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seniors program

& Opera Studies Program

May–June 2010

Courses in downtown Vancouver at Harbour Centre


M AY–J u n e 2 0 10 c o u r s e s

“A PEACE TO END ALL PEACE”: THE FORMATION OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST 6 Mondays, 9:30–11:20, May 17–June 28 (no class Victoria Day May 24) SCFC 536 | Room 1415 | Fee: $98

The modern Middle East was forged in the midst of the tumult of the First World War. But despite this turbulent backdrop, conflict gave way to a complex series of duplicitous relationships, diplomatic power-struggles, shifting allegiances, and backroom dealings among colonial powers, Arab and Jewish nationalists, and the weakening Ottoman Empire. This course will trace the shaping of the modern Middle East from 1914 to 1923 and tell the fascinating history of colonial meddling Full description: and intensifying Arab nationalism, which would eventually result in the demise of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of new nations, and the establishment of today’s seniors/scfc536.htm problematic geographic boundaries. Pheroze Unwalla is a History PhD candidate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

HOT TOPICS: CURRENT EVENTS IN A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE This course will provide a forum for well-informed discussion on a variety of breaking news stories. The weekly discussions will be decided upon each week, reflecting students’ interests and the emerging news. After a short lecture by the instructor on the week’s current event, students will exchange observations and criticisms of the media coverage for that event. Critical reading of the media, including an awareness of alternatives to mainstream media sources will be a priority. Full description: Lealle Ruhl teaches Political Science at Langara College. seniors/scfc537.htm 6 Mondays, 1:30–3:20, May 17–June 28 (no class Victoria Day, May 24) SCFC 537 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98

RETHINKING CREATION: ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MODERN SCIENCE What are appropriate limits for science? Is cloning, genetic engineering, patenting natural products like seeds and plants, a good idea? What are the arguments for and against our new technologies? What should be the relation of ethics to science? In this class, we look at how rapidly changing technologies are altering our understanding of the world—what it means to be human, and our sense of Full description: place in that world. Taking such key areas as medicine, science, agriculture, and communication technologies, we will explore the religious, ethical, political, and seniors/scfc538htm business arguments for and against these developments. David Scherzer specializes in myth, non-realistic fiction and romantic poetry. 6 Tuesdays, 9:30–11:20, May 18–June 22 SCFC 538 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98

“EROS FROM OF OLD”: ANCIENT GREEK AND LATIN LOVE POETRY The ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote in The Republic that “eros from of old has been called a tyrant”. But Plato also considered that eros is not simply sexual intercourse, nor is eros only the desire for sexual intercourse. For Plato, eros includes sexual craving, but it also includes the desires for a very broad range of other objects, and this range extends both to base depths and to noble heights. Full description: We shall explore this range of eros, considering that this root human experience has been described for us in some widely ranging ancient Greek and Latin love seniors/scfc539.htm poetry. In the selections that we read in translation, we shall pay special attention to Sappho and to her influence. Christopher Morrissey is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer Pacific College. 6 Tuesdays, 11:30–1:20, May 18–June 22 SCFC 539 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98

GREAT LYRICISTS: THE POETS OF TIN PAN ALLEY 6 Tuesdays, 1:30–3:20, May 18–June 22 SCFC 540 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc540.htm

What makes a song unforgettable? Is it the melody or the words? Most singers would say the lyrics are most crucial, and yet prominent lyricists often live in the shadow of the composers they serve. This course will focus on six of these great and talented scribes, shedding light on their important role in creating the enduring songs that are enjoyed year after year by listeners, as well as performers. Our journey will explore the lyricism of Johnny Mercer, Andy Razaf, Noel Coward, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Dorothy Fields. Neil Ritchie, former CBC radio producer, will draw from his vast library of videos and CDs for an entertaining and enlightening look at these lyricists.

THE PURSUIT OF PROSPERITY IN BC AND BEYOND: A SHORT HISTORY 6 Wednesdays, 9:30–11:20, May 19–June 23 SCFC 541 | Room 1415 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc541.htm

The pursuit of prosperity has been a fundamental impulse in Canada’s history, making it today one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Through a series of informative and fascinating case studies, this course investigates how Canadians achieved this extraordinary level of affluence. Topics will include the BC gold rush of 1858, currencies and financial markets, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, the revolution in retail merchandising, the exploitation of our rich storehouse of natural resources, trade liberalization and globalization. Overall, this course will give the participant an opportunity to understand and assess the benefits, challenges and costs of our collective pursuit of wealth and prosperity in BC and Canada. James Cameron is an Associate Professor and Chair of the St. Francis Xavier University History Department.

CORELLI AND VIVALDI: BEYOND THE FOUR SEASONS 6 Wednesdays, 11:30–1:20, May 19–June 23 SCFC 542 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc542.htm

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was the most influential Italian violinist and teacher of his day. He was also the first composer whose reputation rested entirely on instrumental music. His published sets of trio sonatas, violin sonatas and concerti grossi were widely disseminated and imitated, serving as a model for many later composers. Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) is best remembered for The Four Seasons, though he composed over 550 other concerti for various instruments, as well as chamber music, vocal music and approximately 50 operas. This course will examine some of Vivaldi’s finest works, including his greatly admired published sets of sonatas and solo concerti. We will compare the musical styles of Corelli and Vivaldi and explore their influence on other Baroque masters such as Handel and Bach. Nicolas Krusek is a professional musician and conductor.

THE SUPERPOWER CONTEST AND THE ORIGINS OF THE 21ST CENTURY WORLD 6 Wednesdays, 1:30–3:20, May 19–June 23 SCFC 543 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc543.htm

This course examines some of the pivotal political events of the 1945–1989 period, in order to come to terms with the Cold War and its legacy. At the same time, we will consider how processes of colonialism, decolonization, and neo-imperialism interacted with the superpower confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. This journey will help us better understand how the contemporary world stage manages the forces of globalization, terrorism, and unprecedented human migration. John Munro has a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

On the cover, from left to right, top to bottom: James Joyce, Neoclassical fashion, Vivaldi, map of the Middle East, Verdi, Corelli, DNA, and Sappho.

WHY CHRISTIANITY HAPPENED: THE FIRST FOUR CENTURIES 6 Thursdays, 9:30–11:20, May 20–June 24 SCFC 544 | Room 1415 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc544.htm

In the first century of the Common Era, Christians were a tiny marginalized sect in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire. Three centuries later, over 50 million people were officially Christian, with influential rulers now eagerly embracing a religion founded by Galilean peasants. How did this transformation happen? This course will explore the split of Christianity from Judaism, the nature of conversion, persecutions and martyrdoms, the role of women in the early church, the variety of beliefs held by early Christians, and the creation of the New Testament. Marlene LeGates has taught History and Women’s Studies at Capilano University.

TWO JAMES JOYCE NOVELS: DUBLINERS AND A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN 6 Thursdays, 11:30–1:20, May 20–June 24 SCFC 545 | Room 1415 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc545.htm

Through a combination of lectures and discussions, we will examine Joyce’s first two major and formative works of fiction. We will begin with Joyce’s Dubliners, an intriguing collection of thoughtful short stories, tied together thematically. Then we will turn to Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man—an autobiographical novel. Our journey will consider how the works serve as important precursors to Joyce’s grand opus—Ulysses—and reveal the many charming subtleties and beauties of both novels. Students are asked to read the books in advance of the classes. Joe Ronsley was professor of English Literature at McGill University.

GREAT OPERAS OF VERDI: FROM APPRENTICE TO MASTER 6 Thursdays, 1:30–3:20, May 20–June 24 SCFC 546 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc546.htm

Verdi was the colossus of 19th-century Italian opera, dominating the scene for over half a century. In this course, we will trace his development as a music dramatist from Nabucco (1842)—his first great success, which made his name a byword in Italy—to the trio of works announcing his full maturity: Rigoletto (1851), Il trovatore (1853), and La traviata (1853). We will also examine two milestones along the road of that development: Ernani (1844), an important experiment in a more personal kind of opera; and Jérusalem (1847), his first excursion into the world of French grand opéra, where he also became a dominant figure. Harvey de Roo is Professor Emeritus, SFU Department of English.

WOMEN’S FASHIONABLE DRESS IN THE 19TH CENTURY: FROM NEOCLASSICISM TO ART NOUVEAU 6 Fridays, 9:30–11:20, May 21–June 25 SCFC 547 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc547.htm

Throughout history, fashions have been designed to display or disguise the body, and no century illustrates this better than the 19th. Through slides and original garments, this course will explore the intriguing evolution of women’s dress throughout this important period, with emphasis on six distinct eras. We will also discuss the relationship between fashion and politics, technology, social mores, and industrialization. Ivan Sayers is a fashion historian, who specializes in the study of women’s, men’s, and children’s fashions from 1650 to the present.

SELF AND SOCIETY: UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD THROUGH SOCIOLOGY 6 Fridays, 11:30–1:20, May 21–June 25 SCFC 548 | Room 1800 | Fee: $98 Full description: seniors/scfc548.htm

In our increasing complex world, the discipline of Sociology can help us better understand ourselves and those around us. In this course, using the approaches of sociologists, we will examine the relationship between private troubles and public issues. Questions to be addressed include: Why do people interact with each other the way they do? Are differences among people due to nature, nurture or both? What causes people to be deviant? Of what use is religion to societies during times of trouble? Is the aging process changing in contemporary Canadian society? Cathy Bray has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Alberta.

Registration Information Registration begins on Tuesday April 6, 10 am Register online at To register by telephone, call 778-782-5000, press 3 to bypass automated message. Or complete the form on the left and return it by fax to 778-782-5060 or by mail to: Registration services Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3 Registrations can be made in person at the Information and Registration Services desk. Payment of the course fee is required before space can be reserved, and must be paid at the time of registration. This can be done in person by cash, cheque or credit card. If you prefer to register by phone, please have your VISA or MasterCard number ready when you call. Mailed registrations should include a cheque made out to Simon Fraser University or the appropriate credit card number with an authorized signature.

Course Transfers Transferring from one course to another is considered a course cancellation and a new registration. Certificate Fee If you have enrolled in, or are planning to apply for, the Seniors Program Non-Credit Certificate in the Liberal Arts, you will be required to pay an additional $20 administration fee for each course. Cancellation Policy Please read carefully. If you cancel your registration at least 7 days before the first class meets, there will be a full refund less a $20 administration charge. After that time there will be no refund but substitute registrants are welcome. We regret that full refunds are not possible unless a course is cancelled. Tax Benefits Tuition fees over $100 (cumulative, from the same institution) may be tax deductible. An official tax receipt will be mailed to you when we receive your registration fees. Notice to email users We are building an email listing of all seniors taking credit and/or non-credit courses so we can inform you quickly of changes and/or additions to the schedule of classes and send you monthly updates. To subscribe, please send your email address to

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Seniors Program Courses (please add $20 per course for enrollment in the Non-Credit Certificate in Liberal Arts) ££ SCFC 536 | “A Peace to End All Peace”: The Formation of the Modern Middle East Mondays, 9:30–11:20, May 17–June 28 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 537 | Hot Topics: Current Events in a Global Perspective Mondays, 1:30–3:20, May 17–June 28 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 538 | Rethinking Creation: Ethical Implications of Modern Science Tuesdays, 9:30–11:20, May 18–June 22 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 539 | “Eros From of Old”: Ancient Greek and Latin Love Poetry Tuesdays, 11:30–1:20, May 18–June 22 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 540 | Great Lyricists: The Poets of Tin Pan Alley Tuesdays, 1:30–3:20, May 18–June 22 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 541 | The Pursuit of Prosperity in BC and Beyond: A Short History Wednesdays, 9:30–11:20, May 19–June 23 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 542 | Corelli and Vivaldi: Beyond The Four Seasons Wednesdays, 11:30–1:20, May 19–June 23 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 543 | The Superpower Contest and the Origins of the 21st Century World Wednesdays, 1:30–3:20, May 19–June 23 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 544 | Why Christianity Happened: The First Four Centuries Thursdays, 9:30–11:20, May 20–June 24 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 545 | Two James Joyce Novels: Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Thursdays, 11:30–1:20, May 20–June 24 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 546 | Great Operas of Verdi: From Apprentice to Master Thursdays, 1:30–3:20, May 20–June 24 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 547 | Women’s Fashionable Dress in the 19th Century Fridays, 9:30–11:20, May 21–June 25 | Fee: $98 ££ SCFC 548 | Self and Society: Understanding Our World through Sociology Fridays, 11:30–1:20, May 21–June 25 | Fee: $98

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