ILR Course Descriptions - Winter 2020

January 13 to March 6 (with two four-week courses)

Note: if you prefer to register through the postal mail with a check, view the leaflet link, print out the leaflet, cut out the coupon, and mail it in with a check. To register online with a credit card use the online registration

1950s – The Golden Age of Musicals in Film

. Ed Osborne, Professor Emeritus, Marietta College and Dave Cress, Professor Emeritus, Marietta College
You are invited to enjoy eight full-length musicals on the silver screen. Films will be Show Boat, Singing in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, High Society, Silk Stockings, and two more musicals selected by the participants. In addition, presenters will share information about each film and the key performers and songwriters. Due to the length of the films, each class will meet for two and a half hours.
Cost: $30
Limit: 90 participants
Day & Time: Mondays, 3-5:30 PM
Dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2
Location: 124 Thomas Hall

Great Decisions About U.S. Foreign Policy

Mike Smith, Professor Emeritus, Glenville State, with guest speakers
Utilizing the 2020 Great Decisions materials (videos and a briefing book), this course will consider current foreign policy issues. The first class will explore the features of a variety of countries (some powerful, some weak, some small, some corrupt, some largely ungoverned) in order to illuminate the complexity of foreign policy. Each of the next six sessions will concern topics from the briefing book. The class will choose the topic of the final session. It may be a chapter from the briefing book or some other compelling, relevant issue. Topics from the briefing book to be discussed include: Global Responses to Climate in Change; The Red Sea - Trade Routes and Security; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; The U.S. and the Northern Triangle - Migration Issues; Chinese Outreach in Latin America; India, Pakistan, and Kashmir. Guest speakers will include Mark Schaefer, Chair of the Political Science Department, on India and Pakistan, Ben Ebenhack, Chair of Petroleum Engineering, on Climate Change and the Global Order and Michael Morgan from the Political Science Department, on China's Road into Latin America. The briefing books enable students to prepare for and to participate in informed, thoughtful discussions, so all need access to a book. Please see the cost options.
Cost: $50 includes book; $30 basic – if sharing book with other enrollee.
Limit: 50 participants
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 pm
Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3
Location: 209 Thomas Hall

Latin America: Cultures and Civilization

Ted Goertzel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers
Would you like to deepen your understanding of our Latin American neighbors? This course will overview the culture of Latin America and also address current conflicts and crises, such as migration from Venezuela and Central America. Topics will include geography, history, literature, music, cinema, food, politics, economics, architecture and landscape architecture and art. We will have clips from Latin American films and watch the movie Central Station as a serial over the semester. The course complements the ILR courses Dr. Goertzel has offered previously on Mexico and Brazil, and he encourages participants who have traveled or lived in Latin America to enrich the class by sharing their experiences.
View the Web Page with materials for this class.
Cost: $30
Limit: 35 participants
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3-5 PM
Dates: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4
Location: 320 Thomas Hall

Someone’s in the Kitchen with FLOTUS: The Lives, Times, and Favorite Recipes of America’s First Ladies

Melissa Bannister, BA, WV Wesleyan College; MALL, Marietta College and Jayne Whitlow, AB in Education, Glenville State College; MA, WVU
Which FLOTUS taught her husband to read and write? Why was Rutherford Hayes’s wife nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy”? Whose “million dollar fudge” recipe is still popular decades after the first piece was taste-tested by her hero husband? The answers to these questions and many more will be the focus of our study of sixteen amazing women, their lives, and the times in 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!
Cost: $35
Limit: 50 participants
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 PM
Dates: 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5
Location: 209 Thomas

Exploring Dark Tourism (first four weeks of the term)

Kathryn N. McDaniel, Ph.D., Andrew U. Thomas Professor of History, Chair of Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Marietta College
Travel to sites associated with calamity or death is classified as “dark tourism.” If you have toured the Gettysburg battlefield, stopped at the 9/11 memorial, or visited the Holocaust Museum, you have participated in Dark Tourism. Some think of such journeys as pilgrimages for a secular age. In this 4-week course, we will focus on several specific sites, explore why we seek out such places, and consider what we might gain from our experiences.
View the web page with materials for this class.
Cost: $20
Limit: 90
Day & Time: Fridays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: (First 4-weeks of Winter Term) January 17, 24, 31, February 7
Location: 124 Thomas Hall

Some Other Pioneers (second four weeks of the term)

Carol Steinhagen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Marietta College
Decades before the recently published book on Marietta’s pioneers, Conrad Richter wrote three novels, The Trees, The Fields, and The Town, comprising a trilogy, The Awakening Land, that traces the process of settling the Pennsylvania-Ohio frontier. This class will focus on The Trees, though reading the entire trilogy will be helpful. We will explore the characters Richter created as well as historical themes such as squatter settlements, individualism v. community, and the development of governance. Discussions may allow us to speculate about the influence of the pioneering experience on present-day American culture.
View the Web Page with materials for this course here
Cost: $20
Limit: 30 participants
Day & Time: Fridays, 3-5 PM
Dates: (Second 4-weeks of Winter Term) February 14, 21, 28, March 6
Location: 209 Thomas Hall

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