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LINEC Fall Term 2017

Remembering the Holocaust: Memory and Prevention

Instructor: Tom White

Mondays, October 9 – November 6
10 AM – Noon

This course is an exploration into how the Holocaust is remembered in the context of national memory. How do we interpret the past and how does it inform us in the present? It explores how the Holocaust and genocide are encountered and remembered and what is required of us as we move forward. We examine Auschwitz ,70 Years After Liberation; the witness of Elie Wiesel; France under Occupation; the story of Danish Rescue; The Human Problem of Genocide and the Legacy of the Bosnian Genocide. What is required to recognize, deter, and prevent crimes of mass atrocity?

Tom White is the Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College. He has served as a researcher for Stephen Hooper’s documentary film: An American Nurse At War and as historical consultant for David DeArville’s documentary film, Telling Their Stories: NH Holocaust Survivors Speak Out, produced in 2004. He served on Manchester’s Diocesan Ecumenical Commission for Interfaith Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO). In 2009 he received NEA New Hampshire’s Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award, in 2015 was named a Peace Ambassador by the Center for Peace-building from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2017 was inducted in the Keene High School distinguished alumni Wall of Honor.

How the Earth Works

Leader: Paul Hague

Mondays, October 9 – November 13
1 – 3PM

Flowing rocks? Unseen lands? Recycling oceans? These are some of the curiosities we examine and discuss as we continue our exploration of the planet on which we live.   Our course of study follows the Great Courses DVD lectures of Professor Michael Wysession of Washington University with additional information provided by our course leader.

Topics to be explored:

Week 1            Folding – Bending Blocks, Flowing Rocks

                        Earthquakes – Examining Earth’s Faults

Week 2            Plate Tectonics – Why Continents Move

                        The Ocean Seafloor – Unseen Lands

Week 3            Rifts and Ridges – The Creation of Plates

                        Transform Faults – Tears of a Crust

Week 4            Subduction Zones – Recycling Oceans

                        Continents Collide – and Mountains are Made

Week 5            Intraplate Volcanoes – Finding the Hot Spots

                        Destruction from Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Week 6            Predicting Natural Disasters

                        Anatomy of a Volcano – Mount St. Helens

Paul Hague is a retired geologist who studied geology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He worked in coastal research for the Office of Naval Research and spent over thirty years doing environmental surveys for various consulting firms. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-66.

American 20th-Century Poetry

Instructor: Don Melander

Tuesdays, October 10 – November 14
10 AM – Noon

This year we finish with the Library of America edition of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume One, focusing initially on John Peele Bishop, Archibald MacLeish, and especially Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dorothy Parker.  Time permitting, we review some poems/poets previously discussed.

Don Melander is a Senior Professor of Humanities at New England College where he has taught mostly literature and writing for 45 years. For the last decade he has served as dramaturge for the Open Door Theater. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Syracuse University; his dissertation is on the 20th-century American poet, Wallace Stevens. This seminar on early 20th-century American poets is his eighth for LINEC.

Exploring Whiteness in a Racially Biased System

Instructor: Aron DiBacco

Tuesdays, October 10 – 31
1 – 3 PM

Wherever we live, whoever we are, racial identity and dynamics shape our opportunities and experiences. For people of European descent, these patterns are sometimes hard to see. Talking about them in open and honest ways can also be difficult. This class explores the history that brought us to this place, the structures that create and sustain patterns of racial inequity, and how these play out in our personal relationships. How might the individual  contribute to healing the trauma that racism brings to all our lives?   This course  offers highly interactive opportunities to engage with the discomfort that can be brought up by this subject.

 Aron DiBacco has been addressing racism, privilege, intergroup relations and conflict in community and educational settings through dialogue and education for three decades. In addition to a Masters in Communication, she has been trained in National Coalition Building Institute’s Train-the-Trainer, Everyday Democracy’s racial equity dialogues, the University of Michigan’s Inter-Group Relations program, and the NH Cooperative Extension Engagement Academy for dialogue skills. She leads workshops and dialogues on the impact of racial identity for Showing Up for Racial Justice chapters and other community groups, as well as active bystander training. She also teaches undergraduate communication theory and skills.

Her thoughts on racial identity and social equity can be found at

Over Here: American Artists and the Great War

Instructor: Inez McDermott

Wednesdays, October 25 – November 15
10 AM – Noon

The centenary of World War I has prompted art historians to examine the ways in which American artists responded to the “Great War”. Until recently most historians agreed that few American artists had any interest in documenting or responding to the war. Recent scholarship and an accompanying exhibition organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, World War I and American Art, has provided new research and insights into work by some of America’s best known artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe and Horace Pippin, to name a few. This course provides an overview of many American artists whose responses to the “Great War” were as varied as the many artistic styles emerging during the first decades of the 20th century.

Inez McDermott Inez McDermott has been a Professor of Art History at New England College for the past sixteen years. Before joining the faculty at NEC she was Associate Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Gallery Director of the NEC Art Gallery and a freelance curator.  She continues to curate exhibitions around New England.  She is currently co-curating Mount Washington: The Crown of New England. Inez was a long-time trustee of the Concord Public Library, and currently serves as a board member of New Hampshire Humanities.  She lives in Concord, NH.

Broadway, the American Musical

Leaders: Fran Philippe and Jane Waters

Wednesdays, October 11 – November 15
1 – 3 PM

Enjoy this filmed history of more than 100 years of Broadway’s best and most memorable musicals and personalities – from 1893 to 2004. This series is hosted by Julie Andrews and draws upon a wealth of rare performance footage and newly-restored film clips.  Hear more stories and join in the discussion about this uniquely American art form.

Fran Philippe, a New England College graduate, earned her Masters degree from Antioch New England Graduate School and her +30 from Lesley College and BU. She is a happily retired teacher of grades 5 and 6, enjoying the many pleasures that life provides.

Jane Waters has an MA degree from Columbia University. She taught voice at RI College, Providence College and in her own studio. More recently, Jane taught a well-attended LINEC course on opera. She has been a soprano soloist and the director of the Hillsboro-Deering Community Chorus for ten years. She continues to serve as the Music Director for the Deering Community church.

Conquest of the Americas

Leaders: Chuck Gerhan and Dick Hesse

Thursdays, October 12 – November 16
10 AM – Noon

As the European, African, and American peoples and societies collided and converged in the Western Hemisphere from the 15th century onward, domination and subjugation by conquest was imposed in many regions; economic development through commerce and trade has arisen in others. This second half of the two semester course shows us the cultural, economic, and forceful aspects of conquest in North and Latin America, helping us to better understand the Americas of today by knowing of the origins and even beginning to envision the future and its possibilities.  The course is based on the Great Courses lectures of Prof. Marshall Eakin, Chair of the Vanderbilt University History Department.  This second semester does not require you to have attended the first half for full appreciation.  For those interested, the first semester DVD is available.  The course leaders will bring added information and perspective, and will provide time for discussion in each session.

Topics to be explored:

Week 1            The Atlantic Slave Trade

                        Haciendas and Plantations

Week 2            American Silver and Spanish Galleons

                        The Sword and the Cross       

Week 3            New Peoples, New Religions

                        Late Arrivals – The English in North America

Week 4            Conquest by Dispossession

                        Late Arrivals – The French in the Americas

Week 5            Pirates of the Caribbean

                        Clash  of Cultures – Victors and Vanquished

Week 6            The Rise of “American Identities”

                        The Americas – Collisions and Convergence

Charles (“Chuck”) Gerhan is twice retired: once as a career Naval Officer (aviator) and aeronautical engineer, and once as an attorney with NH Legal Assistance. Although history and political philosophy were not his professional fields, Chuck has been, and is, an avid student of both.

Richard (“Dick”) Hesse is an amateur historian and retired educator who represents a variety of programs for LINEC, New Hampshire Humanities, OLLI and others.

Mindful Interpersonal Communication

Instructor: Carla Dragoni

Thursdays, October 12 – November 16
1 – 3 PM

Interpersonal communication is a learned skill requiring thoughtful practice guided by tolerance and acceptance. As we evolve technologically it is our responsibility (as in our ability to respond) to evolve as emotionally literate, compassionate beings. Being mindful, as we navigate life’s transitions and interactions, requires an awareness of our own internal wisdom and abilities. This course is a refreshing and fun experience exploring the usual pitfalls that can send us off track. Actual hands on exercises playfully reveal and educate a way to self-advocacy that enriches the quality of life and allows us to invite others to joyfully accompany us on the journey.

Topics to be explored include:

Week 1           Communication; Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say,

Week 2          Boundaries and Power Struggles Unmasked,

Week 3          Social and Emotional Competency,

Week 4          Conscious Decision Making,

Week 5          Family Dynamics and more.

Carla Dragoni BFA, MA, Certified Life Coach and Attitudinal Healing Facilitator, has taught interpersonal communication skills to numerous nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools and churches. At Southwestern University she was tasked with developing a curriculum to teach teens in their Upward Bound Program life-embracing self-advocacy skills to prepare them in their pursuit of higher education. As a Life Coach individual sessions are time limited and/or extended as a means of addressing and achieving goals determined by the client.

The World of Film

Film Leader: Tamara Craig

Fridays, October 13 – November 10
9:30 AM – Noon

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss. With this quote in mind, focus on award winning films by talented writer-directors hailing from Japan, China, Denmark, France/Belgium and Iran. All have subtitles. The diverse stories give center stage to personal struggles of chasing truth and happiness “where meaning is primarily emotional and not intellectual” – or plot-driven. These films offer food for thought for the talk-back discussions which are highly encouraged after each viewing.

Tamara Craig is a fervent film buff dating back to her discovery of The French New Wave while in college in the 1960s. Her background is in Fine Arts with a BFA, and in foreign languages specializing in French and Russian; though in her fantasy life, she is a noted film editor. Tamara has been sharing her love of foreign films at LINEC going on nine years.