Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)
Topics in Science
Class Leaders: Jeff Seeman and Al Sturges
Class will read and discuss articles from The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee, editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., NY, Boston 2013.
Editor Siddhartha Mukherjee, a geneticist, selected the articles with “an ear for tenderness” from such periodicals as The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Playboy, and Scientific American with topics ranging from mankind’s increasing isolation from raw nature, developing employment possibilities for adults with autism, renewed interest and success in treating certain cancers by engaging the body’s immune system, to the funding crisis in big science. In the opening class, we will provide an opportunity to discuss updated information about topics from previous sessions such as developments at Fukushima or concussion injuries in sports.
As before, participants are encouraged to lead a review and discussion of articles of special interest.
Cinema Studies: The Biopic - Fact vs Fantasy
Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson
Both filmmakers and audiences alike share a fascination with recreations of the past exploring those who came before us, whether vilified or admired, whether inspirational or tragic. The Biopic seeks to satisfy this curiosity with films that celebrate lives and achievements in as entertaining a way as possible, hence the fine line between biographical material and fanciful fabrication. Join this class for an equally entertaining and historical look at the various ways in which the biopic captures the spirit of its subject whether with accuracy or dramatic impact.
Some of the fascinating personalities we will meet on celluloid include Coco Chanel, Varian Fry, Serafine de Senlis, Preston Tucker, Frida Kahlo and Queen Elizabeth I.
(Note class end time of 3:30pm)