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Summer Programme Booking now- term starts 26th April At-a-Glance Checklist Day courses: Five Great Modern Art Exhibitions Tutor: Sandra Smith – 5 meetings from 26 April Notable Victorians Tutor: Margaret Simons – 5 meetings from 26 April Climate Change: from Early Times to the Present Tutor: Gordon Tripp – 6 meetings from 27 April Is it all Relative? – Ethics and Moral Philosophy Tutor: Anna Bergqvist – 7 meetings from 27 April Self and the Universe in Indian Art Tutor: Swami Ambikananda – 7 meetings from 27 April Venetian Art of the 14th and 15th Centuries Tutor: Dalila Castelijn – 7 meetings from 27 April Contemporary Women’s Fiction Tutor: Stephen Andrews – 7 meetings from 28 April Soho: An Exploration Tutor: Val Pretlove – 4 meetings/3 visits from 28 April Music in Time: Aspects of Musical History Tutor: Anthony Short – 7 meetings from 28 April Contemporary European Literature Tutor: Penny Hunter – 5 meetings from 29 April How Britain Became a Democracy 1780-2010 Tutor: Annette Mayer – 7 meetings from 29 April The Pre-Raphaelites Tutor: Nick Kennedy – 7 meetings from 30 April The Biology of Human Ageing Tutor: Chris Skidmore – 7 meetings from 10 May How London Architects Lead the World Tutor: Keith Hasted – 5 meetings from 13 May

Evening Courses: Comedy: How to be Funny Tutor: Gill Smith – 7 meetings from 26 April Shakespeare’s Plantagenets Tutor: Daphne Payne – 7 meetings from 26 April An Introduction to Ancient Egypt Tutor: John Billman – 7 meetings from 27 April Earthquakes and Volcanoes Tutor: Sudeshna Basu – 7 meetings from 27 April Photographing Nature Tutor: David Chaplin – meeting + visit to nature reserve 6/15 May Astronomy: Exploring our Amazing Galaxy Tutor: Guy Hurst – 7 meetings from 10 June

Study Days: Siena: Art of an Italian Republic Tutor: Diana Matthews – meeting on 1 May Reliving the Falklands Conflict Tutor: Margaret Escott – meeting on 8 May Living in Georgian England Tutor: Adam Smith – meeting on 15 May Art and Cars: A Cultural History of Motoring Tutor: Sara Gonzales – meeting on 22 May Istanbul: A Cultural Tour Tutor: Dalila Castelijn – meeting on 12 June Midsummer Magic: Shakespeare and Music Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones – meeting on 19 June

Please see the pages that follow for fuller course details, timings, locations and How to Book


Page Summer Daytime Courses in Reading Five Great Modern Art Exhibitions

Mon from 26 Apr

2

The Biology of Human Ageing

Mon from 10 May

2

Notable Victorians

Mon from 26 Apr

2

Climate Change: from Early Times to the Present Day

Tue from 27 Apr

2

Is it all Relative? An Introduction to Ethics and Moral Philosophy

Tue from 27 Apr

2

Self and The Universe in Indian Art

Tue from 27 Apr

3

Venetian Art of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Looking East and Looking North

Tue from 27 Apr

3

Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Why is it so Special?

Wed from 28 Apr

3

Soho: An Exploration

Wed from 28 Apr

3

Music in Time: Aspects of Musical Social History

Wed from 28 Apr

3

Contemporary European Literature: Novels from the North

Thu from 29 Apr

4

How London Architects Lead the World

Thu from 13 May

4

How Britain became a Democracy 1780-2010

Thu from 29 Apr

4

The Pre-Raphaelites

Fri from 30 Apr

4

Comedy: How to be Funny

Mon from 26 Apr

4

Shakespeare’s Plantagenets

Mon from 26 Apr

5

An Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Tue from 27 Apr

5

Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Causes and Effects

Tue from 27 Apr

5

Astronomy: Exploring our Amazing Galaxy

Thu from 10 Jun

5

Photographing Nature

6 & 15 May

5

Siena: Art of an Italian Republic

Sat 1 May

6

Reliving the Falklands Conflicts

Sat 8 May

6

Life in Georgian England

Sat 15 May

6

Art and Cars: A Cultural History of Motoring

Sat 22 May

6

Istanbul: A Cultural Tour

Sat 12 Jun

6

Midsummer Magic

Sat 19 Jun

7

Summer Evening Courses in Reading

Summer Study Days in Reading

How to Book Please see the details on the inside back cover of this brochure. NB: There will be no classes during the half-term holidays for Reading schools.

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Daytime Courses

Summer Term 2010 Five Great Modern Art Exhibitions C3728039

MON AM

Tutor: Sandra Smith Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Monday mornings, starting 26 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £47.00

How did Impressionism get its name? How did modern art make it to America? We will assess the impact of five hugely important art exhibitions from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, all of which had a critical role to play in the development of modern art. These include the very first Impressionist Exhibition in Paris in 1874, the Post-Impressionist Exhibition in London of 1910, and the New York Armory Show of 1913.

The Biology of Human Ageing C3728040 MON AM

Tutor: Chris Skidmore Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Monday mornings, starting 10 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £66.00

Is ageing just the process of the human machine gradually breaking down like an old car or are we programmed to age? This course looks into this fascinating and, for our ageing population, important question and introduces the science behind the various theories that account for human ageing.

Notable Victorians C3728041 MON PM

Tutor: Margaret Simons Place: New Directions, North Reading Centre, School Lane, Reading, RG4 8HX Date: 5 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 26 April 2010 Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Fee: £47.00

Come and explore key aspects of Victorian history through the life and work of the lesser known movers and shakers of the time. Who was William Farr and what is the link between Arthur Hill Hassall, The Lancet and an Act of Parliament in 1860? We assess individuals who made significant contributions to the Victorian age, but who so far have not necessarily captured the full attention of historians.

Climate Change: from Early Times to the Present Day C3728043 TUE AM

Tutor: Gordon Tripp Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 6 meetings on Tuesday mornings, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £56.00

In this course we will examine how climatic conditions around the world have impacted both positively and negatively on societies in the past, how they affect the way we live today and how our lives may accommodate change in the future.

Is it all Relative? An Introduction to Ethics and Moral Philosophy C3728044 TUE AM

Tutor: Anna Bergqvist Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Tuesday mornings, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £66.00

What does it mean to say that something is right or wrong? Is morality subjective? Can we identify moral progress? What sort of person should one be? These are just some of the questions that we will explore in this course as we think philosophically about morality.

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Self and The Universe in Indian Art C3728045 TUE PM

Tutor: Swami Ambikananda Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Fee: £66.00

In mysterious texts and dazzling art, the Natha sect portrayed their view that the human body has an equivalence with the universe. The 'Nathapatha' (The Way of the Naths) expounded a system of Yoga discipline that would create a 'siddha' - a perfected being, for whom the physical laws of the cosmos are no longer a restraint. We will look at Natha texts through the lens of paintings that exquisitely bring to life a sacred and secret philosophy.

Venetian Art of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Looking East and Looking North C3728046 TUE PM

Tutor: Dalila Castelijn Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Fee: £66.00

This course will review the profound impact of Venice’s trading and cultural relationships with the Eastern World and Northern Europe, resulting in fascinating art and architecture that derive from the Gothic, Islamic and Byzantine traditions, and yet are uniquely Venetian.

Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Why is it so Special? C3728047 WED AM

Tutor: Stephen Andrews Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 28 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £66.00

This course will look at some contemporary fiction, written by women, in English, and try to find why it is that women’s fiction is so exciting, and so vital to today’s world. The course will focus on three or four key women authors selected from the following: Anne Tyler, Alice Munro, Marilynn Robinson, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Muriel Spark and A. S. Byatt.

Soho: An Exploration C3728048 WED AM

Tutor: Val Pretlove Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 28 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £66.00

This lively and interesting area developed in a fairly haphazard way in the late seventeenth century. Squares are interspersed with tiny streets occupied by a great variety of cosmopolitan traders, manufacturers and entertainers. Street life and night life are all here. Four classroom sessions will be interspersed with three visits to enable us to explore the varieties of the area.

Music in Time: Aspects of Musical Social History C3728049 WED PM

Tutor: Anthony Short Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 28 April 2010 Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Fee: £66.00

Have you ever wondered about the purpose of music, or stopped to consider what music actually is? If you have (or even if you haven't), then this is the ideal course for you. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own responses to the social function of western music in an ever-changing society. Various topics may be discussed, many of which are still of vital importance in today's fragmented musical culture: the rise and decline of court patronage, the development of public concerts, the role of public subsidy for music, the role of the virtuoso and rising musical standards. No formal musical knowledge is required. Summer Term 2010

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Contemporary European Literature: Novels from the North C3728050 THU AM

Tutor: Penny Hunter Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 29 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £47.00

Reading novels in translation takes the reader into worlds that are both familiar and different; new landscapes of place and mind. Our guides on this discussion-based course are the Norwegian writers Per Petterson, 'In the Wake' and Dag Solstad, 'Shyness and Dignity'.

How London Architects Lead the World C3728051 THU AM

Tutor: Keith Hasted Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 13 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £47.00

Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and many others have won architectural projects worldwide from their base in London. We will look internationally at their innovative and sometimes controversial buildings from London itself to Beijing - to see why their architecture is so renowned.

How Britain became a Democracy 1780-2010 C3728052 THU PM

Tutor: Annette Mayer Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Thursday afternoons, starting 29 April 2010 Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Fee: £66.00

In eighteenth century Britain democracy was feared, aristocratic rule prevailed, and popular protest was suppressed. But unlike Europe, Britain avoided revolution and upheaval. This course will consider how and why Britain evolved a very distinctive form of representative democracy.

The Pre-Raphaelites C3728053 FRI AM

Tutor: Nick Kennedy Place: New Directions, Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Friday mornings, starting 30 April 2010 Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Fee: £66.00

Echoing the stylistic attributes of earlier artistic masters, but evolving their own distinctive paintings and poetry, the Pre-Raphaelites have an enduring appeal. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1848. We will examine the artists of the movement and their best works, placing them into context and evaluating their impact on later art.

Evening Courses

Summer Term 2010 Comedy: How to be Funny C3728054

MON EVE

Tutor: Gill Smith Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: 7 meetings on Monday evenings, starting 26 April 2010 Time: 19:00 - 21:30

Fee: £66.00

Most people want to be funny - but some make it look effortless. Learn to write funny lines, make gags that get laughs, and have fun with your sense of humour.

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Shakespeare’s Plantagenets C3728055 MON EVE

Tutor: Daphne Payne Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: 7 meetings on Monday evenings, starting 26 April 2010 Time: 19:00 - 21:30

Fee: £66.00

Here we will take a fresh look at Shakespeare’s History plays to see how they reflect on the times in which they were written and examine their relevance for today’s world. The political turmoils of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster, and the convolutions of the reigns of Richard II and Richard III, so dramatically encapsulated by Shakespeare, will form the battleground for our discussions.

An Introduction to Ancient Egypt C3728056 TUE EVE

Tutor: John Billman Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: 7 meetings on Tuesday evenings, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 19:00 - 21:30

Fee: £66.00

Ancient Egyptian civilization endured for over 2000 years. This course will trace the emergence of dynastic Egypt, look at the development of the iconic Giza pyramids and who built them, journey through the cultural peak of the Middle Kingdom as well as the Egypt of empire in the New Kingdom. In a series of well illustrated classes we will explore the history, religion, daily life, monumental architecture and writings of the ancient Egyptians to discover why their civilization was so successful. ♦ John Billman is Chairman of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (TVAES). For further information about TVAES activities visit the website: www.tvaes.org.uk

Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Causes and Effects C3728057 TUE EVE

Tutor: Sudeshna Basu Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: 7 meetings on Tuesday evenings, starting 27 April 2010 Time: 19:00 - 21:30

Fee: £66.00

In this course we seek to understand why earthquakes and volcanoes happen, identifying the events that trigger them and assessing how damage might be minimized. Case studies from the past will provide graphic evidence.

Astronomy: Exploring our Amazing Galaxy C3728058 THU EVE

Tutor: Guy Hurst Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: 5 meetings on Thursday evenings, starting 10 June 2010 Time: 19:00 - 21:30

Fee: £47.00

We survey the amazing spiral star system, the Milky Way Galaxy, in which we live and the incredible variety of objects from stars and exo-planets increasingly being found in orbit around them, to star clusters, nebulae and even more exotic systems. The course will hopefully allow learners to book time on a remote robotic telescope to take pictures of these.

Photographing Nature C3728067 THU EVE + SAT W/SHOP

Tutor: David Chaplin Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Meeting on Thu, 6 May 2010; Nature Reserve on 15 May 10:00 - 16:00 Time: 19:30 - 21:30

Fee: £44.00

Taking good photographs of landscapes, plants and animals is not always easy. This course will provide you with the special skills needed, beginning with a classroom session and then going on location to seek your own high quality photographs. We shall visit a Nature Reserve, easily reachable by car, for which there may be a small additional admittance fee. The course is designed for those new to digital photography and more advanced amateurs and for both digital compact and digital SLR cameras.

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Study Days

Summer Term 2010 Siena: Art of an Italian Republic C3728060

SAT STUDY DAY

Tutor: Diana Matthews Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 1 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: £36.00

Known as the ‘city of art’, Siena boasts a fascinating range of painting, sculpture and architecture, whose beauties we will examine in this day school covering Gothic and Renaissance masterworks. From the great frescoes of Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers in the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall), to altarpieces and panel paintings by Duccio, to works by Donatello and Pinturicchio in Siena's magnificent cathedral, this will be a feast for the eyes.

Reliving the Falklands Conflicts C3728061 Tutor: Dr Margaret Escott and Major Richard Davis

SAT STUDY DAY

Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 8 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: £36.00

Here is an overview of the Falkland Islands, the gateway to the south Atlantic, and their place in history. The islands were the source of international friction for over three centuries, resulting in the 1982 war. As well as the history and politics we will hear a first-hand account from a participant in that conflict.

Life in Georgian England C3728062 SAT STUDY DAY

Tutor: Adam Smith Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 15 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: £36.00

Here we examine life as experienced across the range of Georgian society, whether in town or country; what people ate, how they entertained themselves, where they lived and what their expectations were.

Art and Cars: A Cultural History of Motoring C3728063 SAT STUDY DAY

Tutor: Sara Gonzalez Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 22 May 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: £36.00

Offering new angles on motoring history, the course will cover topics such as the role of women in the motoring movement, the relationship between artistic trends and car styling, and the perception of cars as machines of tomorrow.

Istanbul: A Cultural Tour C3728064 SAT STUDY DAY

Tutor: Dalila Castelijn Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: £36.00

In the year when Istanbul is European Capital of Culture we will explore many of its architectural and artistic treasures: the Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, reflecting the city’s history and its unique position between Europe and Asia.

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Midsummer Magic C3728065 SAT STUDY DAY

Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones Place: Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW Date: Saturday 19 June 2010 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Fee: ÂŁ36.00

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is one of Shakespeare's most enchanting and beautiful dramas, and has inspired much wonderful music. The most notable examples are Mendelssohn's incidental music, starting with the overture, which he began when he was just seventeen; and the opera by Benjamin Britten, which encompasses both the magical and the hilarious aspects of the play. Both CDs and DVDs will be used in this course.

To book WEA Summer courses please see the pages that follow.

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How to book for WEA Reading Summer courses Class numbers are limited so early enrolment is recommended. Courses which are under-subscribed may be cancelled & fees refunded. To pre-enrol on a course & pay by credit card • Call WEA Southern Region on freephone 0800 328 1060. Please have the course title and ID number, plus your credit card details, to hand. To book through the local Reading branch & pay by cheque • Complete the form below • Make cheques payable to WEA Reading Branch. (a separate cheque for each course please) • Send the completed form & cheque(s) to WEA Reading at the address below. We will confirm your booking when the course becomes viable & send course outlines & directions to the venue by email. If you prefer to receive this information by post please enclose a second class stamped addressed envelope (size A5 or 11x22cm).

To book on a WEA Reading course or for further information please contact: Carole Kingston WEA Reading, 27 Derby Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5 HE Email: WEAreading@googlemail.com or Tel: 0118 946 4137 

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Financial Assistance/Learning Support Learners on a means tested benefit are entitled to a 50% fee reduction. You will be required to bring evidence, which can be shown in confidence to the tutor, before the first session of the class. Visits Where tutors have pre-planned a visit as part of the course, this is indicated in the text. Visits may necessitate extra expenses for travel, entrance fees etc. Refreshments Please bring your own food and drink, if required, for consumption during the midway break in each class. If you have any additional needs, such as help with mobility & access, or with hearing, please contact WEA Reading, address overleaf. Online information Visit the Southern WEA web site at http://southern.wea.org.uk and select the WEA Reading Branch.


Learning participation Courses delivered through the WEA Reading branch are non-accredited. Learners will be encouraged to participate fully in their learning and to undertake activities to support that aim, enabling themselves and their tutor to check progress. Acknowledgments WEA Reading gratefully acknowledges the help provided by Reading New Directions, Reading School in providing classrooms and equipment. WEA Reading is pleased to co-operate with other providers in the Reading area of opportunities for informal adult learning. A range of these organisations, together with a course listing, or links to their courses, are provided on the website http://reading-ace.org.uk , using the 2009/10 tab. Help from the WEA Southern Region If you need help in choosing the right course, or wish to discuss learning support please contact 0800 328 1060. Calls are free. Or you may prefer to email: southern@wea.org.uk The WEA has achieved the Matrix quality standard for information and advice services. rd

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Day and Evening Courses in Reading Summer 2010