Course Descriptions LINEC Summer Term 2021 | See Class for Dates

LINEC Summer Term 2021 | 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| A Poet’s Life and Work: Joel Oppenheimer
Mondays | 10 AM – Noon | July 5, 12, 19, 26 | Don Melander

During the 1980s, Black Mountain poet Joel Oppenheimer taught at New England College and lived in Henniker (except for a year in Concord and another year in Rochester, NY, where he was a Fellow at RIT). Fortunately, he didn’t drive, so I drove him to most of his New England readings, where I much enjoyed his interactions with his audiences. All of Oppenheimer’s books are out of print, but I have edited an unpublished book of his poetry, and as I have rights to make his poems available, copies will be distributed at the first class.

BIO: Don Melander is a Senior Professor of Humanities, retired, 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 Open Door 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 twelfth for LINEC.

B | The Alcotts
Tuesdays | 10 AM – Noon | July 6, 13, 20 27 | Joanna Henderson

The Alcotts were a smart and talented family but with many problems. Unsettled for years, they lived in thirty different rented or borrowed homes, constantly searching for the right living situation. Louisa May’s father Bronson, although unschooled, was labeled a man of brilliance by both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bronson saw himself as a teacher and philosopher, but as each new school he launched failed, he was driven out of town and his wife, Abba, (Abigail) found herself returning time and time again to her own family for financial help.

The family’s eccentricities had always been a rich source of local gossip regardless of where they lived. They ate only vegetables and fruit which grew above ground, disdaining root vegetables which did not reach for heaven. They wore only linen (non-cotton) clothing and non-leather shoes and used animals only for plowing.

But the family’s real problems came when they moved to Harvard, MA and created Fruitlands, the utopian community Bronson had dreamed about for years. Along with his British partner Charles Lane, who put up the money for the venture, Abba had finally had enough. She was driven out of her own home leaving behind her four daughters.

This course focuses on bringing the true story of this fascinating family to the forefront. Any book by or about Louise May Alcott should be read to get the most out of this class.

BIO: Joanna Henderson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, a Master’s degree in sociology from Dartmouth College and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She directed the Tucker Foundation off-campus internship program at Dartmouth and then moved into the field of admissions at several institutions including Colby-Sawyer College and Marietta College. She teaches courses for OLLI, AIL and at LINEC.

C | Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas
Tuesdays | 1 – 3 PM | July 6, 13, 20 | Fran Philippe

Launched in 2004, Keeping Score was designed by Michael Tilson Thomas to make classical music accessible to people of all ages and from all musical backgrounds. Comprised of nine one-hour documentaries, Keeping Score details the lives of eight major composers from around the world, and explores the motivations and influences behind their most canonic works. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Thomas considers creating Keeping Score one of the most exciting journeys he and the San Francisco Symphony have taken together. It was made available to the public because of COVID. This term we experience Berlioz, Beethoven and Copland.

BIO: Fran Philippe, is an elementary school educator for whom LINEC has played a big part in her retirement, both as a ‘student’ and administratively. She shares her time between local volunteer opportunities and experiencing the beautiful environment in which we live, in any manner she can.

D | I Was a Slave, Even Here in NH: The Concord Black Heritage Trail
Wednesday, July 7 | 10 AM – Noon | Sen. David Watters

The 45-minute video, I Was a Slave, Even Here in NH, is moderated by its writer and co-host David Watters. The film presents sites and notable African Americans from Concord’s founding until recent times. It tells the story of the first meeting of the legislature in the new capital in 1782 at the Rev. Timothy Walker’s house and warehouse, where the Governor, Governor’s Council, and legislature were served by Prince, Violet, and Luce, enslaved in his household. It includes stories of enslavement, emancipation, the underground railroad, abolitionism, and the visits of Frederick Douglass. The Concord tour is part of the Black Heritage Trail of NH’s mission to expand statewide. The film is introduced by David Watters with time following the film for discussion and conversation.

BIO: David Watters, NH State Senator for District 4 since 2012, was a long time Professor at the University of New Hampshire where he taught American literature, New England studies, and New Hampshire literature and culture. He is a Board Member of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, and writer and co-host of the film I Was a Slave, Even Here in NH: The Concord Black Heritage Trail.

Deadline June 6 to sign up for Walk!
E | Walk the Black Heritage Trail, Portsmouth (SIGN UP)
Thursday, July 8 | 10 AM | Docent-led

Accompanied by our personal guide, we experience the history and cultural roots of the early African Community in Portsmouth dating from the early 1600s. The trail is 90 minutes of walking/standing and costs $20. Travel plans will be made among participants prior to the trip.

F | American Novel Reading Group
Wednesdays | 1 - 3 PM | June 2 & July 7 | John McCausland

The June selection is Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms; that for July is The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The American Novel reading group began some three years ago as a year-round offering, meeting on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month. The group selects a novel from several lists of "100 Bests," ranging from classics by Hawthorne and Melville to works by Black and feminist writers that weren't on most English course lists when we older readers went to school. In recent months we have read novels by Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth, Wallace Stegner, Michael Chabon and Thomas Pynchon. Conversation is always lively, placing a work in its historical and social context, relating it to our own experiences and concerns. Some in the group have been participants since the beginning, others drop in and out. Some like to speak out, others prefer just to listen; all are welcome. John McCausland facilitates discussion and retired NEC English professor Don Melander adds valuable commentary from his 50+ years of reading and teaching. New members are always welcome and should read in advance the novel chosen for the month.

This is an ongoing group, meaning that all LINEC members may continue after this term.

BIO: John McCausland was an English major once upon a time and continues to find enjoyment and wisdom from reading and sometimes rereading novels, while discussing them with others. Retired from careers as a lawyer and Episcopal priest, he finds in LINEC a family of interesting and engaged friends who enliven each other’s lives and help make the golden years truly golden.

G | Cary Grant: A Touch of Class
Wednesdays, July 14 and 21 | 10 AM – Noon | Paul Brogan

Over the course of a 30-year film career, the legendary Cary Grant charmed and delighted millions with his suave and sophisticated screen presence. In comedies, dramas and several Hitchcock thrillers, he created a lasting impression that has rarely been equaled. We discuss the "reel" and the real man and view clips from some of his most interesting work.

BIO: Paul Brogan has loved film since he was a child. Author of two best-selling books, the New Hampshire native is passionate about sharing his love for the movies with anyone who will listen.

H | ‘The Hello Girls’ Documentary
Wednesday, July 21 | 1 – 3 PM | Carolyn Timbie

TIn 1918, when the United States entered WWI, the Army Signal Corps sent 223 bilingual women telephone operators to France. They served under General Pershing and were popularly known as the ‘Hello Girls’. The documentary tells the story of these brave women who risked their lives near the front lines to relay vital information that helped win the war. After the war, the Hello Girls returned to the United States, to discover their battle for recognition and equity had only just begun.

Following the film there is a power point presentation focuses on Grace Banker, Chief Operator of the first unit of Signal Corps operators that traveled to France. Grace Banker was a pioneer and a leader. In 1919, she was the first woman soldier to be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

BIO: Carolyn Timbie is the granddaughter of Grace Banker. Carolyn's family has an extensive collection of letters, documents and items that belonged to her grandmother that allowed her to delve deeply into her grandmother's story. Carolyn has contributed information to the book The Hello Girls, America's First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs, The Hello Girls Documentary, The Hello Girls Musical and the children's book Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call by Claudia Friddell. In March 2021, the Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act S.692 was introduced and has been co-sponsored by NH Senator Maggie Hassan. Carolyn is actively raising awareness to see that the women are recognized with this great honor.

I | Puritanism in New England: The Good, the Bad, and the Revolutionary!
Wednesday, July 28 | 10 AM – Noon | Eleanor Strang

The journalist H. L. Mencken famously defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Puritanical has come to mean intolerant, repressed, and humorless. But the story of the Puritans of New England is a complex one, with positive as well as negative aspects. We explore their history and beliefs, and look into the differences between the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Puritans of the much more influential Massachusetts Bay Colony. We examine the stories of some famous New England Puritans, including John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay. We explore the ways in which we as Americans are greatly indebted to the Puritans, because they constitute a large part of the answer to the question: why did the American Revolution start in Boston?

BIO: Eleanor Strang received her MA from the University of Michigan, and her MLS from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. She served as the director of the Kelley Library (the public library of Salem, NH) for 15 years. Since retiring, she has pursued her interest in American and Canadian history, and has done presentations for the OLLI and a variety of historical societies and libraries.

J | American Icons: Frank Lloyd Wright and Norman Rockwell
Wednesday, July 28 | 1 – 3 PM | Jane Oneail

With long productive careers, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and illustrator Norman Rockwell are considered icons of 20th-century American culture. This program explores the similarities and differences in the artists' lives and works. It provides an examination of Wright's innovative design for middle class housing, using New Hampshire's Zimmerman House as an example, as well as Rockwell's extensive career with the Saturday Evening Post and how he explored the topics of race and equality in his paintings. We share Jane Oneail’s recorded episode of a recent Walker Lecture and then are joined by Jane for a period of Q&A.

BIO: Jane Oneail is an independent scholar with a master’s degree in Art History from Boston University as well as a master’s in Art in Education from Harvard University. Jane is a New Hampshire native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

K | Freedom Riders of 1961
Thursday, July 15 | 10 AM – Noon | Dick Hesse

A milestone in the struggle for racial equality was the “Freedom Ride” of 1961. Nonviolent efforts to obtain the equal right to use interstate travel facilities were met with extreme violence and almost curtailed. The project was saved by volunteers, mostly students, from all over the country. To accomplish that feat, they had to overcome resistance from the Kennedy Administration, Civil Rights leadership and, of course, governments of the segregated American South. This is their story.

BIO: Dick Hesse, a retired professor of law, holds a master’s degree in history and has studied civil rights from both the legal and historical perspective. Civil and human rights have been the focus of his study and law practice for more than 50 years. He has been a frequent presenter for LINEC, OLLI and AIL.

L | Supreme Court, 2020–21 Term in Review
Thursday, July 22 | 10 AM – Noon John Greabe

This program reviews the Supreme Court’s most recent term, focusing on major decisions and Court trends. We also take a look at what might be in store at the Court during its upcoming 2021-22 Term and at some recent proposals for Court reform. There will be plenty of time for Q & A.

BIO: Professor John Greabe directs the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service and is a professor of law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, and related courses. His scholarship focuses on constitutional law, federal courts, and civil rights litigation. Professor Greabe is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits; the United States District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts; the New Hampshire Supreme Court; and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He also writes a monthly Constitutional Connections column for the Concord Monitor.

M | Andres Institute of Art Tour (Field Trip)
Thursday, July 29 | 10 AM – ?? | Docent-led

As a result of the collective effort of gifted artists from many countries and diverse cultures across five continents, the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline NH has about 100 thought-provoking original works of art nestled along its walking trails. The combination of art and nature makes a visit to this sculpture park a unique experience. Trail difficulty is easy to moderate and participants can choose their route. There is no handicap-accessible access. Travel plans will be made among participants prior to the trip. Bring a lunch.

N | Film Seminar: The Coen Brothers
Fridays | 10 AM – Noon | July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Don Melander

This is an ongoing group, meaning that all LINEC members may continue after this term.

Like many of the seminars we’ve been doing together this year, this one starts at the beginning of the term and continues for several weeks afterwards. This term’s movies to screen and discuss (most are available online) are:

Week 1 | Blood Simple (1984),
Week 2 | Raising Arizona (1987),
Week 3 | Miller’s Crossing (1990),
Week 4 | Fargo (1996),
Week 5 | The Big Lebowski (1998),
Week 6 | O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000),
Week 7 | The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001),
Week 8 | No Country for Old Men (2007),
Week 9 | A Serious Man (2009),
Week 10 | True Grit (2010),
Week 11 | Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Films are viewed individually prior to the discussion, and can usually be found on Netflix, YouTube, or on Amazon Prime. There is occasionally a free one but they are typically three or four dollars.

BIO: 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.