ILR Course Descriptions - Fall 2022

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Beginning Bridge – Strategic Thinking as a Card Player

Mary Ann and Jim Moon will introduce you to the strategic and fun card game of bridge. By the end of week four, we hope you will have gained enough experience and confidence to join a bridge group and enjoy this truly timeless card game. This class is for those who have never played bridge or for those who played many years ago and are ready to take the game back up again.
Fee: This is a free class. Register by email directly to the instructor at,. No need to go to the payment site.
Limit: 16 participants, class requires at least two participants.
Dates: Mondays (September 12th, 19th, 26th and October 3rd)  
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Classes will be at the O’Neill Senior Center

Reimagining Community Health and Safety

Ron Rees, 50 years of experience in mental health/social services, graduate degrees in Psychology and Public Administration
This course will review traditional approaches used by law enforcement entities in addressing community mental health crises and will examine some alternative approaches and their impacts.
Fee: $20                
Limit: Capacity of assigned room
Dates: Mondays (October 10th–31st)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Journal to the Self

Annelle Edwards, certified by Center for Journal Therapy in Denver, Colorado
The class will be a fun and powerful experiential class on how to write a journal for personal growth, creative expression, exploration of decisions, healing of relationships, and/or discovery of the writer within. It doesn’t matter if you feel you are not a writer; this class is designed to be fun and easy, especially for people who don’t think of themselves as writers. It is a very gentle and respectful process. No one will ever be asked to do anything that is uncomfortable and there will be no pressure to read what you have written. Many who have tried to write journals in the past have found that this method offers a completely different experience.
Fee: $30              
Limit: Capacity of assigned room
Dates: Tuesdays (September 13th–November 1st)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Ohio Art Notables: Modernism and the American Scene

Wes Clarke, Registered Professional Archaeologist at The Castle in Marietta
In the first three sessions, we will examine the expression of modernism and realism through the work of two Ohio artists: Clyde Singer, who has direct ties to Marietta, and Charles Burchfield. The fourth course session will coordinate with The Castle’s “Cultural Caravan” bus tour on Saturday, October 8th, visiting Burchfield’s childhood home in Salem, Ohio, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Lunch for the bus tour is included in the course fee. For more information, please visit The Castle website or contact us at 740.373.4180.
Fee: $85 (course and tour)    

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Limit: 50
Dates: Wednesdays (September 14th, 21st, 28th and Saturday, October 8th)
Time: Class 3:00-5:00 p.m.    Tour: 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Four Fantastic Foreign Films

Dave Cress, retired Physicist and Professor
This course will present four not-to-be-missed movies from around the world. Each offers an interesting story line. All are riveting in a special way: Ida, from Poland, is about a young orphan novitiate who discovers she is Jewish; Amelie, from France, is a lighthearted comedy nominated for five Academy Awards; Russian Arc uses a continuous take for the whole movie about the Summer Palace in St. Petersburg and the history of Russia; and The Scent of Green Papayas, from Vietnam, includes beautiful visuals of a middle-class household before the war. Each will be introduced by a short narrative on its importance.
Fee: $30                
Limit: Capacity of assigned room
Dates: Wednesdays (October 12th–November 2nd)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location:  TBA

A History of Living History

Kyle Yoho, Living History Interpreter, The Castle
Living history interpretation has become a common method of education within museums and history organizations. At its base level it can be viewed as someone donning historical-looking garb to make themselves look old timey. In its most professional use, it is a carefully crafted, meticulously researched characterization of the past that can enliven a historical setting and captivate onlookers. In this course we will explore the roots of living history and its growth into a widely accepted form of education. We’ll dive into living history’s complicated relationship with being a hobby for some and a highly skilled profession for others. As we acquaint ourselves with modern living history interpretation, our class will learn about the detail, research, and training that goes into being a living history interpreter in 2022.
Fee: $30                    
Limit: Capacity of assigned room, Zoom - open
Dates: Thursdays (September 15th–November 3rd)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom and In-Person, room to be assigned

Examining Democracy

Mike Tager, Professor of Political Science, Marietta College
For three decades beginning in the mid-1970s, democracy expanded globally as authoritarian regimes fell or reformed. Starting around 2006, that trend reversed, with authoritarian regimes expanding globally, and some democracies becoming less free or stable. Is democracy in trouble? If so, why? This course will consider those questions. We’ll start by examining the nature of democracy and its development in countries such as the United States and Great Britain. We’ll focus on some of the challenges facing democratic regimes currently and on various factors (economic, demographic, technological, geopolitical) that different analysts have identified as stressors of democratic norms and institutions. We’ll look at both the United States and other countries, particularly those where democracy has faltered and lessons might be learned. We’ll conclude by considering what measures might strengthen and stabilize democracy.  
Fee: $30                    
Limit: Capacity of assigned room
Dates: Fridays (September 16th–November 4th)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA