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Creative Retirement Institute

Spring 2014 Classes: Apr. 7-June 20

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Item Dates Day Class Title Cost
C900 04/07–04/28 M FULL African History Before the Europeans $44
C878 04/08–04/29 T Shrinking the World: Air Travel and Adventure $44
C890 04/07–04/28 M Germs and Disease $44
C908 04/08–04/29 T FULL Medieval History: Gothic Glories Sect. A $44
C902 04/09–04/23 W Dada, Surrealism, Miro $42
C960 04/09–04/30 W Splash! The Geology of Water $44
C892 04/10–05/01 Th In a Heartbeat: Human Cardiovascular Function $44
C906 04/10–05/01 Th Latin American History: Pre-Colonial to 1810 $44
C918 04/11–05/02 F FULL Shakespeare's "King Lear" $44
C880 04/18–05/02 F FULL Top Secret: The What, Why and How Much $33
C958 04/30 W Cascade Volcano Hazards: 21st Century $16
C956 05/05–06/02 M FULL The Burgess Shale $44
C924 05/05–06/02 M FULL Einstein and Mozart: The Physics of Music $44
C874 05/06–05/13 T FULL The Indian Ocean and Future of American Power $22
C944 05/06–05/27 T Daniel and Revelation $44
C912 05/07–05/28 W FULL Edith Wharton: Satiric Insights $44
C920 05/07–05/28 W Trials and Tribulations: Reading Kafka $44
C914 05/08–05/29 Th Love in Constantinople: Skram's "Fru Ines" $44
C922 05/08–05/29 Th Come to the Cabaret $49
C921 05/09–05/30 F FULL Fact and Fiction – No Fee but Registration Required  
C870 05/09–05/30 F Commons Sense: Intro to Parliamentary Government $44
C872 05/09–05/16 F FULL Current Issues Forum $22
C169 05/20–06/10 T The Birth of the English Sonnet $44
C910 05/23–06/13 F FULL Medieval History: Gothic Glories Sect. B $44
C904 05/29–06/19 Th FULL The Fall and Rise of Germany $44
C876 06/03–06/17 T Is US Democracy Still Possible? $33
C852 06/04–06/18 W Exploring Windows 8.1 $33
C894 06/05–06/12  Th FULL Mental Health and Aging  $22
C850 06/09–06/16 M FULL Cloud Computing: A Consumer's Guide $22
C882 06/11–06/18 W Adventures in Wine Pairing $45

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 Wine Pairing

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C882 06/11–06/18 W 1pm–3pm Ruth Arista CON $43

Each time we sit down with a plate of food and a glass of wine, we have the opportunity to have flavors that love each other like a good marriage—then there are the food pairings that fight the wine like a Las Vegas boxing match. In this two-part class there will be examples of both, and we will delve into the underlying causes. You will go away with practical knowledge that leads to perfect pairings. As owner of Arista Wine Cellars, Ruth Arista has over a decade of experience in the Washington wine industry. Class includes handouts and tasting. 2 sessions


√ African History Before the Europeans

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C900 04/07-04/28 M 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ellen Z. Berg CON $44

African history emerged as a field of study after WWII. It began with the dilemma of how can you write the history of a continent which, for the most part, lacks a written record? The pioneers in the field have supplied an answer: Africa's history can be pieced together by combining the skimpy written record with the geological, archaeological and ethnographic records. We will consider what these sources tell us about Africa before the Europeans arrived in the 15th century. Four lectures will focus on: 1) Human origins and life in the stone age; 2) The age of metals and trade; 3) The Christianization and Islamization of Africa; 4) African beliefs and practices. Maps and brief readings will be supplied. Ellen Z. Berg is a sociologist who lived in Lagos, Nigeria from 1970-72. She has taught African history previously at the TELOS program for retirees in Bellevue. 4 sessions.


 New Location:√ The Birth of the English Sonnet

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C916 05/20—06/1 T 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sean Taylor CON $44

The main authors under discussion in tracing the origins of the English sonnet from its roots in 13th century Petrarch to its development into a standard English form over the course of the 16th century, will be Sir Thomas Wyatt (the original importer of the form into England), Henry Howard, Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney. (And for those who are thinking, "what about Shakespeare?" they may be mollified to know that I plan to followup on this course with one concentrating on the sonnets of Shakespeare.) Former students who have the Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th Edition, vol. IB, can use this as their text. Others can avail themselves of the course packet available from the CRI office. For the first class, students are requested to read the selections from Sir Thomas Wyatt: "The Long Love...," "Whoso List to Hunt," "Farewell, Love," "Divers Doth Use," and "They Flee From Me." 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.


√ The Burgess Shale: One of the World's Most Significant Fossil Sites

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C956 05/05—06/02 M 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Linda Khandro CON $44

The story begins with a brief overview-of the three major rock types, focusing on sedimentary rocks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, followed by an introduction to the geologic formation and structure of the Rockies, especially in the-region of Field, BC, the location of the Burgess Shale and its iconic fossils, discovered in 1909 by well-known paleontologist and museum director, Charles Walcott. After Walcott's extensive quarrying and attempts at classification, they lay unremarked for 60 years until new researchers opened the drawers of specimens in the Smithsonian Museum. Walcott was wrong in his classifications of these fossils—but he was also right, and so were others after him. The debates continue today, but the importance of the fossils, their location and their preservation, is in-disputed, and is the source of many treatises and books that continue to fascinate and amaze. Linda Khandro is a geologist with an MS degree in earth science. No class Monday, May 26, Memorial Day


 Cancelled: Cascade Volcano Hazards: 21st Century

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C958 04/30 W 1-3 p.m. Dave Tucker CON $16

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.


FULL Cloud Computing: A Consumer's Guide

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C850     06/09—06/16 M 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Brian Boston CON $22

A recent survey of 1,000 Americans discovered that while 54% claimed to never use cloud computing, 95% were actually using these services. With more mobile and Internet-connected computing devices, the cloud has become pervasive in how we communicate with others, store information, purchase goods, and entertain ourselves. Yet it is still a mystery to most of us. Join us for two sessions, where we lift the veil on cloud computing to discover what it is and how it can work for us. Bring your laptops, tablets or smart phones for the second session to try various cloud services "hands on." 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 endusers.  2 sessions. 


√ Come to the Cabaret with Barbara Cook, Bobby Short, Mabel Mercer and Michael Feinstein *

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C922 05/08—05/29 Th 1:30pm-3:45pm John James Cristwood Park Chapel $49

Webster's Dictionary defines a cabaret as "a restaurant serving liquor and wine and providing entertainment (as by singers and dancers)" and this class will give you an opportunity to hear four of the greatest stars of the New York cabaret scene over the past five decades (our libations will have to be of the soft variety) Enjoy the best of the American songbook composed by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Stephen Sondheim and many others. Original recordings and rare videos will be presented. Informative handouts will provide opportunities to learn more about each performer. Watch for "guest appearances" by Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Leslie "Hutch" Hutchinson, Mel Torme, Lee Wiley and "the incomparable" Hildegarde. This spring "come to the cabaret" to savor great popular music by great artists. John James is a retired librarian from Shoreline Community College with advanced degrees in history and library science, and a life-long interest in the best of popular music and jazz from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. *This class runs concurrent with C904 *This class runs concurrent with C904
The Fall and Rise of Germany Note: There is approximately a one block walk from parking to the classroom. Each week when arriving for class please sign in at the front entrance desk. 4 sessions.


√ Commons Sense: Introduction to Parliamentary Government*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C870 05/09—05/30 F 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Terry L. Taylor CON $44

This class is an introductory overview of the parliamentary system with a comparison to the American federal model. We will look at examples of Prime Minister's Question Time and the Queen's formal opening of the British Parliament. Video clips of Parliamentary sessions will be shown and explained. Terry L. Taylor has a BA degree in history and political science, MA in history, and is professor of history, political science, and international studies, Shoreline Community College. This class runs concurrent with C921 Fact and Fiction. 4 sessions.


Current Issues Forum: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come back

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C872 05/09—05/16 F 1 p.m.-3 p.m. John McGibbon CON $22

In their timely book, "That Used to Be Us," Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum discuss major challenges to US economic success. Using the book as a platform, you are invited to participate in a lively conversation about whether the challenges exist and, if they do, how a happy ending to this story might be written. Please note: Reading the book prior to taking the class is highly recommended and should significantly enhance your experience. The book is available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other outlets. John McGibbon is a CRI member with an AB degree from Dartmouth College. He is a retired Boeing finance manager with a strong interest in current affairs. 2 sessions.


 

√ Dada, Surrealism, Miro

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C902 04/09—04/23 W 1pm—3pm Rebecca Albiani CON $42

This spring, Seattle Art Museum will be hosting Miro: The Experience of Seeing, which focuses on the late career of the Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miro. The course introduces two of the most important 20th century art movements for understanding Miro's work, Dada and Surrealism, and examines Miro's career as a whole. The first session focuses on Dada, the fiercely pacifist and absurdist artistic movement which arose in neutral Switzerland during World War I and spread to the rest of the continent, giving rise to some of the earliest completely abstract works of art. Miro was one of the first artists to apply the principles of Surrealism to the visual arts in the 1920s. Session two will include Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and other famous figures as we discuss Surrealist principles such as automatism and startling juxtapositions. In the third class, focus is on the development of Joan Miro's distinctive artistic language organic forms in simple colors bound with black lines), his efforts to "assassinate painting," and the interplay between his paintings and sculptures. Join us and enrich your museum-going this season. 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.


√New Location: Daniel and Revelation

Number Date Day TimeSC Instructor Location Cost
C944 05/06—05/27 T 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Richard Gibson CON $44

We will explore together two "Bible" books filled with mystery and intrigue. Popular speakers make them into scary stories predicting the end of the world. We will read and discuss to find out what all the fuss is about. Our exploration will help us understand how and when they were written and why they say the strange things they do—or are they really strange??? Come and explore together. Please bring your "Bible" to class. Rev. Gibson is a retired Presbyterian minister, popular instructor at CRI and an amateur archaeologist. 4 sessions.


√ Edith Wharton: Satiric Insights

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C912 05/07/—05/28 W 10am-12pm Ginny Enstad CON $44

This discussion class will look at Edith Wharton's most famous novel and a selection of her short stories. Wharton was intrigued by individuals in relation to others and their surroundings, and had a profound interest in human nature. Her views regarding society, particularly the role of women, are relevant today even though seen as "modern" and even shocking when they were expressed through her novels and short stories. For session one, please read "Expiation," "The Dilettante," "The Muse's Tragedy," and "The Pelican." In session two, we will discuss "Souls Belated," "Zingu," and "The Other Two." These are collected in "Short Stories" published by Dover Thrift Editions. Sessions three and four will focus on her Pulitzer winning novel,"The Age of Innocence," a masterpiece of Old New York. 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.


√FULL  Einstein and Mozart: The Physics of Music

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C924 05/05—06/02 M 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bernard G Silbernagel CON $44

Music has been part of human culture since prehistoric times. The earliest artifacts in the ancient world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China) reveal well-developed instrumental and vocal traditions. We describe the different ways in which musical instruments (brass, winds, strings, percussion, voice) produce sounds and how they have evolved from ancient times to the present. We explore how the physiology of human hearing determines which sounds we find pleasant and influenced the choices of tonal scales in various cultures. Each of these concepts will be illustrated by examples from the classical repertoire. Finally, we discuss the physical considerations behind the construction of concert halls, and conclude with a discussion of Seattle's Benaroya Hall and basic physical principles. Mathematical descriptions are not required. 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 San-ta 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. No class May 26, Memorial Day. 4 sessions.


Exploring Windows 8.1

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C852 06/04—06/18 W 10am—12pm Brian Boston CON $33

It's clear that Windows, the most commonly used operating system found in desktop and laptop computers, has changed. With the launch of Windows 8 in 2012 and the much improved 8.1 update late last year, Microsoft is aiming for more of the simplicity and style that people find in tablets and other mobile devices. The first session of this class introduces the basic features found in Windows 8 and 8.1. For subsequent sessions, bring your own Windows 8/8.1 laptop or tablet as we explore "hands-on" what this new form of Windows can do for you. To benefit from this class, you must be using Windows 8 or 8.1 now or purchasing or upgrading before the class date. 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. 3 sessions.


 FULL Fact and Fiction* 

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C921 5/09—05/30 F 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Marge Young and Bev Christiansen

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.


FULL  New Title for Fall and Rise of Germany

√ Reflecting Images: Germany and Europe from 1914 to 2014*

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C904 05/22-06/19  Th 3:30-5:30 Frank Wendler Con $44

The political history of Germany and Europe in the past 100 years are closely intertwined, and Germany has often played a central role for developments that Europe as a whole has taken. What has changed over time is how ideas of Europe and visions of European unification have been used to define concepts of German identity and Germany's future as a nation state. In this context, the lecture series will trace Germany's changing forms of engagement with ideas of Europe and European unification. The series will cover the following four stages: I. Europe as a space for the projection of German power in the two World Wars and Nazi dictatorship; II. Europe as a stabilizing framework and source of legitimization for postwar democracy in the Federal Republic (1949-1989); III. Germany and Europe reunited: the establishment and development of European Union from the fall of the Berlin wall until the Eastern enlargement of the EU (1989-2004); IV. Germany as Europe's reluctant hegemon: recent developments since the failure of the Constitutional Treaty for Europe (2005) until the onset and political resolution of the Eurozone crisis.
Dr Frank Wendler is a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (Seattle). He studied in Hamburg and Paris, received his PhD from the University of Göttingen in 2005 and has held academic positions at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and the University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany). His research and teaching concentrates on the study of the European Union and the comparative analysis of public debate, parliaments and party politics in the context of European integration. He is currently working on a book project dealing with the evolution of parliamentary debates on Europe in four EU Member States. No class on 5/29


√ Germs and Disease 

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C890 04/07-04/28 M 1-3 p.m. Winston Brill CON $44

Participants with no prior knowledge of medicine, biology, or other sciences will appreciate how germs cause disease. How do we protect ourselves from infectious diseases? What are the trade-offs from medical intervention? Learn about food poisoning, epidemics, bioterrorism, and how disease has influenced history and art. We will discuss a variety of ethical issues. Winston Brill has a PhD in microbiology, University of Wisconsin, was founder and director of research of a biotechnology company, and consultant and speaker to stimulate organizational and personal creativity and innovation. Since his "retirement," he has been teaching "Microbes and Society" at the UW to non-science undergrads. He also teaches short courses for the 50+ crowd through UW OSHER and Bellevue College TELOS programs. 4 sessions.


√ In a Heartbeat: Human Cardiovascular Function

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C892 04/10–05/01 T 10am–12pm Steve Trautwein CON $44

The basic anatomy of the heart and blood vessels and selected anatomical characteristics determines the functions of these organs. We will examine the mechanisms of control of heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, resistance, and ultimately blood pressure, and discuss the functional characteristics of hemoglobin as it relates to the effective transport of blood within the body. The last part of the course will be devoted to a superficial discussion of selected cardiovascular pathologies in terms of aberrations of the "normal" structure/function relationships. Medical (i.e. diagnosis and treatment) issues will not be discussed. Steve Trautwein has a BA degree in biology, MSci, zoology; and PhD in physiology. He is associate professor emeritus of biology, Southeast Missouri State University, and recipient of two Excellence in Teaching Awards. 4 sessions.


FULL: New Location: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power 

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C874 05/06–05/13 T 1:pm–3:pm William Keppler CON $22

This course will present evidence as to why the US must have a presence in the Indian Ocean during the second decade of the twenty-first century. The presence of our Navy is critical for our national interest and defense, as well as maintaining stability in a region where China and India may rise to super power status. The Indian Ocean, the third largest and warm-est, is surrounded by 37 nations and is unfamiliar to many Americans. The strategic significance of three straits, major petroleum de-posits in the South China Sea, rich uranium ore in Burma, and religious conflicts in this area will be examined. William Keppler earned his BSci degree in zoology, botany and chemistry; MA in biological sciences; and PhD in genetics. He is a graduate of The National War College, Washington, D.C.
2 sessions.


 New Location: Is US Democracy Still Possible?

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C876 06/ 06/03–06/17 T 9:30am—11:30am Rebecca J. Wolfe CON $33

Significant Supreme Court decisions and legislation from the earliest days of the US have affected the current situation in our government, economy, and society. We will read, view and discuss ideas from a diverse set of thinkers. The instructor will provide suggested readings and copies of some materials. Participants who have laptops are encouraged to bring them to class. Those who have computers at home will want to download and print some of our materials for their personal use in class. Participants will be invited to share their personal perspectives, experiences, and ideas during the class. Rebecca Wolfe's educational background includes degrees in English, education, and leadership studies. During her professional career she has taught at all age levels, in a variety of settings: public, private, in the US and in Turkey. Additionally she volunteers for causes to help protect our natural resources: public lands, watersheds, fish, wildlife and birds; as well as the essentials for the survival of all living things–adequate food, air and water. 3 sessions.


√ Latin American History: Pre-Colonial to 1810

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C906 04/10-05/01 Th 1-3 p.m. Robert J. Scauzillo CON $44

Different aspects of Latin American history from the Pre-Colonial period to 1810 will be discussed, and we will explore the conquest and settlement of South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Robert J. Scauzillo taught Latin American history, world history and military history courses at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, and US history courses for Boise State University and Park College in Idaho. He holds a BS degree from the Air Force Academy in Colorado and an MA degree in history from the University of Texas. 4 sessions.


√ Love in Constantinople, Conflict in Istanbul: Exploring Place in Amalie Skram's "Fru Ines"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C914 04 05/08-05/29 Th 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Katherine Hanson and Dennis Peters

CON $44

In the 1870s a young Norwegian woman sailed to Constantinople and other port cities in the Levant with her sea-captain husband. Twenty years later she wrote a novel set in Constantinople, the cosmopolitan capital city of the Ottoman Empire. The novel, "Fru Ines," daringly describes the passionate and adulterous love of a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. The streets and parks and mansions of Constantinople heighten the tensions and intensify the conflicts of conscience, oppression of women, and the need for love. Today's readers may be startled to recognize names of places visited by the novel's characters as ones they've seen in newspapers as sites of demonstrations in Istanbul. Taking Skram's novel as a point of departure, we will consider how the most beautiful and exotic of cities has shifted character, identity and name as a result of the Ottoman decline. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Class will meet for four sessions with Katherine Hanson and Dennis Peters. Required reading: "Fru Ines" by Amalie Skram. Suggested reading: "Istanbul Memories and the City" by Orhan Pamuk. 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. Dennis Peters has been teaching humanities courses in high school and community college and for CRI. 4 sessions.


FULL√New Location: Medieval History: Gothic Glories Section A: 

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C908 04/08-04/29 T 2pm–4pm Kristi Busch CON $44

FULL√ Medieval History: Gothic Glories Section B

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C910 05/23-06/13 F 1 pm–3pm Kristi Busch CON $44

An examination of the glorious 11s and 12s looks at the development of the institutions that mark the High Middle Ages, starting with the shift from Manoralism and serfdom to the freedom of the lively cities as they spread across Europe. This gave rise to the Universities and the excitement of scholasticism and philosophy. Deeply personal mysticism began to flourish. Travel was now possible, so pilgrimages became more common along with trade and the trade fairs. All of this culminated in the building of hundreds of magnificent gothic cathedrals, the imagination of the Middle Ages made manifest. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. She has been a story-teller in both performance and therapeutic settings, teaching courses in history, civics, philosophy, and mythology. 4 sessions.


FULL: New Instructor: Mental Health and Aging

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C894 06/05–06/12 Th 10:am-12:pm Linda Whitesell CON $22

This two-part class will explore the common issues that challenge seniors, including memory difficulties, mood changes such as depression and anxiety, and the stress from loss of health, chronic illness, death of a spouse, or being a caregiver. We'll discuss techniques to help deal with these issues as well as other challenges. The instructor will review resources and positive strategies to promote self-efficacy and maintain optimal mental health.

Linda Whitesell is a retired geriatric nurse practitioner who worked with seniors for most of her 46 years as a nurse. With a degree in education, Linda has developed and presented many programs to professional staff and adults in the community setting and has taught gerontology courses at Edmonds Community College. She currently volunteers for hospice, Meals on Wheels, and Senior Services of Snohomish County, and is on the Snohomish County Council on Aging.. 2 sessions.


FULL √ Shakespeare's "King Lear"

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C918 04/11—05/02 F 1:pm–3:pm Sean Taylor CON $44

We will perform a close reading of the play that marked the high point of Shakespeare's tragic genius, "King Lear." Special attention will be paid to discussing the moral problems posed by the play: the conflict between self-interest and the demands of duty and compassion. Concurrent to this course, "King Lear" will be produced onstage by Seattle Shakespeare Company, which students will be able to attend at a special discount. Students are requested to read through Act 2 for the first class meeting. Any edition of the play will do, though it is recommended that you find one with line numbers and annotations. 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 


√ Shrinking the World: Air Travel and Adventure 1920-1970

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C878 04/08-04/29 T 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Mike Lavelle ESC $44

In exploring the early pioneer air routes from the end of World War I into the Jet Age, and the people, air-craft and airlines that helped shrink the world during this 50-year period, we will examine the impact a developing commercial air age had on a country's politics, image, society and culture. Prior to each session, the instructor will provide a sent email PDF file to each student of the PowerPoint slides to be used during the session. Session One: Early pioneers, routes and aircraft, lesson learned. Session Two: Expanding routes, establishing the main players, transoceanic efforts and government involvement. Session Three: The large four-engine piston airliners, post-World War II adjustments. Session Four: The Jet Age, British Comet, Boeing 707, competition. Mike Lavelle spent his career in the aviation/aerospace industry, eleven of those years with the Cessna Aircraft Company, followed by 24 years with the Boeing Company. His assignments were primarily in aircraft maintenance and flight operations. He was an adjunct associate professor at Wichita State University where he taught in their Aviation Management Program. Mike is a flight instructor with over 70 hours in a variety of aircraft. A former director at the Seattle Museum of Flight, Mike is an aviation author and historian, a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain, and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 4 session


√ Splash! The Geology of Water

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C960 04/09–04/30 W 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Donn Charnley CON $44

Our Cascade and Olympic mountains owe their rugged beauty to the actions of glaciers. The Puget Sound Basin and Eastern Washington have been profoundly affected by the Pleistocene Ice Age's massive ice sheets. We will discuss why and how glaciers form and behave, and how they modify the land over which they move. We will also consider possible causes of the Earth's numerous ice ages. Donn Charnley is professor emeritus 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 since 23.
4 sessions.


FULL Top Secret: The What, Why and How Much of Classified Information

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C880 04/18–05/02 F 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Jim Thyden CON $33

In this course we will discuss the nature of classified government in-formation and related issues from the perspectives of professionals with real-life experience. These include retirees from military intelligence, a defense contractor, the CIA, and the Foreign Service— mostly CRI members. We will define classified information, discuss why it is classified, and rules for handling it. Presentations will not focus on current political issues, but all questions are welcome. Jim Thyden will introduce and facilitate this course. Jim has taught and lectured at the UW Jackson School, the State Department's Foreign Service Institution foreign policy. 3 sessions.


√ Trials and Tribulations: Reading Kafka

Number Date Day Time Instructor Location Cost
C920 05/07–05/28 W 1-3 p.m. Tim Coombs CON $44

Although despair is a common theme in Franz Kafka's work, that does not mean we cannot find joy in reading him—humor even. "There is hope after all," as Kafka would tell his longtime friend and editor, Max Brod, "plenty of hope—just not for us." Over the course of four sessions, we will examine several shorter texts by Kafka, paying particular attention to the themes of trauma and redemption. Our approach will be primarily discussion-based, though lectures about Kafka's life and literary influences will also play an important role. No reading will be required for the first session, but participants can expect to read approximately one short story per week. Readings will be taken from "Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories," published by Schocken Books. Tim Coombs is a PhD candidate at UW, where he has taught a variety of classes on German literary and visual culture. His dissertation investigates the significance of wounds in Kafka's short stories. 4 sessions.