The Magic of Italian Opera Section 1 Mondays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 9:00 am - 10:15 am Section 2 Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21 3:30pm -4:45 pm Please note that the flyer listed the wrong time for section 2 Each identical session limited to 60 students Wheaton College Watson Rm 222Opera has been a popular and often controversial musical genre to music lovers since it was invented in Italy around 1600. In all its historical eras, it combines the marvels of text, music, dance, pantomime and acting, and lighting, set and costume design to convey a story to the audience. We will examine how great operas tell their stories in such a memorable way that they have remained audience favorites since they first appeared on stage. The survey will include operas by Monteverdi: Orfeo; Handel: Giulio Cesare; Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni; Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore; Bellini: La sonnambula; Rossini: Guillaume Tell; Verdi: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, and Otello; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci; Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana; and Puccini: La Bohéme, Tosca, and La Fanciulla del West. Ann Sears, PHD, Professor of Music at Wheaton College_______________________________________________________ "Smile When You Call Me That"The Western Film in U.S. Culture Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, (skip April 3), 10, 17, 24 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 6 sessions ---- Wheaton College Film clips and lectures will trace the evolution of the Western, from its beginnings in the silent era to "the golden age" of the 50s to the post- or anti-Westerns of the 1960s and 70s. We will discuss how these films both shape and are shaped by tensions within American culture: The individual vs. community, law vs. justice, progress vs. the past. Films included will be Jesse James (1939), High Noon (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). James Mancall, PHD, Assistant Provost, Wheaton College _________________________________________________________ "Future Life: The Merging of People, Planet, and Technology" Mondays March 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 6 sessions Wheaton College Humans are rapidly integrating technology into all levels of biology from Power- plants in our environment, to biosensors in our clothes, to artificial knees for our legs. The merger of biology and technology is becoming so common, so automatic, and so “natural,” that one could argue we are evolving from Homo sapiens sapiens to become Homo sapiens silico. And our planet may be transforming just as fast. In this series of lectures, Prof. Morris will discuss the promise and the peril of the technological "enhancements" we are creating at the environmental, organismal, and cellular levels, and consider the ways we are accelerating the transformation of our planet and ourselves. Robert Morris, PHD, Professor of Biology at Wheaton College ___________________________________________________ Revisiting The Seventies: Nixon, Mao and OPEC Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 10: 00 am to 11:30 am Edgewood Church of Christ, 25 Edgewood St. Mansfield, MA 6 sessions (No class enrolment limit) Our course will begin with the 1968 election campaign. Appealing to the “silent majority” and promising “to bring us together”, Richard Nixon won the White House. Nixon’s opening to China, détente with the USSR, withdrawal from Vietnam along with an inept McGovern presidential campaign, assured his re-election in 1972. Watergate, an unpopular Ford administration and long lines at the gas pump soon followed. Pledging that, “I’ll never lie to you,” Jimmy Carter won the 1976 election. Late in his first term, a popular anti-American revolution in Iran resulted in the 444 day Iranian hostage crisis. Carter’s inability to secure the release of the hostages led to a sweeping Republican victory in 1980. Please read John Dean’s “Blind Ambition.” Dean offers a fascinating insider’s account of the Watergate crisis. 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.
Please make out check to NICE – Final Registration date – February 23, 2015
Mail check: Attention: Paula MacDonald Wheaton College 26 East Main St. Norton, MA 02766. Fee is $35 per course. Fee includes an academic year membership.
Withdrawal policy: $30 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 at least 2 weeks before class starts to confirm your enrollment, send driving & parking directions and classroom location, and recommended or required reading.