Creative Retirement Institute

Fall 2014 Classes: Sept. 22-Dec. 9

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Number Date Day Time Instructor
C961 09/22-10/13 M Geology of National Parks, Part I Full $44
C983 09/22-10/13 M Sci Fi Films $49
C905 *09/23-10/14 T Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities Section A Full $44
C917 09/23-10/14 T "Rosmersholm," "The Father," and Psychic Murder $44
C596 09/24-10/15 W The Science of Sports $44
C909 09/24-10/08 W Pop Art $42
C873  09/25-10/16 Th Contemporary Ethics II $44
C923 09/25-10/16 Th The Concerto Form in Classical Music $42
C915* 09/26-10/17 F The Poetry of Mary Oliver Full $44
C916 09/26-10/17 F Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets $44
C922* 09/26-10/17 F Fact and Fiction- Registration required Full No Fee
C875* 10/09-10/30 Th Does Living in Our Wealthy Nation Guarantee a longer Life? $44
C851 10/15-10/22 W Malware and the Changing Threat Landscape Full $22
C901 10/20-11/20 M African History: The European Era 1485-1960 Full $44
C963 10/20-11/03 M Old Brain, New Brain: The Science of Brain Development and Deterioration Full



C921 10/21-11/04 T Tales of Two Anthologies: "Greek" and "Spoon River" $33
C871 10/21-11/04 T Altared" States: Marriage in the US $33
C877 10/22-11/05 W Is Putin Another Stalin? Full $33
C981* 10/23-11/06 Th The Gershwin Brothers Go to Hollywood: Three Classical Musicals $42
C945 10/24-11/14 F 8th Century Hebrew Prophets: a.m.os, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah $44
C911 10/24-11/14 F Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities Section B $44
C891 10/29-11/05 W Transforming Global Health: How Innovations Save Lives Cancelled $22
C957 11/10-12/01 M Equinoxes and Solstices $44
C947 11/12-12/03 W How the "Bible" Came to Be $44
C985  11/12-12/03 W World War II in Norway on Film and in Books $4911/12–12/03 W World War II in Norway on Film and in Books Full $49
C907 11/13-11/20 Th Politics and Society in India after Independence Full $22
C919 11/17-12/08 M Sociology Meets Literature: Family Life  $44
C903 * 11/18-12/09 T Colonial america: Becoming america1700-1776, Part II $44
C949 * 11/18-12/09 T Who Was Socrates? $44
C918 11/18-12/09 T Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" $44
C914 11/21-12/05 F Norse Mythology Full $22


African History: The European Era 1485-1960 Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C901 10/20-11/10 Mondays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ellen Z. Berg CON $44

The Europeans "discovered" Africa near the end of the 15th century, which began a long transformative encounter. Discovery led to trade, including the slave trade. Exploration of the interior and its penetration by commercial interests and missionaries came later. Colonial rule followed near the end of the 19th century, with independence ensuing for most African nations by the 1960s. We will discuss the European and African sides of the encounter in terms of objective facts and subjective experience of a given part of the history (e.g., slave trade). There will be a reading each week to facilitate discussion, particularly of the moral issues this history raises. It is expected that most students will be able to receive the readings via email; for those who cannot, special accommodations will be made. Ellen Berg is a sociologist who has been interested in Africa since living in Lagos, Nigeria in the early 1970s. She previously taught African History Before the Europeans at CRI. 4 sessions.

"Altared" States: Marriage in the US

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C871 10/21-11/04 T 1:30-3:30 p.m. Rachel David CON $33

A recent Pew research report showed that marriage is declining in the US, especially among certain demographic groups. What is behind this trend, and what is the future of marriage in this country? We will examine the history and definition(s) of marriage. We will also look at current attitudes towards marriage and family, discuss same-sex marriage, gender roles in marriage, and other current issues. Rachel David has a BA in sociology from UC Berkeley and a JD from the UW. Rachel has been teaching gender and women's studies at Shoreline Community College. Courses include Gender, Violence and Social Change, Gender and Global Justice, and Gender, Race and Class. Rachel's approach to teaching is interactive and interdisciplinary. Her favorite course is Intersextions, a team-taught class that combines gender, human sexuality, and communication studies to examine contemporary sexuality through the lenses of gender, power, communication and relationship. 3 sessions.

Colonial America: Becoming America 1700-1776, Part II*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C903 11/18-12/09 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. James Rigai ESCl $44

The period from 1700 to 1776 looks closely at the development of an "American" culture, which imitates British society and manners, but becomes increasingly aware of cultural and political differences that ultimately lead to the american Revolution. Changing patterns of immigration in the 1700s and subsequent population growth spurred the rise of the important cities of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Newspapers were an important factor in fostering the development of an american culture and identity. Expansion of the colonies inland and emergence of distinct regional cultures is a third major trend in the period. Perhaps the most significant event prior to the american Revolution was the Great Awakening, a religious revival that swept through the colonies in the 1730s. Colonies began to question their place in the British Empire, while economic growth led to increasing material prosperity, but also sparked tensions over trade and taxes. The series will end as america developed the political rationale for independence. James Rigali earned his PhD in history at the UW. He has taught american History at UW as well as Pacific Lutheran University and North Seattle Community College. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C949 Who Was Socrates?

The Concerto Form in Classical Music

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost

No Class Oct. 2

T 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Steve Reeder CPC $42

A concerto is defined as a piece of music in which one or more solo instruments is/are accompanied by a band or orchestra. Since its emergence as a distinctive form at the beginning of the seventeenth century, it has been a ready inspiration to composers and a welcome vehicle for performers. We will consider, and hear, the wealth of instruments used in concertos, from the traditional piano, violin, flute, and cello, to the relatively "exotic" tuba, harmonica, and marimba—even the human voice and feet! Steve Reeder has spent his entire career in broadcasting, teaching and public speaking. He now programs and hosts classical music shows for Northwest Public Radio, serves as a pre-concert speaker for the Seattle Symphony, and is the on-stage narrator for the orchestra's multi-media concert series, "Beyond the Score." 3 sessions.

Contemporary Ethics II

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C873 09/25-10/16 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. David E. Smith CON $44

A continuation of Contemporary Ethics, including a brief review of moral theories and discussion of how those theories relate to the following contemporary moral controversies:

Week 1: Gun Control
Week 2: Capital Punishment
Week 3: Affirmative Action
Week 4: Environmental Ethics
Contemporary Ethics, Part 1 is not a prerequisite for this class.
David Smith earned his PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He is a former lecturer in philosophy and religious studies, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. 4 sessions.

Does Living in Our Wealthy Nation Guarantee a Longer Life?*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost

10/0910/30/14 Th 12:30pm—2:30pm Stephen Bezruchka CON $44

Americans, even those who are college educated, with large incomes or wealth, white, and who practice all the best health-related behaviors, with access to whatever medical care they wish, die younger than their counterparts in other developed countries. This is not in dispute, as stated in reports from the Institute of Medicine and other reputable sources. However, this is little known. We will explore this material and suggest steps so that your grandchildren may indeed live longer. Stephen Bezruchka was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities. He has worked as an emergency physician for 30 years and teaches in the School of Public Health at UW where he received the 2002 Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2008 Community Service Award. 4 sessions.This class runs concurrent with C981 Gershwin Brothers go to Hollywood: Three Classic Musicas*

8th Century Hebrew Prophets: a.m.os, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C945 10/24-11/14/143 W 9:30am–11:30am Wayne McGuir CON $44

Through 28 centuries in our rear-view mirror, the 8th Century BCE (Before the Christian Era) in the Middle East has many similarities to the same region today. The Israeli-Palestinian homeland was also divided then. There were superpowers on the borders threatening their sovereignty. Political, social, economic and religious conflicts were everywhere. Into that mix came a number of prophets who, each in his own way, addressed these societal issues with their understanding of God's message to the people of the time. We will look at the books of a.m.os, Hosea, Micah, and the first 39 chapters of Isaiah. This is not a course in recent theology or an attempt to predict the time of future events. It is a literature course in which we will try to go back in time to the period when the works were written, and imagine ourselves as part of the original audience hearing the prophet speak a word vital to that place and time. Students are requested to read the book of a.m.os before the first class meeting. Any translation is okay. Wayne McGuire received a BA in English from the U of Denver and an MA in English from the U of Oregon. He has taught at Ouachita Baptist College, Arkansas, and Shoreline Community College. His areas of concentration are English Romantic Movement and History of the English Language. For many years at Shoreline he taught a course on the "Bible" as Literature. 4 sessions.

Equinoxes and Solstices

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C957 11/1012/01/14 M 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Lynda Khandro CON $44

Earth and sky are inextricably linked in our imaginations, our histories, and our sciences. In this class you will see how the seasons, with emphasis on equinoxes (March and September) and solstices (June and December), provide us with fascinating but realistic views of our place on our planet and our planet's place in our solar system. Linda Khandro is a geologist with an MS degree in earth science. 4 sessions.

Fact and Fiction* Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C922 09/26-10/17 F 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bev Christensen and Marge Young FBC Private Dining Room  

No class or processing fee-registration form must be completed

We are not your average book discussion group!  Participants make their own reading choices and come prepared to present brief reviews and share their appraisals. You may select a past or current author in any genre. Learn from each other through informal discussion. Marge Young and Bev Christensen are avid readers and have been a part of this class for years. This is a non-fee class but requires registration. If this is the ONLY class being taken, there is no processing fee. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C944 Introduction to Buddhism.


Geology of National Parks, Part I Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C961 09/22-10/13/14 M 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Donn Charnleyi CON $44

Our National Parks preserve the most spectacular examples of many geological processes. We will discuss parks which feature weathering and erosion of sedimentary rocks, including Grand Canyon, Arches, Natural Bridges, Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Virgin Islands, Carlsbad, Mammoth Cave, and those National Monuments which also fit this subject area! Donn will print out a color copy of the class notes for anyone desiring one – cost $5. To order one please call the CRI office (425.640.1830) as soon as you have registered for this course. If you do not want to purchase a color copy, black and white copies will be provided free of charge. Donn Charnley is emeritus professor of geology at Shoreline CC. He earned an MS degree in geology from UW, and has taught for Seattle Public Schools, Shoreline CC, UW and for CRI. 4 sessions.

The Gershwin Brothers Go to Hollywood: Three Classic Musicals*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C981 10/23-11/06/14 Th 2:30pm–5 p.m. John Jame CPC $42

Long before George and Ira Gershwin wrote their masterpiece, "Porgy and Bess," they were successful songwriters for Broadway and Hollywood. This film series will feature three of their best movie musicals: "Shall We Dance" (1937); "Girl Crazy" (1943); and "Funny Face" (1957). Featured performers will include Fred Astaire, Tommy Dorsey, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Edward Everett Horton, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Kay Thompson and Nancy Walker. Expect background information, special handouts, and an opportunity to discuss each film. John James is a retired librarian from Shoreline Community College with advanced degrees in history and library science, and a life-long interest in movie musicals and jazz from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. 3 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C875: Does Living in a Wealthy Nation Guarantee a Longer Life.*

How the "Bible" Came to Be

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C947 1/12-12/03/14 W 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Rev. Dick Gibson CON $44

The "Bible" is a significant book for many people of several faiths. Did the stories originate around the campfire, or were they told from heaven? Myths and superstitions abound. We will explore these mysteries and make some new discoveries about the writings, the cultural outlook and the history of the people of The Book, as we examine these 66 very different books within one binding. Rev. Dick Gibson is a CRI teacher, retired Pastor from Terrace Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace and an amateur archaeologist. 4 sessions.

Is Putin Another Stalin? Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C877 10/22-11/05/14 W 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Kathy Ludgate CON $33

How does the rule of Russian president Vladimir Putin compare to that of Joseph Stalin? Is this a time of nostalgia for the unity, strong rule, and nationalism of the Stalinist period? Or is Putin another Stalin? Each session of this class will parallel Stalin with Putin. We will begin with background on the Politburo structure, Lenin's legacy, how Stalin and Putin came to power, and the cult of personality in the Russian political system. The second session will focus on each leader's vision for Russia, how democracy is defined (East vs West), and ways of dealing with dissent. Finally, we will place Putin in context with other Russian leaders and see how historians and journalists view the impact of his regime on Russia. The instructor will utilize some video clips to bring the content to life and you'll be encouraged to react to selected primary source documents and short readings. Kathy Ludgate has a BA in history from Gonzaga University and an MA in teacher leadership from Lesley University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico, a Rosenthal Scholar on Washington State Government, and in 2007 named History Teacher of the Year by the Washington State Council for Social Studies. Prior to retirement, Kathy was the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator for the Edmonds School District. 3 sessions

Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities Section A* Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C905 09/23-0/14/143 T 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Kristi Busch CON $44

Same class as C911 Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities – different date option.

Compare the shift in Europe from the benign era of the 1100 and 1200s to the disastrous period of the 1300 and 1400s at the closing of the Middle Ages, from papal disarray, to the deadliest of plagues, to the horrific Hundred Years War. It will be the end of the feudal way of life and with that the power structures, the ideals, and the very thinking had to change. If you enjoy a good disaster story, this is a class you will relish. Kristi Busch earned a BA in cultural anthropology from the U of California Davis. She also holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University and two Waldorf teaching credentials. She worked in the education departments of several museums in Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. Her main focus has been teaching courses in history, civics, philosophy and mythology, making history come alive. Kristi has been a storyteller in both performance and therapeutic settings, favoring medieval epics complete with accompanying musicians. 4 sessions.

Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities Section B

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C911 10/24-11/14/14 F 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Kristi Busch CON $44

Same class as C911 Late Medieval History: Era of Calamities – different date option.

Malware and the Changing Threat Landscape: A Guide to Online Safety Practices  Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C851 10/15-10/22/14 W 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Brian Boston CON $22

In a recent article in the "Wall Street Journal," an executive with Symantec shared a startling statistic: anti-virus programs capture only 45% of cyber attacks. The world (and underworld) of malware has become more sophisticated and highly pervasive. Whether it is email hacking, point-of-sale skimming devices, adware, software bundling, rogue-ware, zero-day exploits, or social engineering, the best defenses are awareness, a small set of tools, and a collection of safety practices. In the first session, we will discuss what you should guard against and what you can do, and in session two explore the actual tools and techniques for help. If you want, bring your laptop or mobile device to try these tools out during the second session of the class. Brian Boston's mission is to connect people with their family, friends, hobbies and interests using technology. Brian has trained hundreds of support engineers at Microsoft and elsewhere over his 35 years of computer support, but prefers working with end users. 2 sessions.

Norse Mythology Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost


No Class Nov. 28

F 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Lars Jenne CON $22

Lecture and class discussion will provide an introduction to the Norse pantheon, cosmology, and cosmos; the past, present and future in mythological time; and the rituals of worship understood from "Icelandic Family Sagas" and other medieval sources. They will elucidate some of the primary textual sources and archaeological evidence which scholars and popular enthusiasts use to understand Viking Age religions in the North. Instructor and students will also discuss modern day applications of the material in comic books, film, TV shows, video games, tattoos, music, ritual, etc. to gain a feeling for how pagan worship and syncretism with Christianity reaches into our own time and enables compelling interpretations and renewed interest worldwide, generation after generation. Dr. Jenner holds an MA in Scandinavian languages, literature and folklore from UW, a PhD from U Penna, and is currently a Lecturer in Scandinavian Mythology and Saga of the Vikings at UW in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. He is developing an online version of the Sagas course at UW, 2014-2015 academic year. 2 sessions.

Old Brain, New Brain: The Science of Brain Development and Deterioration Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C963 10/20-11/03/14 M 2:30pm–4:30 Hilary Kemp CPC $33

How does the brain develop? How does it change as we age? This class will begin with a discussion of brain development, as studied in vertebrate models, to help us understand our human brains. You'll learn where and how our memories are created and stored. We will explore the architecture of the mature healthy brain and compare its structure and functionality to aging and diseased brains. You'll learn about current research and what it tells us about causes and prophylactics for brain deterioration. By learning about the development of your brain, you'll be better able to understand its deterioration and how healthy brain function may be prolonged. Dr. Kemp has a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Oregon and has spent 20 years studying how the tiny protein machines in our cells keep us alive, using model systems ranging from single-celled yeast to pet store zebrafish. She teaches biology courses to university students, has done extensive outreach to teachers and students in the K-12 system, and enjoys giving science talks to the public. She believes that a basic understanding of biology and the interactions between living things and their environment is essential to productive citizenship in the modern world. 3 sessions.

The Poetry of Mary Oliver* Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C915 09/26-10/17/1 F 9:30am–11:30am Robert Stahl CON $44

Mary Oliver is one of the most widely read poets in america today. Her poems about the natural world resonate deeply as she considers fundamental questions relating to life and death. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and National Book Award, this New England poet has inspired readers for several decades with her soulful verses celebrating nature in all its manifestations. Her words honor the spiritual presence she finds in abundance throughout the natural world. Giving voice to her beloved creatures, they become mentors to those of us who approach life with grace and compassion. The required text is "New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1" by Mary Oliver. "In every heart there is a god of flowers, just waiting to come out of its cloud and lift its wings..." (Mary Oliver). Robert Stahl has an MA degree in art history and BA degrees in philosophy and history and has taught photography in area colleges for over three decades. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C922 Fact and Fiction.

Politics and Society in India after Independence Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C907 11/13-11/20/14 T 1:30pm–3:30pm Sunila S. Kaler CON $22

In this introduction to politics and society in the world's largest democracy, we will consider the challenge of governance in a country with dozens of spoken languages, hundreds of different ethnic identities, and all of the world's major religious communities. In some cases the Indian state has developed novel institutional forms to accommodate these differences, but others remain as intractable problems that have continued to challenge every Indian government since Independence. The course will use PowerPoint slides and audio-visual material, and suggest readings for students who wish to pursue these topics in greater depth following the course. Sunila S. Kale is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, UW. She earned her BA at the U of Chicago and her PhD at U of Texas. Her first book, "Electrifying India," Stanford University Press, 2014 examines the history and politics of electrification in India from independence until the early 2000s. You can learn more about her teaching and research at: 2 sessions.

Pop Art

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C909 09/24-10/08/14 W 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Rebecca Albiani CON $42

In the 1960s the brash imagery of Pop Art challenged the predominance of abstraction within the art world. For some critics, the bright, boppy motifs of Pop were a breath of fresh air; for others, they were a travesty. To complement this fall's "Pop Departures" exhibition at Seattle Art Museum, this class will explore the roots of Pop Art and the ways in which Pop critiqued the consumerism and conformity of post-war american culture. We will look at the darker side of Warhol––his race riots and car crashes, and ask whether Rosenquist's "F-111" is a critique of the military industrial complex. Lichtenstein's comic book paintings and Oldenburg's soft sculptures will fuel discussion. We will contrast Tom Wesselman's "Great american Nude" series with the lesser known work of Rosalyn Drexler and Marjorie Strider. We'll even tackle the knotty philosophical question of what makes a Warhol "Brillo Box" a work of art. Venture beyond Campbell's soup for thought-provoking fun. Rebecca Albiani earned a BA degree in art history and Italian, and an MA in Renaissance art history. She gives a popular lecture series at the Frye Art Museum. 3 sessions.

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C916 09/26-10/17 F 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sean Taylor CON $44

Following up on the Birth of the English Sonnet course offered last Spring we will undertake a reading of the sonnets of William Shakespeare, approaching the sonnet sequence as an integral whole, charting the narrative arc the poet establishes from the celebration of beauty at the beginning through disappointment and recrimination, into transcendent reconciliation by sonnet 126; after which come the Dark Lady sonnets, and a very different poetic voice emerges. Students are requested to read through sonnet #30 for the first course meeting. Any edition of the Sonnets will do, though you are encouraged to find an annotated text. The Folger Library edition looks good (and can be found on Amazon for one penny, used). Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW and has taught as a professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 4 sessions.

"Rosmersholm," "The Father," and Psychic Murder

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C917 09/23-10/14 T 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Katherine Hanson CON $44

When August Strindberg (b. 1849) started his writing career in the 1870s, Henrik Ibsen (b. 1828) had already secured international renown as a dramatist. As enthusiasm for Ibsen intensified in the 1880s, so did Strindberg's desire to take the master on! He took issue with Ibsen's plays, and in particular was critical of Ibsen's portrayal of women and their role in society. Strindberg accused the heroine of Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" (1886), Rebekka West, of psychic murder, and his own drama, "The Father" (1887), can be read as a response to Ibsen's. The instructor will lecture on dramatists Ibsen and Strindberg. Students will read and discuss "Rosmersholm" and "The Father" and decide for themselves cause of death: suicide, stroke or psychological murder? Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UW. 4 sessions.

The Science of Sports

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C965 09/24-10/15 W 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bernard G. Silbernagel CON $44

In this four-lecture course we will cover the basic features of a wide variety of sports, discussing the fundamentals of each sport, the conditions under which it is played, the physical processes that are involved, and keys to achieving winning performances. We talk about outstanding performers as well as experience needed to play these games for recreation. Topics will include : the field games of baseball, soccer, football; water sports, swimming, diving, crew; ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, curling; and track and field events. Each of these sports requires different physical capabilities and challenges for peak performances. Dr. Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil's Corporate Research Laboratories. He has a PhD in physics and was a physics professor at UC Santa Barbara prior to beginning his industrial career. He is a Fellow of the american Physical Society, a member of the american Chemical Society and the american Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions. 

Sci-Fi Films

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C983 09/22-10/13/14 M 1 p.m.–3:30pm Ted Ludgate CON $49

Popular "old" movies are available often enough, but what about the ones you remember but never saw again? This film series will show Sci-fi movies you probably haven't seen before: "A Trip to the Moon," 1902; "Rocket Ship XM," 1950; "Fantastic Planet," 1973; "Dark Star," 1974; and "The Last Starfighter," 1984. They will show where Man wanted to go and what he found when he got there. Imagined technology seldom has good foresight. Discussion of each film will include cinematic background, actors, characteristics of the times, and what was good about the film (or not). Discussion will include genres of science fiction. Each class will conclude with an episode of the serial, "Radar Men from the Moon." Ted Ludgate has been a fan of sci-fi stories since 1953, and of sci-fi movies since 1955. He followed an engineering career in aerospace until his retirement in 2009. 4 sessions.

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C918 11/18-12/09/14 T 1 p.m.–3 Sean Taylor CON $44

We will perform a close reading of "Twelfth Night," generally acknowledged to be Shakespeare's finest comedy, the story of a wise and versatile young woman forced to disguise herself as a man when she finds herself marooned in an enemy country. Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing the play concurrent with the course, and special discounts will be arranged for students to attend. Students are requested to read through Act 2 for first class meeting. Any edition of the text will do, though it is recommended to find one with line numbers and footnotes (the instructor prefers Signet Classic paperbacks, widely available). Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW and has taught as a professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 4 sessions.

Sociology Meets Literature: Family Life

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C919 11/17/14-12/08/14 M 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ellen Z. Berg CON $44

We will read autobiographical essays about experiences the authors had within their families, variously certain or perplexed, sorrowful or grateful—and always intimate. As literature, each essay tells about an experience within a particular family; as sociology, each essay opens a window on a facet of family life other families also face: What makes a parent-child bond secure? How can parents allay their children's fears? How do they prepare their children for the world? How can families weather hard times? What larger community sustains troubled families? How do we say good-bye? The essays are from "The Best American Essays of 2013," Cheryl Strayed, ed. Please beg, borrow, or buy a copy of this book. Ellen Berg is a sociologist who has introduced sociological concepts through stories. She has taught at the Lifetime Learning Center in Seattle and at TELOS at Bellevue Community College. Last fall she used short stories for a CRI course. 4 sessions.

Tales of Two Anthologies: "Greek" and "Spoon River"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C921 10/21-11/04 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dennis Peters CON $33

Realistic american literature began in 1915, not with Hemingway, but with a shocking collection of short poems by a Midwest lawyer, Edgar Lee Masters. For years he had tried, with little success, to capture his views of human complexity in novels and short stories. Unlike many authors he refused rose-colored glasses. He knew real lives of love and infidelity, passion and deceit, generosity and greed. Then he discovered his model: the poems in the ancient "Greek Anthology." Written in voices of the ancient dead, they gave short, brilliant glimpses into those emotions, while Masters captured two hundred or so voices of dead citizens of the little town of Spoon River. The ancient and modern voices throbbed with the same hopes and anguish, readers recognizing themselves and their families. The book became and has remained a best seller, inspiring a generation of young writers. Required text: "Spoon River Anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters. Instructor uses edition published by Collier books, but there are several good editions. There are good on-line versions of "Greek Anthology" at no cost. They may be printed. We will use only a few dozen or so as examples. Teacher will provide copies of specific selections from the "Greek Anthology." Dennis Peters has been teaching humanities courses in high school and community college and for CRI. 3 sessions.

Transforming Global Health: How Innovations Save Lives: Cancelled


Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C904 10/29-11/05 W 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Heidi Peterson CON $22

Based in Seattle, PATH is an international nonprofit organization committed to improving global health through innovations in vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and health systems and services. In an overview of how PATH drives transformative innovation in pursuit of its bold vision—a world where health is within reach for everyone, no matter where they live—we will focus more specifically on PATH's vaccine development and immunization programs in Africa. Vaccination may be the most effective public health intervention of all time, especially true in developing countries where many families can't find or afford health care when they get sick. Because of vaccines, smallpox is now eradicated globally, polio nearly so, and, in countries where kids regularly get their shots, diphtheria, measles, pertussis and rubella are controlled. Learn how PATH works with partners in African countries to accelerate introduction of vaccines and to ensure that systems and support are in place for their continued and effective use. Heidi Peterson is a member of the Global Engagement Team at PATH. Heidi has an MA in public administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the UW. A member of the PATH vaccine program staff will join Heidi to add specific knowledge to this discussion. 2 sessions.

Who Was Socrates?*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C949 11/18-12/09 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tom Benedikston CON $44

We will read four Platonic dialogues, "Euthyphro," "Apology," "Crito," and "Phaedo," which are available in several inexpensive editions from Amazon (paperback or Kindle), usually titled "The Trial and Death of Socrates" (make sure the edition contains all four dialogues). We will discuss who Socrates was, why he was the first "modern man," what is a Platonic "idea," and why Socrates was executed. We will learn the Greek alphabet and read a short passage in the original Greek. Please read "Apology" for the first class. Tom Benediktson recently retired from Henry Kendall College (University of Tulsa) where he was Dean and Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught for over three decades. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C903 Colonial America.

World War II in Norway on Film and in Books Full

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C985 11/12-12/03 W 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Jim and Pat Thyden CON $49

Nazi Germany invaded Norway on April 9, 1940 and quickly overwhelmed ill-prepared Norwegian forces. The government went into exile in London, while many Norwegians enlisted with Allied forces. All Norwegian ships abroad reported to friendly ports to serve the US and other allies throughout the war. An active resistance movement formed in Norway and tied down German forces which otherwise would have fought Allied armies on the Continent. This class focuses on the war through feature films and related books. We start with the film "Suicide Mission" and the book, "The Shetland Bus" by David Howarth (read before the first class), the story of commandoes and fishermen supplying the Resistance from Britain's Shetland Islands. Second is "The Heroes of Telemark" and its book, "Skis Against the Atom" by Knut Haukelid. Then "Nine Lives," the heroic winter escape of a Resistance fighter over arctic mountains to Sweden, and the companion book, "We Die Alone" by Howarth. We finish with "Max Manus, Man of War," Norway's greatest Resistance hero, and "Underwater Saboteur" by Manus. Books are available at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, Scandinavian Specialties on 15th Ave NW, and A special guest, Hanna Aasvik Helmersen, will meet with the class to discuss living under Nazi occupation as a young girl and her memoir "War and Innocence." Please read her book first. The other books add context and fuller understanding of wartime adventure, heroism and tragedy but are not required. Jim Thyden served for 12 years as US Foreign Service officer in Norway and Germany. He earned his MA in Scandinavian Studies at UW. He also taught and lectured at the Foreign Service Institute, the UW Jackson School, and many courses for CRI. Pat accompanied Jim to all their overseas posts and has also co-taught CRI courses. 4 sessions.