LINEC Fall Term 2013
When you register for a course, please include your email and phone number on the registration form. When the college finalizes room assignments we will give you the information by e-mail or phone if the class location is not listed in this catalog.
NOTE: Room assignments will be sent to you via e-mail or phone call.
PARKING: With our new permanent parking permits hung from the rear view mirror, LINEC members can park anywhere on campus. New members will receive a parking registration form to complete at their first class.
POETRY: Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot
Course Instructor: Don Melander
Classes: Mondays, October 7 – November 4; 10 A.M. – Noon
In his “Desolation Row,” Bob Dylan pictures Pound and Eliot “fighting in the captain’s tower.” Along with Whit-man’s Song of Myself and Ginsberg’s Howl, The Waste Land (drafted by Eliot but extensively edited by Pound) is the most widely read long poem written by an American. Join us as we enjoy selected poems by these two giants.
Texts: Pound’s Personae will do, but the New Direction edition of Selected Poems would be better; and the standard edition of T. S. Eliot’s The Complete Poems and Plays. Used copies should be readily available.
Don Melander earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from Syracuse University. He has been an English Professor at NEC since 1969 and held many offices throughout his tenure in addition to dramaturge for The Open Door Theater.
THE BIBLE WITHOUT FEAR OR FATIGUE: Old Testament Part III
Course Leader: John McCausland
Classes: Mondays, October 7 – November 11 or 18; 1–3 P.M.
We continue our journey with judges, kings and prophets through the Old Testament/ Hebrew Scriptures as Israel struggles with the challenges of nationhood. Participants of any faith and no faith are welcome. You need not have taken last year’s classes. Classes combine DVD presentations by Amy-Jill Levine, professor at Vanderbilt University with exploration of particular passages, issues and themes.
You should have a good study edition of the Bible (New Oxford Annotated Bible, 4th edition recommended). Also recommended: Marcus Borg’s Reading the Bible Again for the First Time; Walter Brueggemenn & Tod Linafelt’s An Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd edition.).
John McCausland is a retired Episcopal priest. He was the vicar of Holy Cross, Weare. Before coming to NH in 1997, he served parishes in the Chicago area. He holds a law degree as well as a theology degree and practiced law for many years before entering the ministry.
HISTORY: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Course Leaders: Ben Fisch & Charles Gerhan
Classes: Tuesdays, October 8 – November 12; 10 A.M. – Noon
The course covers Abraham Lincoln as youth, lawyer, politician and president. Though everyone has some knowledge of Lincoln, this series will enrich our understanding of his complex inner life, thirst for accomplishment, opposition to slavery and devotion to the Union. The course is based on the DVD lectures of Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Director of Civil War Era Studies at Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg College. Ben and Chuck will provide additional information and facilitate discussion.
Ben Fisch graduated from Brooklyn College and has an MA degree from Columbia University. He taught mathematics and was a school administrator in New York City for over thirty years.
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.
Course Leaders: David Feltus & Ken Traum
Classes: Tuesdays, October 8 – November 5; 1–3 P.M.
This popular discussion course reviews the latest political, economic, international, and local issues of interest. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, opinions, and knowledge to the group enhancing participation and bringing a broader understanding of current issues.
David Feltus has a degree in political science, training in military intelligence, and a lifelong interest in history, politics, and opera. He is a retired insurance executive.
Ken Traum retired from the State of NH as the state’s assistant Consumer Advocate, ending a career primarily representing the interests of consumers in matters relating to the regulation of public utilities, i.e. PSNH.
MUSIC: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
Course Instructor: Robert Greenberg on DVD
Classes: Wednesdays, October 9 – November 13; 10 A.M. to Noon
We continue our study of great orchestral works. This term we listen to and learn about selected works of such masters as Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.
Dr. Robert Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the faculties of the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, Hayward; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States.
ANATOMY: How We Are Put Together
Course Instructor: Daniel Goodenough
Classes: Wednesdays, October 9 – November 13; 1–3 P.M.
Ever wonder how the cells and matrix of our bodies are organized to produce organs (e.g. the lungs) and organ systems (e.g. the respiratory system)? We explore the nature and rules of biological boundaries that are used to divide us into different compartments in order to sub-serve a variety of functions. Each week we will explore one organ system followed by a discussion/question session.
Daniel Goodenough earned his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Harvard Medical School and became a Professor of Cell Biology there from 1981 to 2010. During his tenure he managed a research lab, taught microscopic and gross anatomy for forty years, and taught courses on human health and global environmental change and on racial disparities in health care.
ECONOMICS: Financial Success – 201
Course Instructor: David Woolpert
Classes: Thursdays, October 10 – November 7; 10 A.M. to Noon
What are the things we need to be aware of in order to achieve and maintain financial success? Mr. Woolpert will help participants explore a path with a two term course on this topic. This semester, he will cover such topics as Investing Basics, Estate Planning, IRA Distribution, Educational Planning, Social Security and Health Care Planning.
David S. Woolpert holds a BA in Economics from Earlham College and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh where he concentrated on economic and social development. He has worked in the financial sector for over forty years and has been managing people’s investments since 1996 from his office in Concord.
SCIENCE: Physics in Your Life
Course Leader: Everett “Ev” Kittredge
Classes: Thursdays, October 10 – November 14; 1–3 PM
We will complete Middlebury college professor Richard Wolfson’s lectures Physics in Your Life, with topics related to thermodynamics . . . keeping warm, life in greenhouse earth, icebergs, physics in the kitchen, energy in our lives, our place on earth (as located by GPS), a potpourri of items not covered previously including lasers and conclude with our place in the universe. You and I, stardust incarnate. What shall we study next?
Everett Kittredge is a retired electrical engineer, MIT trained in the days of steam driven radar, who spent thirty plus years developing and implementing technology that is now mostly obsolete, but the principles remain the same.
WORLD OF FILM: Writer-Directors as Authors
Film Leader: Tamara Craig
Classes: Fridays, October 11 – November 8; 9:30 A.M. – Noon
Theme: “I got half-a-dozen paintings from that shattered plate.” Georgia O’Keefe. Selected films for the term frame this consummate statement by the ever-original artist as Tamara continues with her focus on writer-directors as authors. At close range and with distinctive aplomb, five “authors” offer stories of grit and imagination in the face of life’s unexpected challenges. The series features films from France, Iran, Israel, Korea and France/Finland. Please join the discussion after each viewing.
Tamara Craig was educated in schools abroad and in the US. Her background is in foreign languages: Russian and French, and in Fine Arts. She earned her BFA in Fine and Applied Arts. Her love of film dates back to the French New Wave of the 60s and her special interest is in directors as authors “who film with their own eye on the world.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Simon Center Great Room
9:30 A.M. Breakfast Refreshments
10 A.M. Glenn Stuart and cast of Twelfth Night
10:30 A.M. Business Meeting
11 A.M. “Sing-along with Carol”
Please Join Us!
LINEC Spring 2014 PREVIEW
The Curriculum Committee is working on the Spring Term courses and scheduling: At this point, we know we will continue with current issues, offer new courses in history, science, music, and continue with the very popular Bible course, continue reading Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and focus on a new series in World of Film.