_______________________________________________________________________________________A Is For Amendment Gary Hylander 5 sessions Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 9/9, 9/16, (skip 9/23), 9/30, (skip 10/7), 10/14, & 10/21 The Edgewood Church of Christ, 5 Edgewood St. Mansfield, MAIn a brilliant act of anticipation, the drafters of the Constitution crafted Article Five, which provided for an amendment procedure to ensure the goal of creating “a more perfect Union.” By design, the framers of the Constitution made it difficult to amend the document. To date, thousands of bills have been proposed to amend the Constitution, only twenty-seven have been enacted. We will consider the social, political and judicial context of the amendments. We will follow a topical overview. For example, amendments drafted by the Founders to protect individual rights, amendments from the Civil War era, the Progressive period and so forth will be discussed. A book of interest that deals with the right to counsel is “Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis.Gary L. Hylander, PHD, is presently an adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University and a program supervisor of student teachers at Boston University._________________________________________________________
Music from the Land of the Firebird
(Each section limited to 60 students.) Sections are identical Each is 6 sessions Section 1: Mondays, 12:30 - 1:50 pm Oct. 5, (Skip 12), Oct.19, Oct.26, Nov.2, Nov.9, Nov.16 Section 2 Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:50 pm Oct.7, (Skip 14), Oct.21, Oct.28, Nov.4, Nov.11, Nov.18Both at Wheaton College Watson Rm 222This survey of Russian music will begin with nineteenth-century folk music and romantic nationalism in the musical works of the Mighty Handful (1856–1870): Mily Balakirev (their leader) (1837-1910),César Cui (1835- 1918), Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), and Alexander Borodin (1833- 1887). We will move into the post-romantic era with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), and the ballets of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), concluding with the modern music of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his struggles with Soviet censorship. Ann Sears, PHD, Professor of Music at Wheaton College ______________________________________ An Introduction to Animal Behavior 6 sessions Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 am Oct.6, (skip 10/13), Oct.20, Oct.27, Nov.3, Nov.10, Nov.17 Wheaton College –TBA Do you love “Animal Planet” and other nature-related television and movies? Ever wonder “why does my cat (or dog) do that?" This course will introduce you to the field of animal behavior and animal cognition. How has evolution shaped the behaviors (as well as the bodies) of the animals with whom we share the planet? In what ways are their behaviors similar to our own, and in what ways do they differ? A combination of lecture and video viewing will be used to teach the course. Kathleen Morgan, PHD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College ____________________________________________________ From Weimar To Hitler: Germany 1918-1945 6 sessions Fridays, 10:30 - 12:00 noon Oct.2, Oct.9, Oct.16, Oct.23, Oct.30 & Nov.6 The Edgewood Church of Christ, 25 Edgewood St. Mansfield, MA This class traces the developments that led to the Golden Years of the Weimar Republic, its ultimate collapse followed by the National Socialist acquisition of power in Germany and the rise and fall of the Third Reich under the leadership of Adolph Hitler. Issues covered include social and economic trauma after the First World War, progressive political, social and cultural experimentation in the Weimar Republic, the Great Depression, subsequent political fragmentation, the rise of National Socialist (Nazi) power, the creation of a terror state, racist ideology and extermination, the growing militarization of Germany and its increasingly bellicose foreign policy, and the final collapse of Nazi Germany and the demise of its leader Adolph Hitler. Dan Leclerc, Retired Asst.Superintent of the Ashland Public Schools ___________________________________________ The Ancient American Southwest:Archaeology of the Four Corners Region 6 sessions Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Oct.8, Oct.15, Oct.22, Oct.29, Nov.5, & Nov.12 Wheaton College TBA This course will be an exploration of the distinct prehistoric cultures that developed and thrived in the Southwestern deserts and plateau regions of the Four Corners states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. The course will focus on the three major culture groups and regions of the Southwest – the Anasazi, Mogollon, and Hohokam. We will explore how these ancient people managed to flourish in some of the most challenging environments in the US, and created impressive settlements and unique ways of life. This very visual course will introduce students to the significant Anasazi sites of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, the artistry of the Mimbres people of the Mogollon region, and the skilled Hohokam farmers of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert – the hottest in North America. We will end the course by discovering how these ancient people became the revered ancestors of today’s modern Native American peoples of the Southwest. Alex Trayford is Senior Associate Dean of Studies at Wheaton College____________________________________________________________
Registration: Please make out check to NICE – Final Registration date September 11, 2015 Mail check: Attention: Paula MacDonald Wheaton College 26 East Main St. Norton, MA 02766. Fee is $40.00 per course. Withdrawal policy: $35 refund if NICE office is notified by telephone (508-286-3630) One week prior to class. Texts, if assigned, are available at Wheaton College Old Town Hall Bookstore for a 20% discount. We will notify you by mail 2 weeks before class starts to confirm your enrollment, send driving & parking directions and classroom location, and recommended or required reading.