Personal Enrichment Discovery!
Programs for Adult Learners with a Young Attitude
Literature THE LATER POEMS OF W.B. YEATS W.B.Yeats’ poetry changed over his lifetime as he moved from romantic works inspired by Irish myth at the turn of the 20th century to politically and spiritually inspired lyrics. Toward the end of his life, he wrote perhaps his greatest poems about art and age. Together we will read and explore the wealth of insight and beauty of language in Yeats’ later poems. Poems will be available by handout, including the Byzantium poems, “Circus Animals Desertion” and “Under Ben Bulben.”
Classic Film NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS Let’s take a journey into Native American culture with Louise Erdrich, Leslie Silko and other women writers as our guides. Their poems and short stories, distributed and discussed in class, will be snapshots of our trip (2 sessions). 4072 CDIS 97-002 Southlake Campus Meets Mondays, October 31-November 7 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $12 Lynne Curtis Room R024
4053 CDIS 97-001 Southlake Campus Meets Wednesday, October 26 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $12 Glennon Room R024
4024 CDIS 5-001 Southlake Campus Meets Mondays, October 10-October 24 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. $49 Kupetz Room R024
Four-Part Literature Series Mysteries Then and Now DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE Delve into the mind and work of the most prolific mystery writer of all time. Dame Agatha Christie has outsold all but the Bible and Shakespeare. Her output includes 80 novels and short-story collections and more than a dozen plays. (“The Mousetrap” is still performed in London today.) Excerpts from the film “Agatha,” with Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman, will be presented. Her life held a mystery too and it’s never been solved. A lively discussion will cover “Murder on the Orient Express,” so read it if you can prior to class. 4061 CDIS 46-001 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 15 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Stephens Room R024
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE Everyone has heard of famous sleuth Sherlock Homes, but there are a few things you may not know about his creator. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brings a bit of himself to each Sherlock saga. Some of his earliest short stories, which we will explore in depth, reflect his life in Scotland, his fascination with the paranormal and his education, geared toward a medical career. Always providing a clever conundrum, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does not disappoint with “The Red-Headed League.” Please read prior to classroom session. 4062 CDIS 46-002 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 22 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Stephens Room R024
HARD-BOILED DETECTIVES: UNEXPECTED SURPRISES This course will look at three films that use the genre loosely to explore their serious themes. The first film presents a detective character who isn’t even the protagonist. In the film, Jane Fonda works on her first Oscar while dodging a killer with a tape recorder. Then Gene Hackman confirms that tape recorders are more trouble than they’re worth as he’s inspired to remodel his apartment after fixing the hotel plumbing. And don’t count on Ben Affleck to cheer the class up at the end (3 sessions).
SYDNEY SHELDON Discover the techniques used by this master storyteller that are guaranteed to keep you in suspense. Sydney Sheldon, a California native, has created 23 films and four TV series, including “I Dream of Jeannie.” He also won a Tony for his Broadway play “Redhead” and an Oscar for “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer.” But he is best known for his tantalizing mysteries, of which “The Doomsday Conspiracy” is a spell-binding example. A dash of sci-fi (within the realm of possibility) will add to your reading pleasure. For the best possible discussion, please read this mystery prior to classroom session. 4063 CDIS 46-003 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 29 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Stephens Room R024
KEVIN GUILFOILE What do human cloning, a murder mystery and avatars have in common? Find out when you read “Cast of Shadows,” by Chicago author Kevin Guilfoile, who received a best book award for the mystery. The book takes place in the windy city and suburbs. Once you start this mystery/thriller, you won’t be able to put it down. Characters, the setting and a superb plot will be examined and analyzed. For the best possible discussion, please read “Cast of Shadows” prior to the classroom session. 4064 CDIS 46-004 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, December 6 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Stephens Room R024
JAILHOUSE IN THE MOVIE HOUSE Stone walls do not a prison make, not in Hollywood. You need a camera and a major star to do it right. This series will show three cinematic looks at convicts and their jailhouses, as well as their occasional efforts to become productive members of society. Students will discuss Dustin Hoffman’s effort to go straight and Paul Muni’s effort to get a break before concluding that justice never gets served in the cinema (3 sessions). 4025 CDIS 5-002 Southlake Campus Meets Mondays, November 7-November 21 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. $49 Kupetz Room R024
“THE AFRICAN QUEEN” Equal parts adventure film, love story and documentary travelogue, John Huston’s classic “The African Queen” (1951) is also legendary for finally winning Humphrey Bogart a much-deserved Oscar as best actor. Largely shot on location in Africa using the glorious three-strip Technicolor process, the film is also known for its off-screen dramas: Huston famously obsessed with elephant hunting between takes, Katharine Hepburn violently ill, and Bogart’s part hurriedly re-written when he balked at a cockney accent. Come out for a screening and discussion about the film’s many intersections between the movies and real life adventures! 4048 CDIS 10-001 Libertyville Civic Center Meets Friday, October 28 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $20 Cooling Room TBA
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Fall 2011 schedule of personal enrichment classes for adults, youth and seniors.