Village University Winter 2020
Registration opens December 11th at 9 am
Spring courses will be announced on Monday, December 16th.
Rwanda: A History of Genocide, Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Continuing Challenges with Carl Hobert
In this exciting three session winter term class, participants will begin by learning about the root causes of Rwanda’s 100 days of genocide in 1994, during which time over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. Second, they will learn about post-genocide Rwanda, including foreign aid from China, India, Russia, the EU and the United States, and President Paul Kagame‘s national reconciliation and reconstruction program. Third, participants will play the roles of six characters, each representing a different set of interests, ideas and values in post-genocide Rwanda. In playing these different roles, participants will debate about, negotiate over and learn about the incredible accomplishments and continuing challenges that Rwanda under the leadership of President Kagame faces today, 25 years after the height of the genocide. Accomplishments include the country’s impressive strides in economic reform, the establishment of a national healthcare program, and vastly improved nursery – grade 12 and university education. Continuing challenges include President Kagame’s tight control over freedom of the press and freedom of speech, and regional security threats, including the Ebola outbreak in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a rise in Muslim extremism in Rwanda and in the surrounding countries of Africa’s Great Lakes Region.
3 Fridays, January 24th – February 7th, 10-11:30 am at Newbury Court
Buddy Holly became known to American Teenagers in the middle of 1957 with his hit record “That’ll Be The Day”. Eighteen months later, his life ended in a plane crash. Yet, in spite of his brief period of popularity, his legacy lives on: From Lennon and McCartney naming their group in deference to Buddy’s band, The Crickets, to the present day where his songs can be heard on movie sound-tracks and documentaries.
Our discussion group, “Buddy Holly: An Appreciation”, will study Holly’s path to popularity along with the people he was associated with. Using audio and video aids to stimulate memory and inspire conversation, we will come to appreciate why Buddy Holly’s music still attracts aficionados of a certain age to forever rave on and not fade away.
4 Wednesdays, January 29th – February 19th, 9:30-11:30 am at The Commons in Lincoln
Considered a “realist,” midst turn of the century (the 19th) American writers, Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for her iconic novel Age of Innocence. Published in 1920 but set in 1870, Wharton poignantly examines the New York City society of her childhood, as her characters struggle with the social complexities that defined that world. We shall undertake a close examination of the text, which means reading 45-50 pages each week, as we gain purchase on the central themes and character development of the novel. Select scenes from a particularly fine movie version of The Age of Innocence will accompany our discussion.
5 Thursdays, February 27th – March 26th, 10-11:30 am at The Commons in Lincoln