ABOUT: SENIOR SCHOLARS
Senior Scholars is an 11 week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with opportunities to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day.
All classes are held at the College Club of Cleveland (2348 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106), unless otherwise noted.
$105 per day; $220 for single semester; $325 full year
**Please note that the West Side course is $85 and, as a stand-alone class, does not apply to the above rates
To register online, click on the registration links below. Or call the office at 216-368-2090.
SENIOR SCHOLARS HOLIDAY PARTY LUNCHEON
Friday, December 5, 2014
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, across from Beachwood Mall
Holiday Party Luncheon Program:
Fall semester instructors will be thanked
Spring semester instructors will be introduced
Entertainment: Musicians from Cleveland Institute of Music
Reservations Required – Deadline Monday, December 1, 2014
"The Intimate Shubert"
with Donald Rosenberg, former music and dance writer for The Plain Dealer;
President of the Music Critics Association of North America; editor of eMAG, the Magazine of Early Music America
January 7, 14, 21, & 28 (4 sessions)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
How Franz Schubert composed so much music in a life that ended at the age of 31 has been an endless source of intrigue for musicians, scholars and listeners. In the genre of the art song alone, he wrote more than 600 works, many of which have become mainstays of the repertoire and influenced generations of composers. So to tackle a subject as broad as Schubert’s chamber music begs a series of questions: What exactly constitutes his output in the field of chamber music? The songs? The works for various combinations of instruments and voices? The solo piano pieces? All of them? To find out some of the answers, join us for a class exploring Schubert’s glorious music on an intimate scale. It will be the ideal way to find warmth and illumination on a cold winter’s day.
"The Roberts Court" (5 weeks)
Law School faculty will present lectures on cases recently before the U.S. Supreme Court: Obamacare; voting rights (Shelby County, etc.); reproductive rights (Hobby Lobby); cell phone searches, privacy (Riley); and same sex marriage (Windsor/Hollingsworth).
Instructors: JONATHAN ADLER, JONATHAN ENTIN, JESSIE HILL, RAY KU, ANDREW POLLIS; Case School of Law, Case Western Reserve University
Tuesdays, February 3 – March 3
"Hollywood Musicals: From Soundies to Spectacular" (6 weeks)
This course is a quick and tuneful overview of a particular flavor of music drama—the Hollywood screen musical. Beginning with early experiments in the 1920s, we'll discuss Busby Berkeley stage spectacles, dance teams like Astaire and Rogers, Broadway adaptations, Disney features, and a host of other spectacular productions along the way.
Instructor: DANIEL GOLDMARK, Associate Professor of Musicology, Case Western Reserve University
Tuesdays, March 17 – April 21
REGISTER FOR TUESDAYS HERE
"Cleveland Museum of Natural History Curator Series" (5 weeks)
Experts from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will present their research on topics such as the archeology of the first Ohioans, millstones rediscovered, ancient mammals of South America, and reconstructing ancient worlds.
Instructors: BRIAN REDMOND, JOE HANNIBAL, DARIN CROFT, DENISE SU; Cleveland Museum of Natural History Staff
Thursdays, February 5 – March 5
"Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Pre-Modern Spain (700-1700)" (6 weeks)
Scholars have identified medieval Spain as unique among its European neighbors because Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived side by side. This coexistence is often portrayed as a peaceful “convivencia.” And given the religious and cultural differences that separated these groups, the absence of violence among them is striking. At the same, relations were not always peaceful and the limits of convivencia were often tested.
This course will examine the history of these relationships and what factors fostered peace and what changes led to outbreaks of violence and repression. We will examine a wide range of evidence including legal codes, notarial records, literature, art, and architecture.
Instructor: ELIZABETH LEHFELDT, Professor of History and Interim Director of the Honors Program, Cleveland State University
Thursdays, March 19 – April 23
REGISTER FOR THURSDAYS HERE
"Racial and Ethnic Experience in America" (5 weeks)
The course will focus on the ethnic/racial experiences of Latin, African and Asian Americans through representative works of fiction, nonfiction and film clips. We will look at the way racial and ethnic identities are produced through political struggle on a local/national/global scale and how they are maintained and transformed over time. We also pay close attention to the ways in which race and ethnicity intersect with gender, class, parental pressure, and nation in order to better understand how systems of power and inequality are constructed, reinforced, and challenged.
Instructor: TERRI MESTER, Lecturer in SAGES, Case Western Reserve University
Wednesdays, February 4 – March 4
"Religion in America I: The Colonial Period" (6 weeks)
This course will trace the history of religion in America from the coming of the Europeans to North America to the establishment of the First Amendment in the US Constitution. Topics will include: Native American religions; Spanish, French, and Dutch influences; the first colonies (Roanoke Island, Jamestown) but mostly Puritan New England for which the sources are extensive, including the Salem Witch Trials. We will look at the dominant Anglican groups, the Quakers and religious freedom, Protestant diversity and minor groups (e.g., the Moravians), and two of the smallest religious minorities in the British colonies, Jews and Roman Catholics. Some of individuals to be covered include Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Anne Bradstreet, Asser Levy, William Penn, Thomas Jefferson, Haym Solomon, and John Carroll.
Instructor: JOSEPH KELLY, Professor of Religious Studies, John Carroll University
Wednesdays, March 18 – April 22
REGISTER FOR WEDNESDAYS HERE
"World War I: Crucible of the 20th Century"
with Kenneth Ledford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Law, CWRU
September 9 - November 18, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
World War I changed everything about Europe and ushered in a changed century of tumult, war, and division. The European experience of the regimentation of the economy and daily life, the impact of new technology on warfare, and the very personal suffering of separation and loss changed how those on that continent viewed their countries and their world. The war affected everything from gender relations to class relations to religious and ethnic relations and laid the foundation for even more disruption ahead. Its legacy reaches our day and colors our own views of what is normal and what is possible. This course will explore those multiple and manifold legacies of this founding experience of modernity.
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**NEW WEST SIDE LOCATION**
"Medieval Christian Pilgrimage: Canterbury, Santiago, Rome, and Beyond"
with Elizabeth K. Todd, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of History, CWRU
September 24 - November 19, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
No class 10/8
Don Umerley Civic Center (21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River)
Western medieval Christians commonly traveled to holy sites, whether to a local shrine, Jerusalem, or even the New World. We will explore the varieties of medieval pilgrimage and the literature, art, architecture and tourist industry which this phenomenon gave rise to.
"Food in History"
with Alan Rocke, Ph.D., Professor of History, CWRU
September 10 - November 19, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Nothing is more basic than food to all of our daily lives, and therefore to our cultures, our social interactions, and our very identities. This has been true throughout history. Food is inextricably interconnected with the development of agriculture and other technologies, the rise and fall of empires, increasing understanding of diet and nutrition, laws and regulations, the arts, economic development and consumer culture, and religious and ethnic identities. By selective examination of representative episodes pertaining to each of these topics, this course explores the history of food, from the neolithic agricultural revolution to the consumer revolution of the last generation. In this way, we will seek to understand more fully food, history, and food in history.
"More Censored Movies"
with Clayton Koppes, Ph.D., Professor of History, Oberlin College
September 11 - October 16, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Hollywood films from the 1930s through the 1960s - the movies we all love on late-night TV - were always censored. There was a long list of "thou shalt nots," but the notorious Motion Picture Production Code, administered by what was known as the "Hays Office," was also an invitation to subversion and evasion. Filmmakers, audiences, and censors all participated in a conspiracy of the imagination to decode the code. Half the fun of old movies comes in catching the veiled references, innuendos, and hidden allusions that make these films live with enduring charm. In this course, six classic films that vividly illustrate these censorship issues will be screened and discussed:
"Books That Keep Telling Stories"
with William Siebenschuh, Ph.D., Professor of English, CWRU
October 23 - November 20, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Daniel Defoe published nine novels, among them Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Colonel Jack, Captain Singleton, and Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress. All are similar - a character begins speaking and narrates his/her story - and all are lively, good tales. And yet, none of the others continues to live in the public imagination the way Robinson Crusoe does. Similarly, Mary Shelley published seven novels: Valperga, The Last Man, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, Lodore, Falkner, Matilda, and of course, Frankenstein. Most people know the Frankenstein story, many have seen the various movie versions, and the novel is still read with pleasure and interest. Almost nobody has even heard of the others. No ultimate answers as to why will be given in this course. Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein will be explored and discussed in the context of their enduring magic and appeal.
For questions or more information about any of our Senior Scholars programs, please contact
Lorraine Nelson in the Lifelong Learning Office at 216-368-5145 or email@example.com.
Lorraine Nelson in the Lifelong Learning Office at 216-368-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.