NICE ~ Spring 2016 COURSES Sorry registration is closed for all classes
NICE is a collaborative effort of Wheaton College,EPOCH Assisted Living – Norton and is an affiliate of Road Scholar. _________________________________________________
Richard Wagner: Musical Revolutions and Controversies Watson; room 222 - capacity 50 - 6 sessions Mondays- 3:30 - 4:45 PM 2/29, 3/7, (skip 3/14), 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 & 4/11 Richard Wagner is the 19th century’s most controversial composer. On the one hand, his innovations in music drama, harmony and orchestration transformed Western art music in general and opera in particular. He heavily influenced 20th-century film scoring. On the other, his anti-Semitism still clouds his reputation and legacy. This class explores the acknowledged masterworks of a flawed and prejudiced artist.
William MacPherson, PHD, Assistant Professor of Music at Wheaton College
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Stress
Watson, Ellison Hall; room 102 - 6 sessions
Wednesdays- 1:30-2:45 PM 3/2, 3/9, (skip 3/16), 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 & 4/13 What is stress? Is some stress good for you? When is stress not so good? What are both the long-term and short-term consequences of stress for our bodies, especially for our brains? Finally, how can we reduce the adverse consequences of stress? The course will address these questions, a combination of lectures and demonstrations.
Kathleen Morgan, PHD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College ________________________________________________
West of Here Edgewood Church of Christ, 25 Edgewood St. Mansfield, MA - 6 sessions Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 & 4/13. The American frontier is best understood as a migrating, geographic area of settlement and conflict, which moved westward from the Atlantic to the Pacific over a span of three hundred years. It is a story of continuous encounters that can be told from many perspectives: Native American, trappers seeking furs, miners seeking gold, cattlemen and settlers hurrying to California, Washington and Oregon. Robert Frost captured the spirit of American manifest destiny when he observed “The land was ours before we were the land's.”
An excellent overview of this experience is Mari Sandoz's biography "Old Jules." It is a brittle and unflinching look at pioneer life in western Nebraska. (University of Nebraska Press PB)
Gary L. Hylander, PHD, is presently an adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University and a program supervisor for student teachers at Boston University. __________________________________________________________ The Influence of Richard Wagner’s Theory of Gesamtkunstwerk on 19thCentury European Painters Watson, Ellison Hall, Room 102 - 6 sessions Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:45 PM 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 & 4/5 This course will explore the influence of Richard Wagner’s theory “The total work of art” on European artists during the middle to late 19th century in Paris. The time of its revolutionary shift from art of the bourgeoisie, to the avant-garde and birth of modernism. The art of Courbet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Manet, Fantin-Latour and others, will be presented in connection with their contemporaries in literature, politics, science and theorists who also embraced "Wagnerism."
Denyse Wilhelm, Associate Dean of Studies at Wheaton College
Registration: Please make out check to NICE – Final Registration date February 19, 2016 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.