history (including Thoreau, Hale, Thayer, Twain, Cather, Kumin, and Wilder). All the way along, our goal will be to enrich our everyday experience of Keene and the Monadnock region today. As William Faulkner once put it, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."  This class will be recorded.

Title
Watercolor Painting: Illusion of Depth (AM)
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
9:30AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Mar 07, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
20.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
CALL Watercolor Class non-credit $150.00
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lynn Zimmerman
Notes

There are several ways to depict depth in our two-dimensional paintings. Let's explore them with the aim of creating paintings with a feeling of space or distance. Each class will begin with a discussion of the day's topic, often including a slideshow with visual examples.

Then we'll have an exercise where we can practice bringing the ideas to life.

This will be followed by time to paint independently.

We will paint landscapes, still lifes, and anything from the crisper drawer.   Each class wraps up with time for a gentle critique where we share our work and learn from each other. You must have at least some experience with watercolors. No special materials needed beyond the basics. Suggested materials list provided upon request.

 

 

Title
Watercolor Painting: Illusion of Depth (PM)
Type
Discussion
Days
Th
Time
2:00PM to 4:30PM
Dates
Mar 07, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
20.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Watercolor class non-credit $150.00
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lynn Zimmerman
Notes

There are several ways to depict depth in our two-dimensional paintings. Let's explore them with the aim of creating paintings with a feeling of space or distance. Each class will begin with a discussion of the day's topic, often including a slideshow with visual examples.

Then we'll have an exercise where we can practice bringing the ideas to life.

This will be followed by time to paint independently.

We will paint landscapes, still lifes, and anything from the crisper drawer.   Each class wraps up with time for a gentle critique where we share our work and learn from each other. You must have at least some experience with watercolors. No special materials needed beyond the basics. Suggested materials list provided upon request.

 

 

Title
Music and Art of the French Impressionists (Online)
Type
Online
Days
F
Time
8:30AM to 9:45AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lainee Ginsberg
  • Kimberley Olmstead
Notes

This course will cover the Impressionist movement in art and music from its development in the 1860's through the early 20th century.  We will cover the works of the major figures of the movement decade-by-decade.  Some artists covered will be Eduard Manet, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.  Composers will include Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn, and Lili Boulanger.  We will also look at the work of Post Impressionists artists such as Paul Gaugin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Georges Seurat, and composers such as Erik Satie.

Title
A Survey of 19th Century European Art (Online)
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Kimberley Olmstead
Notes

This course will be a survey on the art movements of 19th century Europe.  We will begin in post-revolutionary France with the rise of Napoleon and then move on to Spain to examine Francisco Goya.  We will examine the multiple revolutions that happened in France throughout the century, and the impact those revolutions had on art, specifically with the rise of Romanticism.  Mid-century, the Realist movement begins with the work of Gustave Courbet, and by the late 1860's there will be the first hints of Impressionism.   Towards the end of the century, we will examine the Pre-Raphaelites, Post Impressionists and Early Art Nouveau.  

Title
A Survey of 19th Century European Art (In-Person)
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Kimberley Olmstead
Notes

This course will be a survey on the art movements of 19th century Europe.  We will begin in post-revolutionary France with the rise of Napoleon and then move on to Spain to examine Francisco Goya.  We will examine the multiple revolutions that happened in France throughout the century, and the impact those revolutions had on art, specifically with the rise of Romanticism.  Mid-century, the Realist movement begins with the work of Gustave Courbet, and by the late 1860's there will be the first hints of Impressionism.   Towards the end of the century, we will examine the Pre-Raphaelites, Post Impressionists and Early Art Nouveau.  

Title
Music and Art of the French Impressionists (In-Person)
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
8:30AM to 9:45AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lainee Ginsberg
  • Kimberley Olmstead
Notes

This course will cover the Impressionist movement in art and music from its development in the 1860's through the early 20th century.  We will cover the works of the major figures of the movement decade-by-decade.  Some artists covered will be Eduard Manet, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.  Composers will include Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn, and Lili Boulanger.  We will also look at the work of Post Impressionists artists such as Paul Gaugin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Georges Seurat, and composers such as Erik Satie.

Title
Keene State College: A Sense of Place
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Bud Winsor
Notes

This class will discuss the origins, places, people, and things that have shaped the campus of Keene State College. Searching through the history of the Buildings and Grounds of the campus, we will explore this corner of Keene and how it became home to an outstanding Public Liberal Arts College from extremely humble beginnings. Learn about the history, legends, and people that helped shape a quintessential small New England College with a unique story.  Note: as the weather permits, we will visit many of the landmarks on Campus.

Title
Astronomy: From Searching for Life to Eclipses
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Claudio Veliz
Notes

This semester we’re going to focus on “the fun stuff”, as one of my students a few years back termed it. We’ll start out with an overview of the basic structure, the physics, and scale of the universe as we now understand it.

We’ll then cover two waves of scientific activity which are converging, and which may in just the approaching years, have jolting impacts on our understanding of …well, all detectible existence.

One is what current observatories – in space, and on the ground - have revealed in just the past few years.

The other is an explosion of hardware and software, unprecedented in their sophistication due to the last couple of decades of breathtaking engineering maturity.

With that understanding of how astrophysical evidence is collected, we’ll move to some of the unexplained celestial objects which are growing in number, and what this may imply for our understanding of the universe, and why we’re now at the threshold of knowing – at least in one way – how alone we may (or may not) be, in our universe.

And, of course, we’ll cover the upcoming total solar eclipse, which will be sashaying through the upper Northeast and Canada this spring. We’ll see how to prepare for it, what equipment (if any) you need, and what to do (and NOT do) when it arrives.

Presentations will be graphic-rich, with additional material provided for those who wish to delve deeper between/after classes. While access to the Internet and email is not strictly required, the course will include considerable on-line link references, so students will benefit substantially by having such access.

Title
Pottery
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Katharina Rooney
Notes

This course will focus on the design and construction of hand-built pottery. We will be using red clay with under glazes and clear glazes.  There will be an introduction to clay and glaze preparation and the process of firing.  Materials are required for this class.  Students should purchase an 8-tool pottery kit, such as this one, for around $25 (Kemper Pottery Tool Kit | BLICK Art Materials (dickblick.com)).  Class size is limited to 15.

Title
Vietnam: Shaped by Many Histories (Online)
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Peter Henriques
Notes

 The course will help shape and challenge your perspective on Vietnam’s evolution as a nation.

 Vietnam entered written history in the 3rd Century BC. Vietnam has a long history of affiliating with a dominant civilization and adapting ideas, institutions, and technology to Vietnamese purposes, still in practice today.

We will follow Vietnam’s history to show why this affiliation and adaption trait enhanced Vietnamese culture, but also formed a unique Vietnamese character.

Title
Music Theory Continues
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Lainee Ginsberg
Notes

For folks who love music theory! We will continue to work on chord inversions and analysis, secondary dominants, modulation, and 4-part chorale composition. Students should already understand reading music and theory fundamentals such as scales, intervals, triads, and key signatures (which were covered in last Winter's session theory class). This course will review and enhance material that was covered in the Spring session and continue the work of the Winter session as well. Other topics, such as "Reading from a Fake Book" and "Melodic/Rhythmic Dictation" will be addressed as well as interests of the participants of the class if time permits.  If you love learning about the structure of music, this is the course for you!

Title
Beethoven
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • David Gruender
Notes

2020 marked the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Unfortunately, COVID limited the many celebrations and retrospectives planned by arts organizations around the world, as well as institutions like our own Keene State College. This course will be a belated celebration of his 250th and a chance to get to know his life and achievement a little better. Along with many recorded musical examples, there will be live performances, as well.

Title
City and Town Government
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Notes

Key city, town and service leaders from Keene and surrounding towns will help lead in-class discussions on topics such as the following:

  1. How to be involved in city and local government
  2. Municipal Services
  3. Fire and Police Services
  4. Public Works and Infrastructure
  5. Housing
  6. Workforce
  7. Elections
  8. Taxation
Title
Vietnam: Shaped by Many Histories (in person)
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Peter Henriques
Notes

 The course will help shape and challenge your perspective on Vietnam’s evolution as a nation.

 Vietnam entered written history in the 3rd Century BC. Vietnam has a long history of affiliating with a dominant civilization and adapting ideas, institutions, and technology to Vietnamese purposes, still in practice today.

We will follow Vietnam’s history to show why this affiliation and adaption trait enhanced Vietnamese culture, but also formed a unique Vietnamese character.

Title
Satire: Ready Aim Write
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 1:45PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Marcia Breckenridge
Notes

When damned mad, muckrakers attacked a wrong, straight on. Nader shouted, “CORVAIRS ARE UNSAFE.”  Rachel Carson testified, “DDT IS DEADLY.”  Satirists share muckrakers’ passion and anger but use satire, the timeless weapon of humor and wit.  Often more subtle than muckrakers, satirists both entertain and enrage while taking deadly aim.

 This course will look at both historical satirists’ and contemporary satirists’ targets and impact.  The course will include a brief historical look at early Greek and Roman satirists Horace and Aristophanes, and then focus on the following. The class will include direct text of writers and sources, handouts, video clips and interactive small group discussion and in- class creativity in writing satirical headlines. Bring your humor, curiosity and shared experiences with satire!  Remember, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

Title
Great Films According to Ebert
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
22.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
CALL Special Event non-credit $75.00
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Mark Holding
Notes

Of all the arts, movies are the most powerful aid to empathy, and good ones make us into better people ~ Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Throughout his career as a film scholar and critic, Roger Ebert championed and popularized the power of cinema for an entire generation of movie lovers. “Writing in a prose style intended to be entertaining and direct, he made sophisticated cinematic and analytical ideas more accessible to non-specialist audiences” (Steven Zeitchik). In recognition of his approach, Ebert became the first film critic to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

During his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times (from 1967 until his death), Ebert published three volumes dedicated to The Great Movies. The focus of these books, he said, was to provide “a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema.” Who better, then, to serve as our guide?

During this course, we will dip into the first volume of The Great Movies (pub. 2002) and watch some of Ebert’s selections. In preparation for each of our weekly screenings, we’ll read the relevant short essay he wrote to illuminate his beloved choices.

Thus, each class will typically start with a brief introduction, followed by a viewing of the complete movie, which in turn will lead into a large-group discussion of the film and of the talking points in Ebert’s essay for that title.

There are one hundred Great Movies included in the collection, so we’ll devote some of our first class to deciding which of them we’ll schedule for the following sessions.

Title
The Original American Idol: Elvis
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Larry Phillips
Notes

From rise to demise: poverty to phenomena to legend to icon to caricature… This journey will be a deep dive into his life and times to include:

  • social-historical perspective on the social movements of the 50’s-60’s and the origin and development of rock and roll and his role within the evolving cultural context.
  • a chronological personal history with a case study of his character, personality, and lifestyle including things you may not know about him and his rise to fame.
  • myths, controversies, milestones, behind the scenes, and back stories.
  • and of course…the music of which there is plenty across all genres. I will concentrate on some of the more significant songs with their unique background but focus primarily on songs with which you may be less familiar.

Grab your “Teddy Bear” for a ride on the “Mystery Train” and walk your “Hound Dog” down lonely street to “Heartbreak Hotel”. If you have a “Suspicious Mind” prepare to be “All Shook Up” for “It’s Now or Never”!

Title
America Tested, 1930 - 1945
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
10.0
Delivery Options
Fee(s)
Additional Fee(s)
CALL Program Fund $10 $10.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $25 $25.00 Optional
CALL Program Fund $50 $50.00 Optional
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
  • Jack Donegan
Notes

From the Wall Street crash of 1929 to the end of World War II, the U.S. endured more than 16 years of trials and hardship: the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor dragging us into global war.  American Studies takes a deep dive into the issues and personalities that shaped the Greatest Generation: Eleanor and Franklin, Bonnie and Clyde, the Scottsboro boys, Amelia Earhart, film censorship, the four Hoovers, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Tuskegee syphilis study, "packing" the Supreme Court, Seabiscuit, Japanese internment, rationing and of course Rosie the Riveter.  So, refill your Prozac prescription and hop into our Time Machine for a trip back to the days when our parents were young.... All aboard!

Title
Breaking Silence: A Literary Journey
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Mar 08, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024