ILR Course Descriptions - Fall 2021

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Civil Wars in The Middle East $30
The Trouble with Monuments $20
American Piano Styles $20
Grief in Art & Literature $30
Bollywood 102 $30
Prophets, Futurists and Soothsayers $20
Free, Online College Courses $20

Civil Wars in the Middle East  

Janice Terry, Professor Emerita, Eastern Michigan University

This course will offer a brief overview of civil wars in the Middle East from the 1970s to the present-day.  We will explore the economic, political and social causes and results of civil wars in Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon and Syria and will discuss how interference and behind-the-scenes meddling by superpowers and regional nations, as well as international corporations with economic interests in the region, contribute to the strife and delay resolution to these wars.

Cost: $30
Limit: 60 participants
Day & Time: Mondays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1
Location: McDonough Auditorium

The Trouble with Monuments

Wes Clarke, Registered Professional Archaeologist

The discussions, arguments, and physical confrontations that now regularly occur regarding historical monuments are not just a debate in the U.S. over Confederate tributes but a world-wide phenomenon involving many topics.  The issues in contention are about much more than the erection and maintenance of historic commemorations in public spaces; they are about the content and uses of historical narrative and who and what is included and left out of these stories.  This course will briefly examine examples of the monuments, the variety of objections, and suggested solutions and will include an in-field examination of monuments in downtown Marietta.  (Spoiler Alert:  We will not resolve these issues.)

Cost: $20
Limit: 60 participants
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5  (First 4-weeks)
Location: McDonough Auditorium and downtown Marietta

American Piano Styles

Michael Tobar, Pianist and Educator

This course is an exploration of unique piano styles of American music. In order to enhance the listeners’ experience of the music, the instructor will explain the styles of Rag, Stride, Blues – Boogie Woogie, and New Orleans and will reveal their elements of harmony and structure.  Participants will also become aware of the contrast between playing from jazz lead sheets and from fully transcribed musical scores.  The course will wrap up with a concert that will offer a chance for participants to see how well they can identify styles and their characteristic features.

Cost: $20
Limit: 60 participants
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2  (Second 4-weeks)
Location: McDonough Auditorium

Grief in Art & Literature

Peggy Clifford, Adjunct Faculty at WVU Parkersburg, M.Ed. in Communication, WVU – Morgantown, B.A. in English Language & Literature

We will examine our attitudes toward grief as represented in art and literature.  Although the course will draw primarily from our culture here in the United States, the participants are encouraged to bring in their personal heritage.  For example, Irish, Italian, and Jewish traditions may have slightly different takes on grief.  For a road map, we will use Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.  We will provide excerpts as springboards for discussion.

Cost: $30
Limit: 30 participants
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3
Location: McDonough Auditorium

Bollywood 102

Carol Sedgwick, Computer Scientist and 20-Year Fan of Indian Cinema

We will be watching four movies (one-half of each movie per class).  Before and after the viewing, we will be learning relevant cultural and production background information and engaging in discussion.  The selected movies will be representative of Indian cinema and will not include ones from Bollywood 101.

Cost: $30
Limit: 50 participants
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4
Location: McDonough Auditorium

Prophets, Futurists and Soothsayers

Instructor: Ted Goertzel, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

“It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” But people keep trying. Jesus’s disciples predicted his return during his lifetime, evangelical preacher Daniel Baker now confidently expects it in 2027.  Biologist Paul Ehrlich believed mass starvation was inevitable in the 1970s. But food production kept well ahead of population growth. Speculations by soothsayers such as Nostradamus and Q are sometimes poetic to the point that it is impossible to test them, and those that are testable often don’t happen, yet they are meaningful to many people. Some forecasts fail to specify a time limit, making it possible to believe in them indefinitely. Scientific forecasts are testable in principle, but it often takes so long that people have forgotten them by the time the forecast events occur.”. This course will examine prophecies and forecasts, religious and secular, with a focus on their meaning to the people who believe them. The future is where we and our descendents will live, so it’s hard not to think about it.

Cost: $20
Limit: 60 participants
Day and Time: Friday, 3pm to 5 pm
Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8
Location: Zoom

An Array of Free, Online College Courses

Dave Cress, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Marietta College

Do you miss taking quizzes and exams?  Do you want a grade for your course?  Are you interested in something that ILR doesn’t offer?  Do you want to take a course at your own pace?  The World Wide Web offers thousands of free college courses online, and many are from the most famous universities in the world, such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Edinburgh University, and the University of Tokyo.  I will review some of the consortiums of schools where you can find interesting courses, and we will share our experiences of online learning.

Cost: $20
Limit: 60 participants
Day and Time: Fridays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5  (second 4-weeks)
Location: Zoom


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You will need a microphone and a camera. They may be incorporated into your computer or be add-on components. You can also access Zoom with a smartphone, but visuals may not be as easy to see. 

  1. Click on the link emailed to you by the instructor of the specific course. 
  2. If you are new to Zoom, click on the box with “Download and Run Zoom.” That will download a free Zoom app on your computer. If you already have Zoom Client installed on your computer, click on the box with “Launch Meeting.” 
  3. When the system dialog prompts, click “Open Zoom Meeting.”
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