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Is Everything Really Getting Worse?

In the U.S. and around the world it seems societal challenges like crime, terrorism, poverty, inequality, wars, prejudice, health, the environment, education, immigration, political systems and moral values are getting worse. But are they really? Should we be pessimistic about the future or optimistic? Will our children and grandchildren inherit a world of even greater challenges than we experienced? This class will present facts (not feelings or personal observations) so that you can come to your own conclusion through sound reasoning. You may be quite surprised at the outcome.
CLTR:703 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

NEW! Read All About It!: A Midwife’s Memoir

Explore the memoir of Jennifer Worth, author of “The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times (The Midwife Trilogy),” series of books developed into one of PBS’ most popular series, “Call The Midwife.” Come read about and discuss the culture of the time periods in her books and how it has evolved into what society is today. Receive the book to read sections of in class and then take home. Cost of book included in class fee.
CLTR:705 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

NEW! Read All About It!: Spooky Stories

With Halloween just around the corner, join us for some spooktacular tales including a collection of great stories featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other supernatural phenomena guaranteed to get you in the Halloween mood!
CLTR:705 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

NEW! Franken-Feature! James Whale and the Frankenstein Fan-nomenon!

Explore the secrets and mysteries behind the world’s most famous monster from Mary Shelley’s original creation to the Hollywood classics that made him big, green, and famous! Fun for all and filled with Franken-thrills of every kind!
CLTR:704 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

NEW! Behind the Music: Looking at Bob Marley’s Thoughts and Legacy on Social Justice

Explore Bob Marley’s music and its connection to social justice as we discuss the ways Marley’s early years impacted him and his world views. View and listen to video clips while examining Marley’s lyrics. Leave class with a new or renewed appreciation of Marley’s music and legacy.
CLTR:706 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

Transgender Experience: Discussing Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identity

Explore the foundational ideas underlying categories like trans and transgender, illuminating the complexity of how gender works in general and specifically for trans people. Topics include history, terminology, etiquette and policy advocacy. Through tales of personal experience, the facilitator will debunk myths and provide information about the range of trans identities and experiences. Gain comfort talking about trans issues and explore how these issues are relevant to you in your communities.
CLTR:701 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

A Transgender Experience Through Film

By design, films and movies give us a meaningful viewing experience and present the opportunity to understand and empathize with experiences we may or may not have personally known. Learn how films explore meaning and what those meanings may be. Through film and discussion, the presenter will deliver a realistic overview of her transgender experience.

NEW! The Danish Girl

Film: “The Danish Girl” (Tom Cooper, 2015).
CLTR:704 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

NEW! Boys Don’t Cry

Film: “Boys Don’t Cry” (Kimberly Pierce, 1999).
CLTR:704 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Rock the Screen: Great Concert Films

Grab an all access pass to some of the greatest shows ever by rock and roll’s most iconic performers at the peak of their popularity and talent.  Explore how cinema language, musical expression, live performance, and fan cultures intermingle to create some of the most powerful musical media of the last century. Each class will feature a capsule lecture on the performers and film directors followed by critical discussions of the films themselves.

NEW! The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Film: “The Beatles: Yellow Submarine” (George Dunning, 1968).
CLTR:704 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

NEW! Madonna: Truth or Dare?

Film: “Madonna: Truth or Dare?” (Alek Keshishian, 1991).
CLTR:704 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG 


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