Emeritus Society May 2024

  • Emeritus Society May 2024

About the Emeritus Society

Emeritus Society, a lifelong learning program affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners.  The program creates a learning community that affirms the unique attributes that adult students bring to the classroom– delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantial life experience. Emeritus Society participants are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers.  Our courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades.

This spring the program is excited to offer courses and lectures in Greensboro taught by outstanding instructors noted for their scholarship and engaging classroom style.  We hope you will find one or more of interest and join us.


Please be sure that the email address you provide is current. That email will be used to send you a course confirmation with more details and invite you to enter Zoom meetings (if applicable). In the weeks before classes start, you will be sent an introduction to Zoom materials. In addition, staff will be available a half-hour before the first class for orientation help. 

Emeritus Society courses are open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. The program is a self-supporting arm of the University. Class fees, not tax dollars, are used to meet costs for the program. The cost of each course depends on the number of sessions.  Courses consist of 3–8 sessions at $20 per session

You are registered only when payment is received. Register early to avoid inconvenience. Late registrants could miss important announcements such as last-minute changes in location. Instructors may not have enough materials for those registering late. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If the class you want is filled, we keep a waiting list. Partial registrations to attend portions of the classes cannot be accepted. Detailed information on class location and parking will be supplied upon confirmation.

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Please note: The charge will appear on your statement as being from Emeritus Society or SERVE, Inc.


To receive a refund, a written request must be received prior to the first class meeting. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellation requests received after the first class meeting but before the second meeting will receive a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee.  ALL written requests should be emailed to emeritus@spartanstrategiesinc.org or mailed to:

Emeritus Society
5900 Summit Avenue, #201
Browns Summit, NC  27214


If you experience any issues registering please call (336) 740-0211 or email us at emeritus@spartanstrategiesinc.org.

    May 2024 Course Offering

    War Stories: The Soviet World War II Experience on Screen with Dr. Jeff Jones

    Course Details

    This course is based on six Soviet and post-Soviet films about World War II that we will watch within a historical context. It is not strictly speaking a film class because we are not concerned with issues of the director's style, cinematography, etc. in these films (although those issues may certainly come up in the class and can be part of our discussion); rather, our focus will be on what these films can teach us about the historical periods and events they depict and what we can learn about these moments in time from watching these films first and foremost as historical sources. Particular attention will be paid to what these films reflect about Soviet and post-Soviet society at the times the films were made, and we will emphasize common themes and issues running through all six films for the course. All of the films are Russian titles subtitled in English.

    1. Tuesday, May 14: "The Cranes are Flying"/"Letyat zhuravli" (USSR, 1957); dir. by Mikhail Kalatozov
    2. Thursday, May 16: "Ballad of a Solider"/"Ballada o soldate" (USSR, 1959); dir. by Grigoryi Chukhrai
    3. Tuesday, May 21: "Ivan's Childhood"/"Иваново детство" (USSR, 1962); dir. by Andrei Tarkovski
    4. Thursday, May 23: "Come and See"/"Иди и смотри" (USSR, 1985); dir. by Elem Klimov
    5. Tuesday, May 28: "The Cuckoo"/"Кукушка" (Russia, 2002); dir. by Aleksandr Rogozhkin
    6. Thursday, May 30: "1942: Unknown Battle"/"Ржев" (Russia, 2019); dir. by Igor Kopylov

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
    May 14 – May 30
    UNCG School of Music, Room 217

    Jeff Jones (Ph.D., UNC- Chapel Hill) is a native North Carolinian (born in the mountains in Jefferson; grew up in Liberty, NC). He is currently (since 2000) a Professor in Russian/Soviet and world history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His first book, Everyday Life and the Reconstruction of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948, was published by Slavica Publishers in 2008 and he also has several published articles. His second book, Smoke, Mirrors, and Memories: Legacies of the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989, is currently under review by the University of Toronto Press and will hopefully be out in 2024.


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    $ 120.00

    Type Course
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