1960s Social and Political Upheaval to Highlight Lifelong Learning Academy

New and Interesting Mix of Mini-Courses offered on Diverse Topics

An all-day seminar that homes in on the social, cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s will highlight the fall 2013 catalog of courses offered by Trinity’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, a program designed for adults who want to pursue new interests, expand their intellectual horizons and enrich their lives.

There will be 11 topics in all, spanning the ages from the emergence of monotheism during Biblical times to the role of women in contemporary American politics.

The Academy is open to adults in Greater Hartford, with the mini-courses primarily taught by current and former Trinity faculty. The Academy’s co-directors are Frank Kirkpatrick, Ellsworth Morton Tracy Lecturer and Professor of Religion, and Patricia A. Bunker, retired head reference librarian. In addition to the all-day program, two classes will be held in the morning, one in the afternoon and the balance are scheduled for the early evening. Enrollees have access to many Trinity resources, including the Raether Library. Discounts are provided to Cinestudio, Austin Arts Center and College sporting events.

 The prices range from $85 for a four-day mini-course to $125 for the all-day seminar, which includes lunch. Trinity faculty and staff are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Gift certificates are also available.

Among the exciting courses that will be offered in the fall of 2013 are:

  • The 1960s

This daylong program on Saturday, November 6 will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch at noon. Two sessions will be held in the morning and two in the afternoon. “Civil Rights Revolution and Conservative Counterrevolution” will be taught by Kevin McMahon, John Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science; “Vietnam: Children’s Crusade” will be taught by Michael Heaney, a Vietnam veteran, former attorney and teacher; “Say It Loud: Music, Protest, and Politics“ will be taught by Scott Gac, chair of the American Studies Program; and “No Turning Back?: The Women’s Movement After Fifty Years” will be taught by Barbara Sicherman, an author and professor emerita at Trinity.

  • Women and Politics

This four-week course will be taught by Stefanie Chambers, associate professor of political science, on October 28, November 4 and 18 and December 9 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road in Simsbury. The course will explore the role of women in American politics from the early 20th century through the present day, including the collective efforts made by women to gain political rights, to secure favorable public policies, and to achieve an equal role for women in the political realm. Other topics will cover women’s political views, voting behaviors, and rates of participation and how they are distinctive from men.

  • Prophets or Messiahs: The Rise of Cults and Cultic Practices in the United States

This five-week course will be taught by Leslie Desmangles, professor of religion and international studies, on October 7, 21 and 28 and November 4 and 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Heights at Avery Heights, 705 New Britain Avenue, Hartford. In past decades, more than 2,000 cults have emerged in the United States. What are cults and who are their leaders? Are they prophets or are they madmen, and why are their messages effective among so many?

  • The Emergency of Monotheism

This five-week course will be taught by John Gettier, professor of religion, emeritus, on October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The McAuley, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford. Monotheism, which was the foundation first of Judaism and then of Christianity and Islam, is a gift of ancient Israel. The course will trace the emergence of monotheistic belief through ancient events and Biblical texts, a journey of marvel combining the intricacies of intellectual history, human imagination, and poetic expression.

  • Soren Kierkegaard: The Scandal of Religious Belief and an Attack on Christendom

This four-week course will be taught by Frank Kirkpatrick, Ellsworth Morton Tracy Lecturer and Professor of Religion, on September 12, 19 and 26 and October 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington. Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish thinker and writer who is credited with one of the first developments of Christian existentialism. He penetrated the psychological depths of anxiety, faith, and the scandal of religious belief. The course will explore his life, writings on faith and religion, and his attack on the established church of Denmark.

  • Five Characters in Search of a Culprit

This five-week course will be taught by Andrew De Rocco, a former dean of the faculty at Trinity, on September 18 and 25 and October 2, 9 and 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In this sequence of mysteries, students will encounter five fascinating characters, each with a distinct personality and approach to criminal investigation. The five: Aimee Leduc in Paris; Hermes Diaktoros on an unnamed Greek island; Inspector Van Veeteren, perhaps in Holland; Salvo Montalbano in Sicily; and Commander Adam Dalgleish on Combe Island off the Cornish Coast.

  • Arthurian Literature Across the Channel

This six-week course will be taught by Sheila Fisher, professor of English, on September 18 and 25 and October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the most famous stories of the Middle Ages centered on Arthurian legend. Each country or region had its own version of the legends. The course will focus on two of the most famous redactors of Arthurian legends from the countries whose involvement with this literature ran deep in their national fabric: Chretien de Troyes, a 12th-century French writer, and Thomas Malory, a 15th-century English writer.

  • Memoir Writing: Tell Your Own Story

This eight-week course will be taught by Hank Herman, a columnist and blogger for The Westport News, on October 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6, 13 and 20 and December 4. Almost every celebrity – from Andre Agassi to Tina Fey to Barack Obama – has at some point tried his or her hand at memoir writing. Many people have recollections that they want to pass on. This course will show prospective authors how to sit down at their computers and start writing about themselves. Students will learn how to write easily, naturally and in their own voice. The course is limited to eight students and the fee is $300.

  •  The Art of Dining In Classical Antiquity

This six-week course will be taught by Martha Risser, associate professor of classics, on September 12, 19 and 26 and October 3, 10 and 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This course will explore the cuisines and dining customs of Greco-Roman antiquity by drawing on evidence from art, archaeology, and literature. Topics will include private dinner parties, ritual feasting, medicinal diets, cultural stereotypes, and how diets and table manners identified individuals as civilized or savage.

  • The Making of Modern India (1)

This five-week course will be taught by Ranbir Vohra, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, on September 11, 18 and 25 and October 2 and 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The course will take a sweeping look at Indian history from ancient times to the present to show how India’s complex and often perplexing religious, social, and political traditions interacted with British imperialism to shape India’s path to independence. Among the topics discussed will be India’s great tradition, Britain’s legacy on the subcontinent, the pacifist struggle for independence, Hindu-Muslim relations, and the founding of Pakistan. A later course will take a closer look at post-independent India.

  • Homer’s Iliad: The Tragedy of Achilles

This six-week course will be taught by John Williams, Hobart Professor of Classics, Emeritus, on September 9, 16, 23 and 30 and October 7 and 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Iliad provided, among other things, the framework for tragedy as a dramatic genre as it ultimately blossomed in the 5th-century B.C. theater in Athens. The scope of the epic is cosmic; gods, goddesses and humans regularly commune and converse with one another. The playing field, however, is very personal, finite, and intimate.

For more information about the Academy, contact Program Coordinator Nancy Rossi at 860-297-2125 or email:   lifelonglearning@trincoll.edu.