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Climate Change

Leader: Paul Hague

Mondays, April 1 – May 6                                                                    10 AM – Noon

This course is about the science of climate change. It is designed to give students a firm understanding of the scientific issues that underlie climate change, seeking only to educate. As such, it presents evidence for what has become an overwhelming scientific consensus on global climate change and its causes. You should come away from the course better equipped to make your own judgements about the appropriate public policies to cope with climate issues that are occurring.

Paul Hague is a retired geologist who loves to continue learning.

Week                                                Lecture

1-Is Earth Warming?

1-Butterflies, Glaciers and Hurricanes

2-Ice Ages and Beyond

2-In the Greenhouse

3-A Tale of Three Planets

3-Global Recycling

4-The Human Factor

4-Computing the Future

5-Impacts of Climate Change

5-Energy and Climate

6-Energy – Resources and Alternatives

6-Sustainable Future?

The Normal Aging Process: What to Expect and How to Slow It Down

Instructor: Don Catino

Mondays, April 8May 13                                                                            1 – 3 PM

We review normal aging changes throughout the human body: in the heart, lungs, brain, muscles, bones, joints, kidneys, digestive system, endocrine and sexual organs; plus eyes, ears and skin. This gives a better sense of what to expect with aging and what might be abnormal or a disease. We also review what is known about the aging process. There are Power Point presentations and handouts for each session and lots of time for questions.

Don Catino is an 80 year old geriatrician with 50 years of experience practicing and teaching geriatric and internal medicine in Dartmouth-Hitchcock, New London, NH, as well as in Haiti, Tanzania, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. He has taught AIL courses and has teaching appointments at Dartmouth and Cornell Universities and Colby-Sawyer College.

America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Leaders: Chuck Gerhan & Dick Hesse

Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7                                                                    10 AM – Noon

America, in the era from the Civil War to the end of World War I, found itself in such a major transition some called it a revolution.  In this span of time, aided by remarkable technological innovations, the Nation changed from an agricultural to an industrial force in the world economy. The movement was led by industrial titans whose vast wealth gave the era the name, The Gilded Age. The transition came with major social and economic turbulence which in turn led to reforms in government and society and has been called the Progressive Era. The lecturer is Great Courses’  Prof. Edward O’Donnell, a history professor at the College of Holy Cross. These dynamic events in politics, economics and culture provide Chuck and Dick multiple opportunities to draw comparisons to our nation’s history over the decades since World War II.

Charles (Chuck”) Gerhan, retired from careers as a naval officer, pilot, aeronautical engineer and lawyer, has developed an interest in the social and political aspects of history.  Fascinated by the events which have set the stage for our own generation, he enjoys the opportunity to learn from and discuss times which connect closely with our own.

Richard (“Dick”) Hesse is a retired law professor with a Master’s Degree in History from Temple and a law degree from Georgetown. He enjoys sharing his love of history and the humanities with other LINEC scholars.

Week                                    Lecture

1-“Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”

1-The Reconstruction Revolution

2-Buffalo Bill Cody and the Myth of the West

2-Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans

3-Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal

3-Big Business: Democracy for Sale?

4-The New Immigrants: A New America

4-Big Cities: The Underbelly Revealed

5-Popular Culture: Jazz, Modern Art, Movies

5-New Technology: Cars, Electricity, Records

6-The 1892 Homestead Strike

7-Morals and Manners: Middle-Class Society

Shakespeare: /Much Ado About Nothing

Instructor: Glenn Stuart                                   

Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7                                                                           1 – 3 PM

Much Ado About Nothing is arguably Shakespeare’s most performed comedy. Not only is it a staple of every Shakespearean company from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the American Shakespeare Company, it has appeared on London’s West End no less than four times since 2011.  It has paired such stage luminaries as John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft, Donald Sinden and Judi Dench, Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer, and Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.   Most recently James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave gave proof to the notion that you are truly never too old to fall in love.  What is it about this play and its bickering lovers Beatrice and Benedick that continues to fascinate and delight us after 420 years?  This course views three video versions of this play – Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 feature film, Joss Wheldon’s 2012 film and the 2011 Globe Theatre production directed by Jeremy Herrin.

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.

Gettysburg – A Battle for the Union

Instructor: Dan Crean

Wednesdays, April 17 – May 8                                       10 AM – Noon

This course opens with a viewing of the film: Gettysburg.  Every American has heard of the battle of Gettysburg.  Some have memorized Lincoln’s famous address and have even visited the battlefield, but few have had the opportunity to analyze the events of those few days in early July 1863.  Through video clips, photos, and national park service guides, this course brings these historical moments into perspective, with a focus on battle preparations and battlefield decisions that had a profound effect on our country’s history.  Each of the three days of the battle and some of the critiques of the events of those days are reviewed. Attendees may wish to read Killer Angels by Micheal Shaara prior to the class.

Dan Crean recently retired from municipal law practice where he advised local governments and presented numerous seminars to lawyers and municipal officials on the First Amendment.  Dan is Executive Director of the NH Municipal Lawyers Association and continues to prepare and present municipal law seminars.  

American Novel Reading Group

Leader: John McCausland

Wednesday, April 3 and May 1                                                                         1 – 3 PM

This group began last fall as something of a new venture for LINEC: a course meeting through the academic year with sessions once or twice each month. It meets the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 to discuss a novel chosen by the group from several “100 Best” lists. We often have a follow-up session on the second Wednesday afternoon to watch a related film or for further discussion. New members are welcome to join at this time. So far the group’s reading choices have included Huckleberry Finn, Their Eyes Were Watching God, My Antonia, Slaughterhouse-Five and Rabbit, Run. Discussion is lively and informal with facilitator (and sometimes group members) contributing background, historical and literary insights. Please read The Great Gatsby for April and bring the book to class.

John McCausland is an Episcopal priest, now retired, who has taught LINEC courses on the Bible, Chaucer and the American novel. He loves history, literature, theology, teaching and learning.

The World of Film – Perfect Pix

Film Leader:  Joe Fanning

Thursdays,  April 4 – May2                                                                  9:30 AM – Noon

Over the years, many films have been considered ‘flawless.’  However, the films in this series have been described by countless people as perfect in at least one, if not many other additional aspects.

Color:  Considered to have the most pristine Technicolor, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), a Swashbuckler epic, has never been equaled despite the numerous color movies made since.   (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland & Basil Rathbone)

Acting:   Stagecoach (1939) has a perfect cast.  As a result, this powerful Western is considered to be an ultimate example of a talented ensemble along with phenomenal scenery.  (John Wayne et al.)

Style:  While Sunrise (1927) may be silent and has a story line about a lurid love affair & murder plans, the superb images are so enchanting that anyone who ever sees this film cannot stop talking about it.  (directed by FW Murnau  & starring Janet Gaynor)

Editing:  The crime packed Bonnie and Clyde (1968) has such exceptional cuts and angle concepts that almost every film made since has followed this specific film’s stylistic format.  (Warren Beatty & Faye Dunway)

Dialogue: To Be or Not to Be (1942) has a 3rd rate traveling troupe needing to deal with the Nazi invasion of Poland which results in dynamic fine wit, doubletalk, and overall farce despite the excessive evils surrounding that main frame of the storyline.  (Jack Benny & Carole Lombard – her last film)

Joe Fanning’s  interest in and sharing of cinema and its history has extended over the decades.  His early interest in Silents, beginning during his teen years, wound up with later interactions with numerous stars from that time period and beyond.  Since then, he has organized different film festivals in various locations within the states of NJ, PA, and NY.  He has, in addition to hosting those programs, also lectured at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art about Robert Harron, a Silent Star.  Thus, this retired educational librarian greatly enjoys sharing movies with others and informing audiences about the background of, and stories behind, the entertainment presented on the big screen.

The History of Christianity

Leader: John McCausland

Thursdays, April 4 – May 9                                                                              1 – 3 PM

This term’s twelve lectures take us from the dawn of Christianity following the death of Jesus through its establishment as the state religion of the Roman Empire, the development of core doctrines and church institutions and the emergence of Christianity as the power center of Western Civilization with the decline of Rome.  It follows the lectures of Great Courses’ Luke Timothy Johnson, a highly respected theologian and historian, as well as an engaging teacher. Lectures are supplemented with class discussion focusing on the ways in which the ever-changing and adapting manifestations of Christianity have shaped our world and thought down to the present day. This is a four-term course but it can be joined at any time.  Participants have the option of supplemental reading in Daniel MacCulloch’s Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years.

John McCausland (see bio above).

Week                                               Lecture

1-The Historical Study of Christianity

1-The First Cultural Context – Greece and Rome

2-The First Cultural Context – Judaism

2-The Jesus Movement and the Birth of Christianity

3-Paul and Christianity’s First Expansion

3-The Diversity of Early Christianity

4-The Unpopular Cult – Persecution

4-Forms of Witness – Martyrdom and Apologetic

5-Extreme Christianity in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries

5-The Shaping of Orthodoxy

6-Institutional Development Before Constantine

6-The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy

A New History of Life

Leader: Dave Wasilew

Fridays, April 5 – May 10                                                                             10 AM – Noon

Do you like a good story? This course is the most epic of all stories: how the Earth was transformed from a hot rock flying through space 4.54 billion years ago to a hospitable planet teaming with millions of different forms of life. This visually rich video presented by Prof. Stuart Sutherland, a paleontologist, begins by showing how scientists went about unraveling the mystery of Earth’s history. Then the course slowly unfolds the tale of the creation of life and how life (the biosphere) helped to transform the planet (lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere). This course touches on geology, paleontology, biology and explains how the four “spheres” have interacted to transform each other.

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

Week                                               Lecture

1-The Interconnected Earth

1-The Vast Depths of Earth Time

2-Fossil Clock

2-Paleontologists As Detectives

3-The Shifting Surface of Planet Earth

3-Earliest Origins – Formation of the Planet

4-Origins of Land, Ocean and Air

4-The Early Chemical Evolution of Life

5-Hints of the First Life Forms

5-How Life Transformed the Early Earth

6-Snowball Earth – Another Crisis

7-Metazoans – Life Grows Up