Emeritus Society


About the Emeritus Society

The goal of the Emeritus Society is to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages. The Society provides a learning environment that affirms the unique attributes that the adult learner brings to the classroom—delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantial life experience. Students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers. Our college-level courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades. We invite you to join us.


SPRING 2020 LIST OF CLASSES AND EVENTS

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SPRING 2020 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Special Event: Emeritus Kickoff Event

Elemental Play/Playing with Elements: Science and Chemistry in World History

A lecture presented by Drs. Omar H. Ali and Nadja B. Cech

This fun and stimulating lecture will delight both science and non-science lovers alike. Come as early as 10:30 a.m., enjoy refreshments and connect with fellow participants.

Wednesday, January 15

11:00 a.m. – noon

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro. A historian of the global African Diaspora, he was selected as The Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year.  

Nadja B. Cech is Patricia A Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC Greensboro. The author of dozens of scientific papers, she is an award-winning teacher and mentor with a National Institutes of Health-funded research lab in natural products chemistry. Drs. Ali and Cech regularly co-teach an Honors Seminar entitled "How Do We Know What We Know?: Power, Epistemology, and Methodology."

There is no charge for this course, but for planning purposes registration is requested.

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Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Preservation of the British Monarchy

Given recent films and television series on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II it is perhaps a good time to examine the British monarchy and the role that Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg Gotha, had on its transformation into an institution compatible with modern parliamentary democracy. This was not foreordained. When Victoria became queen in 1837, the British monarchy was widely seen as incompetent and corrupt, an embarrassment to the country and a burden to its taxpayers. It was Victoria and Albert who began the transformation which saved it from the threat posed by Republicanism in an age of revolution and growing demands for mass participation in national politics.

  1. George III and the Role of the Crown in the British Constitution in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries. The Young Victoria, Her Personality and Her Troubled Childhood.
  2. Victoria’s Accession to the Throne, June 20, 1837. Her First Years on the Throne and Her Relationship with Uncle Leopold, King of Belgium, and Her First Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne.
  3. Victoria and Albert I: Uncle Leopold’s Great Plan, Falling in Love, Marriage and the Beginning of the Family. Albert’s Personality and Sense of Duty. The Adult Victoria’s Strong Personality and temperament. Private Retreats, Balmoral and Osborne, the Love of Scotland, Raising the Family. Albert’s Growing Role, the Great Exhibition, 1851. The Problem with Bertie.
  4. Victoria and Albert II: The Development of a Royal Partnership and Shaping the Role of the Crown in the British Constitution. Their Relationships with the Leading Political Figures of the Time, Peel, Palmerston, Derby, and Russell. The Crimean War.
  5. Albert’s Death (Dec. 1861): The Queen’s Inconsolable Grief and Her Retreat from Public Duties. Relations with Gladstone and Disraeli in an Age of Reform and the Growth of Empire. Becoming Empress of India.
  6. The Jubilees and the Growing Importance of Empire: The Popularity of the Crown by the Beginning of the 20th C. The Queen’s Many Physical Afflictions and Difficult Personality in Old Age. Her Relationship with Lord Salisbury, Her Last Prime Minister. Queen Victoria’s Legacy and the Development of the Monarchy Under Her Successors.

Mondays, January 27 – March 2
10:30 a.m. – noon
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Ron Cassell (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill) Associate Professor Emeritus of History and fellow of the Royal Historical Society has long had an interest in 20th century British political history. He is a recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

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Rock Music: History and Analysis

Many of us grew up listening to rock and pop music on the radio. We all have our favorite performers. Some prefer a country style.  Some lean toward the blues.  Some like it loud and heavy. But how and when did rock music actually come into being? More importantly, as one of the most popular forms of music in the 20th century, how does it fit into the American cultural landscape? This series will provide a brief look into rock music’s origins and development. We will explore its diverse history. We will learn how to identify its stylistic characteristics.  We will discuss its social, cultural, and political implications, and we will situate key performers and visionaries into historical contexts. In short, we will learn that Rock Music history is American history.  (Note: Course may contain offensive language and material.  It’s rock and roll!)

  1. Rock Roots and the Renegades of the 1950s
  2. The 1960s – Transition and Invasion
  3. The 1960s – Soul-town
  4. The 1960s – Peace, Love, and Exploration
  5. The 1970s – Looking Backward and Forward
  6. The 1980s and Beyond

Thursdays, January 23 – February 27

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

 Brian Carter (DMA, University of Michigan) is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro School of Music. Prior to recently returning to his home of Greensboro, he was a professional opera and classical concert singer, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music at Washington State University where he specialized in Vocal Studies and Literature, and History of Rock Music.

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The People’s Republic of China

Since the 1949 Communist Revolution in China the People’s Republic of China has experienced tremendous turmoil and transformation, the end result of which has been to make it one of the most powerful countries in the world in the early 21st century. This course will examine that process by exploring Traditional China’s encounter with the West leading into its Communist Revolution before turning to the turbulent era of Mao Zedong’s “Constant Revolution,” including his “Great Leap Forward” and “Cultural Revolution,” and then wrapping up with the dramatic reforms of the Deng Xiaoping era and after, culminating in a close look at China today.

  1. Traditional China & the West
  2. The 1949 Revolution & “Fanshen” (“Turning Over”)
  3. “Constant Revolution”: The Great Leap Forward (1958-62)
  4. The Cultural Revolution (1966-76)
  5. China Under Deng Xiaoping & After
  6. The People’s Republic of China Today

Tuesdays, January 21 – February 25
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Jeff Jones (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill) is Associate Professor of History. His specific area of research of Russia-Society history, however, he also teaches courses in 20th century global history.

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The Tao of Travel

“Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost entirely an inner experience.” Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings (2000).

The compelling allure of traveling has generated an extensive body of literature by renowned writers. In this course we will read four essays featured in the Smithsonian Magazine by authors who were given the freedom to go anywhere in the world they wanted and write about their dream assignments. As Paul Theroux, the editor for this series states, “these writers are not really writing about travel at all. They are recording the effects of places or movements upon their own particular temperaments.—recording the Experience rather than the event, as they might make literary use of a love affair, an enigma or a tragedy.”

We will examine and delight in these travel writings in a variety of ways. We will examine their styles, their observations, sensibilities, the details they describe and the manner in which they capture the spirit of their locations reflected through the lens of their own personalities. By this close examination of these travel writers, you will gain insights on ways to enrich your travels by being more open to the sights, sounds, people and topography, and, most of all, your own reactions, insights, and effects of your travels on an interior level.

From these short essays, we will read one book, The Lycian Shore, A Turkish Odyssey, by the legendary British traveler, Dame Freya Stark, one of the most intrepid female travelers of all time, whose elegant yet accessible style combines observations on people, places, customs, and history, along with pragmatic tips. This text has been chosen because for more than a year Professor Fragola worked for Freya Stark’s villa, North of Venice, in the gently undulating foothills of the Dolomites, a site regarded as one of the most beautiful in all Italy. Together with his wife, he enjoyed an idyllic life in return for assisting Freya with her life’s letters, later published.

Finally, Professor Fragola will guide the participants in creating a template for their own travels that they can record either in written form or in their own minds and hearts to enrich their own experiences and come to a better understanding of themselves.

The following essays are from the Smithsonian Magazine (September 2009) from the section Top Travel Writers’ Dream Assignments. Each article is 5- 7 pages, including sample photos.

Week 1. “Where in the World.” One Page Introduction by Jan Morris, Famed Travel Writer and Editor for These Essays. Plus, “The Long Way Home,” by Paul Theroux. The Restless Globe-trotting Author Fulfills a Childhood Fantasy to Drive Coast to Coast Through His Native Land.

Week 2. “Serene Japan.” Francine Prose Explores the Quieter Aspects of the Island’s Western Coast.

Week 3. “Under the Polish Sun.” Frances Mayes, Author of the Celebrated Memoir About Her Life in Tuscany, Explores the Storied Cities of Krakow and Gdansk.

Week 4. “Saving Punjab.” Historian, Geoffrey C. Ward. Raised in India, Ward Makes His Inaugural Visit to a State in Turmoil.

Week 5. Freya Stark’s The Lycian Shore: A Turkish Odyssey. Intro to p. 99.

Week 6. Freya Stark’s The Lycian Shore. Pp. 100 – 188. After discussing the remainder of the book, time will be allotted for creating a template for recording your own travels.

Copies of the essays will be provided by The Emeritus Society Program. Freya Stark’s The Lycian Shore can be purchased online or from other book sellers.

Wednesdays, January 22 – February 26
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church

Anthony Fragola (MPW, University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of Media Studies. He earned a B.A. in Italian Literature from Columbia University, and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from UNC Chapel Hill. He has produced a series of documentaries of the Anti-Mafia Movement in Sicily, culminating with Another Corleone: Another Sicily, that focuses on three farm cooperatives created from lands confiscated from the mafia.

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Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Personal Responsibility

While central to one’s existence, the experience of consciousness is private. Nonetheless, by the mid 1990’s the new integrative discipline of neuroscience had progressed enough to convince Nobel Laureate, Francis Crick, that neuroscience would be able to provide meaningful explanations of consciousness and related topics like free will, imagination, memory, morality, personal responsibility, etc.
Was Crick right about the promise of neuroscience? To begin to evaluate Crick’s conviction, we will explore discoveries about consciousness and related topics using diverse sources, including clinical observations in neurologist’s offices, research conducted in neurosurgical operating rooms, neuroscience laboratories, and brain imaging facilities, as well as recent developments in brain-machine interfaces, brain-controlled prostheses, and the like.

  1. Introduction to Neuroscience and Consciousness: What or Who is in Charge?
  2. Biological Functions of Consciousness: What’s it For?
  3. Brain Processes That Create and Alter Consciousness
  4. Neuroscience of Perpetual Awareness
  5. Neuroscience of Self-awareness
  6. Neuroscience, Morality, Free Will, and Personal Responsibility

Tuesdays, January 21 – February 25
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church

Walter Salinger (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor Emeritus of Psychology. During his 38 years at UNCG, he served in such leadership positions as Head of the Psychology Department and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Since retiring in 2010, he has been an active member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sandhills Center, a publicly funded organization responsible for helping the people of central North Carolina receive the best care possible for mental health problems, substance abuse issues, and intellectual/developmental disabilities.

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American Art Music from ca. 1900-1950

Musical composition has had a long legacy in this country since early on. Immigrants brought their musical heritage to America during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century American universities hired composer-professors trained in the German tradition. But in the early 20th century, children of immigrant families began composing music in decidedly non-European styles, including Gershwin, Copland and others, and many chose to study in Paris. At the same time there were American-born composers who added their voices to the diversity found in this country. This series of lectures and musical selections will look at the more traditional mainstream of composers writing during the time before WWI and briefly after WWII. Examples from the world of jazz may also be included. Most of the composers listed below did not adopt an unpleasant dissonant musical language. Previous musical training is not a prerequisite for this course.

  1. Traditional vs. Experimental: Beach and Ives
  2. An American Icon: Gershwin
  3. A Sibelius Trajectory Begins: Barber and Harris
  4. The Great American Symphony: Schuman, Hanson, Still
  5. Others: Thomson, Cowell, Weill, Bernstein
  6. Another American Icon: Copland

Fridays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
February 7 – March 27 (no class March 6 and 13)
UNCG School of Music

Greg Carroll (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Associate Professor of Music. He is a northern transplant to Greensboro from the upper Midwest. He was the first winner of the Outstanding Teacher and Excellence in Online Education Award at UNCG, and loves to share musical insights with others off campus at EMF and GSO concerts. His compositions have been performed all over the world, and he prefers to spend the first weeks of August fishing in northern Minnesota.

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Biblical Literature: Gospels and Acts – Make it New

Once, the “old, old story” was shockingly new—shocking to devotees of material wealth and privilege, shocking to the cult of centralizing state power, shocking to the masses who called Caesar Lord, and above all shocking to the religious guardians of Hebrew law and ritual who had kept their fathers’ faith for nearly two thousand years and awaited a deliverer. How to tell the story of the anointed King’s long-expected—and unexpected—coming, and to tell it to the diverse audiences of the great Empire: to the rule-bound and unruly people of Judea; to the Romans who engineered the Empire with skill, duty, and terror; to the Greeklands and the larger Hellenistic world which sought to know the universally human and link it to the divine; or to acolytes of the Gnostic movement rising to compete with the early church by bending its story to different purposes? And how to tell not only the new story of the King’s coming but also the ongoing story of what his beleaguered and emboldened followers did after he left? In this course we will enjoy a brisk tour of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the Acts of the Apostles, with a few animating literary questions in mind: What do these first books of the New Testament owe to the Old in style, form, and substance? What can be known—rather than speculatively guessed—about the Gospels’ and Acts’ authors, composition, and contexts? What contents and structures do these five books share in common? Yet how do they speak differently to their varied readers? And how, in their very brevity and simplicity, do they exemplify the ancient Hebrew trope of the climactic anti-climax? Like David’s sudden slaying of Goliath, the lightning ministry of the New Testament Christ leaves the reader gaping at a pathway strewn with miracles, at an empty cross and at an empty tomb. Anticipated in epic oracles spanning twenty centuries, the Son of Man is come and gone in a three-year flash, leaving in his wake puzzlement, startled hostility, and reverent, hopeful awe. Never has “less is more” meant so much to so many. Join us!

  1. Gospel vs. Biography: Chosen Stories of the Chosen One
  2. Matthew: Jesus, Son of Abraham
  3. Mark: Jesus, Son of God
  4. Luke: Jesus, Son of Adam
  5. Acts of the Holy Spirit: The World Turned Upside Down
  6. John: Son of the Father, Word Made Flesh

Any good translation of the Bible will do. I will be using the New King James Version.

Wednesdays, 10:00 -11:30 a.m .
March 11-April 15
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Christopher Hodgkins (M.A. and Ph.D, University of Chicago) is Professor of English and Atlantic World Studies. The winner of UNCG’s Senior Teaching Excellence Award (2004) and Senior Research Excellence Award (2011), he is author or editor of seven books on Renaissance literature and the British imperial imagination, and, most recently, of Literary Study of the Bible: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell)—from which this course material is drawn. He reads the Bible every day because it is true and beautiful.

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Marathon Election 2020: From Court House to White House

Election year 2020 is a busy one for North Carolina. In addition to the presidency and state-wide offices, we also have a contested U.S. Senate seat. Each seat in the state legislature and county courthouses are also on the 2020 ballot.
The general election in November is preceded by a series of party primaries in the Spring, with Super Tuesday in early March. At the presidential level, the primaries are succeeded by national party conventions in the summer. We may, after the November elections, once again, see the importance of the electoral college in winning the presidential office.

2020 will be a big noisy year: lots of offices, lots of candidates, lots of fund-raising. Maybe lots of hard feelings. Though voter intentions may be stable, the contexts of impeachment and manipulated information will be constant and blatant sources of confusion.

  1. Electoral (and Other) Cycles in American Politics
  2. From Nominations to Electoral College
  3. Changing Contexts: Investigations, Impeachment, and Electoral Security
  4. The Work of Elections: From County Voter Registration to National Vote Results
  5. We the Voters: Who Are We and How Do We Know?
  6. Past Patterns and Future Prospects: From Election to Governing

Thursdays, March 5 – April 9
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

David Olson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He is a past recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award and the Research Excellence Award.

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Lies, Conspiracies, and “Fake News”

With so much information available to us in the twenty-first century, how can we distinguish between what is true and what is false? How do we know which sources to trust? Can we really know anything at all, or is all information equally unreliable? This course provides an overview of the challenges we face in this age of digital information and how we can equip ourselves to face them. We will focus on information literacy and analytical reasoning skills, discuss the notion of confirmation bias, and practice fact-checking claims on social media in order to identify information that comes from the most objective sources.

  1. Information Overload and the Death of Expertise
  2. A Brief History of “Fake News”
  3. Confirmation Bias and Logical Fallacies
  4. The Dangers of Spreading Falsehoods
  5. Fact-Checking 101
  6. What Can We Do Now?

Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
March 11 - April 15
Christ United Methodist Church

Joseph A. Ross (Ph.D., UNC Greensboro) is a historian of human rights, genocide, and international law, and the United States’ role in the world. His research examines a group of Americans who participated in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, and the North Carolina Humanities Council has chosen as a Road Scholar for his program, “Judging Nazis: John Parker’s Nuremberg Journey.” He has received support for his teaching from the Mellon Foundation Initiative.

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Famous Thought Experiments in Ethics

“Thought experiments” are fictional scenarios designed to test what people believe when it comes to tricky questions. Philosophers rely on thought experiments and other hypotheticals to help people move from unreflective, taken for granted “truths” into what the great British logician Bertrand Russell considers the “productive space of uncertainty” where authentic, creative thinking begins. Every week in this course we will engage with a different thought experiment in the domain of Ethics. Each has been selected because of its status as a “classic” in the field of philosophical ethics, as well as its connection to a major – and very thought-provoking – question regarding moral values and principled decision-making.

  1. The Ring of Gyges: Why Do People Want to be “Good”?
  2. Trolley Problems: Which Will You Choose – the “Greater Good” or the “Golden Rule”?
  3. The Land of Equim: Is it Right to Privilege Familiars over Strangers?
  4. The Veil of Ignorance: How Can We Construct a Fair Society?
  5. The Experience Machine: What Makes Life Worth Living?
  6. Mystery Experiment to be Chosen with Class

Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
March 24 –April 28
First Lutheran Church

Frances Bottenberg (Ph.D., Stony Brook University) is a Lecturer in Philosophy. She has research and teaching interests in phenomenology and existentialism, philosophy of art, and philosophy of education. Bottenberg is a native of Montreal, Canada, and is an avid Early Music musician.

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Special Events App Academy

Creating Videos with Apple Devices

This two session hands-on course will train you to utilize an Apple device to capture photos and video clips, edit them with effects, and share completed videos on various social media. Video content will be up to participants but examples include: Puppies at play, Making Sweet Potato Pie, or capturing a Sunrise. Participants will learn to use Apple products to:

  • Take better photos and videos
  • Utilize features such as slow motion, portrait mode, and Time lapse
  • Edit photos and videos in Apple iMovie into short videos with text and music.
  • Share completed videos on social media

Participants should bring the following to class:

  • Apple iPhone/iPad running current operating system (IOS 13)
  • Apple iMovie app installed on device (free)
  • Willingness to try using technology in creative ways

Schedule:

Class 1: What is possible? Video ideas, tips for capturing content, and how to utilize device features. Editing using music, text, effects, and the “Ken Burns” photo pan.

Class 2: Practice capturing, editing content, and deploying it to social media (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…). Participants will have the opportunity to share completed works in class.

Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
February 3 and February 10
Christ United Methodist Church
Cost: $75

Wade Maki (M.A. Bowling Green University) is Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Sudies program and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He served as Co-director of the University Teaching and Learning Center where he taught faculty how to integrate technology into the classroom.

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Special Events: The Profs do the Movies
After the Sun Has Set: The British Empire in the Movies

The British Empire at the end of the Victorian era was the largest the world had ever seen. The “white dominions;” - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa - were an important part of it. Many of the Empire’s numerous colonies in Asia (including what is now India and Pakistan) and Africa were situated in exotic locales. Wars and rebellions played a major role in imperial history, and the leading imperialists included a number of fascinating, larger-than-life figures. All of this made the Empire attractive to movie-makers.

Keith Cushman (Ph.D., Princeton University), Professor Emeritus of English, has written or edited seven books about D.H. Lawrence. The recipient of two Fulbrights, he has lectured on modern English and American literature in Italy, Finland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, India, Japan, and Korea. He is the recipient of the Alumni Research Excellence Award.

Keith Cushman (Ph.D., Princeton University), Professor Emeritus of English, has written or edited seven books about D.H. Lawrence. The recipient of two Fulbrights, he has lectured on modern English and American literature in Italy, Finland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, India, Japan, and Korea. He is the recipient of the Alumni Research Excellence Award.

This year’s “Profs Do the Movies” - our 16th! - examines the British Empire through three superb films:

The Four Feathers

Raised in a family with a strong military tradition, young Harry Feversham joins the army as expected but in 1898 resigns his commission on the eve of his regiment’s departure for the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Three of his fellow officers send him white feathers, symbols of cowardice. His fiancee gives him one as well and breaks off their engagement. Harry’s response is to go under cover disguised as a native in order to prove his courage and win back his friends, his girl, and his honor. Beautifully filmed in color on location by the famous Korda family of filmmakers, The Four Feathers (1939) stars John Clements, Ralph Richardson, and C. Aubrey Smith.

Sunday, January 19, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
UNCG School of Music
Cost: $20

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The Man Who Would Be King

Two British Indian Army pals plan to go to Kafiristan and set themselves up as kings. Their success brings riches beyond their wildest imagining but turns the head of one of them with fateful results. Based on a Kipling novella, this wonderful film is directed by John Huston and stars Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Christopher Plummer (as Kipling). Filmed on location, the movie (1975) was nominated for four Oscars.

Sunday, February 16, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
UNCG School of Music
Cost: $20

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Gallipoli

In 1915, the second year of World War I, two young Australians, thrown together by their love of running, volunteer to join the Australian Army. After training, their division is sent to Gallipoli, where they participate in the ill-fated battle that aimed to drive the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany, out of the war. This powerful and moving film is about friendship, adventure, and the cost of empire. Australian-made, Gallipoli (1981) is directed by Peter Weir and stars Mark Lee and - in his first major role - Mel Gibson.

Sunday, March 1, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
UNCG School of Music
Cost: $20

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Eat Your Words

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. (from Litlovers.com)

Tuesday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., March 17
Grandover Resort and Conference Center
$50 per person

Anthony Fragola (MPW, University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of Media Studies. He earned a B.A. in Italian Literature from Columbia University, and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from UNC Chapel Hill. He has produced a series of documentaries of the Anti-Mafia Movement in Sicily, culminating with Another Corleone: Another Sicily, that focuses on three farm cooperatives created from lands confiscated from the mafia.

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