Reading Four Biographies

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Mondays July 10 - July 31 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
186C
Donna Cleavelin, Sally Kopman
We will read four biographies (one a week) about people whose perspectives are significant and varied. First is Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford by Clint Hill (with Lisa McCubbin), a Secret Service agent reflecting on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Then we will move on to Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout, which paints a gripping portrait of the man, his world, and his music. Next we'll read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. We'll conclude with Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, the compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age in the twilight of apartheid, by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show. [D, R] (See page 7 for book editions.)

Writing Action Scenes

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Mondays July 10 - July 31 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
LNGE
Karen Sterbenz
How do great authors write an action scene that fits the story and moves it along? We'll talk about such scenes and practice writing action through in-class exercises for the first three weeks. (Writing always increases our understanding and appreciation of what authors have done.) There will be no homework for those first three weeks. The fourth week, we'll write a story or scene, incorporating what we've learned. We'll share that homework writing out loud. [W]

Musicals: Fred Astaire Takes Europe

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Mondays July 10 - July 31 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
181A
Nancy Harvey
This summer we'll focus on two great movie musicals starring the wonderful Fred Astaire. Silk Stockings (1957) is a musical remake of the classic 1939 comedy Ninotchka, this time with Cyd Charisse in the Greta Garbo role. Royal Wedding (1951) features Astaire and Jane Powell playing a brother and sister dance act who find themselves booked in London at the time of the royal wedding. It's the one where Fred dances on the ceiling. Join us for two great movies from the Golden Age of movie musicals. [D, V]

Reading the Wall Street Journal

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Mondays July 10 - July 31 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
185B
Greg DiBlasi, Marilyn Lipman
What a great way to start the week-a lively discussion of selected articles from the previous week's WSJ! The articles selected will deal mainly with important economic issues and business. Some stories of related scientific and political interest also will be included. E-mail (for communicating reading assignments) and access to the WSJ are required. Short-term reduced rate subscriptions are available to the WSJ. [D, RP, V]

German Operas (All Beginning With The Letter 'F')

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Tuesdays July 11 - August 1 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
181A
Sol Guber
We will watch three early German operas, all of whose titles begin with the letter 'F'. First will be Beethoven's Fidelio, followed by Von Weber's Freischutz, and finishing up with Wagner's Flying Dutchman. We will watch wonderful productions and, as always, there will be subtitles! [A, V, D]

What Men Wore in War and Peace: A History of Men's Clothing

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Tuesdays July 11 - August 1 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
185B
Cathy Riedesel
This course will trace the history of men's clothing from ancient times to the present day, including military uniforms. The emphasis will be on western clothing and military attire. A field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum Special Exhibit "Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015" is planned for the second week. There will be a charge for the exhibit for those who are not Art Museum members. Payment for the tour will be due at the door. ($15/adults to age 65; $13/seniors) [L, D, GS, FT, AV]

Great Decisions 2017

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Tuesdays July 11 - August 1 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
194
Harvey Gerstein, Sheldon Enger
The team is back for their ninth round of exploring some of the great decisions facing our country. This year's topics are: 1. The Future of the European Union-Can it survive Brexit? 2. Trade and Politics-What is our international trade policy and what is best for America? 3. Saudi Arabia in Transition-What is happening under the leadership of a new monarch? 4. Afghanistan and Pakistan-What are the prospects for ending the U.S. involvement in a variety of conflicts? Presenters use DVD, PowerPoint and flip charts to present their story and provoke discussion. Reading the book will add to your understanding of the topics and your ability to participate in class discussion. [L, D, V] (Great Decisions, 2017 edition, Foreign Policy Association)

[Closed] Who Were the Hapsburgs and Why Do We Care? Part I

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Tuesdays July 11 - August 1 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
181A
Katherine Deschryver
We will follow the trials and fortunes of one of the most prominent ruling family dynasties of Europe during the last 1,000 years. The map of Hapsburg power shows how their vast global, multilingual, and multicultural empire shaped the history of Europe and its art, from the Medieval period to the end of WWI, ending in a brilliant modernist artistic revolt. Art from Titian to Klimt mirrors the history of the royal dynasty that commissioned, collected, or inspired it, with the best artists from many lands all celebrating Hapsburg glory and power, including Albrecht Durer, Arcimboldo, and others in the decorative arts, grandiose architecture and music for the Court. The global trail of Hapsburg connections determined where works of art ended up, whom they influenced, and how art evolved. Come, find out how it all started! [L, D]

Reading the New Yorker (SIG)

Summer 8-Week / $85 $25
Tuesdays July 11 - September 19 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
185B
Dave Crowley, Jerry Kottler, Karen Sterbenz
We are fortunate to have a multi-million dollar staff preparing a new curriculum for us each week! In Reading The New Yorker, we will look at the previous week's issue, discussing in small groups those articles that interest us. Participants are encouraged to bring in relevant newspaper or magazine articles, and/or report on relevant television or radio programs. [D, RP, R]

Reading the Economist (SIG)

Summer 8-Week / $85 $25
Wednesdays July 12 - September 20 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
185B
Marilyn Alton, Ron Sandler
The Economist is an authoritative weekly magazine focusing on international politics and business news and opinion. This group will discuss the news articles and possible effects of current phenomena on the U.S. population. We will have a lot fun in this class--why not join us this summer? (Subscription to The Economist required; reduced rates are available) [R, D, RP]

[Closed] Four American Poets: Billy Collins, Louise Gluck, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Wednesdays July 12 - August 2 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
181A
Ben Sandler
These four American poets are popular and provocative. Collins and Gluck are recent poet laureates. Millay and Oliver are widely read. This course will open a door to their work. The approach is not technical or academic. The goal is pleasure and insight for everyone. If you think poetry is generally dull or irrelevant or obscure, this course will surprise you. We will read one poet each week. If you come to the end of the fourth week wanting more, the class will have achieved its goal. [R, D] (Manual of readings to purchase)

Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies: Bette Davis

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Wednesdays July 12 - August 2 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm
181A
Karen Graflage
This summer we'll sit back and enjoy four movies starring the larger-than-life, Bette Davis, actress, star, entertainer. Nominated ten times for the Best Actress Oscar, she demonstrated great scope and depth in her roles. This summer enjoy Jezebel (1938), The Petrified Forest (1936), Now, Voyager (1942), All About Eve (1950), and clips from the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan (2017). [D, V]

Memoirs: Writing Life Stories

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Wednesdays July 12 - August 2 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
186C
Leonard Adreon, Ruby Lapin
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
186C
Rudy Yanuck
Have you ever wished to write stories from your life experiences/observations to share with immediate family, extended family, friends, or the general public? These may be stories of what you've done, what you've learned, people you've met, places you've lived, places where you've traveled. A memoir may be a collection of "single slices" of your life: childhood, career, retirement, war duty, living in another culture, etc. Or it may be a chronological accounting of your entire life. Class members act as a sounding board for our writings, giving feedback in a constructive setting. [D, W] (Writing Your Life, Mary Borg, Cottonwood Press, 1998)

Women In The Work Force

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Wednesdays July 12 - August 2 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
185B
Karen Sterbenz, Sydney Long
Did you ever wonder how women in the work force got where they are today? Through reports and discussion, we'll look at the history of women in the work force. After a brief overview, we'll focus on the United States: American Revolution, Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World Wars I and II, the Feminist Movement and the current work situation. We'll have a guest presenter for the third session, who will bring us up to date on her workplace experience. [D, RP, GS]

Crime Fiction

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
181A
Butch Sterbenz, Joan McDonald, Mary Ann Morley
We will read one book a week and discuss it in class. All titles are Edgar Award winners, spanning seven decades. It will be interesting to see if all of us agree on style changes in the genre that occur during this span of time. The four books are: The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown (1948), The Progress of Crime by Julian Symons (1961), Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (1974), and Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (2009). [D, R] (See page 7 for book editions.)

What's For Dinner? A Food Primer

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
194
Marlene Katz
What could be more important than a little something to eat?" (Winnie the Pooh) We eat in order to live and sometimes we live in order to eat. In this short course, we will take an overview of food in our modern times in America. We will start with how food is produced in America and how it is changed from a set of basic commodities into a frozen meal that can be zapped in the microwave in minutes. Then we will look at the consequences of food abundance in this country and learn about how food scientists, both nutritionists and psychologists, have shaped our habits and appetites. We will look at how food has been linked to health and disease and then look at how modern industrial farming is having an impact on our environment. (The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, Penguin, 2007) [R, L, D, V]

Local Treasures II

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
185B
Gail Marshall O'Brien
St. Louis has been a home for many poets-those born here and those who came from near and far. The local poets we will read were born in Pruitt-Igoe, Kirkwood and downtown St. Louis, while one poet was born in New York City where his family owned a department store on Fifth Avenue. The poets, many of whom were Pulitzer Prize winners and Librarians of Congress, had interesting "other" careers-bank clerk, sculptor, teacher of Latin, photographer, etc. All the poets wrote poems that speak to the human heart. Whether it's reflecting on leaving a long-lived-in family home, celebrating maiden aunts or describing what freedom from oppression is like, the poets tell stories that are rich in imagery or irony, and capture the essence of lives well lived. We will read the poems and discuss how the poets leave us with insights we can reflect on for months to come. [R, D] (A manual of readings to purchase)

Fakes & Forgeries

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
181A
Edie Tashma
"The art of fraud has long duped yet fascinated the public whether it is simply a case of visual sleight of hand or the most technologically sophisticated forgery.[I]t cuts to the heart of the rationale for the importance of art and the justification for museums."* Let's explore together the collapse of the 150-year old Knoedler Gallery for selling fake Rothkos and Pollacks. Let's examine how the experts were fooled by modern forgers of Vermeer and Rembrandt. Remember the fake Etruscan statue of Diana the St. Louis Art Museum bought? The Met bought four! [L, D] *Peter C. Hutton, Director, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT (This course is a repeat.)

Writing For Ourselves

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
186C
Leonard Adreon, Nina Kaplan
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
LNGE
Helen Schrader, Karen Sterbenz
Whether you enjoy writing or have always wanted to write, join this congenial group to explore your interest. No previous experience is necessary. Class members write essays, poetry, fiction, or memoir-sometimes all four in the eight weeks or eight weeks of only one. Write whatever you want and bring it to class to read aloud. Your writing will improve by listening to the writing and the constructive critiques of others. [D, W]

Current Events Crossfire (SIG)

Summer 8-Week / $85 $25
Fridays July 14 - September 22 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
181A
Gale Murphy, Tom Hahs
Join Lifelong Learning's version of "Donnybrook" and come to this class armed with your opinions and ready to do battle with, and listen respectfully to, the wrongheaded opinions of others. Each week a diferent group will act as facilitators by preparing questions and discussion points gathered from the news of that week and the group will take over from there. Once again, be prepared to be caught up in the crossfire by reading and listening to "The Media".

The Evolution of Corrections in Missouri

SU Shortcourse / $10
Fridays July 14 - July 14 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
n/a
George Lombardi
When George Lombardi first began his 45-year career in Missouri Corrections in 1972 there were 3,900 inmates in seven prisons. Now there are 33,000 inmates in 21 prisons. There were approximately 15,000 people on probation and parole and now there are near 70,000. What brought us to this point? Lombardi will discuss this growth and the mitigating variables. He also will talk about the importance of early childhood education and the importance of long-term investment of keeping at-risk kids out of the criminal justice system. (The cost of this program is $10.)

LLI Summer Book Club: Mister Monkey: A Novel By Francine Prose

SU Shortcourse / $10
Fridays July 21 - July 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
185B
Karen Sterbenz
As stated in the New York Times Review of Books, "In what presents itself as a modest, mischievous little novel, Francine Prose has, modestly and mischievously, given us a great work. Expertly constructed, Mister Monkey is so fresh and new it's almost giddy, almost impudent with originality. Tender and artful, Prose's 15th novel is a sophisticated satire, a gently spiritual celebration of life, a dark and thoroughly grim depiction of despair, a screwball comedy, a screwball tragedy." We will spend part of our time each hour in small groups and part of our time in the whole group as we explore this book in new and creative ways. (The cost of this program is $10.)

How To Read A Painting: From Historical Narratives To Abstract Expressionism

SU Shortcourse / $10
Fridays July 28 - July 28 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
194
Allison Taylor
Participants will examine five paintings from 1851 - 1953 and, using visual analysis techniques, learn to read these works. Presented chronologically themes such as historical narratives as political propaganda, landscape painters as environmentalists, emblematic portraiture during WWI, surrealists fascination with chance and abstract expressionism as quintessentially American will be explored. Participants will not only delve into the art historical significance of these works but also examine them compositionally. The five paintings are: Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers by Bingham; Sierra Nevada by Church; Iron Cross by Hartley; Eye of Silence by Ernst; Sleeping Effort by Pollock. (The cost of this program is $10.)