Spring 2019

Most study groups meet for 10 weeks, mini courses meet for 5 or 6 weeks. Please note the specific meeting dates given for each course. Locations of classes will be announced shortly before classes begin. Study groups are typically "led" rather than "taught" — all by volunteers. Most use a seminar format, emphasizing discussion, usually with preparatory reading. There are variables, however, such as the amount and nature of weekly preparation, the opportunity or expectation for class members to give presentations, and the extent to which material is presented by the leader. Please read descriptions carefully for these details. Also note costs for materials provided (other than texts, which students should buy independently.)


Classes fill up! Apply early for best chances of getting into the study groups you want. Enrollments continue thereafter on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Who may join. LLARC welcomes mature men and women of all faiths and backgrounds.
  2. Register by mail using the enrollment form (print extras for friends!)
  3. Choose from two levels of participation:
    1. Basic annual membership, including the Lunch, Listen and Learn program
    2. Basic annual membership plus enrollment for the current semester in one or more seminars.
  4. You must be a member to enroll in courses and enjoy other benefits of membership. The membership fee is annual and is valid from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.
  5. The flat tuition rate covers all your study groups for the semester. Space is limited in all classes, however, so enrollment is not guaranteed. (Also, a study group may be cancelled if enrollment is insufficient.) We strongly encourage you to make alternate selections in case your top choices are filled. Don’t forget to indicate the total number of study groups in which you wish to be enrolled.
  6. Registrations will be processed beginning on January 7. All applications submitted by that date will be regarded equally for purposes of assigning places in each study group. Applications may be submitted early (and this is encouraged) but they will not be acted upon before January 7. On that date, if any study group is oversubscribed, enrollment will be by lottery. Anyone not enrolled will be placed on a waiting list.
  7. Confirmations will be mailed out weekly beginning January 14. We will confirm you initially for up to two study groups, if space is available. If we are then able to enroll you in an additional selection, we will telephone you and send you a supplemental confirmation. Study group leaders will communicate any preparation necessary for the first class meeting.
  8. Additional costs. you are responsible for the cost of books and other materials. Typically, you are expected to obtain books on your own and to buy other materials from the leader in class.

2901 Creative Writing Workshop

In this writing group, the creative talents of the participants will be encouraged by their peers. Members are invited to write in any genre: memoir, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, humor or play. Handouts will be provided to stimulate writing. Participants are given time to share their writings with classmates if they choose. Sometimes in talking about someone else’s writing, we are able to clarify our own thoughts and abilities. This is a light-hearted, supportive, welcoming group whose members enjoy writing for the fun of it.

Leader: Virginia Slep holds a BA and an MA in English, and taught high school English for 35 years before her retirement. She has been teaching this writing class at LLARC since 2008. She writes a regular column for the North Reading Transcript. Virginia has a PhD in Clinical Hypnosis, and has a private practice in Wayland.

Class Meetings: 10 Mondays; February 25 - May 6; (no classes on April 15, Patriot's Day); 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2902 Andrew Jackson

Americans struggled among themselves over the meaning of the American Revolution, over the meaning of the Constitution, and over republicanism vs. democracy. Many leaders believed our new Republic was extending equality too far and that men were of nature unequal. Jackson disagreed and came to be regarded as the embodiment of the democratic ideal. He feared that the British and their American allies - bloated financiers, sectional extremists - threatened to undo the Constitution. Jackson aligned himself with the forces of change. "I was born for a storm and calm does not suit me".

No reports will be required, but active class participation will be encouraged and expected. One to two hours of readings for each class.

Text: American Lion by John Meacham

Leader: Bernie Shuster earned a BA at UMASS Amherst with a major in history. He then received a LLD degree at Boston University School of Law. After practicing law in Boston for several years, he founded and served as CEO of a financial services company. He has led courses at LLARC and at HILR.

Class Meetings: 10 Mondays; February 25 - May 6; (no classes on April 15, Patriot's Day); 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2903 Opera for Everyone! - CLOSED

This course will delve into five of Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular operas: Rigoletto, a hunchback jester at the court of the Duke of Mantua. The Duke sings the famous aria “La donna è mobile” in the 3rd act. Il Trovatore which has unstoppably stunning music but a convoluted plot. Caruso said: “It is easy to perform: all you need is the 4 greatest singers in the world.” La Traviata - The “Lady of the Camellias” story, about a beautiful doomed courtesan. A Masked Ball is based on the real life assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden in 1892. Aida – Verdi’s grandest opera, features the famous Triumphal March and a love triangle.

Leader: Erika Reitshamer, born and educated in Germany, is a life-long opera lover and engaging teacher, whose knowledge and love of opera will inspire all. Her open style and sense of humor are irresistible. This is her 11th semester of teaching for LLARC.

Class Meetings: 5 Mondays; April 1 - May 6 (No classes on April 15 for Patriot's Day); 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2904 Edith Wharton; A Novel and Several Short Stories - CLOSED

To view Edith Wharton primarily as a satirist is to miss her profound humanism. Her fiction is driven by tenderness, and her compassion for her characters invariably moves even the most jaded reader. In her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence, we shall encounter Wharton at the top of her game, as we meet her most iconic characters, caught in the jaws of social complexities. After reading her novel, we will read several of her New York short stories. A fine movie version of The Age of Innocence will accompany our discussion.

Leader: Diane Proctor has been offering courses at Regis for five years. She taught writing, history, and literature at Milton Academy, Hotchkiss School, and Middlesex School.

Class Meetings: 10 Mondays; February 25 - May 6; (no classes on April 15, Patriot's Day); 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2905 Four Strikes, a March and a Fire - CLOSED

The Labor Movement in the United States has witnessed innumerable strikes, some great, some small as well as some unique events—Mother Jones and the Children’s March, off to New York to see Theodore Roosevelt. Our study group will emphasize four strikes: the Woolworth Strike, the Bread and Roses Strike, the Southern Mill Workers Strike, and the Shirtwaist Strike, which preceded the Triangle Fire. Our emphasis will be on the lasting implications in labor law, safety law, and the careers of some very important people.

Text: This is a discussion class with no written assignments. Possible voluntary presentations will be done. There is no book assigned. Rather, handouts, internet research and films. Maximum cost of handouts: $10.

Leader: Mary Nowak has a BA and MA in American History from Boston University. She taught American History and U.S. and World Geography in Brookline. She has led several study groups for LLARC on two of her favorite subjects: women’s history, and the Civil War.

Class Meetings: 10 Mondays; February 25 - May 6; (no classes on April 15, Patriot's Day); 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2906 ¡¡Hablemos Espanol!!

Spanish is fast becoming a second language in the U.S. This small, informal class is designed to enhance speaking skills and improve grammar. It will be conducted at an intermediate rather than beginner level. We also read literature, preferably short stories, and discuss their contents. Therefore it will be necessary to buy some books. In addition, a Spanish-English dictionary will be very helpful.

Leader: Aida Dudelson was born and grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. She received a BA in liberal arts at the University of Montevideo. Shortly after moving to the United States with her family, she worked in the foreign department of a Boston bank. She then volunteered at New England Medical Center, translating for Spanish-speaking patients. She has taught at Wellesley High School as a short- and long-term substitute and has tutored privately for the past 26 years.

Class Meetings: 10 Mondays; March 25 - May 6; (no classes on April 15 for Patriots Day); 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2907 Sapiens; A Brief History of Humankind - CLOSED

While other species have to adapt to their environments or perish, Homo sapiens managed to occupy the entire planet and adapt the environment to suit itself.

Using Yuval Harari’s internationally best-selling book Sapiens as our guide, we will examine the unique features of our species that enabled this global feat and its implications for the future of our planet. Together we will journey to the past to discover that the key to our success lies in our ability to cooperate fueled by the belief in “fictions” such as money, political systems and religion. And we will discover that it was the development of agriculture (which Harari calls “history’s biggest fraud”) that began the transformation of egalitarian hunter-gatherer culture into complex hierarchical societies with great wealth inequality. Finally, we will ride the time machine into a future in which Harari prophesies the melding of Homo sapiens with artificial intelligence.

Class participants will read one chapter per week and the instructor will send guided discussion questions prior to each class.

Leader: Jessica Bethoney, a professor at Bunker Hill Community College, has two master’s degrees--one in Intellectual History from Brandeis University and the other from Tufts University in Counseling Psychology. For the past five years she has taught an honor’s seminar in evolutionary anthropology at Bunker Hill entitled “Wired for Culture” and prior to that taught courses in American Culture designed for students from other cultures. Professor Bethoney is also a certified intercultural trainer and has done numerous workshops for immigrants and refugees in understanding American culture.

Class Meetings: 5 Mondays; April 1 - May 6; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2920 Opera Buffa - Comedy Tonight!

Operas are often tragic, with many characters not surviving until the final curtain, but comic operas have long been popular with audiences. This course will look at Italian comic opera from Mozart through mid-19th century. We will consider the elements that contribute to comedy and look at five of the most famous comic operas of the period: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L’Italiana in Algeri, and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Don Pasquale. Since the staging is important in any opera, especially in a comic one, after seeing most of one production, we will look at portions of other versions to see different approaches to the same subject. No prior knowledge of opera or music required. Synopses of the operas will be provided.

Leader: After completing all course work for a Ph.D in musicology before a career in law, Lois Novotny has returned to her first love, music. She regularly visits the Metropolitan Opera, and happily travels to opera houses in other places. She has enjoyed teaching both at LLARC and other lifelong learning programs.

Class Meetings: 5 Mondays, February 25 - March 25; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Please note the time.


2908 The Origin of the Bill of Rights

Our precious Bill of Rights is a landmark of freedom and the bedrock of the political rights of the American people. How did these rights develop? What were their origins? Not out of whole cloth, but from colonial Americans whose experiences in England blazed a pathway not only to protect old liberties but to establish new ones in a more comprehensive and liberal way. A Bill of Rights, a restraint upon a central government, had great difficulty getting ratified due to the political motivations of Federalists and opponents of the Constitution. The support and persistence of James Madison and others led to the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Two hours per week of preparation. No presentations. Seminar participation by all members.

Texts: ”The Ratification of the Constitution,” by P. Maier, and “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” by Bernard Bailyn

Leader: Tony Pazzanita graduated from Westminster College (PA) and is a retired executive of the Travelers Financial Corp. He has conducted 43 courses at HILR and two courses at Regis. He has a great interest in the origins of significant American historical events including the American Revolution.

Class Meetings: 6 Tuesdays, February 26 - April 2; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2909 The Peabody Sisters of Boston

“The Peabody Sisters” is a recent biography, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, by Megan Marshall which details the lives of three sisters during the 19th century in and around Boston. Their struggles to provide for their extended family and to navigate changing social, economic and political waters are skillfully brought to life. Their interactions with other notable Bostonians of the time-Margaret Fuller, Horace Mann, Bronson Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others-place their lives in the center of a vibrant Boston which is both familiar and strange. The course will be based on the book; the suggested readings will be about 50 pages per week. Reports and input from class participants will be welcome!

Text: The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall

Leader: Diane Burkhardt is a retired middle school teacher who has co-taught two courses at LLARC. She spends her time as a docent for Boston by Foot, as an instructional consultant for new teachers and is an avid learner of early Boston history. Ann Berman, another retired middle/high school teacher is always interested in learning more about 19th century Boston and working with Diane.

Class Meetings: 10 Tuesdays; February 26 - April 30; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2910 Current Events - CLOSED

Are you a person who is interested in world events and likes to have a conversation about them? Do you want to have a place to share your opinions and thoughts about topics in the news? If so, we have a class for you! Through a facilitated discussion, classmates will express their ideas about recent happenings, while we listen, learn and understand the basis for their sentiments.

Class members will be encouraged to present one topic of interest for discussion during the semester. At the end of each class we will talk about recent items that have occurred in the news during the previous week.

Leader: Muriel Stern Riseman is a retired high school counselor, who, while working, particularly enjoyed facilitating discussions between youth and adults. She has continued this interest by leading community support groups and currently volunteers as a mediator for a consumer assistance office. She identifies as a “news junkie” and likes to absorb as much information as she can about what is happening in the world and share her perceptions and listen to other points of view. She has facilitated current events classes at LLARC for the previous two semesters, and, for sure, we always have more news to explore!

Class Meetings: 10 Tuesdays; March 5 - May 7; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please note the starting date.


2911 Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s comedy about separated twins and misplaced love begins with a shipwreck and ends with two pairs of happy lovers being cursed by a disgruntled servant. How do we get from the beginning to the end? Come to Illyria and find out!

There will be an optional outing to see the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of the play.

Leader: Ann Berman is returning from a year studying Shakespeare in London. She is looking forward to sharing all she has learned. Ann loves reading, and reading about, Shakespeare’s work.

Class Meetings: 5 Tuesdays; April 2 - April 30; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2912 Understanding the Odyssey - CLOSED

There's a reason why The Odyssey has been read and loved for thousands of years. It has stories of action and adventure, monsters, feuding gods, and a swashbuckling revenge story--but it also has a tender love story, a son's coming-of-age tale, and a surprisingly deep look at the role and position of women in ancient Greek culture.

Read The Odyssey slowly and in detail, and discover its historical, religious, cultural, and literary background. No prior knowledge of Greek mythology or culture is needed--we'll learn everything we need to know in class. In this class, we will use the Donald Fagles translation. Please read the first four "books" of The Odyssey for the first class!

Leader: Kreg Segall is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at Regis College, specializing in English medieval and Renaissance literature. He previously taught Shakespeare and the Canterbury Tales for LLARC in Spring and Fall of 2018.

Class Meetings: 10 Tuesdays; February 26 - April 30; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2913 Great Film Actors - CLOSED

In this 10 week course we will be examining five great film actors (Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Denzel Washington, and Daniel Day Lewis) and view two films that illustrate the breadth of their acting range. Before the course begins, I will send out some material on the nature of good acting, and before each meeting I will email the class some background on each of the actors as well as a list of guide questions to the individual films. We will then view the film together during the first part of the class. After viewing we will discuss what makes each actor such a singular artist. The films we will discuss will be: On the Waterfront, Streetcar Named Desire, Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, The Graduate, Tootsie, Fences, Training Day, My Left Foot, and In the Name of the Father.(Just an F.Y.I.: next semester I plan on offering a course on great film actresses.)

These titles and/or directors are subject to change.

The course will run from 12:45 p.m. to approximately 3:45 p.m. Please note the time.

Leader: Ronna Frick retired after teaching high school English for forty years, the last nine also serving as the English Department Head at Wellesley High School. Having previously been a SGL for numerous LLARC courses including ones on Jane Austen, the Bible as Literature, Comedy and Tragedy, Hollywood Film Genres I and II, Great Hollywood Directors as well as other topics, she looks forward to another meaningful and fun experience with other life long learners!

Class Meetings: 10 Tuesdays; February 26 - April 30; 12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Please note the times.


2914 Constitutional Matters: The Roberts Court - CLOSED

“Congress wills, the Executive acts, the Judiciary rules”. This course will deepen appreciation of the flexible document that, after 231 years, continues to serve our democracy. We will examine selected Roberts Court decisions and their implications, dealing with affirmative action, voting rights, criminal justice and executive power. We will engage in focused discussions based on topics such as free speech, precedent and original intent, due process and separation of powers.

Review of Supreme Court cases will require internet access.

Leader: Steve Lowe, teacher and author, has devoted five years of his retirement to studying the U.S. Constitution. Since 2014 he has been enriched by sharing what he’s learned with many Lifelong Learning students in Metrowest.

Class Meetings: 10 Wednesdays; February 27 - May 1; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2915 Expressionism in Art

Expressionism is a modernist art movement that originated in Germany in the beginning of the 20th century. Expressionist artists sought to depict emotional experience rather than physical reality.

This 8-week art history course will introduce you to the art and artists of the movement. Slide lectures will be enhanced with many class discussions about specific paintings. We will explore the works of artists Paula Modersohn-Becker, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, August Macke, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee. There will be brief weekly online readings on background topics. A small fee (less than $5) may be collected to pay for brief summarizing handouts available each week.

Leader: Judith Scott has been a guide at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for over 12 years and was a docent at Danforth Art Museum and School for 15 years. She has conducted numerous tours at both museums and taught a significant portion of the Danforth New Docent class. She is a lifelong amateur painter and a retired senior manager in the computer industry. This is her third LLARC course.

Class Meetings: 8 Wednesdays; March 13 - May 1; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2929 Acting

In this course participants will explore the basic elements of acting. Within a playful and safe environment, you will learn how to create a character, both by using your own life experience and through the exploration of texts from existing plays. You will have a chance to experience both dialogues, monologues, and genres by working in short scenes that—with the advice of the instructor—are chosen by the participants themselves. No memorization is required.

The classes offer a great opportunity to expand one’s imagination and playfulness. It should be noted that we often forget that there’s a reason why we call a Play a play.

The participants will discuss—and decide—to what extent the course will lead up to a final performance. Besides class time, participants will need to find time to practice and rehearse. LLARC can assist in finding practice space on campus.

No prior acting experience is necessary; only a willingness to play.

Leader: Frans Rijnbout is an Associate Professor of Theatre. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, and in 1977 moved to New York where he studied acting, dance, and theatre movement. For four years he was a member of the Celebration Theatre Ensemble, with highlight performances at Lincoln Center and TV specials for Swedish National Television. He subsequently toured Canada with the Halifax based JIT Theatre Company. Frans received his Ph.D. from NYU in 1997. In 2000, he began his work at Regis College. Here he has directed over twenty plays and teaches courses such as Movement/Physical Theatre, Modern Drama, Introduction to Theatre, and Acting.

Class Meetings: 10 Wednesdays, February 27 - May 1 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2916 Exploring Satire in Literature

What is satire? Is it a genre or an attitude? Does it have serious merit as literature, or is it just frivolous fun? This 5 week course explores these questions, examining 3 diverse works of literature, beginning with A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift and followed by Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. We will end with an in-class reading of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. You may begin thinking about delving into satire yourself. If so, through our study of the above works, we will also focus on the devices used to create the satiric tone of each. Satire can be blunt or subtle depending on the devices used and the topics being satirized. Come explore its uses and find out if the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

Text: Participants should read beforehand A Modest Proposal and Slaughterhouse Five and procure a copy of The Importance of Being Earnest for our in-class reading.

Leader: Pam Kyrka is a recently retired high school English teacher with years of experience teaching literature and writing in Lexington, Natick, and Mendon-Upton. She also writes children’s literature, including picture books and both middle grade and young adult fiction.

Class Meetings: 5 Wednesdays, February 27 - March 27; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2917 Origins; The Scientific History of Everything for the Non-Scientist - CLOSED

The remarkable story of the Universe as told by science follows a long path that evolved from the chaos of the beginning of time billions of years ago – the Big Bang - to the present day, which includes the complex interactions of a creature we call Human. We will build together this long and complicated sequence of events as it progresses from the formation of elementary matter to the beginnings of our planet to the evolution of life and the emergence of human culture.

We will also explore the ways that this story of science helps – and doesn’t help – provide insight into fundamental questions of human existence.

Join us as we explore the depths and fringes of science in a way that a non-scientist can understand and that will also be thought-provoking and downright fun.

Leader: Frank Villa has a lifelong interest in the natural sciences. He is a natural teacher who finds great joy in explaining complex principles and processes and bringing the latest quests and discoveries of science to a general audience. He has developed curricula and taught courses in many settings on topics as diverse as the formation of the universe, alternative energy sources and human genetics.

Class Meetings: 10 Wednesdays, February 27 - May 1; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2919 The Brain - CLOSED

This course is based on the acclaimed PBS series – “The Brain – The Story of You.” Each week for six weeks we will watch an episode of the series highlighting a different aspect of the human brain, followed by a discussion of the video’s content. While we will explore some of the science behind how our brains function, the emphasis of the course will be on how our brains shape our humanity.

Leader: Tom Hall is a retired middle school and high school principal. He is also the author of five published novels. When he is not writing or taking LLARC classes, he is playing senior softball. Tom currently serves on LLARC’s curriculum committee.

Class Meetings: 6 Wednesdays, February 27 - April 3; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2921 Freedom of Speech under the 1st Amendment-Is Speech Truly Free? - CLOSED

The 1st Amendment’s proscription, “Congress shall make no law …abridging the freedom of speech” is a fundamental of U.S. political system. But what constitutes “speech?” Is it really “free?” And should there be “no law” limiting speech? In our times of the internet, social media, “fake news,” and the decline of journalism, is “freedom of speech” a feature or a bug? Each week, the class will interactively discuss a facet of “freedom of speech,” including subversive speech, politics and money, compelled speech and commercial speech. The readings will be articles and media available on the internet.”

Leader: Rachel Alpert teaches at Suffolk Law School. She has 36 years’ experience as a lawyer. She previously led LLARC study groups on “The Rise of Religion in the Supreme Court,” “Sex, Gender, Bathrooms and the Supreme Court” and “The Regulation of Food in the U.S.”

Class Meetings: 9 Wednesdays; February 27 - April 24; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2923 Adams and Jefferson-Friends Divided - CLOSED

We will discuss how the relationships of Adams and Jefferson changed from working closely during the revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. Ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and obviously in the nation. They became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. Arguably no relationship in this country's history had as much stresses as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.

Leader: Jack Miller is a retired Engineer with teaching experience in Engineering, Mathematics, Business, and LLARC history classes. Jack’s lifelong interest in American history focuses this class on the relationships of Adams and Jefferson from our revolution until their deaths.

Class Meetings: 5 Thursdays; April 4 - May 2; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2924 Genesis as Literature

Is it possible that the understanding of the Book of Genesis we've all grown up with isn't as complete as we'd like to believe? That its deceptively simple sentences and surface appearance hide from contemporary readers a purposeful and intricate structure designed to let its depth and detail and implication resonate with the readers and listeners of its own time? That we are overlooking, despite all of our modern sensibilities as readers, many of the astonishingly sophisticated literary devices and techniques used by the author—or, indeed, authors—of this beautiful work? Students will explore the theological issues discussed in Genesis. And, the question of authorship will be discussed: Is Genesis a haphazard compilation of disparate sources, or was it created by a single author? Finally, the course will explore the many issues that emanate from a reading of Genesis.

No prior knowledge is required. All texts will be in English.

Leader: Rabbi Robert Orkand retired from the pulpit rabbinate in 2013. He served congregations in Florida, Illinois and, for 31 years prior to retirement, in Westport, CT. Since moving to MA he has taught in various adult learning settings. He is particularly interested in understanding the Bible and in comparative religion.

Class Meetings: 5 Thursdays, February 28 - March 28; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2925 What Do You Think?

In this course we will look at the political, environmental and social issues that are the focus of today's media. Videos of famous debates will enrich and enlighten our own persuasive techniques. We will see the pros and cons of the chosen topics from differing perspectives, via a debate and class discussion. Every class member will have an opportunity to showcase his or her debating skill. The SGLs will provide relevant handouts in place of an assigned book. Come prepared for lively discussions in a friendly atmosphere.

Leader: Carol Shedd has led many study groups at Regis, Brandeis and Harvard lifelong learning institutes.

Class Meetings: 10 Thursdays; February 28 - May 2; 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


2926 Mysteries VII

We will continue to expand our ideas of what makes up the mystery genre with two of the books. Two others will deal with the theme of identity. Two more stories will take us to India. To round things out we will also have some courtroom drama. Plenty of mystery for everyone! Readings include Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey; The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware; Primary Justice by William Bernhardt; The Quiet Game by Greg Iles; Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty; Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield; The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall; The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey; Sydney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie; and The Baker Street Letters by Micheal Robertson.

Leader: Karen Mallozzi reads a wide variety of genres and enjoys sharing these books with others. She has facilitated several Mystery sessions, a science fiction session, one session on Ray Bradbury, one session on nonfiction weather events. Karen holds a BA from the University of RI in 1981 and a MA from Andover-Newton Theological School in 2010. She is currently co-chair of Natick Neighbors Compost which is continuing the food composting pilot program recently completed by the town of Natick.

Class Meetings: 10 Thursdays; February 28 - May 2; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2927 Understanding Genetics; From Fruit Flies to the Future

The primary goal of this course is to see how our knowledge of genetics since the time of Mendel to the present gives us insight into countless implications for our own species. Examples of the many topics covered will be human genetic diseases, the biology of race, what’s this DNA stuff all about, genomics, and the future of genetic engineering. There will be several in-class “hands-on” activities and a few homework assignments solving some simple genetic puzzles. A list of optional readings will also be made available.

Leader: This will be the 3rd year Jim McLaren has taught at LLARC. He taught high school science (primarily biology) for 38 years in Newton, MA. He continues to find ways to keep up with new developments and attempt to rekindle or nurture the curiosity of others.

Class Meetings: 10 Thursdays; February 28 - May 2; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2928 Great Themes of Great Art - CLOSED

Love. The Face. Spirituality. Daily Life. The Body. We see these themes, and others, across centuries and styles of art. In this course, we'll discover one theme each week as it's revealed in painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and other art forms. We'll compare how two artists, 500 years apart, depicted history's most famous meal. How a beautiful body looks in the hands of a realist versus an abstract expressionist. How a great photographer and a great painter both transform buildings into visual feasts. And how the ravages of war can be depicted powerfully with and without combatants. We'll talk together, discover together and be surprised together. No art knowledge necessary.

Leader: Steve Kendall is the retired president of an advertising and public relations agency; the mentor of women and teens who are starting businesses; a trainer of art museum tour guides; and the leader of more than 800 tours at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Danforth Museum. His tours are inquiry-based, eliciting the responses of visitors as they view art in more depth than ever before. This is his fifth LLARC course.

Class Meetings: 10 Thursdays; February 28 - May 2; 1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.