Lifelong Learning Institute Courses for Spring 2013
Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, with opportunity for classes morning, afternoon, or evening on different days. All LLI classes this term meet on the Athletic Campus (the old Anderson fairgrounds).
Lifelong Learning at Anderson University has inaugurated an annual membership fee as a prerequisite for registering for LLI courses. This has become necessary as we face additional costs for maintaining our program. The other LLI programs in the Upstate, Clemson University and Furman University, have similar policies. Effective with the Spring 2013 term, the annual membership fee is $30 per member, with renewal in the Spring or Fall term. Registration is $20 per course in the Spring term.
Reading Poetry For The Joy of It -- Harriett Richie, Instructor
In this course we will explore the importance of the reader in the life of a poem, and as readers, we will rescue poetry from murky, unfriendly realms. If you have yet to recover from a class that made you think you hate poetry, this course will help you discover poems you cannot resist.
Mary Oliver says a good poem has an endless possibility of its own life, in minds other than the poet's. Thus, we will listen for our own inner voices in the poems. We will read poems aloud and listen to their rhythms, which are as ancient as a heartbeat.
The last session will include poetry reading by Tom Johnson and Harriett Richie with flute accompaniment by Pat Edmunds.
The main resource, though not required for the course, is Edward Hirsch's How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love With Poetry. The book is available at McDowell's Emporium, 104 Oak Drive, in Anderson (231-8896), or can be ordered from amazon.com.
Harriett Richie traces her passion for poetry back to nursery rhymes and poems in childhood. She has written fiction and nonfiction for national publications and is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Arts Commission's annual Fiction Project. She has taught Creative Writing for the Anderson School District Five Community Education program and for LLI.
Three sessions will meet on Mondays from 2:00 to 3:30 afternoons: March 18, March 25, and April 1.
Colonial American Naturalists -- Dr. Bonnie Ledbetter, Instructor
Imagine trekking through South Carolina in 1722 with Mark Catesby searching for plants and animals unknown in England or with John Bartram, who came to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in 1765 looking for seeds and plants to send his clients in England.
We will study these and other naturalists whose passion led them to explore the fascinating world of Nature in 18th century America. Learn about the adversities the collectors faced in collecting and shipping these materials across the Atlantic and the distinguished gentlemen who anxiously anticipated the arrival of new American plants and seeds for their English gardens.
The course will combine history and science, in keeping with the varied interests of the instructor, Dr. Bonnie Ledbetter. Early in her career, she taught high school biology in Connecticut and Louisiana. She received a master's degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland and a Ph. D. from Tulane University. Later, she taught at Texas A&M University and Clemson University.
Six one-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 . m., March 5, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16.
Carolina Genesis: The Migration Of The Redbones-From Carolina To The Old Southwest -- Scott Withrow, Instructor
Who were the Redbones? Called pejoratively "Old Issues" in South Carolina, Redbones were a mixed ethnic people with Native and other ancestry living in the Carolinas along the Lumber and Pee Dee River basins and in Sumter and Edgefield Counties. They fought in the American Revolution, both as Rebels and Tories, and, afterwards, migrated in family groups to the Old Southwest, some by way of Old Pendleton District just west of Anderson.
This class will take participants on a narrative journey with the Redbones, from Revolutionary War Carolina to Old Pendleton District to Mississippi and Louisiana, to Texas cattle-country and the land of Sam Houston and the Texas Cherokee. Along the way: frontier forts, cow pen culture, the Natchez Trace, the El Camino Real, the Neutral Zone, and mysterious grave houses.
Scott, himself, has journeyed to the Lumber and Pee Dee region, to Sumter and Edgefield Counties, and to Louisiana and Texas in search of Redbone history.
Scott Withrow, a popular LLI instructor, is a native of Rutherford County, North Carolina. He has lived in Greenville County since 1989. He has had a varied career in teaching, living history, and historic interpretation. His first teaching was at T. L. Hanna High School, Anderson, in 1966. Now semi-retired, he teaches continuing education classes at Furman and Anderson Universities, works part-time as a park ranger at Cowpens National Battlefield, and is an adjunct instructor at North Greenville University.
His historical interests include the American Revolution, the Cherokee, the Melungeons, the Redbones, the Scotch-Irish, the Appalachians, and historic trails and migrations.
The course will meet four Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 8:30 -- February 19 and 26 and March 5 and 19, with a possible fifth night, March 26.
Workshop For Writing Fiction And Non-Fiction -- Jan Osburn, Instructor
This workshop for beginning and intermediate writers of fiction and non-fiction will focus on original manuscripts of not more than fifteen (15) pages.
Participants will provide copies of their work to the other members of the workshop, and all copies will be returned after a directed roundtable discussion that points out the merits and offers suggestions to strengthen each work.
The basic style issues of writing, such as point of view, tone, characterization and time management will be addressed as a part of each review.
Valuable references (optional for the class):
- Strunk and White, Elements of Style.
- Burroway and Stuckey-French, Writing Fiction.
- Bell, Narrative Design.
Most everyone has the ability to create a written manuscript. The question is: do your words, ideas, and stories communicate to others what it is you intend to say?
Jan Osburn earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of the South in Sewanee. Of special interest to her is the short story and the novella which require efficiency in word choice and plot development.
Sessions will meet Wednesday mornings, at 10:00 to 11:15 for six weeks: February 20 and 27; March 6, 20, and 27; and April 3. Registration is $20. Enrollment will be limited to 15 participants.
Show Boat -- Dr. Jim Chisman, Instructor
In 1926, Edna Ferber wrote the best-selling novel, Show Boat, about romance upon a show boat plying the Mississippi River, 1880 to 1920. In 1927, based on this book, Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern wrote the Broadway musical, arguably the greatest musical ever written. It was Florenz Ziegfeld's first dramatically serious production.
The four-hour show had road tryouts in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, before opening as a three-hour production at Broadway's Ziegfeld Theatre, December 27, 1927. Many changes in music, script and cast were made on the road.
Around 1980, a copy of the original uncut score was found, and in 1989 conductor John McGlinn presented the whole score on an EMI/Angel recording. A video was made for PBS of this record production, including discussions with Miles Kreuger (biographer), McGlinn, and William Hammerstein (son of Oscar), and film clips from the 1932 revival. We shall see this video.
Three movie adaptations have been made: 1929 (silent), 1936 (B&W), and 1951 (color). In 1946 a vignette of Show Boat was included in the Jerome Kern movie biography: Till the Clouds Roll By. Kathryn Grayson played Magnolia, which she prophetically reprised in the 1951 movie. The Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey) lavish 1989 production was recorded for PBS. It was fairly true to the original 1927 production. We will see all but the 1951 movie â€“ It is easily available for sale or rent.
Dr. Jim Chisman is a retired professor of Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. He has also done productivity consulting work in the USA and abroad. He enjoys performing in musicals, collecting antiques and art, sports, traveling, and writing (seven books so far).
Five sessions are scheduled, Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., March 20, 27, and April 3, 10, and 17.
Great Decisions 2013 -- Craig Johnson, Instructor
Great Decisions is a discussion program on world affairs supported by a briefing book and DVD. Produced by the Foreign Policy Association, this course each year highlights eight significant foreign policy challenges facing Americans.
Topics for 2013 are as follows:
Future of the euro---How did the 2008 global recession contribute to development of the euro crisis? How can European Union leaders prevent collapse of the common currency?
Egypt---The popular revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 ushered in the promise of radical change. Two years later, what is the state of Egyptian democracy?
NATO---With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance's present-day security challenges?
Myanmar and Southeast Asia--- What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia?
Intervention--- When should the international community intervene? Why did the West rush to intervene in Libya but not Syria?
Iran---Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. Is the existence of Iran's nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
China in Africa---Should China's growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction in Africa inform U.S. relations with African nations?
Threat assessment---How can the U. S. address challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East?
Craig Johnson has offered popular LLI programs for a decade. His lifelong interests include geography and cultural anthropology. He regularly blogs about his journeys overseas and publishes his photography and essays daily: He recently photographed glaciers of Norway at sunrise. He has participated in Great Decisions since its inception and brings experiences in fifty two nations to the table.
Eight sessions are scheduled on Thursdays, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, and April 4, 11, and 18. Briefing books may be ordered for $20 plus shipping and handling: online at www.greatdecisions.org or by toll free phone: 800-477-5836.