Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)
Cinema Studies: The Character Arc in Psychological Drama and Suspense
Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson
With an emphasis on character driven screenplays, this class will view independent and foreign films of a compelling and provocative nature. Through films such as Volker
Schlondorff’s “Young Torless,” Atom Egoyan’s “Felicia’s Journey”, Baran bo Odar’s “The Silence,” Julian Roman Polsler’s “Die Wand (The Wall)” and others we will explore the arc or psychological journey taken by the films’ protagonists. (Note class end time of 3:30 p.m.)
Course Number: CE-TKE01-08
Class Leaders: Kathy Kemp, Joyce Semmler & Al Sturges
How did art turn from Monet’s lush gardens to face an unforgiving 20th Century in
Beckmann’s tragic Titanic? The German-influenced Expressionists depicted sex, poverty, sickness, death, oppression and horrific war. With stunning individuality, they layered on primary colors and black lines, portraying blue horses and angular nudes to evoke emotion. Artists from Klimt to Kandinsky sought authenticity in folk crafts: wood cuts and Bavarian stained glass. Their work impacted cinema and society to earn them the epithet
“degenerate.” These brilliant and fascinating artists have a cautionary tale for us as we explore their lives, their work and the historic trends that informed both.
Course Number: CE-TKE01-09
Class Leader: Diane Moses
Awaken your Thespian skills and have fun with this class as we enjoy reading plays from the Contemporary American Theater. The playwrights have won Tony and Obie Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk citations and more. Our Anthology contains eight plays, including “Streamers,” “Marco Polo Sings a Solo,” “Wings,” “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You,” ”Crimes of the Heart,” “The Dining Room,” “Painting Churches” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
The book, “Plays from Contemporary American Theater,” along with a bookmark magnifier may be purchased at the GSU Bookstore at a nominal cost.
Course Number: CE-TKE01-10
Civil War Battles and Generals
Class Leaders: Bill Mitchell and Scott Dominiak
In this continuation course, class will examine Gettysburg and its impact on the war as well as the direction of the country; also we will look at the river campaign (Anaconda Strategy) fought in the West, which was the catalyst to defeating the South. Then we will examine several prominent personalities associated with the Civil War; generals and politicians will be fodder for discussion.
Course Number: CE-TKE01-11