Creative Retirement Institute

Spring 2015 Classes: Apr. 6 - June 19

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Classes (*Concurrent Classes)

Item Dates Day Class Title Cost
C901 04/08–04/29 W Adventures in Archeology -- FULL $49
C903 04/10–05/01 F Ancient History Ia: From Mysterious Cave to Magnificent City, Section --FULL $44
C905 04/14–05/05 T Ancient History Ia: From Mysterious Cave to Magnificent City, Section B $44
C851 04/08 W Archiving Digital Assets: Your Best Backup Options  -- FULL $11
C981 05/06-05-20 W Bing Crosby: Three Classic Movies $42
C983 05/07–05/28 Th The Early Days of Scandinavian Cinema $49
C871 04/15–04/29 W Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Its Aftermath and Impacts $33
C913* 5/22–06/12 F Fact and Fiction (must complete the registration form)-- FULL free
C957 04/06-04/27 M Geology of National Parks, Part III--FULL $44
C873 04/20–05/04 M Global Food Security in a Warming World $33
C853 06/03-06/10 W Hands-on with Windows 8.1--FULL $22
C945 05/19-06/09 T Hearing the Ancient Celtic Call $44
C907 05/06-05/27 W How Evidence of an Ancient Time and Culture Explains Jesus $44
C915 04/09-04/30 Th The Ironic, Fantastical, Satirical, Hilarious, Serious World of Kurt Vonnegut $44
C891 05/01-05/15 F Living Well Through the End of Your Life--FULL $33
C923 05/19-06/09 T Mozart and Einstein: The Physics of Music $44
C893 05/07-05/21 Th Old Brain, New Brain, Good Brain: The Science of Brain Development and Deterioration--FULL $33
C947 04/09-04/30 Th Philosphy of Religion--FULL $44
C949 05/29-06/19 F Philosophy of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives $44
C875 04/06-04/13 M Privacy in Transition: Technology and Digital Citizenship $22
C917 04/10-04/24 F Rumi: Poet of the Heart $33
C985 05/08-05/29 F Shakespeare's "Othello" $44
C919 05/04-06/01 M Sociology Through Literature: Contexts $44
C959 05/18-06/15 M Stellar Evolution $44
C877 06/08-06/15 M Veterans' Issues $22
C879 06/03-06/10 W Walls and the Tiger: How One Indian Community Fought Back Against Development $22
C921 05/28-06/18 Th World of "Beowulf" $44
C987 04/07-04/28 T World War II in Norway on Film and in Books $49

To find out more about a specific class, select its class number. You don't need to be a member to enroll in classes.

Note: Classes marked FULL may have a waiting list; call 425.640.1830 if you are interested in that class.
*Note: Remember to check for changes in class schedule before the first day of class.


Adventures in Archeology -- FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C901 04/08–04/29 W 1-3 p.m. Rebecca Albiani CON $49

Archeology adventures will take us to four fascinating cultures, whose extraordinary artworks have contributed immeasurably to our understanding of ancient civilizations. Pharaoh Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty was expunged from later king lists for having heretically promoted the worship of a single god. We will visit his capital, Amarna, where he commissioned startlingly naturalistic art in images of himself, his daughters, and his stunning wife, Nefertiti. Archeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate on Crete in the hopes of finding an unknown ancient alphabet and instead discovered three of them, all belonging to a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization he christened Minoan. Week three will take us to Nimrud (modern Iraq) where the palace of Ashurnasirpal II, king of Assyria from 884-859 BCE, was guarded by great human-headed winged bulls. Finally, we will shift to Mexico and the discovery of the Olmec culture, which predates the Maya (long believed the earliest Mesoamerican civilization) by hundreds of years. From Minoan snake goddesses to giant Olmec stone heads, this course will be filled with amazing objects and intriguing stories. 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. 4 sessions.


√ Ancient History Ia: From Mysterious Cave to Magnificent City, Section A--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C903 04/10-05/01 F 1:30-3:30 p.m. Kristi Busch CON $44

This is the same class as C905, Section B – only different dates and times.
We will follow the earliest beginnings of Western civilization from the cave painting Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to the Neolithic revolutionaries (better known as goddess-worshipping farmers). Couched in the geography of the land, focus will be on the earliest of cultures, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the people of the magnificent walls, following their progress as they develop all of the firsts, from irrigation to taxes, writing to potters wheel, kings to law codes. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. 4 sessions.


Ancient History Ia: From Mysterious Cave to Magnificent City, Section B

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C905 04/14—05/05 T 1:30-3:30 p.m. Kristi Busch CON $44

We will follow the earliest beginnings of Western civilization from cave painting Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to the Neolithic revolutionaries (better known as goddess-worshipping farmers). Couched in the geography of the land, focus will be on the earliest of cultures, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the people of the magnificent walls, and follow their progress as they develop all of the firsts, from irrigation to taxes, writing to potters wheel, kings to law codes. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. 4 sessions.


√ Archiving Digital Assets: Your Best Backup Options  -- FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C851 04/08 W 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Brian Boston CON $11

As computers and computerized devices become more central to our lives, the need to protect our unique digital assets (documents, pictures, address books, sign-in credentials, device settings, and other customizations) is increasingly important. While we are concerned about security breaches and software defenses, we may lose sight of the need to regularly backup these assets, not only for security purposes, but also to protect your data from fire, flood, and equipment failure. Join us to learn what backup options you have for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Brian Boston's mission is to connect people with their family, friends, hobbies and interests using technology. He has trained hundreds of support engineers at Microsoft and elsewhere over his 35 years of computer support, but prefers working with end users. 1 session.


Bing Crosby: Three Classic Movies

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C981 05/06-05/20 W 1:30-4 p.m. John James CON $42

Rediscover the cinema magic of Bing Crosby in three classic films—two from the beginning of his career: "Going Hollywood" (1933) with Marion Davies, Ned Sparks, and Patsy Kelly; and "Here is My Heart" (1934) featuring Kitty Carlisle, Roland Young, and Alison Skipworth. Both movies are seldom seen on television. The last film shown will be director Leo McCarey's masterpiece "Going My Way" (1944) with Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, and William Frawley. Both Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald won Academy Awards for their performances. Expect special handouts and an opportunity to discuss each movie. To appreciate Spokane's Bing Crosby, having attended Gonzaga University is not required, but it helps if you enjoy well produced and directed musicals from Hollywood's "Golden Age." John James is a retired librarian from Shoreline Community College with advanced degrees in history and library science, and a life-long interest in movies from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. 3 sessions.

Debris flows are slurries of mud and boulders flowing at great velocities down stream channels. Lahars are debris flows that initiate at volcanoes. Several have occurred in the Cascades in the past decade. Rivers become plugged with sediment. Salmon habitat, drinking water, flood control, roads and buildings, can be affected. We will see photos and video of some of these events, which may become more frequent as climate change continues. Dave Tucker is an associate in geology at Western Washington University and the author of "Northwest Geology Field Trips." 1 session.


The Early Days of Scandinavian Cinema

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C983 05/07—05/28 Th 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Katherine Hanson CON $49

Some of the most golden moments in the era of silent film came out of Scandinavia. The reputation of the Scandinavian studios, directors and actors, cameramen and cameras (Hasselblad) spread to the Continent and across the Atlantic. In the decade following WWI, such star talent as Greta Garbo, Mauritz Stiller, Victor Sjostrom and Carl Dreyer, were invited to come and work in Hollywood. We will view films by Victor Sjostrom's "The Phantom Carriage," and Carl Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc," and conclude with a 'talking film' by Ingmar Bergman, his classic "Wild Strawberries" (1957), featuring Bergman's mentor, Victor Sjostrom, in a major role. The length of these films will allow for some lecture and discussion at each session. . Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the UW. 4 sessions.


√ Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Its Aftermath and Impacts

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C871 04/15 -04//29 W 10 a.m.-2 p.m. John James and Alan Mearns C0N $33

Valdez clean-up, you will hear about the status of current oil spill response programs and the technology options available today in responding to spills. The class instructors served in leadership roles as scientific and technology advisors for their organizations at the time of the spill. James R. Clark retired from ExxonMobil in 2010 as a senior engineering advisor. He earned a BS in fisheries at the University of Michigan and an MS and PhD in zoology and aquatic ecology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Alan J. Mearns is an ecologist and senior staff scientist with the Emergency Response Division (ERD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle. He earned his BS in zoology and an MA in biology at California State University, Long Beach, and his PhD in fisheries at the UW. 3 sessions.


√ Fact and Fiction*--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C913 05/22—04/12 F 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Bev Christensen and Marge Young FBC free

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 C949 Philosophy of Science.


Geology of National Parks, Part III--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C957 04/06—04/27 M 10 a.m-12 p.m. Donn Charnley CON $44

Our national parks, monuments and seashores preserve the most spectacular examples of many geological processes which contain outstanding features of complex tectonic activity, glaciation, wind (Aeolian) and shorelines.

National Parks: Acadia, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, North Cascades, Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, Hawaii, Rainier, Lassen, Yellowstone, Rushmore.

National Monuments: Capulin Volcano, Craters of the Moon, Devil's Postpile, Devil's Tower,

Lava Beds, Lava Butte, Mount St. Helens, Newberry Crater, Sunset Crater, Crazy Horse.

Donn Charnley is professor emeritus of geology at Shoreline CC. He earned his MS in geology from UW and has taught for Seattle Public Schools, Shoreline CC, UW and CRI. 4 sessions.


√ Global Food Security in a Warming World

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C873 04/020-05/04 M 1—3 p.m. Richard Gammon CON $33

Climate and agriculture are interrelated processes that operate on a global scale. The accelerating pace of climate change, combined with population growth, threatens food security everywhere, but especially in the food-insecure developing world. Learn about global food (in)security and undernourished populations. Explore predictions for 2100: population growth by region; changes in rainfall, soil moisture, temperature; food crop responses to different growing conditions; and sea-level rise that will impact coastal deltas, salting aquifers, and the supply of fish protein. We will include possible policy responses, both mitigation and adaptation and the challenges we face in making food locally available, sustainable, and affordable throughout the developing world. Richard Gammon is professor emeritus of chemistry and oceanography, and adjunct professor of atmospheric sciences at the UW. He is a former co-director of the UW Program on the Environment. Dr. Gammon received his BA in chemistry from Princeton University and his MA and PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University. 3 sessions.


√Hands-on with Windows 8.1--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C853 06/03—06/10 W 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Brian Boston CON $22

Microsoft's operating system (OS) first changed radically with Windows 8, then adjusted to be friendlier and more usable with Windows 8.1. You will have the opportunity in class to do hands-on exploration of some common tasks in Windows 8.1, expand your ability to use the OS to communicate with others and create, consume or curate content of interest. We will look at the consumer preview of Windows 10 to see how things might change when it is released later this year. Bring your Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet to class (fully charged because power connections are limited), so we can get started. Brian Boston's mission is to connect people with their family, friends, hobbies, and interests using technology. He 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.


√ Hearing the Ancient Celtic Call

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C945 05/19—06/09 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sue Sutherland-Hanson CON $44

Enjoy the intrigue and beauty of Celtic history and mythology. The influence of Paganism on Celtic Christianity produced beliefs and structures that brought Celtic Christians into conflict with the Roman Church. We will consider the early history, the Celt’s earth-based spirituality, the history of Celtic Christianity, as well as the legacy of arts and spirituality from the Celtic world that resonates in today’s world. Sue Sutherland-Hanson, MAT, MA of divinity, recently retired from a thirty-year career of teaching at Edmonds Community College. In 2005, she returned to school to earn her MA of divinity at Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary, where she focused on writing as ministry, world religions and transformational practices. She now offers classes on topics such as creative writing, writing as a contemplative practice, and tools for transformation through various community and church educational programs. 4 sessions.


√ How Evidence of an Ancient Time and Culture Explains Jesus

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C907 05/06—05/27 W 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Richard Gibson CON $44

Explore different aspects of Jesus through his work, travels, and the last week of his life as we discover how archeology informs our understanding of this fascinating teacher. Dick Gibson is a retired pastor from Terrace Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace, amateur archeologist, and a popular CRI instructor for many years. 4 sessions.


The Ironic, Fantastical, Satirical, Hilarious, Serious World of Kurt Vonnegut

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C915 04/09—04/30 Th 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ginny Enstad CON $44

Kurt Vonnegut wrote novels and short stories about human (and alien) behavior, influenced by significant events in his own life. In this discussion class, we will examine four of his novels that delve into love, war, religion, survival, death, and other themes of importance. We will focus on one novel each session beginning with "The Sirens of Titan," then "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater," and "Slaughterhouse Five," finishing with "Bluebeard." Participants are encouraged to read the novels prior to class discussion. Ginny Enstad has an MA in literature. Retired from the Edmonds School District, she continues to value literature as an essential tool in understanding ourselves and others. 4 sessions.


Living Well Through the End of Your Life--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C891 5/01—05/15 F 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Paula Beatty and Eileen Hanson Richard Stuart CON $33

As hard as it is to face a serious medical condition or death, we all want to ensure our quality of life through the end of life. What advance planning and decision-making about health care are needed? Learn about basic concepts, terminology, and the history of various models of health care, palliative as well as curative, and understand the importance of personal, family-centered, shared decision-making. Medical treatment options at end of life have different consequences for different people that will impact your own decision-making. The final session will be a hands-on approach using a six-step protocol to develop your personal mission statement, advance directive, and appointment of a healthcare representative to meet Washington State requirements. Even if you have a durable power of attorney for health care, you will benefit from this more in-depth approach to planning, clarifying your values, and naming your agent for decision-making. Paula Beatty is an RN with degrees in nursing and nutrition. She has worked in hospice and home health for most of her nursing career, most recently as the executive director for Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish county. Eileen M. Hanson is a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynwood and co-chair of the Advance Care Planning Initiative of the Snohomish county Health Leadership Coalition. Richard B. Stuart is a psychologist and clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the UW. Dr. Stuart developed the Advance Care Planning program at Swedish/Edmonds Hospital. 3 sessions.


Mozart and Einstein: The Physics of Music

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C923 05/19-06/09 T 1:30-3:30 p.m. Bernard G. Silbernagel Con $44

Music has been part of human culture since prehistoric times. The earliest artifacts in the ancient world reveal well-developed instrumental vocal traditions. We describe the different ways in which musical instruments (brass, winds, strings, percussion and voice) produce sounds and how they evolved from ancient times to the present, with a specific discussion of the emergence of modern instruments in the 19th century. We explore how the physiology of human hearing determines which sounds we find pleasant, discuss the different choices of tonal scales in various cultures and illustrate these differences with examples from the classical repertoire. Finally, we will discuss the physical considerations behind the construction of concert halls, notably Seattle's Benaroya Hall. While we will examine the physical principles, no mathematics will be required. Bernard Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil's Corporate Research Laboratories. He has a PhD in physics, (UC San Diego), is a Senior Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions.


√ Old Brain, New Brain, Good Brain: The Science of Brain Development and Deterioration--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C893 05/07-05/21 Th 2-4 p.m. Hilary Kemp CON $33

How does the brain develop? How does it change as we age? A discussion of brain development, as studied in vertebrate models, will help us understand our human brains, where and how memories are created and stored, and compare the structure and functionality of the mature healthy brain to aging and diseased brains. Current research can tell us about causes and prophylactics for brain deterioration. By learning about the development of your brain, you will 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. She 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 zebra fish. Dr. Kemp 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.


√ Philosophy of Religion--FULL

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C947 04/09–04/30 Th 1:30-3:30 p.m. David Smith CON $44

Does God exist? Is there an afterlife? Are all religions created equal? Is one better than the others? If we think we know, can we be sure? Why do people convert and de-convert? We will look at these questions and others as objectively as possible and discuss the answers given by philosophers and other intellectuals throughout history. David E. Smith grew up in the home of a fundamentalist Christian minister. As an adult, he gradually moved away from that paradigm and became a religious progressive/skeptic. After earning an MA in philosophy of religion, he received a second MA and a PhD in religious studies, Temple University, Philadelphia. He now teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW, and offers workshops and seminars in comparative religion, philosophy of religion, and contemporary ethics. 4 sessions.


 √* Philosophy of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C949 05/29-06/19 F 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sorrel R. Paskin CON $44

An exploration of four revolutionary periods in the history of physics, emphasizing the philosophical ideas that act as the determinants and the consequences framing the context of each: (1) Greek "physis" through Aristotle and Ptolemy; (2) Copernican revolution, (deBrahe, Kepler, and Galileo); (3) Newtonian mechanistic worldview; and (4) the 20th century: Special and General Theories of Relativity (Einstein), and the worldview of Quantum Theory (Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, et al). The debates between Ptolemaists and Copernicans, between Galileo and the Church, and today in the rival interpretations of Quantum Theory, will help to clarify the key philosophical controversy between instrumentalism and realism. Sorrel Paskin holds an MA in philosophy, NYU and an MS in accountancy, U of Missouri. He has considerable experience as a teacher in the fields of philosophy, philosophy of science, and economics. 4 sessions. This class is concurrent with C913 Fact and Fiction.


Privacy in Transition: Technology and Digital Citizenship

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C875 04/06–04/13 M 1–3 p.m. Sheetal Agarwal and Colin Lingle CON $22

The issue of privacy becomes increasingly complex in a technology-rich society. The same systems that allow us to communicate, to shop online, to manage our busy lives, will also track our behaviors and generate vast amounts of data that organizations and institutions can use for many different purposes. We will approach privacy as a context-specific idea, and discuss some of the ways that businesses and corporations use our data, the basic tradeoffs we make every day, and how we can protect our privacy. Colin Lingle is a PhD candidate at UW studying political communication, civic engagement and media technology. Sheetal Agarwal is a PhD candidate at the UW studying technology, social movements and political power. 2 sessions.


Rumi: Poet of the Heart

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C917 04/10–04/24 F 10 a.m.—12 p.m. Bob Stahl CON $33

Let the poetry of Rumi inspire your soul this spring! This 13th century mystical Persian poet's insights into life, joy, loss, freedom, longing, spirit and imagination still resonate in today's world. As a Sufi, Rumi was the founder of the 'whirling dervishes.' Learn about Rumi's mentor, the mysterious Shams of Tabriz, whom Rumi often refers to as the 'friend.' The book "Rumi: The Big Red Book," translated by Coleman Barks, is the required text for this course and will be the touchstone for our discussion sessions. Rumi is the most widely read poet in America today. An introductory DVD on Rumi's life will conclude our first session. Bob Stahl is an award-winning photographer and photography instructor who teaches at several Seattle-area colleges. He has taught previous CRI classes on Jung, Mary Oliver, Buddhism, Zen, Joseph Campbell, Celtic Wisdom, Care of the Soul, and Art History. 3 sessions


√ Shakespeare's "Othello"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C985 05/08-05/29 F 1-3 p.m. Sean Taylor CON $44

We will perform a close reading of the play "Othello," which will be staged by Seattle Shakespeare Company concurrently with the course. The student's reading may be enhanced by purchasing a ticket to attend the live performance (cost of the tickets is not included in the class fee). Central to our attention will be the problematic blend of poetry and passion of the hero, whom A.C. Bradley (to much dispute) called "the most romantic of Shakespeare's heroes." We will also focus on the problem of the motivation of Iago, Shakespeare's greatest villain (indisputably). Students are asked to read through Act 2 Scene 1 for the first meeting. Any edition of the play will do, though it is recommended to find one with annotations, and with line numbers. 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 Through Literature: Contexts

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C919 05/04-06/01 M 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Ellen Berg CON $44

We will read short stories in order to explore the sociological idea of contexts. In fiction as in reality, individuals live out their particular lives within the context of a social world, not particular just to them, but shared by many. Some aspects of this social world which we will discuss include the contexts of a society not your own: religion, law (in the charming form of an O. Henry story), and intimate relationships. The stories will range from the humorous to the tragic, from the mundane to the surreal—just as do the contexts we encounter in life. Course goals are for us to read well-crafted stories, to participate in lively discussion, and to come away with new insights about the social contexts or our lives. Ellen Z. Berg is a sociologist who has taught before at CRI. She uses short stories to convey sociological ideas so that everyone can ponder the same social world and share their thoughts about it. 4 sessions. No class May 25th-Memorial Day.


√ Stellar Evolution

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C959 05/18-06/15 M 1–3 p.m. Linda Khandro CON $44

Stars are the source of life, and each star has its own "lifespan." In this presentation, we will see how stars are born, how and why they change as they age, and ultimately how they die. In the process, we will see how all life is itself a product of stars and their evolution. What do we mean when we say, "we are stardust" (with thanks to Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell)? Join us to find out. Linda Khandro is a geologist with an MS degree in earth science.  4 sessions.  No class Monday, May 25th-Memorial Day.


√ Veterans' Issues

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C877 06/08-06/15 M 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Chris Szarek CON $22

Veterans have long held a unique place in our society. Throughout the history of our great nation, brave men and women have served and sacrificed across the globe in times of war and peace. We will begin with an overview of the history, structure, culture, and traditions of the Armed Services many of which can impact the lives of Veterans long after they have left the service. We will use this as a base to explore issues currently affecting Veterans, as well as what measures society and government have enacted to help Veterans transition back into civilian life. This will include Veterans Administration programs such as the GI Bill, as well as current legislation and programs in our community. Chris Szarek served in the US Navy for 20 years as a Seabee, retiring in 2009. After retirement, Chris earned a BA in communications, and an MA in business administration from UW. He currently serves as the Veterans Resource Center Director at Edmonds Community College. 2 sessions.


Walls and the Tiger: How One Indian Community Fought Back Against Development

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C879 06/03–06/10 W 1-3 p.m. Sushma Kallam CON $22

The documentary film, "Walls and the Tiger," is a testimony to the courage and resilience of villages in southern India as they work together to save their lands, passed down for generations, from the rapidly increasing threat of government-sponsored forced land acquisitions. A modern tale of David and Goliath, it is a moving and humanizing film directed by Sushma Kallam. Filled with haunting landscapes and revelations of courage in the face of severe hardship, the film examines one of the most crucial political and human rights issues for the 21st century, as relevant in other developing countries as it is in India: the decimation of rural people and their environments in the name of "development." Through viewing the film and hearing the story behind its creation, you will understand how healthy farm communities are damaged, even destroyed, by the needs of a global economy that demands cheap goods. Sushma Kallam is descended from a long line of Indian farmers in villages close to the Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh state. During her childhood, she lived for a year in the peaceful village of her grandparents. After earning an engineering degree in India, she came to the US in 2001 and became an independent IT consultant specializing in supply-chain management of manufactured goods and services for international markets. In that environment, she learned about the ways in which economic development was disrupting traditional rural life in India. 2 sessions.


World War II in Norway on Film and in Books

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C987 04/07—04/28 T 9:30 a.m.–12 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, which will take the bulk of class time 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 amazon.com. 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.


World of "Beowulf"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C921 05/28-06/18 Th 1:30p.m.-3:30p.m. Sean Taylor CON $44

A reading of the 11th century Old English poem, "Beowulf," will introduce students to the literature, culture and mythology of medieval northern Europe. The earliest great work in English literature, this poem provides a fascinating and topical witness to a culture torn by its allegiance to the heroic ethos of the warrior while attempting to reconcile itself to Christian ideals of charity and forgiveness. We will be using for our text the translation of "Beowulf" by R.M. Liuzza (widely available on Amazon). Students are requested to have read up to line number 836 for the first class meeting. 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.