Village University Fall 2019
Registration opens August 21st at 9 am
Magical Mystery Vibrations: The Beatles and the Beach Boys with Keith Daniel
In the early 1960s, when it seemed like rock ‘n’ roll was destined to be a flash in the pan, two groups emerged, nearly 6000 miles apart. In the unlikely locales of Liverpool, England and Hawthorne, California, the Beatles and the Beach Boys were forming, cutting their teeth on sources as diverse as rhythm and blues, Motown, British music hall dance bands, and the Four Freshmen. This course will trace the creation of these two seminal “guitar bands” and follow them through the great rock decade of the sixties, including the vibrant years of 1965-68, when they interacted constantly and produced some of the greatest music of the rock era, from “A Day In the Life” to “Good Vibrations.” This is a listening course, and no materials are required.
6 Mondays, October 7th – November 25th, 10-11:30 am
High Impact Issues in the Supreme Court — 2019 Cases with Bill Cotter
President Trump has added two Justices to the Court and the confirmation process has become ever more political. We will discuss the impact of those Justices on the Court as well as the President’s legal disputes with the House of Representatives and other Court challenges to the Executive. We will then analyze eight leading cases decided in the spring of 2019. These cases concern: the citizenship question in the 2020 census; separation of church and state; excessive fines by states; double jeopardy; racial gerrymandering; political gerrymandering; capital punishment; and immoral copyrights. There are required readings and vigorous and respectful discussion is encouraged. All the cases are new and prior participants are most welcome.
4 Tuesdays, October 1st – 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am
Key Words of the Bible with Dale Landis
Biblical words and concepts fill our world. They have shaped our history, and strongly influenced our greatest writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Austen. But do we know what the original authors intended when they used them? This course will bring together two exciting fields of study, semantics (the meaning of words) and the literary study of the Bible(Hebrew and Christian). We will employ a list of biblical words of deep meaning (for example faith, holiness, justice, freedom) and some everyday words that form the rich imagery of the Bible. For each english word, we will be exposed to the corresponding original Hebrew and Greek words. Then we will discuss the meaning of the word in the context of various biblical passages, as well as some non-biblical literary texts and common modern usage. It is expected that students of varying background, religious or not, will help to widen our understanding.
Text: An English Bible such as King James, New Revised Standard, or New International Version.
4 Wednesdays, October 2nd – 30th, 10-11:30 am
Game Changers: The 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments with Janet Beyer
Were women the last group to be allowed to vote? Not quite – it’s complicated. Guest speakers will address the 14th amendment, plus the more straightforward 15th and 19th amendments. One group of US citizens was not allowed to vote until 1924. Learn more that you may not have known at the 11th session of this series on government. Not many of us have read the Constitution thoroughly and there is a lot to it that bears examination and thought. The 14th amendment was enacted to make federal law applicable to the states, and in the process, one group of people were back-benched. The 14th amendment is worth a study on its own, but for this course we will just take a look at how one group of citizens was disenfranchised until after freed men (15th amendment) and women (19th amendment) were allowed to vote. This topic is particularly timely as the enactment of the 19th amendment was submitted to Congress for ratification 100 years ago.
6 Thursdays, October 3rd – November 7th, 10-11:30 am
Photographers Talking Photography with Joyce Saler and Lawrence S. Brink
In this five week course, you will meet four local photographers who will project their work on a large screen and discuss that work with the class. All of these photographers show their work at art exhibitions so their images can be defined as “art’ photography. But since all of us take photos in one form or another, learning distinctions between ‘art’ photograph and a snapshot may prove useful. At the last class, members of the group can show their own photographs and discuss their choice of image to share.
5 Thursdays, October 24th – November 21st, 2-3:30 pm
The Village University, established in 2003, was inspired by Elliot and Alma Ring, and offers courses for mature learners who are seeking stimulating study and conversation about interesting topics. The courses are taught by academics, scholars, and educational leaders who volunteer to share their knowledge and inspire others. The volunteer instructors bring the best university-level learning experiences to Concord and Carlisle. Our dedicated coordinators include Court Booth, Richard Cornell, Nancy Cronin, Gini Goulet, Bob Hartman, Nancy Hendrie, Bill Koenigsberg, Carol Murphree, Murray Nicolson, Meryl Schwartz, Alma Ring, Phil Stark, Rosalie Weiss, and Win Wilbur.
CCACE is thrilled to be able to offer Village University programs to our community members. We request a donation of $60 for the first course and $30 for each additional Village University course. Adult & Community Education is made possible through student fees, with student financial aid made possible through a grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest. The Village University is supported entirely by voluntary donations and your donations help us promote the programs.