Wednesdays

January 10 – February 28, 2018

Beginning Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

9:00-10:30
Room B5

This class is for individuals who may or may not have played bridge before but would like to learn. We will start by learning point count, basic bidding, and some basic bridge conventions. Students learn the game by playing. We play bridge for fun – and downplay the competitive aspects. You will make new friends, improve your memory and have a wonderful time.

Beginning Tai Chi
Ann Ross

9:30-10:30
Youth Room

Geared toward the beginner, Tai Chi is a slow-moving meditation to improve health, balance, and spirit. From the gentle practice of postures, you will learn about your physical and spiritual center.

Intermediate Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

10:45-12:15
Room B5

This class is for bridge players who have some bridge knowledge. Individuals play with other bridge partners and can ask the instructor questions and receive guidance.

Class limit: 32

The Environment, Climate Change and Energy: A Future for Our Grandchildren
Larry Gales

9:30-10:45
Room B5

Many major environmental problems could spell a bleak future for our children and grandchildren: massive amounts of plastic pollution in the oceans; major dead zones off our coasts; erosion that is depleting our soils of useful nutrients; extinction rates of various species at 100 times the normal rates, mining and drilling operations that remove whole mountain tops or poison our rivers with toxic run off. Now we have climate change at the rate and extent that the planet has not seen for millions of years.    Yet there is every reason for hope! We see increasing awareness of the issues and many solutions that are in various stages of  progress. Join us as we identify problems and indicate solutions.

An Examined Life (Men Only)
Chandler Clifton

11:00-12:15
Room 1-J

In this 8-week course, 10 men will reflect on their own experiences with the help of a facilitator. This is not therapy! It’s an opportunity for each member to look back on his life’s accumulated experiences in a safe environment an structured space. Furthermore, threads/themes of his life might emerge. At the end of the course he will have 7 completed worksheets (homework) to possibly be the basis of a memoir. The underlying goal of this course will be to provide a space for men to interact with each other in a friendly venue. Chandler Clifton is a retired English instructor with Edmonds Community College.

Class limit: 10

Theodicy and the Problem of Evil
Richard Curtis

11:00-12:15
Room B4

What is the Problem of Evil and why has it so bedeviled religious thinkers?  What is Theodicy?  Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.  If there is a powerful and knowledgeable God in charge, why do these things happen?  This course will explore a variety of very different answers to these questions.  The text we will read is a dialogue between five of the world’s most famous philosophers of religion, each with a different and historically significant approach to the questions.  The instructor has a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and had the good fortune to study with most of the authors

Required text: Encountering Evil: Live Options in Theodicy, edited by Stephen T. Davis (any edition, used copies are widely available).

The Decameron by Giovanni Bocaccio
Bobbie Simone

11:00-12:30
Room B2

In this undisputed classic, ten young men and women flee from the horrors of the Black Death in 1348 Florence to a countryside villa in Fiesole, and there tell stories to pass the time pleasantly (ten each for ten days). The cast of characters in the stories includes kings, princesses, knights, squires, monks, nuns, priests, soldiers, pedants, students, bankers, merchants, innkeepers, millers, pilgrims, servants, pirates, thieves, drunks—and lovers of all “sorts.” Some stories are funny, some are sad, some are bawdy (but politely so)—all are entertaining, and all are discussable.
Text is the Signet Classics (paperback) edited by Musa and Bondanella (available at local bookstores or Amazon).

The Dream Deferred — Four American Narratives
Hamida Bosmajian

1:00-2:00
Room B-2

Martin Luther KingIn this seminar we will read (or re-read) and discuss four familiar narratives starting with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, continuing with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and concluding with Martin Luther King’s powerful “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Each of these narratives yearns to fulfill the American Dream, but in each the dream is indefinitely deferred. No doubt we’ll find ourselves, our lives and times resonating with these timeless statements of our civilization. All narratives are readily available online and in book stores. Learners are encouraged to come to the first session having read at least half of Wilder’s
Little House on the Prairie.

Class limit: 15

American Immigrant Stories in Film
Bobbi Simone

1:00-3:00
Room B5

Four Earlier and Four Recent Immigrant Stories
Jews: Avalon. Three generations in Baltimore, beginning in 1900.
Italians: Golden Door. An impoverished Sicilian family undergoes the ordeals of a long boat trip and processing through Ellis Island, 1900s.
Norwegians and Germans: Sweetland. A farmer and a mail-order bride in Minnesota, 1920s.
Mexicans: Alambrista (The Illegal). An undocumented immigrant works in Texas and California and eludes the authorities to support his family back home.
Israelis and Vietnamese. Foreign Letters. Two teenagers feel out of place in school. Connecticut, 1980s.
Palestinians. Amreeka A mother and her teen-aged son adjust to a new life in small town Indiana. 2000s.
Sudanese. The Good Lie. Four orphans escape from their burned villages and trek to a refugee camp and eventually are settled in Kansas City. 2000s
Taiwanese. The Wedding Banquet. Wei Tung’s parents arrange a marriage of convenience for their son with an immigrant in need of a green card. In Manhattan, 1990s

Smartphone Photography (continued)
Tom Dempsey

1:15-2:45
Room 1-J

See class description on Monday tab. January 10, 17, 24, 31

Watercolor Basics
Cecile Disenhouse

1:30-3:30
Room B-2
Session 1

Paint brushes (2)No experience necessary. Beginning instruction includes description of supplies, composition, use of color, washes, wet into wet, and ink with watercolor. Artists of any level are welcome to participate in the class. The instructor demonstrates mainly landscapes, cityscapes and the odd animal. Students can visit http://www.Disenhouse.org to see instructor’s work. This class is also offered on Thursdays.

Class limit: minimum 7, maximum 25

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