Courses

Instructor(s):
Samantha Baskind
Wednesdays, August 01-August 15|10-11:30 a.m.

One of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Rothko immigrated to the United States from Russia as a child. His difficult integration, fraught with experiences of marginalization, led to his development as a major player in the social struggle of American artists.

Instructor(s):
Anthony Wexler
Wednesdays, August 22-September 05|10-11:30 a.m.

Primo Levi was an Italian scientist and Holocaust survivor, but is best known as a writer and innovative thinker. His work combines a scientist's attentiveness to structure and detail, and a powerful and passionate moral imagination.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-May 4|10:30 a.m.-noon

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course builds upon Intermediate French I. Students focus on the subtleties of French phonology, morphology and syntax, along with the development of advanced vocabulary and conversational techniques. The goal is to have students be able to use the language effectively and fluently. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-December 8|9-10:30 a.m.

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-December 15|9-10:30 a.m.

This course builds upon Intermediate French I. Students focus on the subtleties of French phonology, morphology and syntax, along with the development of advanced vocabulary and conversational techniques. The goal is to have students be able to use the language effectively and fluently. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-May 4|10:30 a.m.-noon

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-May 4|10:30 a.m.-noon

This course is an expansion of French I. Strong emphasis is placed on reinforcing the four key skills of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students also continue to learn about the cultural and linguistic diversity of the French-speaking world through a variety of print documents and multimedia resources. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-December 15|9-10:30 a.m.

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-December 15|10:30 a.m.-noon

This course is an expansion of French I. Strong emphasis is placed on reinforcing the four key skills of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students also continue to learn about the cultural and linguistic diversity of the French-speaking world through a variety of print documents and multimedia resources. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, August 25-December 8|10:30 a.m.-noon

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Shelley Bloomfield, CWRU Classics Faculty, Clayton Koppes, Andrew Roth, CWRU Law School Faculty, Peter Haas
Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays, September 04-April 25|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Our full Senior Scholars lineup for Fall 2018 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) includes courses on American Fiction, Art and Literature of Ancient Greece and Rome, AIDS/HIV in America, America in 1968, The Roberts Court, and Religion from a Scientific Perspective. Spring 2019 courses are TBA.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Tuesdays, September 4-December 11 |6:30–8:30 p.m. (no class: September 11; 18 & 25)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Shelley Bloomfield & CWRU Classics Faculty
Tuesdays, September 04-November 13 |1:30-3:30 p.m.

THE INESCAPABLE WILDERNESS: LOST IN AMERICAN FICTION
Tuesdays, September 4-October 9 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Judith Shamir
Tuesdays, September 4-December 11|10 a.m.–noon (No class: September 11; 18; 25)

Hebrew literature engages advanced students in fictional novels and plays by leading Israeli authors and playwrights.

Instructor(s):
Shelley Bloomfield, CWRU Classics Faculty, Clayton Koppes, Andrew Roth, CWRU Law School Faculty, Peter Haas
Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays, September 04-November 15|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Sign up for our full Senior Scholars lineup for Fall 2018 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), which includes courses on American Fiction, Art and Literature of Ancient Greece and Rome, AIDS/HIV in America, America in 1968, The Roberts Court, and Religion from a Scientific Perspective. 

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Tuesdays, September 4-December 11|10 a.m.-noon (no class: September 11; 18 & 25)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television. 

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Wednesdays, September 5-December 5 |6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class: September 19 & November 21)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Parr
Wednesdays, September 05-26|7-8:30 p.m.

The Sound and the Fury is a literary classic known for its unconventional narrative style. William Faulkner’s use of stream-of-consciousness technique and the Southern gothic motif creates a work where the inner workings of the human mind are displayed in an unforgettable style.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Wednesdays, September 5-December 5| 1–3 p.m. (no class: September 19 & November 21)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film and read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Wednesdays, September 5-December 5|6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class: September 19 & November 21)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Clayton Koppes + Andrew Roth
Wednesdays, September 05-November 14 |1:30-3:30 p.m.

AMERICAN AIDS
Wednesdays, September 5-October 17 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Thursdays, September 6-November 29|6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class: November 22)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Thursdays, September 6-November 29 |10 a.m.-noon (No class: November 22)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Law School Faculty + Peter Haas
Thursdays, September 06-November 15|1:30-3:30 p.m.

THE ROBERTS COURT
Thursdays, September 6-October 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Alanna Cooper
Thursdays, September 6-27|6:30-8 p.m.

The news cycle changes quickly these days.

Instructor(s):
Judith Shamir
Thursdays, September 6-November 29|10 a.m.–noon (no class: November 22)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film and read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Thursdays, September 6-November 29|6:30-8:30 p.m.

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Patricia Sigmier
Fridays, September 07-28 |10 a.m.–2 p.m.

In this course, we will explore painting in the outdoors using watercolor or the medium of your choice. Subjects will be found in the beautiful environs of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms.

Instructor(s):
Francesca Calanni
Saturdays, September 8-December 1|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Italian language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Italian. 

Instructor(s):
Francesca Calanni
Saturdays, September 8-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Italian language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Italian. 

Instructor(s):
Jay Abercrombie
Wednesdays, September 12-October 3 (No class September 19)|10 a.m.–noon

This field seminar provides a close look at the plants, wildlife, and geology of Squire Valleevue Farm.  On field trips into the forest and meadows observe and discuss habitats and their inhabitants as they transition to fall and prepare for winter.  

Instructor(s):
Francesca Calanni
Saturdays, September 15-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Spanish.

Instructor(s):
Marissa Strange
Saturdays, September 15-December 8|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Spanish.

Instructor(s):
Terry Meehan
Sundays, September 16-November 4|5-6:30 p.m.

Three of the top espionage writers of the mid-twentieth century were well acquainted with the secret world of spycraft. Both Ian Fleming and John le Carré were spooks for British Intelligence, while Len Deighton lived next door to Anna Wolkoff, a Nazi mole whose arrest he witnessed.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Greenberg
Mondays, September 17-November 5|1:30-3 p.m.

In Our Defense by Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman is a primer about the Bill of Rights.  Each chapter focuses on one of the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution, using an actual case to study the issues surrounding that amendment.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Mondays, September 17-November 5|1-2:30 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Mondays, September 17-December 17 |6:30–8:30 p.m. (no class: September 24 & October 1)

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film and read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Greenberg
Mondays, September 17-November 5|10:30 a.m.-noon

In this timely look at the confirmation process, Wil Haygood’s book reveals Lyndon B. Johnson’s masterful political talent in getting Thurgood Marshall appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Book: Showdown, Wil Haygood

Instructor(s):
Dahna Gordon Baskin
Mondays, September 17-December 17|6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class: September 24 & October 1)

Over the course of our studies, students will be exposed to the sights and sounds of the original Hebrew letters appearing in the Bible. Students will have multiple opportunities to absorb the content using various activities, games and manipulatives. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.

Instructor(s):
Phyllis Asnien
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|10-11:30 a.m.

The founder of Sydney, in the nineteenth century, said “no other country offers less assistance to first settlers.” Jill Ker Conway’s poignant and lyrical autobiography is the story of her childhood on a remote sheep ranch and her educational journey from Sydney to Harvard to the presidency of Smith College.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|7:30-9 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|1-2:30 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Phyllis Asnien
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|1-2:30 p.m.

The founder of Sydney, in the nineteenth century, said “no other country offers less assistance to first settlers.” Jill Ker Conway’s poignant and lyrical autobiography is the story of her childhood on a remote sheep ranch and her educational journey from Sydney to Harvard to the presidency of Smith College.

Instructor(s):
Betty Zak
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|10–11:30 a.m.

Delve into the reality and psyche of the brave women who tempted both fate and the ire of King Henry VIII for the title of Queen. Read how history has painted Henry and the Queens. Did some “fail” in the end because they wanted more than the Tudor life? Were they trying to break out of a mold?

Instructor(s):
Charlene Mileti
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|1-2:30 p.m.

In contrast to his infamous work The Prince, Machiavelli’s The Discourses are not based upon his personal observations about the duplicitous and ruthless mechanics of princely power. Instead, Machiavelli uses this work to persuade the reader that a democratic “republic” is the superior form of government.

Instructor(s):
Reva Leizman
Thursdays, September 20-October 25|1-3 p.m.

Join Reva Leizman as she explores the writings of two nationally acclaimed contemporary female writers: Eternal Life by Dara Horn, who has been a two-time National Jewish Book Award winner for fiction, and The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman, selected by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best current writers under 40

Instructor(s):
Ted Smith
Thursdays, September 20-November 15|10:30 a.m.-noon (no class: October 11)

A unique historical perspective centering on a mineral, a rock, a spice. Prevalent today thanks to modern geology, salt was one of the world’s most sought-after commodities. A substance so valuable it served as currency and influenced trade routes and the establishment of cities.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Parr
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10-11:30 a.m.

As America has become more polarized, Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10:30 a.m.-noon

Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspectives on hero Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain.  Discuss their unique personalities, fascinating marriage, and critical contributions to their nation.  Compare and contrast with the lives of the Roosevelts.  

Instructor(s):
Sol Factor
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|1:30-3 p.m.

The team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II totally changed the American Musical both in structure and also how difficult subject matter was to be presented. They were not afraid to deal with subject matter ranging from inter-racial relationships, abusive husbands, racial prejudices, to Nazi takeovers.

Instructor(s):
Cheryl Wires
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10-11:30 a.m.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is among the most controversial and consequential books in American history. Learn why she is a heroine for all seasons. Biographer Lytle calls her a “gentle subversive,” a female scientist who reluctantly challenged the 1960s male-dominated establishment regarding pesticide use.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10-11:30 a.m.

Put on your bell-bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads! Let’s do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s. Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in the New Yorker, we will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles.

Instructor(s):
Charlene Mileti
Fridays, September 21-November 9|10–11:30 a.m.

“ … A magisterial account of Rome and it’s remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever know.” The reader is not only witness to the fascinating birth of Rome, but also its inevitable decline.

Instructor(s):
Whitney Lloyd
Fridays, September 21-November 16|10:30 a.m.-noon (no class: October 19)

This class will examine a chaotic period of British history following the death of Queen Elizabeth I. We will explore the reign of the Stuart monarchs, James I, and his son, Charles 1, followed by the Civil War and Interregnum under Oliver Cromwell’s leadership, climaxing in the execution of Charles I.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Mondays, September 24-November 12|10-11:30 a.m.

Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspectives on hero Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain.  Discuss their unique personalities, fascinating marriage, and critical contributions to their nation.  Compare and contrast with the lives of the Roosevelts.  

Instructor(s):
Linda Tuthill
Tuesdays, September 25-November 13|1–3 p.m (No class October 16)

Nonfiction encompasses a wide range of writing, including giving writers permission to tell their own stories. In this class members bring work to share and also respond to the work of others. Newcomers welcome. 

Instructor(s):
Linda Tuthill
Wednesdays, September 26-November 14|1-3 p.m.

Nonfiction encompasses a wide range of writing, including giving writers permission to tell their own stories. In this class members bring work to share and also respond to the work of others. Newcomers welcome. 

Instructor(s):
Sol Factor
Wednesdays, September 26-November 14|10:30 a.m.-noon

This course will focus on one of the most important scandals during the time of the Third Republic in France. The arrest and trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1894 on the charge of treason would reveal antisemitism in France and divide the Third Republic from 1894 until it was finally resolved in 1906.

Instructor(s):
Ezra Blaustein
Wednesdays, September 26-October 17|6:30-8:30 p.m.

The works of Maimonides (1138-1204), one of Judaism's most significant scholars, continue to be studied by Jews and non-Jews alike to this day.

Instructor(s):
Linda Tuthill
Thursdays, September 27-November 15 |1–3 p.m. (No class October 18)

Writer Sheila Bender says, “We write poetry to hear our own voices whisper, sing and yell. We write poetry to find our connections to life.”

Become part of a supportive poetry community that will listen and give constructive feedback. Bring 15 copies of a poem you have written to the first session. Newcomers welcome. 

Instructor(s):
Staff
Tuesdays, October 2-November 6|1-2 p.m.

Please join us for gallery talks hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.

Instructor(s):
Darlene Montonaro
Tuesdays, October 2-23|10 a.m.-noon

Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion.

Instructor(s):
Staff
Thursdays, October 4-November 8|1-2 p.m

Please join us for gallery talks hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.

Instructor(s):
Jennie Jones
Thursdays, October 4-25|1-3 p.m.

Thanks to a small chip, everyone today is a “photographer.” Through the study of western art from the early Renaissance to today, we will explore the visual development of “seeing” and “capturing” the world before us. We will learn the “tricks of the trade” from some of the world’s greatest masters.

Instructor(s):
Dahna Baskin
Mondays, October 8-29|1-2:30 p.m.

Ever try to wrap your head around the Torah's description of Creation? The Creation narrative asks us to imagine what existed before there was existence! What sort of frameworks can we use to penetrate this conundrum? The text tells us that God created humans and desires to have a relationship with them. But what is God? Who is God?

Instructor(s):
Sylvia Abrams
Tuesdays, October 9-30|2-3:30 p.m.

Set in Shaker Heights, Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the pull of motherhood, teenage angst – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Celeste Ng’s second prize-winning novel is filled with riveting characters whose differing points of view pull at the reader’s heartstrings. 

Instructor(s):
Donna Rumenik
Tuesdays, October 9-November 13|1–3 p.m.

The collapse of communism led to the opening up of archives, as well as collections of testimonies of those who witnessed and experienced the Holocaust as children and young adults. This course draws on these sources to examine how the Holocaust is remembered and forgotten.

Instructor(s):
Sylvia Abrams
Thursdays, October 11-November 1|2-3:30 p.m.

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward's award-winning novel, is a rich and lyrical account of a journey toward identity and understanding told through multiple perspectives. 

Instructor(s):
Matt Goldish
Mondays, October 15-November 5|6:30–8:30 p.m.

The concept of a messiah coalesced during the period of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (about 500 BCE to 70 CE). We will look at what this concept was at that time and meet some messianic figures who appeared then, including Jesus of Nazareth.

Instructor(s):
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, October 30-November 20|7-9 p.m.

Not only has the history of Israel showed much change over many decades, but the state’s founding ideology, namely Zionism, has also seen significant development since its earliest incarnations.

Instructor(s):
Francesca Calanni
Saturdays, January 19-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Italian language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Italian. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, January 19-May 4 |9-10:30 a.m.

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, January 19-May 4 |10:30 a.m.-noon

This course is an expansion of French I. Strong emphasis is placed on reinforcing the four key skills of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students also continue to learn about the cultural and linguistic diversity of the French-speaking world through a variety of print documents and multimedia resources. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, January 19-May 4 |9-10:30 a.m.

In this introductory course, students develop a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Participants are introduced to all four of the key skills for language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Saturdays, January 19-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course builds upon Intermediate French I. Students focus on the subtleties of French phonology, morphology and syntax, along with the development of advanced vocabulary and conversational techniques. The goal is to have students be able to use the language effectively and fluently. 

Instructor(s):
Marissa Strange
Saturdays, January 19-May 4|9-10:30 a.m.

This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Participants study basic language skills, including comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the present tense. Additional focus will be on the mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Spanish.