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WISE SPRING 2018 COURSES

Registration for WISE Spring 2018 courses starts at midnight on December 7, 2017. 

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The course catalog is also available as a PDF file.

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.

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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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