Course Descriptions LINEC Fall Term 2020 | See Class for Dates

LINEC Fall Term 2020 | See Class Dates for Dates & Times
NOTE: All classes will be on ZOOM. Instructions on how to participate will be sent to all registrants prior to the start of the term.

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A | Modern American Poetry - the Three Kenneths
Mondays, October 5 - November 9 | 10 AM – Noon | Don Melander

Using the Library of America Anthology, American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume II, we focus on Kenneth Fearing, Kenneth Rexroth, and Kenneth Patchen. One of the pathways of modern American poetry leads from William Carlos Williams to Allen Ginsberg; if Williams is "father" to Ginsberg, it is possible Fearing, Rexroth, and Patchen are Ginsberg's "uncles".

BIO: Don Melander is a Senior Professor of Humanities at New England College where he has taught mostly literature and writing for 45 years. For the last decade he has served as dramaturge for the OpenDoor Theater. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Syracuse University; his dissertation is on the 20th-century American poet, Wallace Stevens. This seminar on early 20th-century American poets is his eleventh for LINEC.

B | A New History of Life
Mondays, October 5 – November 9 | 1 - 3 PM | Paul Hague

This fall term we conclude our Great Courses study of paleontology with lecturer, Professor Stuart Sutherland. Beginning with a lecture about the Permian extinction, which decimated up to 95% of life on earth, and including a study of the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, we end our course with the appearance of humans and a possibility that the earth itself is conscious.

Week 1 Permian Extinction – Life’s Worst Catastrophe
Finding the Killer – The Greenhouse Earth

Week 2 The Dinosaurs Take Over
Letting the Dinosaurs Speak - Paleo behavior

Week 3 Conquering the Air – The Evolution of Flight
Monsters of the Deep – Mesozoic Oceans

Week 4 The Cretaceous Earth – A Tropical Planet
The Sky Is Falling – End of the Dinosaurs

Week 5 The Collision of North and South America
The Rise of Mammals and the Last Ice Age

Week 6 The Humble Origins of Human Beings
The Conscious Earth

BIO: Paul Hague is a retired geologist, who also studied paleontology, and who loves to continue learning.

C | Staying Grounded in Troubled Times
Tuesdays, October 13 – November 3 | 10 AM – Noon | 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. Betsy is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking 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 | Remembering the Holocaust and Genocide: Memory Formation and Prevention
Tuesdays, October 27 - November 10 | 1 - 3 PM | 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 film, “Telling Their Stories: NH Holocaust Survivors Speak Out”, 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 Peace building from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2017 was inducted into the Keene High School distinguished alumni Wall of Honor.

E | Post War Anticommunism and the Hollywood Ten
Wednesdays, October 28 - November 11 | 10 AM – Noon | Mary Lee Sargent

This 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 black lists. 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
Wednesdays, October 7 and November 4 | 1 – 3 PM | John McCausland

Now entering its third year, this is an on-going group meeting on the first Wednesday of each month from1:00 to 2:30, to discuss a novel chosen by the group from several “100 Best” lists. The group’s reading choices have included Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle, The Great Gatsby, Native Son and The Portrait of a Lady. Discussion is lively and informal, with the facilitator and group members contributing background, historical and literary insights.

Those joining the group in September or October should come to class having read (or in September having started on) Moby Dick. The November novel will be Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.

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 | 1776: A Year That Changed the World
Thursdays, October 8 – 29 | 10 AM – Noon | Dick Hesse

Most Americans think of 1776 as the year of the Declaration of Independence and little else. But the events of 1775 -1777 dramatically changed the world not only for years to come but to this day. During that period warfare, foreign policy and continental and international politics were changed forever. The course explores the background and context of the era, the principal events in America, and their significance. Finally, we take a retrospective view through our modern lens.

BIO: Richard (Dick) Hesse is a retired lawyer and 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 | Film Seminar
Fridays, October 9 – November 13 | 10 AM – Noon | Don Melander

This fall we focus on movie adaptations of John le Carre’s novels: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963/1965), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974/2011), The Little Drummer Girl (1983/1984) OR The Russia House (1989/1990), The Constant Gardener (2001/2005), A Most Wanted Man (2008/2014, and Our Kind of Traitor (2010/2016). All of these films are available for screening on YouTube, but The Russia House, which is available on Netflix, and should be viewed individually before each class in this seminar.

Don Melander often makes reference to films in his teaching of literature. Since 2010 he has taught a Communications course on movies and film directors. Although he has no formal training in film, he has been ‘reading’ serious films as serious literature since 1958.

Zoom-ing with LINEC
Zoom Practice & Zoom for those who have never used Zoom

This is the second full LINEC term using ZOOM. If you are new to ZOOM or would like to know more about its features, sign up on the registration page for an online practice session at 9 AM on Sept. 14 Zoom Practice or 15 I have Never Zoomed. We will contact you with your ZOOM link.