Village University Winter 2019

Village University Winter 2019

Registration opens January 15th at 9 am

In Your Ear: How to Listen to Classical Music with Keith Daniel
How do you approach the perhaps daunting challenge of attending a classical music concert? This is the course that will teach you how, in six easy lessons. We will examine six different genres of “classical” music, from opera to symphony, from chamber music to art song, and learn what to listen for in each of them. What do you focus on if there is no text? What are your guideposts, if you don’t know the difference between a key signature and a tempo marking? We will figure this all out, as we listen to great works from Monteverdi to Stravinsky. Perhaps we’ll even go to a concert together! No knowledge of music is necessary – just a love of it.
6 Mon, Mar 25-May 6, 10-11:30 am, Newbury Court Requested donation: $60

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 Mon, Mar 25-May 6, 1-2:30 pm, Location TBD Requested donation: $60

Computer Programming for the Fun of It: Solve puzzles, Play games with Dick Thornton
If you enjoy solving puzzles and playing games, you will have even more fun writing programs to do the solving or playing— while also learning both basic and advanced programming techniques. Topics include data structures, functions, recursion, random number methodology, graphical user interface development, puzzle creation, machine assisted learning, game theory, simulation of ball trajectories, and more. Programming is with Matlab. All levels of programming experience are acceptable; more details available. Students can preview the software for a couple of weeks and then purchase a student version if you desire for just $75.
6 Tues, Mar 26 – May 7, 10-11:30 am, Newbury Court Requested donation: $60

America and China, Past and Present with Shelley Drake Hawks
In this seminar, Dr. Shelley Hawks will guide discussion on modern China, drawing upon two recent books that illuminate the profound interconnection between China and the West. The first book by Beijing-based journalist John Pomfret, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. America and China, 1776 to the Present, offers an even-handed account of the sometimes fractious relationship between the two superpowers. The book follows the lives of adventurous individuals from China and America who crossed the cultural divide, such as the author of The Good Earth, Pearl Buck; “the Yankee Confucius,” philosopher John Dewey; China’s first president Sun Yat-sen; Communist diplomat Zhou Enlai; as well as lesser-known figures including missionaries, film actors, and merchants. Next, we will read Simon Winchester’s 2008 biography, The Man Who Loved China, about the British scientist Joseph Needham (1900-95). After serving in China during World War II, Needham wrote Science and Civilisation in China, a multi-volume publication crediting Chinese civilization with momentous inventions in science and technology. Needham’s research had a far-reaching impact, enhancing appreciation in the U.S. and Europe for China’s contributions to scientific development.
4 Wed, Mar 27 – Apr 24, 10-11:30 am, Location TBD Requested donation: $60

Astronomy: The Milky Way, Space Weather, and more with Gary Galica & Mark Reid
Our first two sessions will address: What does the Milky Way look like when viewed from the outside? and Why do we believe black holes exist? These sessions will be presented by Mark Reid. For our last two sessions, Gary Galica from Assurance Technology Corp will present Space Weather – What Is It and Why Should We Care and The GOES-R Geostationary Operational Environment Satellites.
4 Thurs, Mar 28 – Apr 25, 10-11:30 am, Location TBD


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.

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.

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