ILR Course Descriptions - Winter 2023

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Someone’s Back in the Kitchen with FLOTUS

When: Mondays (January 16, 23, 30 and February 6)
Where: Thomas 124
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $15
Presented by Melissa Bannister (Bachelor of Arts - West Virginia Wesleyan College; Master of Arts in Liberal Learning - Marietta College) and Jayne Whitlow (Bachelor of Arts - West Virginia University; Master of Arts - West Virginia University)

The Lives, Times, and Favorite Recipes of America’s First Ladies

Which FLOTUS received a baby carriage from her husband… for her to ride in? Which First Lady was nicknamed “The Duchess”? Which FLOTUS’ mother hung a sign on her 9-year-old daughter’s back reading “Please do not feed this child”? The answers to these questions and many more will be the focus of our class as we study eight amazing women, their lives and the times during which they lived. As an added treat, we’ll be sharing some of their favorite dishes, so join us and bring your appetites for both fact and food!

Isabella Stewart Gardner, The Woman, The Collection and the Heist

When: Mondays (February 13, 20, 27, and March 6)
Where: Thomas 124 (Zoom for remote learners)
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $30 - includes $15.00 for the book “Master Thieves, The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist
Presented by Suzanne Schultz, CEO Canvas Fine Arts and Stephen Kurkjian, Author and J.D., Suffolk University. For additional information about our presenters, please visit the ILR website.

Isabella Stewart Gardner, The Woman, The Collection and the Heist

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts – and a woman ahead of her time. Her personal collection reflects her love of travel, Bohemia, and luxuries of the world. It is Gardner’s personally curated collection that is on display in Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which includes more than 7,500 fine and decorative art objects, 2,700 books and manuscripts, and more than 8,000 historic objects from around the world. On March 187, 1990, thirteen works of art were stolen from the Museum. It was the largest property theft in the world. Among the stolen works were paintings by Degas, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet. They have never been recovered. Come learn more about this fascinating mystery.

Think Straight in a Time of Alternative Facts and Fanciful Opinions

When: Tuesdays (January 17 through March 7)
Where: Thomas 124 (Zoom for remote learners. The instructor will send Zoom instructions to all participants. You can attend any class in person or on Zoom at your convenience.)
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $30
Presented by Dr. Ted Goertzel, Ph.D, Retired Professor - Rutgers

Think Straight: An Owner’s Manual for the Mind

In 1983, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” But the distinction between facts and opinions was never clear and it has become less so in the age of conspiracy theories, bizarre medical advertising, countercultural claims and multi-million dollar lawsuits. People have strong opinions on factual matters such as whether the 2020 election was stolen, whether vaccines cause autism, whether alien abductions are real, whether guns cause crime or prevent it, or whether homeopathy can cure illness. There is often a flurry of supposed facts, some of which are speculative, others irrelevant. This course will use the new book Think Straight: An Owner’s Manual for the Mind by Jon Guy. Jon wrote the book when he was a prisoner in Wyoming, with help from academic specialists including your instructor. He has a gift for communicating clear thinking, and he has promised to join us on Zoom for one of the classes.

This is the Time to Transform Lives

When: Wednesdays (January 18, 25, February 1, and 8)
Where: Thomas 124
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $15
Presented by Marietta College Advancement and Alumni Engagement Staff. Four Specialized Speakers for these four classes.

What makes non-profits effective? How can you help ensure the future success of the organizations near and dear to you? Join members of the Advancement Staff at Marietta College to explore the impact of philanthropy on non-profits we all know and love, including those in our own back yard – like the College itself! Discover overall trends in giving and higher education; how Marietta College is strategically positioning itself for the future amidst a tumultuous higher education landscape. Learn the ways to give back your time, talent, and treasure to make a difference; as well as tax-wise ways to support your favorite causes.

  • Wednesday, January 18 -- Sarah Long, M.A. Advancement Officer
    • Trends in Philanthropy/Higher Education + History of Giving at Marietta College
  • Wednesday, January 25 -- Josh Jacobs, Ed.D., Vice President for Advancement
    • Marietta College Strategic Plan + This Is The Time Campaign
  • Wednesday, February 1 -- Erika Cornelius Smith, Ph.D., Director of Alumni Engagement
    • Gifts of Time and Talent + MC/Marietta Community Partnerships
  • Wednesday, February 8 -- Bethany McFarland Leslie ’12, M.A., M.B.A., Director of Major Gifts
    • Tax-Wise Ways to Support Your Favorite Causes

Many American Colleges are at a difficult crossroad of declining youth demographics and every increasing cost pressure. Learn how Marietta College is meeting the challenges and position itself for a bright future.

Inspiring Community

When: Wednesdays (February 15, 22, and March 1, and 8)
Where: Thomas 124
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $15
Presented by Marietta Community Foundation Staff and Board of Directors

Do you want to know the inside scoop on philanthropy and grantmaking? Join us to discover how philanthropy impacts each of our lives (whether we realize it is happening or not) and ways that you can take control of the future for the benefit of yourself, your family, and your community. Change your perspective and see what “giving back” looks like from the lens of each generation, and take a peek at how the generational transfer of wealth impacts our community now and in the future. Finally, experience the world of grants by participating in a two-part course where you will develop proposals, then work in a team to evaluate projects and determine awards.

  • Generational Views of Philanthropy & The Great Transfer of Wealth
  • Estate Planning Isn’t Just for “Old People” — How to (Easily) Establish Your Legacy in an Ever-Changing World
  • POV: You’re the (Potential) Grantee
  • POV: You’re the (Potential) Grantor

Program Chair’s Note: These Wednesday classes are designed to help you further learn about how charitable giving, in both time and money, is essential to our community’s success. Please consider attending these classes to uniquely discover how you can make a difference.

Music Appreciation for All

When: Thursdays (January 19 through March 9)
Where: Choral Music Room (Hermann Fine Arts Center - second floors)
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m. -- Please note the time for this class.
Fee: $30

Music Appreciation from the Renaissance to Modern Music

Presented by Merewyn Weinkauf, NCTM, has taught music at Marietta College for the last nineteen years. She accompanies the Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Oratorio Chorus as well as many instrumental and vocal majors studying at MC. Merewyn teaches Music History I and II and Intro to Western Music. She and her husband and their three sons live in Little Hocking, Ohio.

Music Appreciation – Renaissance through 20th Century

Over the first four weeks, we will learn about polyphonic singing in the Renaissance, study the contrapuntal style of Bach’s compositions, and appreciate Haydn and Mozart’s symphonies. The second four weeks we will tour the Romantic composers Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky among others. We will also study Impressionism and other styles in the twentieth-century. This class is for the music lover or aspiring music lover who wants to gain a better grasp of music styles throughout the centuries.

First Aid for Seniors

When: Fridays (January 20, 27. February 3 and 10)
Where: Thomas 124
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $15
Presenter by Angie Rarey, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing, Washington County Health Department

First Aid for Senior Citizens (that’s us)

We all face numerous health issues as we age. Angie will cover sudden illness, heart attack, respiratory distress, environmental emergencies such as heat exposure, frost bite, poison exposure, animal biters and stings. In addition, she will explain how to handle a diabetic emergency, recognizing seizures, handling shock, recognizing the signs of stroke and handling vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. The class will finish up dealing with wounds and bleeding, burns, concussions and falls and fall prevention. These four classes may truly save your life or the life of a loved one or friend.

Four More Fantastic Foreign Films

When: Fridays (February 17, 24, March 3, and 10)
Where: Thomas 124
Time:  2:30–5:00 p.m. (Please note earlier start time)
Fee: $30
Presenter: Dave Cress, Retired Physicist and Professor.

We’ll be going to Japan in the four films Dave has for this encore presentation.  We  start with Wim Winder’s documentary, Tokyo-Ga (1985), about Yasujiro  Ozu — perhaps the greatest Japanese movie director. It also gives us a  nostalgic look at ’80’s Tokyo. For our second week, we will watch Ozu’s  film, Early Spring (1949), about a Tokyo middle class father and his  adult daughter in postwar Japan. Our third movie, Tokyo Story (1953),  is also directed by Ozu and is another study of Japanese family life.  Tokyo Story is rated by a Sight and Sound magazine survey of Film  Directors as the greatest film ever made. The last movie in our series,  Tampopo (1985), makes a bow to Hollywood westerns and the Rocky  series and is about a single mom learning to make the perfect bowl of  ramen — inspiring several ramen restaurants in the United States