ILR Course Descriptions - Fall 2020
Movies That Expand Our Compassion
MOV Interfaith (George Banziger, MJ Ebenhack, Martha McGovern, Carol Sedgwick)
To expand our understanding of diversity and our capacity for compassion, we will view short films and engage in reflective, small-group discussion. Each week, in preparation for class discussion, participants will view a designated movie on their own and will identify three scenes/images that resonated with them and why. Then, in a Zoom small-group discussion with a facilitator, they will share their reactions. All films are available on Amazon Prime; films will include Dancing in Jaffa, Far from the Tree, Millions, On the Way to School, Right Footed, Sin Nombre, The Farewell, and The Hate U Give.
Day & Time: Mondays, 3-5 PM
Dates: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2
Movers & Shakers in the Middle East
Janice Terry, Professor Emerita, Eastern Michigan University
This course will provide glimpses into the lives and contributions of some of the foremost 20th Century Middle Eastern politicians (Ataturk, D. Ben-Gurion, G. Meir, G. Nasser); writers (N. Mahfouz, A. Oz, M. Darwish); feminists (H. Shaawari, D. Shafik, N. al-Saadawi); architects (M. Safdie, H. Fathi, Z. Hadid); movie stars (O. Sharif, F. Hamama, Y. Chahine); musicians (D. Barenboim, Fairuz, U. Kulthum) and many others. Some videos, visuals and readings will highlight the lives and work of these notable figures.
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 PM
Dates: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
Mov’n & Groov’n: Physical and Mental Health for Seniors
Chris Poe, Instructor of Aquatics, Group Exercise, Tai Chi (Sun Style); associated with the Arthritis Foundation and WV United Health Systems
This course will introduce gentle physical exercises that can be performed standing or sitting and memory exercises that create new brain cells. Both types of exercises will keep participants moving and grooving throughout their golden years. The instructor will provide healthful snacks and handouts to guide at-home practice.
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3-5 PM
Dates: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
Nightingales and New Women: True Women and Warriors
Rebecca Phillips, Professor Emerita, WVU Parkersburg; Ph.D. in English from WVU
We will explore the writings of US women (mostly poets) between 1830 and 1945, a period that saw “true womanhood” colliding with the antislavery movement, the push for female suffrage, economic changes, and two world wars. We will begin with what critic Cheryl Walker calls “the nightingale tradition” and look at what changed and what continued as American women made their voices heard. Some of the women you will meet in this course are Edgar Allan Poe’s (self-reported) fiancée, “the little lady who started this big war,” the African-American schoolteacher who became an abolitionist, a feminist, and a bestselling writer, and the mystic who was briefly engaged to Ezra Pound. Readings and discussion topics will be posted online.
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 PM
Dates: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5
The Climate Change Debate
Ben Ebenhack, Benedum Professor and Industry Partners Chair, Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, Geology, and Environmental Engineering, Marietta College with Juan Carlos Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Marietta College
Climate Change is one of the most polarized debates in modern times. There are those who argue that it is a hoax, those that argue that it is a real threat to the very survival of the Earth as we know it, and those who argue that it may be real, but is not primarily anthropogenic. The climate is an enormous system with complexities and interactions with other systems, sufficient to baffle the greatest minds. There is much we don't know, indeed much we cannot know, but there is still much that we do know. This course will explore what we do know, what principal human activities impact the climate, and what steps might make the greatest impact in the shortest time. It will offer some guidance for how to take action in the midst of uncertainty.
Day & Time: Fridays, 3-5 PM
Dates: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6