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Spring 2014 Courses
So Wunderbar! Music in Vienna, 1750-1911
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Two identical sections, each has 6 sessions(Each section limited to 60 students.)Section 1: 11:00 - 12:15 pm, Mondays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 & 21 Watson Room 222Section 2: 11:00 - 12:15 pm, Wednesdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16 & 23 Watson Room 222This course will introduce six great Viennese composers:Haydn (1732-1809), Mozart (1756-1791), Beethoven (1770-1827),Schubert (1797-1828), Brahms (1833-1897), and Mahler (1860-1911).We will examine selected masterworks of each, the politicaland cultural context in which they were created.Works studied include Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 in F# minor(“Farewell”) and The Creation;Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro and the Requiem;Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 5 and 9 and the opera Fidelio;Schubert’s Lieder Gretchen am Spinnrade, Der Erlkönig, andthe great song cycle Winterreise; Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem;and Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, 4, and 10.Considerable listening and viewing of examplesalong with class discussion.Ann Sears, PhD, Professor of Music at Wheaton College_______________________________________ The Human Face of the Great War, 1914-19186 sessionsSundays 3:00 - 4:30 pm, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 & 13Wheaton CollegeUnprecedented and shocking human cost of World War I staggeredall involved, raised doubts about dominant military strategy, this had a deep impact on culture, art, literatureand contemporary geo-political reality.The shock wave of this massive loss of life and collateral sufferingstill resonates to this day.The course will examine the impact of industrialized warfare,the concept of total war, life in the trenches, shell shock,frontiers of medicine and psychiatry and the impact of devastatingsorrow and grief, then and now.We will trace the battlefield experience of selective soldiers in the 26th Division (Yankee Division).
Dan Leclerc, Masters in History, Northeastern University
_________________________________________Around the World Virtually in Six Weeks: The Four I's in Film6 sessionsFridays 1:30-3:00 pm, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 & 18Wheaton CollegeThe last several decades have witnessed an explosion of high quality feature film making around the globe.No longer relegated to furtive visits to art cinemas, viewerswith access to Netflix and the like can join the conversationsthat these filmmakers are initiating with their own people.How are Iranian filmmakers coming to termswith the moral consequences of their revolution?What do the Irish make of their long history of violence and suppression?How are Israelis and Palestinians managing the personal fall-outfrom their long and bitter stalemate?And what should a modernizing India do with its ancient embraceof one kind of inequality after another?Finally, how are home countries being affected by the possibilitiesfor foreign travel that contemporary globalization makes possible?Each class will begin by discussing a feature length filmthat is available on Netflix.Classes will be sprinkled with clips that not only illuminate the topics being considered, but also offer a sampler for future viewing pleasure.John Grady, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College____________________________________From Russia to Russia: 1917-1991 5 sessions (Class may be limited depending on location.)Sundays 1:00 - 2:30 pm March 9, 23, 30, April 6 & 13Wheaton College Beginning with the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in March 1917,and the subsequent upheaval of the Bolshevik Revolution,this course will examine the social, economic, political, and diplomatic historyof the USSR under Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev.We will close with President Mikhail Gorbachev's unsuccessful efforts in the 1980's to reform a stagnant Soviet empire under a programof "glasnost," perestroika"and "lichnost." December 1991 marked the break-upof the USSR into the Commonwealth of Independent Statesand the re-emergence of a new Russia nation. It also marked the end of the cold war.Gary L. Hylander, PhD, is adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University and Stonehill College.He specializes as a presidential historian