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)

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]