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Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning Announces Fall Classes

KEENE, N.H. 9/26/02 - The Origins of a Glass of Water, C.S. Lewis and His Friends, and Sex and the Lower Classes: Verismo Opera are three of the seven courses offered this fall by the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) at Keene State College.

CALL, an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network, is an academic program for retired or older adults in the tri-state region. Fall courses take place on Fridays for eight weeks from Oct. 4 to Nov. 22. All classes meet in Morrison Hall, room 73, or Drenan Auditorium in Parker Hall, both near the KSC gateway on Appian Way.

A Glass of Water: A Ramble through Cosmology, Geology, and Technology to Discover the Origins of a Glass of Water meets from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Instructor Jim Patton explores the origin of matter, the big bang, and the early universe. The course also looks at the origin of the elements, nucleogenesis and star formation, our solar system and watery planet, and how water moves from the sea to the tap, and geologic processes.

C. S. Lewis and His Friends: The Literary Circle Known as the Inklings meets from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams, and others met on a weekly basis for years in a literary reading group in which they surveyed and critiqued one anothers works. Instructor Paul Cullity examines the impact of this group on wartime literary circles.

American Women Writers since 1960 meets from 11 to 12:20 a.m. Instructor Margaret Carlson looks at such authors as Maxine Kumin, Alice Munro, Rachel Carson, Grace Paley, Amy Tan, Annie Proulx, and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. Discussion centers on how womens voices have made a difference in literature in the last few decades with women contributing a wealth of new stories, novels, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Reading materials include an extensive bibliography of literary works by women.

Great Plays: Sense and Sound meets from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Instructor Judy Patton leads shared reading, discussion, inquiry, and scene enactment from plays such as: Sophocles Antigone, Shakespeares Twelfth Night, Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest, and Chekhovs The Cherry Orchard.

All CALL participants get a discount on tickets to the Keene State Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest, performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, Oct. 16-19, in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Michael Haines, the director of CALL, plays the role of Rev. Chasuble in the play.

An Informal Reading Group meets from 1 to 2:20 p.m. This is not a formal course, but a small discussion group that chooses its own readings and meets regularly to discuss them. Works will be chosen by consensus among the group.

Sex and the Lower Classes: The Verismo Opera meets from 1 to 2:20 p.m. Instructor Frank Behrens explores why opera composers look for verismo, or true-to-life stories to tell in music. Among the better-known verismo operas are Carmen, I Pagliacci, and Cavalleria Rusticana. Using his extensive collection of subtitled videos, Behrens leads a tour through these operas and similar works.

Economic Nationalism in the Global Community meets from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Instructor Jules LaRocque addresses the questions of economic development and economic self-determination in the continually evolving post-Cold War environment. How well can nominally international but decidedly undemocratic institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank guide and accommodate the aspirations of scores of emerging nations? Sessions combine lecture and classroom discussion.

Writing Your Story meets from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Instructor Kate Phillips, former Hollywood actress and screenwriter, works with people interested in writing the stories they never got around to writing. Students who participated in Phillipss previous session are invited to continue their work this session, and she welcomes new aspiring writers. The course is limited to 12 people; advance registration is required.

Participants in the CALL program may opt to take one course or several courses during the day. A break for lunch and/or discussion is scheduled from 12:20 to 1 p.m. in Morrison Hall, room 70.

The cost for the CALL program is $75 for the year, or $37.50 per term. Courses also are offered each spring.

Advanced registration is recommended for all CALL courses. To register, visit the Continuing Education Office on the first floor of Elliot Hall, call 603-358-2290 or 1-800-KSC-1909 or check the web page,

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