Village University Winter 2021

All Winter Village University classes will meet online using Zoom.


Registration will open on December 14th at 9:00 am.
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You may only register yourself & a spouse; you cannot register for friends. 
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Biblical Prophets – An Introduction with Dale Landis
The period of four centuries beginning at 800 BCE saw a flourishing of the great literary prophets of Israel. The books they gave us form a major part of our Bibles; moreover, as one writer (Ellen Davis) writes, “the Bible, in both testaments, is prophetically shaped”. We will introduce the writings of several of the literary Hebrew prophets (such as Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Jeremiah).
We will consider the following questions:
  • Who were the prophets?
  • What was their social, historical environment?
  • What problems did prophets address?
  • How does prophecy fit into the Bible as a whole?
  • What do the prophets say about God, humanity, and the world?
  • How did prophets influence later religion (including Christianity) and society?

There will be a general introduction to the nature of prophecy in Israel, highlighting its origins as reported in the Biblical historical books, and parallels in other ancient near eastern religion. We will also present a brief overview of other biblical genres such as narrative, apocalypse, wisdom, and gospels, demonstrating how they compare and contrast with the prophetic books. To keep the course manageable, the class syllabus will provide a selection of representative passages from a selection of the prophetic books. A typical class will concentrate on one prophet. After a brief survey of historical context, we will discuss the selected texts from that prophet. This discussion will focus on key words (Hebrew and translations), and on the questions listed above. Text: A Bible in English

6 Tues, Jan 26 – Mar 2, 10-11:30 am, Online


Chinese Art as a Window with Shelley Drake Hawks

We will consider powerful examples of Chinese ink painting, oil painting, woodcuts, and cinema.

What do these artworks reveal about social changes in China and Asia?

In two sessions on Zoom, we will look at artwork together and discuss what we notice and how we might interpret an artist’s choices.

2 Fri, Jan 29 & Feb 5, 10-11:30 am, Online


The Golden Years of Rock: Rock’n’Roll to Art Rock with Keith Daniel

From its seismic birth in the mid-1950s, rock’n’roll not only swept across America and soon made its way to England, but it was ultimately perceived as a cultural and sociological phenomenon, as well as a musical one. Yet it looked like it was dying by 1959 – how could that be? Well, it went underground for a few years, kept alive only by the remarkable voice of Roy Orbison. Like all important art forms, it was about to re-invent itself in the sand-and-surf of California, the Brill Building of Manhattan, and the docks and clubs of Liverpool. From 1963 to the late 1970s, rock (as it was now called) became the music of our lives, pushing aside jazz, easy listening, and even the Great American Songbook. This course will tell the story of those 20+ years, from Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley, to The Mamas and the Papas, Carol King, Elvis Costello and Led Zeppelin, by way of, ahem, a couple of groups called. This is a listening course and no prior knowledge of music is necessary.  There will be no text or required materials.

10 Wed, Feb 24 – Apr 28, 11 am-12 pm, Online               Requested donation: $60


AS Byatt’s Novel Possession with Diane Proctor

In a brilliant tour de force, A.S. Byatt has created a novel—Possession—that is at once an intellectual mystery and a romance. Set in both the 20th Century and Victorian England, the novel involves two modern scholars researching the unexplored and possibly significant relationship between two Victorian poets; of course, each is imaginary, but the ring of authenticity resounds. Replete with wit, original poetry, imagination, and philosophy, Byatt won The Booker Prize in 1990 for this work. An exploration of varied narrative voices, epistolary styles, historiographic metafiction, and academic debate, this work will provide rich, lively discussions. We will read around 50 pages a week (sometimes a bit more) during this 10 week course.

10 Thurs, Feb 25 – Apr 29, 10:30 am-12 pm, Online

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 Nancy Cronin, Gini Goulet, Ellie Gower, 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 in part 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.