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]

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 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]