Village University Fall 2018
Registration opens August 15th at 9 am
High Impact Issues in the Supreme Court: 2018 Cases with Bill Cotter
We will discuss the leading 2018 cases as well as Justice Kennedy’s retirement and Justice Gorsuch’s impact during his first full year on the Court. It was also a year in which Federal Courts repeatedly blocked Presidential Executive Orders and we will explore those conflicts within our system of “checks and balances”. The cases concern: gay rights versus religious freedom; abortion rights; freedom of speech; privacy rights and cell phone data collection; voter suppression; President Trump’s travel ban; union dues for non-union members; defendants’ rights to adequate counsel; and state taxation of internet orders. All the cases are new and previous participants are most welcome. Background readings will be provided and vigorous discussion is encouraged.
4 Mondays, October 1st – 29th, 9:30-11:30 am, Fowler Library *No class on October 8th
Who Gets to Vote? with Janet Beyer
Is voting a right or a privilege? This series of six talks will examine the means by which we determine who chooses our elected officials. Who should be able to vote? Should felons be allowed to vote? Should any restrictions be put on registrations? Is same-day registration a good idea? How can we increase voter participation? Experts in the field will discuss these and other topics. We all have an interest in who represents us and should care deeply about how they are chosen. Bring your opinions to these talks! This is the tenth in a series on government and the Constitution offered by Village University.
6 Tuesdays, October 2nd – November 6th, 10 – 11:30 am, Newbury Court, Morrison Theater
“A Streetcar Named Desire” with Parkman Howe
After the success of “The Glass Menagerie” in 1944 Tennessee Williams reported in an essay, “I was removed to a first class suite in a Manhattan hotel.” A period of riotous living culminated in ordering a sirloin steak with a chocolate sundae, “but everything was so cunningly disguised on the table that I mistook the chocolate sauce for gravy and poured it over the sirloin steak.” Shortly thereafter, Williams checked out of the hotel and left for Chapala, Mexico, to work on a play called “The Poker Night”. This play eventually became “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and the rest is history. We will read the play as we watch generous selections of the 1951 film with Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. The version of the play that we will use is ISBN 978-0-451-16778-1.
6 Tuesdays, October 2nd – November 6th, 2 – 3:30 pm, Newbury Court, Morrison Theater
“Our Souls at Night” with Dick Shohet
For about $6, Kent Haruf’s last novel will stir your heart and soul like few such slender books can and do. This story speaks of loneliness, the possibility of changing, and second chances. When Dick read it, he was thrilled, smacked right over the head, because it is authentic as only the best fiction is. This small group will spend the four sessions ruminating about the novel’s authenticity. Let Dick and Haruf take you to Colorado as you read and discuss.
4 Thursdays, October 4th – 25th, 10 – 11:30 am, Concord Library Main Branch
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, Bob Hartman, Nancy Hendrie, Bill Koenigsberg, Murray Nicolson, Meryl Schwartz, Alma Ring, Phil Stark, Rosalie Weiss, and Win Wilbur.
CC ACE 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.