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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 file.

We 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 is underway. You can register for any courses, even after classes have started. (If you join a course after the first class, check with the group leader for any materials you have missed.)

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

    • 09/12/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • The Willows, Great Rm. 101 Barry Rd. Worcester MA 01609
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    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
    • Worcester Jewish Community Center (JCC), 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 3
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    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
    • 5
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 11
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    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
    • 11
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 12
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 40
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    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
    • 0
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    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 Technology Adviser for WISE.

    NO REQUIRED READING

    Playlist, along with links to lyrics, and recommended reading are available on http://queenlake.com/wise/wise-fall-2018/becoming-bob-dylan/

    • 09/17/2018
    • 10/15/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg. Rm119, Assumption College
    • 29
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    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
    • 5
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    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
    • 21
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    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
    • 0
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    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

     


    • 09/25/2018
    • 10/23/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Kennedy bldg Rm.119, Assumption College
    • 21
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    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.


    • 09/26/2018
    • 10/17/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd. Worcester, MA
    • 0
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    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

    **Please note this class is 4 sessions only starting 9/26/18

    • 10/24/2018
    • 11/28/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • The Willows, 101 Barry Rd. Worcester MA 01609
    • 4
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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
    • 37

    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
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    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.

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