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WISE Fall 2018 COURSES

WISE continues to grow. This fall, we're offering 40 courses, more than ever. Our course offerings are listed below. The WISE Fall 2018 catalog is also available as a downloadable and printable PDF fileWe also have a two-page course list that you can share with family and friends, showing them the variety of courses available to WISE members. 

Once you've decided on the courses that interest you, you can register online or mail in your choices, along with your membership dues, using our registration form.

Course registration for WISE Fall 2018 courses starts at 12:00 (Midnight) on August 1, 2018. You must be a WISE member to register for these courses. Log in and, if needed, renew your membership. If you are new to WISE, go to our Member Benefits page ;to join.

Please read the course description carefully before you register for a course. 

Please do not register for courses if you're not sure that you'll be able to attend all of the class meetings. If a course fills, someone else might not be able to get into the course.

If a course is full, please register anyway. You'll be added to the waitlist. Spaces can and do open up. In addition, if a course is very popular, we'll try to offer it again soon. If you're on the waitlist, we will give you preference for the repeated course.

Registration Practice

The courses shown in this section give you a chance to try out the online registration system before the start of actual course registration on August 1.
  1. Click on either of the two courses below.
  2. Click on the Register link in the lower left.
  3. Enter your name, email address, and other information.
After you've completed your registration, you'll receive an email that confirms that you are registered for the course. 
If you have further questions, see the How to register for courses page or contact the WISE office for further help.

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Upcoming classes

    • 07/23/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kennedy 119, Assumption College
    • 60
    Register

    This course entry is for testing purposes only. This is only a test. If this was an actual WISE course, you'd see a real course description, followed by a biography of the group leader and a list of required readings (if any). 

    This is a test of the WISE course registration system.

    GROUP LEADER My Chaos Monk



    • 07/23/2018
    • 07/24/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Kennedy 119, Assumption College
    • 50
    Register

    This course entry is for testing purposes only. This is only a test. If this was an actual WISE course, you'd see a real course description, followed by a biography of the group leader and a list of required readings (if any). 

    This is a test of the WISE course registration system.

    GROUP LEADER John Yossarian



    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • The Willows, Great Rm. 101 Barry Rd. Worcester MA 01609
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    Physiology is the study of how the body works. Advances in knowledge usually come incrementally, sometimes with controversy, but with each generation building on what came before. Every once in a while a new idea or a new technology produced a dramatic leap forward.  We will consider how current understanding of central aspects of respiration, digestion, kidney function, the sympathetic nervous system, and the pituitary gland developed through the years. In so doing, students will gain at least a rudimentary understanding of these topics of physiology.

    GROUP LEADER Dr. Moe Goodman is the retired founding Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at UMass Medical School.  Previously he served as Associate Professor of Physiology at Harvard Medical School where he received his PhD in Physiology in 1960.  He has been teaching Physiology to medical, PhD and WISE students for six decades.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS


    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd. Worcester, MA
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Why are plants so colorful in fall?  It may be entirely accidental, or there may be some advantages.  Some research suggests that the colors other than green we see in autumn plants may be related to compounds which have important functions in plant physiology in the waning sunlight; other researchers believe that the brighter colored trees may warn away egg laying insects.  Although the declining day length is the overall governing factor for our autumn displays, there are other factors which can either increase or decrease the display.  In each class meeting, we’ll take about a half hour to discuss one of five different aspects of fall color, from the nature of the phenomenon to the colors themselves. Weather permitting, we’ll take an hour’s walk around to observe the procession of fall colors in plants from herbaceous plants to tall trees. 

    GROUP LEADER Joe Choiniere is Mass Audubon’s Central Sanctuaries Property Manager, dividing time between Worcester’s Broad Meadow Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary and Princeton’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. He has worked for Mass Audubon since 1975 at various sites and in different capacities, serving as Property Manager at Laughing Brook in Hampden, MA and Sanctuary Director at Wachusett Meadow. Joe is a lifelong naturalist and has a B.S. in Natural History from UMass.  

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Worcester Jewish Community Center (JCC), 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    Christianity is a religion over 2000 years old.  The religion itself is a great storehouse of art, literature, music, history etc., but that is not the same as the multiple theological traditions and spiritual practices that developed out of this deep well, to say nothing of the many denominations. The course will examine Christianity as an historical phenomenon, and from there look at the development of denominations, different strands of theology, and spirituality.  If you think there’s simply a “thing” called “Christianity,” this course will invite you into the complexity of the Christian Faith but also its most simple tenants.

    GROUP LEADER Tim Burger is rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Worcester.  He studied at the University of GA (Literature and Philosophy; The General Seminary, NYC (Divinity); Union Seminary, NYC (Religion and Literature); and is currently working on his MFA at Sewanee: The University of the South.

    REQUIRED BOOK: Christianity, A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition, Linda Woodhead.  ISBN# 978-0199687749

    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This course will address the treatment of religion and religious beliefs under various clauses of the First Amendment.  We will primarily examine the “separation of church and state” doctrine under the Establishment Clause and explore the increasing tolerance for religious expressions in public life under recent decisions of the Supreme Court. We will also examine how the assertion of religious rights under the Free Exercise and the Freedom of Speech Clauses is impacting the application of various laws, such as nondiscrimination laws (e.g., Masterpiece Cake Shop) and regulation of corporate entities (e.g., Hobby Lobby). 

    GROUP LEADER John S. Ross, III holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University.  He has taught a number of courses in the WISE Program on constitutional law topics.

    REQUIRED BOOK: Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem—And What We Should Do About It, Noah Feldman (2006) ISBN-13: 978-0-374-53038-9

    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    This course will look at how money interacts with politics and policy analyzed from an economic perspective. Public Choice is a well-researched area of the intersection between economics and politics. Since then, Citizens United has changed the political landscape and campaign tactics have changed with the rise of social media. Substantially more resources have become available online, but transparency has often declined. Each week, we will look at a different aspect of money and politics ranging from campaign finance law to the effect of political action committee campaign contributions on legislative votes to the efficacy of campaign spending in electoral success to dark money. We will start with a review of what we went over in Term C and then expand to the many uncovered areas of Money in Politics.

    GROUP LEADERWilliam O’Brien holds a PhD in Economics from Northeastern University and is Professor of Economics at Worcester State University.  His research interests range from public choice to the effect of taxes on economic behavior to the determinants of MCAS scores to globalization.  The subject of his PhD dissertation was public choice.

    REQUIRED READING: We will use openly available internet resources such as www.opensecrets.org and www.fec.gov, etc. 

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS: visit www.opensecrets.org and read Basics of Campaign Finance

     

    • 09/13/2018
    • 10/11/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Plourde Conference Room, Assumption College
    • 22
    Registration is closed

    The works of African women writing in the post-colonial era provide an essential perspective on gender trouble in the #MeToo era.  In this course we will read works by Bessie Head, Buchi Emecheta and Tsitsi Dangarembga. 

    GROUP LEADER Dr. Lillian Corti obtained a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York.  She taught at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; at Marien Ngouabi University, Brazzaville; and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Her translation of the Congolese novel, Le Feu des Origines by Emmanuel Dongola was published by Lawrence Hill Books in 2001.  She has published various articles on African literature. 

    REQUIRED BOOKS: Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions. Seal Press (Emeryville, CA: 2004). ISBN:# 978-1580051347

    Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Braziller (New York: 1979). ISBN# 978-0807616239

    Head, Bessie. The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales. Heinemann (Oxford, England: 1992). ISBN# 978-0435909819

    OPTIONAL BOOK: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. ISBN# 978-0385474542

    • 09/13/2018
    • 10/11/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Considered among the earliest representatives of Baroque art, the painter Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, emerged mid-to-late 16th century during a time of deep political, religious and social changes. During his brief and violent life, he combined the artistic legacies that preceded him into a revolutionary way of expressing stories and emotions using, among other techniques, the powerful use of light and darkness. We will cover the life, times and artistic legacy of Caravaggio, in the context of the Catholic Reformation and the age of Baroque.

    GROUP LEADER Antonella Doucette is an Italian native, residing in Italy for the first 28 years of her life.  The education she received there focused on the knowledge of Greek and Latin classic literature, philosophy, European history and art, as well as Italian language and literature.  She is currently a docent and member of the faculty at the Worcester Art Museum.  Recently she lectured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS  

    • 09/13/2018
    • 10/11/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Most of us are familiar with Shakespeare’s Henry V, if not from having read the play recently, then certainly from having seen Kenneth Branagh’s marvelous film version (and perhaps having compared it to Olivier’s WWII-era treatment).   Many of you will also know Henry IV, Part One (and, to a lesser extent, Henry IV, Part Two), if only because of the livening presence of Shakespeare’s great comic creation, Falstaff, in both plays.  But the story really begins with Richard II, whose ill-fated reign and subsequent overthrow constitutes an insightful look into the nature of power, and the costs both of losing it and of gaining it.  The language, though, is the chief delight yielded up by a close reading of this play.

    GROUP LEADER James E. Foley is an Emeritus Professor of English, having retired from Worcester State University in December 2015.  His chief interests continue to be Shakespeare, 19th century American literature, and drama of all periods.

    REQUIRED BOOK: Any edition of Richard II

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Read Act I, Richard II  

    • 09/13/2018
    • 10/11/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  In this course we will explore central themes which keep this 19th century book for girls relevant for women, and men, of all ages.  We will examine the impact of the book on important women in history and discuss its afterlife in continuing adaptations such as the recent PBS Masterpiece series.  Themes we will discuss include an overview of the history of the novel; feminism as enacted through Jo; family and religion; emerging from adolescence into womanhood; and grief and transformation.

    GROUP LEADER Susan Bailey a Grafton resident and lifelong student of the Alcott family, writes the “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion” blog popular with fans, students, teachers and scholars alike. This blog, begun in August of 2010, was the first to reveal a recent find of new photographs of Anna Alcott Pratt and her husband John Bridge Pratt, covered in the Boston Globe on December 1, 2017. She is the author of two books, Louisa May Alcott Illuminated by The Message and River of Grace. Susan is currently working on the first-ever biography of Elizabeth Sewall Alcott, “Beth March” of Little Women. She received her BS in Elementary Education in 1978 from Bridgewater State University. 

    REQUIRED BOOK: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (any edition).

    OPTIONAL BOOKS:  Little Women and the Feminist Imagination by Janice M. Alberghene (Editor), Beverly Lyon Clark (Editor), Routledge, ISBN# 978-1138798977

     Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux, W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN# 978-0393254730

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Read/reread Little Women. If you obtain the optional book Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, please read chapters 1-3.

    • 09/14/2018
    • 10/12/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    The course will consist of a series of gallery talks covering most of the collections of the Worcester Art Museum.  The course is designed primarily for members who want a broad introduction to the museum through a survey of the collections there.  The museum survey will include Asian art, Ancient and Medieval art, European paintings, American art, Modern and Contemporary art as well as Special Exhibits.

    GROUP LEADER Paul Mahon is Professor Emeritus at Assumption College and a WAM docent and member of the WAM Corporation.  He collects Chinese and Japanese decorative arts and has had pieces from his collection exhibited at WAM. 

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

     


    • 09/14/2018
    • 10/12/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Southgate at Shrewsbury Retirement Community, 30 Julio Dr. Shrewsbury MA 01545
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    This course will review amphibious landings from the Greeks and the Romans to the Korean War.  In the class, we will focus on the mechanics, equipment and tactics of warfare and will examine how they have evolved over time.  Included will be Syracuse and British invasions; Hastings, 1066; Gallipoli, 1915; Tarawa, 1943; and Inchon, 1950.

    GROUP LEADER Dr. John Ferriss retired from a career in academic rheumatology in 2001.  He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Military History from Norwich University in Vermont.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

    • 09/14/2018
    • 10/12/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    The 1980s offered us much more than endless movies starring Burt Reynolds or Daryl Hannah, “Brat Pack” comedy like Sixteen Candles, and violent franchises like Lethal Weapon or Nightmare on Elm Street. For this decade also featured sensitive breakout performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeremy Irons, Helena Bonham Carter, and Christian Bale, among other actors. This period was a formative one for such emerging directors as Tim Burton, Barry Levinson, Rob Reiner, and Ron Howard, as well. Join us as we watch and discuss compelling character-driven films that hit the big screen while a former Hollywood actor occupied the White House. 

    GROUP LEADER Jeff Long has been leading film courses for WISE since 2014 and has been writing movie reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since 2008.  He also taught film studies courses at Becker College and is the author of the memoir guide, Remembered Childhoods (2007).

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

     


    • 09/14/2018
    • 10/12/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Without some kind of plan or outline in which to gather our impressions when listening to music, we end up mostly at sea. The experience of hearing music, just like that of viewing paintings or reading sonnets, benefits from the opportunity to actually have the experience (the more frequently the better).  This course is based on an approach designed by Jan La Rue, late professor of musicology at New York University (and a graduate professor of mine), whose textbook Guidelines for Style Analysis established a useful invented term: SHMRG (pronounced shmerg) to give students and music lovers a handy way to organize their impressions from the basic elements: Sound (or Sonority), Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, and Growth. Each class session will deal with one of the five elements and their interactions in a wide range of musical examples.

    GROUP LEADERSteven Ledbetter holds a PhD in Musicology from New York University and taught at Dartmouth College.  He was a musicologist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1979-1998.

     

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS


    • 09/17/2018
    • 10/15/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Briarwood Community Center, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester MA. 01604
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    We will continue to read books from Paradise Lost aloud (in C Term we read Books I, II, and IX (temptation and fall).  Now we will read the final three Books: What happens after the fall?  What is Milton’s resolution?  We will read what happens to our understanding as we read aloud, drama-fashion.  What questions arise?

    GROUP LEADER Gene McCarthy taught Milton at the College of the Holy Cross for many years.  Along with Rodger Martin, he was part of Milton Ensemble, a group that presented dramatic readings. He is convinced that reading aloud opens the poem to fresh experience.

    REQUIRED READING:  Scripts of each book will be available during the first class for a small fee.

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS (Optional): read Paradise Lost, Book X.

     


    • 09/17/2018
    • 10/15/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy Bldg, Rm 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    America’s vexatious Nobel Prize winner wandered into New York in 1960, started off as the next Woody Guthrie and became the first and only Bob Dylan. Along the way, he redefined folk, rock, country, and pop music. We’ll listen to and discuss music from his first 15 years, from the eponymous first album through Blood on the Tracks, along with samples from the Bootleg and archival materials.

    GROUP LEADER Karl Hakkarainen has taught numerous WISE courses on music, technology, history, law, and journalism. A graduate of Amherst College, Karl is currently First Vice-President of WISE.

    NO REQUIRED READING


    • 09/17/2018
    • 10/15/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg. Rm119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This course will empower individuals to become better informed healthcare consumers. We will explore how to choose Medicare plans, various types of drug interactions, medications that can increase the risk of falls, better choices at the pharmacy, and managing medications especially during transitions of care.

    GROUP LEADER Donna Bartlett is a practicing registered pharmacist (PharmD-RPh) and a board certified geriatric pharmacist (BCGP). She currently teaches pharmacy practice at MCPHS University and has a site for rotations at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, MA

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

     

    • 09/18/2018
    • 10/16/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Plourde Conference Room, Assumption College
    • 22
    Registration is closed

    In this course you will be acquainted with contemporary Worcester poets.  Guest poets attending the class to discuss their own work include Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Professor at the College of the Holy Cross; John Hodgen and David Thoreen, Professors at Assumption College and Susan Roney-O’Brien, retired English teacher.  Each of these local poets has published books and winners of various poetry awards.

    GROUP LEADER Eve Rifkah earned her MFA in 2002 from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She has taught at WPI, Clark, WSU and FSU. She is the author of four books and is published in many journals.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS


    • 09/18/2018
    • 10/16/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Over the course of his career, Shakespeare wrote for two professional clowns, Will Kempe and Robert Armin. About the time Armin replaced Kempe, he had moved away from entertaining audiences with the farcical antics of clowns and had begun deploying the wit of “allowed fools,” satirists like Feste and Touchstone. This course will trace the evolution of Shakespeare’s Fool and of his comic genius by studying closely Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

    GROUP LEADER Helen Whall received her PhD from Yale University in 1976 and joined the faculty of the College of the Holy Cross. There she taught courses in Shakespeare, the Renaissance, Renaissance Drama, Law and Drama and Dramatic Comedy. She has published a book on Pre-Shakespearean drama and numerous essays on Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as modern and contemporary playwrights. Professor Whall also served as the theater reviews editor for Theatre Journal.

    REQUIRED BOOKS: The Folger editions of Twelfth Night, ISBN# 978-1980416838 and As You Like It, ISBN# 978-0743484862

    • 09/18/2018
    • 10/23/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Landscape painting was the first uniquely American art, beginning with the Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church.  Explore the Luminist paintings of Martin Johnson Heade and Fitz Henry Lane reflecting the coast of New England.  The landscapes of Winslow Homer, George Bellows, and Georgia O’Keeffe illustrate the expressiveness of the late 19th and 20th centuries

    GROUP LEADER Martha Chiarchiaro has brought history to life through the art of the times for more than 30 years. She received her Masters degree in the History of Art from Williams College and has taught a variety of art history courses at the Worcester Art Museum and Worcester State University. Martha has provided numerous talks on American painting, with a special fondness for American landscapes painters.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

     


    • 09/18/2018
    • 10/16/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This course will take an academic approach to understanding the beliefs and prescribed practices of the religion of Islam.  We will learn about the origins of the faith and the resulting system of values and laws.  The course is by no means comprehensive but is rather designed to familiarize students with commonly discussed concepts pertaining to Islam.  In addition to beliefs and practices, other selected topics will be covered such as morality, gender roles, Sharia, and jihad.  The intent of this course is to leave students better informed about one of the world’s major religions.

    GROUP LEADER Mona Ives is an American-born Muslim who fuses her American heritage with her Islamic studies.  After starting a major in International Relations at Boston University, Mrs. Ives continued her education in Pakistan where she studied Arabic and Islamic Theology with a specialization in Comparative Religion at the International Islamic University in Islamabad.  Mrs. Ives now serves as the President of Ansaar of Worcester and focuses her efforts on Islamic education, interfaith activities and outreach into the Worcester community and charity work. She is also a middle school teacher at Alhuda Academy, a private Islamic school in Worcester.

    OPTIONAL BOOKS: Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings.  ISBN# 978-1594771538 or 1594771537.

    Islam in Focus 2nd Edition by Hammudah Abdal-Ati.  ISBN# 978-0915957743 or 0915957744.

    The Holy Quran - any translation for your reference or access to Quran.com on your smart phone.


    • 10/24/2018
    • 11/28/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • The Willows, 101 Barry Rd. Worcester MA 01609
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    We will read three short works of novella length by Bellow and myriad short stories by Singer, learning about their culture(s) and their time(s) and their tradition(s).  Singer will be read in translation from his native Yiddish.

    GROUP LEADER Marcia Tannenbaum taught with WISE for many years and has been a teacher of Jewish literature and culture in many venues both in the United States and in Canada where she lived in the Ottawa, Ontario area from 1981-1986.  Marcia also lived and taught English in Israel from 1973 -1975 and studied at Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem in the summer of 1979.

    REQUIRED BOOKS:  Something to Remember Me By: Three Tales. Saul Bellow.  Penguin Publishing Group (2012). ISBN# 978-0142422182

    The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Farrar Strauss Paperback(1983). ISBN # 978-0344517886 or # 978-0345179885

    • 10/24/2018
    • 11/28/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This course will explore the scope of the federal executive power under Article II of the Constitution. Topics will include inherent versus express power of the president; the expansion of presidential power by Congress; the appointment and removal power including removal of independent counsel; executive privilege; presidential immunity to criminal and civil suits; the pardon power; powers related to foreign policy, national security, and war (including the war on terrorism); the use of executive orders; and impeachment and removal from office.    

    GROUP LEADERJohn S. Ross, III holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught a number of courses in the WISE program on constitutional law topics and the Supreme Court.

    REQUIRED BOOK:  The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law, by Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts (2018). ISBN# 978-0999698815

    • 10/24/2018
    • 11/28/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    The full extent of the tremendous contributions of women painters since the 16th century is just now being discovered.  From the internationally known female portrait painters of Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette, to the mother and child scenes by Mary Cassatt and the landscapes and floral paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, we will explore a variety of women artists from the 16th into the 20th century.

    GROUP LEADERMartha Chiarchiaro received her Masters degree in the History of Art from Williams College and has taught a variety of art history classes at the Worcester Art Museum and Worcester State University. Martha very much enjoys enlightening her audiences to the contributions of women artists through the ages.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS


    • 10/25/2018
    • 11/29/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Plourde Conference Room, Assumption College
    • 22
    Registration is closed

    There is ancient wisdom and magic in the Celtic culture. Today, the Celtic spirit echoes through its art, music, poetry, myths, literature, and spirituality.  We will explore these topics and hopefully discover that the Celtic spirit has much to offer to transform and reignite our best, most creative selves.  Topics include the Celtic year in nature, the mythology of the Celt, history of the Celts and their daily lives in ancient times, creative outlets of the Celts, and the ancient Celtic world vision as inspiration for today.

    GROUP LEADER:  Ellen Duzak retired from Becker College where she was Professor of Psychology.  She is proud of her Celtic heritage and has explored Ireland with her husband Blake on three memorable trips.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

    • 10/25/2018
    • 11/29/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Worcester Jewish Community Center (JCC), 633 Salisbury St. Worcester MA 01609
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    Join us as we follow the evolution of Jewish Law from the Torah (Five Books of Moses) through centuries of Rabbinic Legal texts to its understanding and implementation today. We will also touch on how the different denominations of Judaism differ in their approaches and relationships to law. Join us for some lively and enlightening text study and discussions as we look at topics such as “Kosher”, Shabbat, egalitarianism, and more!

    GROUP LEADER Rabbi Aviva Fellman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, MA. She hold a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Master’s in Talmud and Jewish Law from Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. Rabbi Fellman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in NYC in 2012.

    REQUIRED BOOK: Bring a Bible (any translation) to class.

    • 10/25/2018
    • 11/29/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This class will look at the 19th century development of the textile industry in New England: the transfer of technology from the UK, the mill systems of New England, the immigrant labor to run them, and the ultimate decline and departure of the industry.  We will discuss how New England was changed through the rise and fall of this industry and the impact on our modern lives.

    GROUP LEADERM.E. (Pete) Murphy is retired Assistant Professor of Management at Assumption College.  He has a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Akron.  Prior to teaching at Assumption, he had a long career in the international energy industry managing a variety of business and technical organizations.  He continues to consult in the fields of energy and venture capital.  His class will explore business issues that are important to all of us today.

     

     NO REQUIRED BOOKS

    • 10/25/2018
    • 11/29/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    A look at the musicals created by the brothers, including Lady Be Good, Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, and Porgy and Bess with their dozens of immortal songs.  The emphasis will be on the collaboration of the brothers in the creation of the lyrics and the music.

    GROUP LEADERRichard Kimball is a retired Professor of Psychology at Worcester State University, a Librarian and a member of Worcester Chorus.  He has taught WISE classes for many years.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

     


    • 10/25/2018
    • 11/29/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    In this course we will study contemporary Latin American migration to Europe and the United States from the perspective of documentary film.  We will discuss contemporary films and migration patterns in relation to their specific cultural and historical contexts.

    GROUP LEADER Esteban Loustaunau (B.A. Carleton College, M.A. and Ph.D. The Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of Spanish at Assumption College and former director of the Latin American Studies Program.  His main areas of teaching and scholarship are contemporary Latin American literature, film, and music as they intersect with issues related to migration, youth cultures, and Internet studies. He is coeditor of the book Telling Migrant Stories: Latin American Diaspora in Documentary Film (University of Florida Press, 2018).

    OPTIONAL BOOK: Telling Migrant Stories: Latin American Diaspora in Documentary Film, Esteban E. Loustaunau and Lauren E. Shaw. University of Florida Press, 2018. ISBN# 978-1683400233

    • 10/26/2018
    • 11/30/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd. Worcester MA
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    How does Nature survive our New England winters? Plants and animals have developed a multitude of strategies to deal with short days, freezing temperatures, and lack of available water that characterize this challenging season. We will explore hands-on some common examples of New England wildlife (plants, insects, birds, mammals, etc.) and how they prepare for winter as we hike Broad Meadow Brook’s trail system. On any poor weather days, class meets indoors where we will learn with natural artifacts and presentations.

    GROUP LEADER Martha Gach is Conservation Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Center, where she manages sanctuary habitat and directs adult education, teacher and professional development, and conservation interns.  Martha holds her doctorate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan and is adjunct faculty at Worcester State University.  She has studied birds in Africa, fish in British Columbia and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and is currently learning all about bees in Massachusetts.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS  

     

    • 10/26/2018
    • 11/30/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Southgate at Shrewsbury Retirement Community, 30 Julio Drive Shrewsbury MA 01545
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    We will explore central issues in American History by reading the autobiographies of important people including Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant, Anne Mood, Jimmy Piersall, and Robert McNamara.  This course will include considerable reading (at least 50 pages for each class—selected chapters from each book).  We will use the class periods to discuss how these participants saw their roles in the historical process.

    GROUP LEADER Jed Watters was a history professor at Assumption College and WPI for more than 30 years.  He is a retired Naval Officer and analyst at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 

    REQUIRED BOOKS:  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, ISBN# 978-0486290737

     Personal Memoirs, Volume 1, Ulysses S. Grant, ISBN# 978-1438297071

     Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody, ISBN# 978-0440314882

     Fear Strikes Out, Jimmy Piersall, ISBN# 978-0803287617

     In Retrospect, Robert McNamara, ISBN# 978-0679767497

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • 10/26/2018
    • 11/30/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    On the 100th anniversary of its outbreak, we will explore the causes, progress and effects of the deadliest pandemic the world has ever seen.  Topics will include origins of the pandemic; how and why the pandemic spread and disappeared; the state of medical knowledge before and during the pandemic; how did Worcester deal with the pandemic; and what we’ve learned and changes we’ve made.

    GROUP LEADER Victor Saffrin has a BA in Theater and Economics and an MS in Computer Science and is now retired from a career spanning rock-and-roll lighting roadie, laser light show designer, embedded software engineer and engineering process manager. He has taught WISE courses on the lesser-known operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and on Connected Inventions.

    OPTIONAL BOOK: The Great Influenza, by John Barry. Penquin Press.0ISBN# 978-0143036494

    • 10/26/2018
    • 11/30/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Social networks, however we define them, have grown to unimaginable levels. Facebook has more than two billion active users, YouTube, a billion and half. Our need for connections in the modern world has us sharing stories, pictures, and videos with family and friends around the world.  But social networks aren’t without their problems. We have serious concerns regarding privacy, fake news, and our ever-shortening attention spans. It can seem that these technologies have made our lives out of control and we don’t know how to fix it.  This course will show us how we got here and, with luck, how we might make sense of it all.

    GROUP LEADER Karl Hakkarainen graduated from Amherst College.  He is Technology Advisor for WISE.  He has taught WISE classes on social networks, learning and technology, law, history, journalism, and music.  Currently Karl is First Vice-President of WISE.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

    • 10/29/2018
    • 11/26/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Briarwood Community Center, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01604
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    From 1842 to 1895, eight former slaves who lived in Worcester wrote narratives of their lives in slavery and in freedom.  The book for this course is an edited volume of their stories and includes individual introduction as well as historical and literary background material.  We will read individual narratives for each class

    GROUP LEADER Gene McCarthy is a retired Professor from the College of the Holy Cross where he taught African-American literature for many years.  He teaches literature and poetry classes for WISE and lives in Worcester with his wife Barbara.

    REQUIRED BOOK: From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives, eds. B. Eugene McCarthy and Thomas Doughton (UMass Press, 2007) ISBN# 978-1-55849-623-1.

    • 10/29/2018
    • 11/26/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Worcester Jewish Community Center (JCC), 633 Salisbury St. Worcester MA 01609
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    We will explore Biblical literature from Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes.  Yes it’s a lot, but one way to approach this material is to think of it as advice to the next generation when the world makes sense (Proverbs), when tragedy strikes (Job) and when the world has gone mad (Ecclesiastes).  We’ll trace this arc and ask together what wisdom might be passed along to our children and grandchildren as they try to navigate their way in the world.  Topics include a brief introduction to Wisdom Literature, navigating our way (Proverbs), surviving loss (Job), all is vanity (Ecclesiastes), and seeking wisdom in our own day.

    GROUP LEADER Richard Simpson is an Episcopal priest currently serving on the staff of the Bishop of Western Massachusetts.  Prior to that he served as rector of St. Francis Church in Holden for more than fifteen years, during which time he also taught Introduction to the Bible at Assumption College.  Over the past two decades he has offered many WISE classes.

    REQUIRED BOOK:  Bring a Bible (any translation) to class.

    FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Excerpts from the Bible: Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. 

    • 10/29/2018
    • 11/26/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    When we listen to music, we hear organized sounds.  Starting with the sources of those sounds, following the waves that bring them to our ears, and moving on to our brains (where we perceive the sounds as music), we encounter processes that are amenable to scientific study.  Much of the music itself is also susceptible to systematic analysis.  Perception of consonance and dissonance, patterns in tone and in rhythm, and many other aspects of musical experience have been investigated by musicians, composers, musicologists, psychologists, physiologists, and physicists.  Composers can create emotional responses in many ways.  We will explore these ideas with an “ears-on, minds-on” approach, with musical examples from classical and popular sources.  No specific scientific or musical background is necessary for understanding, learning from, and (I hope!) enjoying our demonstrations and discussions.

    GROUP LEADERLes Blatt is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Education at Clark University.  His research interests include work in experimental nuclear physics, astrophysics, and modern approaches to learning science. In addition to courses in physics, he has presented science-teaching workshops and summer institutes for college-level education students and for teachers in Central Massachusetts public schools.  He has offered a variety of courses at WISE, mostly in areas where the sciences intersect with other disciplines.

     

    OPTIONAL BOOK: This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin, ISBN #978-0452288522

    • 10/29/2018
    • 11/26/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    Fresh styles and voices were seen and heard during this fin de siècle decade, with such innovative filmmakers as the Coen brothers, Lars Von Trier, Ang Lee, and Atom Egoyan and such actors as Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Edward Norton, and Julianne Moore. More established actors often surprised us as they stretched their talents – for example, Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land and Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. Join us as we watch and discuss a cross-section of the best films of this period.  We will examine (primarily American) films, film genres, actors, and industry trends associated with this era, when studios struggled against loss of box office revenues to the widening home entertainment industry, movie rental business, and DVD technology.

    GROUP LEADER Jeff Long has been leading film courses for W.I.S.E. since 2014 and has been writing movie reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since 2008. He has also taught film studies courses at Becker College and is the author of the memoir guide Remembered Childhoods (2007).

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS


    • 10/30/2018
    • 11/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Plourde Conference Room, Assumption College
    • 22
    Registration is closed

    Greek tragedy began with Aeschylus, and his trilogy “Oresteia” is the only one we have. We start with reviewing the beginning of tragedy in Greece as we discover what happens to veterans who return home when a war is over, in this case the Trojan War. The victorious general Agamemnon brings a prophetic mistress home and walks on a red carpet to his doom at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.  But finally the blood-feud in The House of Atreus ends with a trial by jury and the wisdom of Athena. Her bird is the owl, symbol of WISE.

    GROUP LEADER:  Steve White majored in English at Brown University and has an M.A. in English from Berkeley, California.  He did summer work at the Breadloaf School of English and at Oxford.  He taught Greek Drama at The Bancroft School in Worcester.
     

    REQUIRED BOOK: Aeschylus 1 “Oresteia,” translated by Richmond Lattimore (any edition).

    • 10/30/2018
    • 11/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    An examination of the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, and the formation of an entity destined to become a multi-cultural kingdom, the originator of the First World Empire.  We will examine the political, cultural, economic and military aspects of the developing Christian states, along with the unique interplay of the three great monotheisms, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, including their learning and artistic expression.

    GROUP LEADER James F. Powers s Professor Emeritus at Holy Cross.  His research centered on Medieval Spain, and he taught courses on Ancient, Medieval and Modern Europe. 

    OPTIONAL BOOKS: Fletcher, Richard.  Moorish Spain. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2006 (rev.ed.). ISBN# 978-0520248403

    Fletcher, Richard.  The Quest for El Cid. New York: Knopf, 1990. ISBN# 978-0195069556

    Powers, James F.  A Society Organized for War: The Iberian Municipal Militias in the Central Middle Ages, 1000-1284.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1988.  ISBN# 978-0520056442 or available to read online at:  http://libro.uca.edu/socwar/war.htm

    • 10/30/2018
    • 11/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm. 119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    This course offers a description and evaluation of the choices that successive generations of Russians have made in attempting to build a good society, meeting the need for security, economic viability, and the ideology that expresses the highest aspirations and values of the society. We will use the interpretation made by James H. Billington (Princeton professor and distinguished librarian of the Library of Congress) as the basis for discussion.  Some of the topics we will cover are the main stages of Russian history; Orthodox religion; Westernization; Democracy and the masses; and present choices.  **The first class will be held at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.

    GROUP LEADER James Flynn began his study of Russia in the U.S. Army Language School in 1956. He earned his PhD in Russian history at Clark University in 1964. He taught (happily!) Russian history at the College of the Holy Cross for more than forty years. His professional research and writing focused on the history of universities and churches in Russia. His work as teacher and scholar was supported by appointments in many scholarly institutions, including Russian Research Center Harvard University (Associate 1970-2001), Leningrad University (Fulbright Fellow), Kennan Institute of Wilson Center (Washington DC), and National Endowment for the Humanities (Fellow).  He is currently a docent at the Museum of Russian Icons.

    OPTIONAL BOOK:  The Face of Russia, James H. Billington. (New York, 1998). ISBN# 978-1575001043

     

    • 10/30/2018
    • 11/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 65
    Registration is closed

    What do John Williams, Max Steiner, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Dimitri Tiomkin, John Barry, James Horner, Alfred Newman, Andre Previn, and Vangelis all have in common?  They have all written some of the most memorable music for films - from Titanic to Exodus.  From Star Wars to Gone with the Wind.  From On the Waterfront to The Magnificent 7 to Mission Impossible.  This course will examine the lives and notable contributions these and other great composers have made to our most beloved films - their music making the films even more memorable.

    GROUP LEADER Joseph Corn spent most of his professional career working as an engineer.  He has also taught in the NYC school system, at Springfield Technical Community College, and Penn State and worked as a technical instructor for Moore Products Co.  Since joining WISE in 2010, Mr. Corn has presented both music and technical courses.  Joe is the immediate Past President of WISE.

    NO REQUIRED BOOKS

Past events

04/06/2018 D18 - Tower Hill: A Walking Tour (Trexler) (Friday)
04/02/2018 D2 - Oscar Wilde: The Man and the Artist (Sasha Tipper) (Monday)
03/28/2018 D12 - The Troubles: Toward an Understanding of the Northern Ireland Conflict (REPEAT) (Feighan) (Wednesday)
03/28/2018 D11 - All About Trees (Choiniere) (Wednesday)
03/28/2018 D10 - The Roberts Court: Defying Predictability? (Ross) (Wednesday)
03/28/2018 D9 - How to Read Art (Powell-Brasier) (Wednesday)
03/28/2018 D8 - Three Female Voices: Dickinson, Plath, & Atwood (White) (Wednesday)
03/28/2018 D7 - Vietnam: How the Story's Been Told (Sullivan) (Wednesday)
03/27/2018 D6 - River Restoration Under the Federal Clean Water Act in MA (Warren Kimball) (Tuesday)
03/27/2018 D5 - The Guilty & the Innocent: Searching for Justice - (Repeat) (Watson) (Tuesday)
03/27/2018 D4 - Literary Conceptions of the Congo (Corti) (Tuesday)
03/26/2018 D3 - Great Female Artists and Their Music (Corn) (Monday)
03/26/2018 D1 - Thinking for Oneself - Cont'd (Schmitt) (Monday)
03/23/2018 D21 - The Rest of Gilbert and Sullivan (REPEAT) (Saffrin) (Friday)
03/23/2018 D20 - Films of the Forties (Long) (Friday)
03/23/2018 D19 - World War I (Ferriss) (Friday)
03/22/2018 D17 - What Is an American? (Hakkarainen) (Thursday)
03/22/2018 D16 - Why the Cold War Wasn't So Hot (Watters) (Thursday)
03/22/2018 D15 - Canadian Literature Continued (Tannenbaum) (Thursday)
03/22/2018 D14 - "The Merchant of Venice" (Vaughn; Whall) (Thursday)
03/22/2018 D13 - The Life and Thought of James Baldwin (Burger) (Thursday)
02/14/2018 C10- Public Choice-Money in Politics (O'Brien) (Wednesday)
02/14/2018 C9 - Beyond Heller: Gun Control and the Second Amendment (Ross) (Wednesday)
02/14/2018 C8 -The Guilty and the Innocent: Searching for Justice (Watson) (Wednesday)
02/12/2018 C2-Thinking for Oneself (Schmitt) (Monday)
02/09/2018 C17 - Operas of Bedrich Smetana (Ledbetter) (CANCELLED)
02/09/2018 C16. Connected Inventions: How One Thing Leads to Another, and Another and…(REPEAT) (Saffrin) (Friday)
02/09/2018 C15 - Introduction to Birding Series: The Essentials (Farnam) (Friday)
02/08/2018 C14 - A Life in the Theater: Victor Herbert (Richard Kimball) (Thursday)
02/08/2018 C13 - The Italian High Renaissance - (REPEAT) (Doucette) (Thursday)
02/08/2018 C12 - Favorite Tours of the Month at WAM (Mahon) (Thursday)
02/08/2018 C11 - Wills, Trusts and Asset Protection Planning (Rivard) (Thursday)
02/06/2018 C7 - Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters: King Lear and The Tempest (Vaughan) (Tuesday)
02/06/2018 C6- FUNdamental Physics: Why the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree! (Crooks) (Tuesday)
02/06/2018 C5 - Oh the Places You Will Go! (Perschbacher) (Tuesday)
02/05/2018 C4-Films of the Fifties (Long) (Monday)
02/05/2018 C3- Energy: Sine Qua Non (Blatt) (Monday)
02/05/2018 C1 - Marching, Charging Feet: 50 Years Since 1968 (Hakkarainen) (Monday)
10/27/2017 B16. Documentaries from the Edge (Long) (Friday)
10/27/2017 B15. Digital Literacy (Hakkarainen) (Friday)
10/27/2017 B14. Seeing the Forest & the Trees; Landscapes of Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Gach) (Friday)
10/26/2017 B13. Women in Islam (Ives) (Thursday)
10/26/2017 B12. Business and Public Policy (Murphy) (Thursday)
10/26/2017 B11. Literary Qualities of the Old Testament (Fenigsohn) (Thursday)
10/26/2017 B10. Looking Through the Eyes of Mary Cassatt (Duzak) (Thursday)
10/25/2017 B9. Freedom of Expression and the 1st Amendment (Ross) (Wednesday)
10/25/2017 B8. The Arts of Islam (Beall-Fofana) (Wednesday)
10/25/2017 B7. Overview of Buddhism: Waking Up (Galvin) (Wednesday)
10/24/2017 B6. "The Troubles": Toward an Understanding of the Northern Ireland Conflict (Feighan) (Tuesday)
10/24/2017 B5. The Many Wonderful Short Stories of Alice Munro (Tannenbaum) (Tuesday)
10/24/2017 B4. Shakespeare's Cosmology (White) (Tuesday)
10/23/2017 B3. William Blake's Poems and Art (E. McCarthy) (Monday)
10/23/2017 B2. Key Social Issues in Modern American Drama (Foley) (Monday)
10/23/2017 B1. Apocalypic Literature in the Bible - Daniel and Revelation (Simpson) (Monday)
09/19/2017 A6. The Creation of Spain - 711-1492 (Powers) (Tuesday)
09/15/2017 A19. Current Events and How News Stories are Reported (Corn/Fenigsohn) (Friday)
09/14/2017 A14. The Art of Happiness (Duzak) (Thursday)
09/12/2017 A8. Great Songs -- Timeless Message (Corn) (Tuesday)
09/12/2017 A7. Connected Inventions - How One Thing Leads to Another.... (Saffin) (Tuesday)
09/12/2017 A5. My Name is Solomon Levi: Poems of Stanley Kunitz (Ferrara) (Tuesday)
09/11/2017 A4. Hearing and Speaking Poetry (E. McCarthy) (Monday)
09/11/2017 A3. America’s Music Cities: Nashville and Memphis (Hakkarainen) (Monday)
09/11/2017 A2. Fifty Shades of Genesis (Simpson/Fellman) (Monday)
09/11/2017 A1. Revenge of the Movies (Long) (Monday)
09/08/2017 A18. Music for Movies (Walters) (Friday)
09/08/2017 A17. Five Pivotal Moments in US History (Railton) (Friday)
09/08/2017 A16. Down the Blackstone with Mass Audubon (Cary/Williams) (Friday)
09/07/2017 A15. Macbeth -- One Act at a Time (Foley) (Thursday)
09/07/2017 A13. Out of Africa -- Women's Writing (Corti) (Thursday)
09/06/2017 A12. Capital Punishment in the US - A Critical Assessment (Ross) (Wednesday)
09/06/2017 A11. Behind the Scenes at the Hanover Theater (Nel Lazour) (Wednesday)
09/06/2017 A10. The Italian High Renaissance (Doucette) (Wednesday)
09/06/2017 A9. Survey of the Collections at WAM (repeat) (Mahon) (Wednesday)
03/24/2017 D19. Vanished! Missing Persons in Films (Long) (Fri)
03/24/2017 D18. Oh, Canada! An Introduction to Canadian Literature & Culture (Tannenbaum) (Fri)
03/24/2017 D1. Tower Hill - A Walking Tour (Trexler) (Fri)
03/24/2017 D17. Explore Worcester's East-West Trail (Cary) (Fri)
03/23/2017 D16. William Wordsworth (Teichgraeber) (Thu)
03/23/2017 D15. Understanding the Quran (Ives) (Thu)
03/23/2017 D14. Jewish Ethics: Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices (Fellman) (Thu)
03/23/2017 D13. Medea, Jason and the Argonauts (Corti) (Thu)
03/22/2017 D12. The Changing World of Work (Hakkarainen) (Wed)
03/22/2017 D11. Jerome Kern & the American Musical (Kimball) (Wed)
03/22/2017 D10. Philosophical Dialogues: The Socrates Cafe (Schmitt) (Wed)
03/22/2017 D8. Between the Wars: 1918-1941 (Sullivan) (Wed)
03/22/2017 D9. Three Female Voices: Dickinson, Plath & Atwood (White) (Wed)*Course Cancelled*
03/21/2017 D7. Women and Girls in the Developing World (Perschbacher/Gazin-Schwartz) (Tue)
03/21/2017 D6-Notorious Criminals Throughout the World (Watson) (Tue)
03/21/2017 D4. Gifts from a Celtic Isle: Great Basket Island (Duzak) (Tue)
03/21/2017 D5. A Pathway to Wellness & Resiliency: Mindful Self-Compassion Training (Mariani) (Tue)
03/20/2017 D3. American Indians: Contribution & Diversity (Mahon) (Mon)
03/20/2017 D2. Genetics, Geology, & Genomes: How We Got Here (Blatt) (Mon)
02/07/2017 C7. The Rights of Criminal Defendants: The Warren Course and Beyond (Ross) (Tue)
02/07/2017 C6. Shakespeare's Rome: Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra (Vaughan) (Tue)
02/07/2017 C5. A Pathway to Wellness & Resiliency: Mindful Self-Compassion Training (Mariani) (Tue)
02/07/2017 C4. Coming of Age in the American South (Fenigsohn) (Tue)
02/06/2017 C3. Wills, Trusts, & Asset Protection Planning (O'Connor & Rivard) (Mon)
02/06/2017 C2. Einstein's Century: Modern Science & Modern Culture (Blatt) (Mon)
02/06/2017 C1. So Who am I Really? Identity Issues in Film (Long) (Mon)
02/03/2017 C17. Dramatic Reading Aloud: Paradise Lost by John Milton (Gene McCarthy) (Fri)
02/03/2017 C16. Key Issues in Modern American Drama (Barbara McCarthy) (Fri)
02/03/2017 C15. Adapting to Climate Change (Gach) (Fri)
02/02/2017 C14. The Life and Works of Elie Wiesel (Tannenbaum) (Thu)
02/02/2017 C13. Understanding Islam (Ives) (Thu)
02/02/2017 C12. Favorite Tours of the Month at WAM (WAM docents) (Thu)
02/02/2017 C11. Genetics for Novice Scientists (Crooks) (Thu)
02/01/2017 C10. Understanding Global Trade (O'Brien) (Wed)
02/01/2017 C9. Philosophical Dialogues: The Socrates Cafe (Schmitt) (Wed)
02/01/2017 C8. Notorious Criminals throughout the World (Watson) (Wed)
01/24/2017 S1. New Member Orientation
10/28/2016 B18. Operas of Tchaikovsky
10/28/2016 B17. Landmark decisions of US Supreme Court
10/28/2016 B16. Worcester Infrastructure - Water & Sewer (repeat)
10/27/2016 B15. Opera for Everyone!
10/27/2016 B14. Trade, Wealth of Nations, and America First
10/27/2016 B13. American Environmentalism from Marsh to Cronin
10/27/2016 B12. Gifts from a Celtic Isle: Great Blasket Island
10/26/2016 B11. Immigrant Women in American Fiction
10/26/2016 B10. War in the Pacific
10/26/2016 B9. Understanding the Art Museum (repeat)
10/26/2016 B8. Meeting Gods and Mortals at WAM
10/25/2016 B7. A Look at Language and Linguistics [CANCELLED]
10/25/2016 B6. Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance
10/25/2016 B5. Frost/Hemingway: Inner, Outer Weather
10/24/2016 B4. The Federalist Papers
10/24/2016 B3. S. N. Behrman - From Worcester to Broadway
10/24/2016 B2. Jesus: The Misunderstood Jew (repeat)
10/24/2016 B1.American Cinema in the '70's
09/12/2016 A3. They had Manahattan: Rogers & Hart
09/12/2016 A2. Novels by Toni Morrison
09/12/2016 A1. Music of Jean Sibelius
09/09/2016 A19. Great Contemporary Song Writers and Their Music (repeat but with much new material)
09/09/2016 A18. The United States Supreme Court
09/09/2016 A17. Along the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor with Mass Audubon
09/08/2016 A16. Hamlet, One Act at a Time
09/08/2016 A15. The Rest of Gilbert and Sullivan
09/08/2016 A14. Highlights of the Collection of WAM
09/08/2016 A13. The Jewish Calendar: A Look at the Jewish Holidays Through the Year (repeat)
09/08/2016 A12. Women’s Voices in Islamic Society
09/07/2016 A11. All the World’s a Stage: Women in William Shakespeare’s Plays
09/07/2016 A10. Topics in Biology: How Did We Get to Know What We Know?
09/07/2016 A9. Behind the Scenes at the Hanover Theatre
09/07/2016 A8. Survey of the Collections at WAM (repeat)
09/07/2016 A7. American Cinema in the Sixties
09/06/2016 A6. The Pilgrimage to Santiago and the Birth of Romanesque & Gothic
09/06/2016 A5. Americans At Sea
09/06/2016 A4. Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) and Worcester: “Make room for the roots!”
09/01/2016 F1. New Member Orientation
06/09/2016 WISE Annual Meeting
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