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LINEC Spring Term 2018 – April 3 – May 12

How the Earth Works

Leader: Paul Hague
Mondays, April 2 – May 7 10 AM – Noon

Plate motions – where and why? The earth’s feast or famine. Land removal and land shaping. These are some of the topics we examine and discuss as we continue our exploration of the planet we inhabit. Our course of study follows the Great Courses DVD lectures of Professor Michael Wysession of Washington University. Additional information provided by our course leader.

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.

Session 13
Anatomy of an Earthquake – Sumatra
History of Plate Motions – Where and Why
Session 14
Assembling North America
The Sun-Driven Hydrologic Cycle
Session 15
Water on Earth – The Blue Planet
Earth’s Atmosphere – Air and Weather
Session 16
Erosion – Weathering and Land Removal
Jungles and Deserts – Feast or Famine
Session 17
Mass Wasting – Rocks Fall Downhill
Streams – Shaping the Land
Session 18
Groundwater – The Invisible Reservoir
Shorelines – Factories of Sedimentary Rocks

Learn to Write Your Memoir

Instructor: Gail Schilling
Tuessdays, April 2 – May 7 1 – 3 PM

This class explores approaches to memoir-writing, gets you started and offers helpful feedback. Sharing what you write with the group is optional. Class size is limited to eight. (This is a second offering of this course. Members of the Fall 2015 class are still meeting!)

Gail Schilling loves writing almost as much as helping emerging writers find their voices. She draws from nearly 30 years of writing news, features, and columns for Wyoming newspapers, Around Concord magazine, and the Boston Globe. Several features earned awards from the Wyoming Press Association. For 20 years, she has contributed inspirational vignettes to Daily Guideposts.

Hamilton: Two Men and a Musical

Instructor: Joanna Henderson
Tuesdays, April 3 – 24 10 AM – Noon

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” This question asked by Aaron Burr at the opening of Hamilton kicks off the popular Broadway musical and sets the stage for Alexander Hamilton’s life story. It’s not only his story, but the story of America then, played by Americans now.

In this course we watch YouTube videos of parts of the Broadway show Hamilton, interviews with the cast and conversations between cast members about their thoughts on this remarkable production. We learn about Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote the musical, and how the show came about. Miranda says, “We were both young, scrappy and hungry,” which may be the answer to Burr’s original question.

Joanna Henderson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, her Master’s degree from Dartmouth and an EdD from UMASS/Amherst. She teaches American Studies courses for several lifelong learning programs in NH.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Instructor: Glenn Stuart
Tuesdays, April 3 – May 8 1 – 3 PM

“A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard.” This nearly 400 year-old stage direction begins the play. What follows is a production filled with magic, love, revenge, forgiveness and ultimately redemption. The play contains not only some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters: Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, Ferdinand and Miranda, but also some of his most famous lines: “O brave new world that has such people in it,” and of course “we are such stuff as dreams are made on…”

In this course we will view Julie Taymor’s 2010 film featuring Helen Mirren as Prospera and discuss this complex, charming and troubling tale. Almost universally considered to be Shakespeare’s last play we will endeavor to place it in both its own 17th-century context and our own 21st-century one, as well as how it may illuminate Shakespeare’s own personal and professional live and ideas.

Glenn Stuart is Professor of Theater at New England College where he also serves as Technical Director and Scenic Designer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Open Door Theater, which produces plays during the summer using a company comprised of current students, alumni and associates of the NEC Theater program.

Everyday Technology

Instructor: David Wasilew
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 2 10 AM – Noon

Technology surrounds us as more and more we sacrifice manual tasks to technology. Join us as we take a closer look at these newer technologies, how they “tick” and what they can do – or not do for us. We’ll look at everything from computers and the internet, to cell phones, social medial, “big data”, computer viruses, environmental energy sources, artificial intelligence (what it is and what it isn’t) and finally robotics and drones. We’ll keep things understandable and approachable and do this without any math at all.

Dave Wasilew started his career as an electrical engineer before switching to software. Over the past forty years has been involved with everything from satellites to sonar, artificial intelligence and all sorts of fascinating state of the art projects.

Music as a Mirror of History

Leaders: Chuck Gerhan and Dick Hesse
Thursdays, April 5 – May 10 10 AM – Noon

Classical music of its time is often a reflection of the politics and history of those times. The music is the composer’s own talented means of sharing his or her thoughts and ideals. In this two-term course of twenty-four lessons, Prof. Robert Greenberg brings both the historical setting and the musically portrayed meaning of that history to his lively and entertaining lectures. From the 16th through the 20th centuries, we explore how history inspired the creation of musical works, while events, culture, and the arts give a fascinating interdisciplinary view.

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 presents a variety of programs for LINEC, New Hampshire Humanities, OLLI, and others.

Algebra-based Calculus (Not Hazardous to Your Health)

Instructor: Bill Faulkner
Thursdays, April 5 – May 10 1 – 3 PM

Calculus is the mathematical study of change, natural outgrowth of algebra (solving equations) and geometry (shape). While calculus is interesting and worthwhile and not totally irrelevant, most people don’t have any idea what it is about. We shatter the notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you happen to be a direct descendant of Einstein. Using examples, we review algebra and geometry, introduce the concept of limit, then learn differentiation and integration. While all are welcome to take this class, it is primarily aimed at those who do not have a math background.

Bill Faulkner, a mathematics teacher for 47 years, likes to interact with inquiring minds, always completes topics and explores ideas arising during discussion.

The Concord Theatre – The Rebirth of a Legend

Instructor: Paul Brogan
Friday, April 6 10 Am – Noon

From 1933 until 1994, the Concord Theatre was host to thousands of motion pictures and millions of satisfied customers. It’s been silent for nearly two and a half decades, but it’s about to be reborn as a new entertainment venue for Concord. Find out its historic story from someone who was there.

Paul Brogan worked at the Concord Theatre from 1967 until it closed in 1994. A winner of a 2014 award for his writing from the NH Press Association, he is the author of a forthcoming history of the theater to be published by Plaidswede Publishing.

The World of Film

Film Leader: Robert Pingree
Fridays, April 13 – May 11 9:30 AM – Noon

This time we look at the adaptation of five English novels to film: Vanessa Redgrave as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1997); Jane Eyre, with Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, and Judi Dench (2013); Jane Austen’s Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds (1995); Restoration, an historical novel by Rose Tremain brought sumptuously to the screen, with Robert Downey, Jr., Meg Ryan, and Sam Neill as Charles II (1995); and a stunning adaptation of Graham Swift’s Booker Prize novel Last Orders, with a cast of British luminaries: Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, and Ray Winstone (2001).

Bob Pingree first taught film as a graduate assistant at Rutgers University in 1967. In 1971 he created the film study course at Concord High School and taught multiple sections for 33 years. In retirement, he has offered enrichment courses at OLLI in Concord during the last seven years. He is delighted to be making his debut at LINEC.

Acadians – French Canadians – Franco Americans

A Taste of the Old Country in the New: Franco-Americans of Manchester
Instructor, Robert Perreault
Friday, April 13 1 – 3 PM

Manchester is one example of the many industrial cities that attracted immigrants from Quebec in numbers large enough to warrant the creation and maintenance of an infrastructure of religious, educational, social, cultural, and commercial institutions that helped preserve this community’s language and traditions. Robert Perreault shares stories about life in one of America’s major Franco-American centers.

Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious

Instructor, Robert Perreault
Friday, April 20 1 – 3 PM

Grace DeRepentigny Metalious’s Quebecois ancestry and her formative years in Manchester reveal aspects of the author that the public rarely knew. We focus on her most autobiographical and ethnically-oriented but little-known novel, “No Adam in Eden”.

Robert B. Perreault has worked as a research assistant/oral history interviewer, librarian/archivist, freelance writer, historical tour guide, public speaker, photographer, and conversational French teacher to promote Manchester’s history and New England’s Franco-American culture since 1973. His works of nonfiction and fiction, written in French, in English or in both languages, include seven books and more than 160 articles, essays, and short stories published in the US, Canada and France.

The Acadians: A Story of Tragedy and Survival

Instructor, Eleanor Strang
Friday, April 27 1 – 3 PM

If you’ve read “Evangeline” by Longfellow, you probably remember the tragic story of the Acadians, the French-speaking people expelled from eastern Canada by the British beginning in 1755. We explore their lives before this tragedy, the reasons for their expulsion, their far-flung dispersal, and the enormous toll it took. Their story is also one of survival, and we examine ongoing efforts to preserve Acadian language and culture.
Eleanor Strang received her MA from the U of Michigan and her MLS from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. She served as the director of the Kelly Library in Salem, NH for 15 years. Since retiring she has pursued her interest in American history doing presentations for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a variety of historical societies and libraries.

Millyard Museum Tour

Friday, May 4 10 Am – ??

We’ll experience a guided tour of the Museum with a strong emphasis on the Franco-American experience in Manchester. Entry fee of $5 or $6 depending upon the size of the group. Lunch in Manchester is an option based upon the group.