Course Descriptions LINEC Spring Term 2020 | April 6-May 15*

LINEC Spring Term 2020 | April 6-May 15*
Class location TBD (will be in Henniker or Hopkinton

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A | 20th Century Women Poets
Mondays: 10:00 a.m. Till Noon | April 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4
Deborah Brown

This five-week course is an introduction to the poetry of later 20th century women writers. We read and discuss poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo and possibly a younger contemporary writer or two, if time permits. The class focuses on both the writers’ themes and aspects of their craft. Copies of poems are distributed at the first class.

BIO: Deborah Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and The Human Half, both from BOA Editions, Ltd.

B | A New History of Life
Mondays: 1:00 till 3:00 p.m. | April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Paul Hague

This is a course in paleontology drawing on the Great Courses lectures of Professor Stuart Sutherland. It traces some of the wanderings of our wider family, the biosphere, from its first appearance on Earth around 4 billion years ago through to the present day. This journey has been a fantastic one, with many interesting twists and turns along the way, many high points and more than a few crises. So far as we know, our planet is the only one having life.

BIO: Paul Hague is a retired geologist who loves to continue learning.

C | Staying Grounded in Troubled Times
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. till Noon | April 14, 21, 28, and May 5
Betsy Black

In this course we explore empirically-tested ways to live in tune with our values, manage stress, and be happier, even as the world turns ever more crazily around us. Fun and laughter guaranteed. Greater equanimity a distinct possibility.

BIO: Betsy Black shares information and techniques to help people be happier, healthier, and more effective. For 18 years she owned her own business teaching, training, and coaching, as well as consulting in the field of community development finance. She is currently easing into retirement. BIO: Betsy is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a certified Chi Running and Chi Walking Instructor, and is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She holds a certificate in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center and is a graduate of Coach University. Betsy has a BA from Middlebury College and her JD from the UNH School of Law.

D | Denmark & France Under Nazi Occupation: Rescue, Memory & Myth
Tuesdays: 1:00 till 3:00 p.m. | April 28, May 5, and May 12
Tom White

This is a three-part course focusing on how countries remember the Holocaust and the impact that memory plays in contemporary society. The sessions include: Learning from the Past: Facing Difficult History in the U.S. and Germany; France Under Nazi Occupation: Memory, Myth and Misogyny; and Civil Society Between Darkness and Light: Danish Escape and Rescue. We explore how memory either informs or limits our encounters with the past. What is at stake if we do not truthfully wrestle with the past?

BIO: Tom White is the Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College. He served as a researcher for Stephen Hooper's documentary film, "An American Nurse at War", and as historical consultant for David DeArville's documentary produced in 2004. He served on Manchester's Diocesan Ecumenical Commission for Interfaith Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO). In 2009 he received NEA New Hampshire's Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award, in 2015 was named a Peace Ambassador by the Center for Peacebuilding from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2017 was inducted into the Keene High School distinguished alumni Wall of Honor.

E | Post War Anti-Communism and the Hollywood Ten
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. till Noon | April 29, May 6, and May 13
Mary Lee Sargent

This three-part course traces the history of post war/Cold War anti-communist ideology and its consequences. We focus on the topics of McCarthyism, the House Un-American Activities Committee, Congressional hearings, the Hollywood Ten and the film industry’s infamous blacklists. We view and discuss the film Salt of the Earth which was directed by one of the Hollywood Ten and featured blacklisted actors and producers.

BIO: Mary Lee Sargent is a retired professor of History and Women’s Studies at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where she taught from 1968 to 2003. After moving to New Hampshire, she was an adjunct instructor of history at Plymouth State University, Southern New Hampshire University, New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, and Lakes Region Community College. A life-long Progressive activist, she and a group of college friends protested the right-wing Christian Anti-Communist Crusade when it came to Dallas in 1961.

F | American Novel Reading Group* First class is April 1
Wednesdays: 1:00 till 3:00 p.m. | April 1, April 6, May 6, and May 13
John McCausland

This is an on-going group meeting throughout the year, with sessions once or twice each month. It meets the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 to discuss a novel chosen by the group from several “100 Best” lists. We often have a follow-up session on the second Wednesday afternoon to watch a film of the month’s novel or for further discussion. New members are welcome to join starting with the spring LINEC block. The group’s reading choices have included classics like Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, and more recent authors like Toni Morrison and Saul Bellow. Discussion is lively and informal, with the facilitator and group members contributing background, historical and literary insights. Those joining the group in April should come to class having read E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime.

BIO: John McCausland is an Episcopal priest, now retired, who has taught LINEC courses on the Bible, Chaucer and the American novel. He loves history, literature, theology, teaching and learning.

G | Ancient Civilizations of North America
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. till Noon | April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, and May 14
Chuck Gerhan & Dick Hesse

Ancient Civilizations populated our continent of North America for many centuries before the arrival of and contact with Europeans. With no written history as a guide, it’s been the skilled and talented work of anthropologists, archaeologists, and paleontologists to ferret out and describe the impressive accomplishments of those who preceded us here. The stories are still evolving. This two-semester, 24- lecture Great Courses class introduces us to this new history and acquaints us with the techniques that are unveiling the complex origins of our past. The Lecturer is Professor Edwin Barnhart of the Maya Exploration Center.

BIO: Charles “Chuck” Gerhan, retired from careers as a naval officer, pilot, aeronautical engineer and lawyer, has developed an interest in the social and political aspects of history. Fascinated by the events which have set the stage for our own generation, he enjoys the opportunity to learn from and discuss times which connect closely with our own.

BIO: Richard “Dick” Hesse is a retired law professor with a Master's Degree in History from Temple and a law degree from Georgetown. He enjoys sharing his love of history and the humanities with other LINEC scholars.

H | The History of Christianity
Thursdays: 1:00 till 3:00 p.m. | April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, and May 14
John McCausland

This Great Courses class extends through 2021, but any block may be taken separately. This spring’s block of 12 lectures covers the Middle Ages up to the Reformation. The Great Courses lecturer is Luke Timothy Johnson, a highly respected theologian and historian and an engaging teacher.

Lectures are supplemented with class discussion focusing on the ways in which the ever-changing and adapting manifestations of Christianity have shaped our world and thought down to the present day. Participants have the option of supplemental reading in Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.

GIO:John McCausland is an Episcopal priest, now retired, who has taught LINEC courses on the Bible, Chaucer and the American novel. He loves history, literature, theology, teaching and learning.