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A Stroll through The English Country House and Manor

Explore the origins of the noble English stately mansions in the British Isles, starting with the medieval castles and moving on to the first great Elizabethan estates. A review of the Stuart monarchy will reveal many architectural improvements brought on by the rise of aristocracy. The 18th Century ushered in the wondrous age of neoclassical revival such as the style of architect Robert Adam and the landscaped parks by renowned landscaper, "Capability" Brown. The Gothic revival of the 19th century saw homes being built with the new industrial wealth, made possible when England ruled the waves. You will also explore what made these homes so uniquely British and a repository of the world's great art treasures. Slides, lectures and films will reveal who built these homes, and why they hold our imagination still. A must for all Downtown Abbey fans!

  • Instructor
    Randall W. Hatch, B.S., Instructor, has been in the interior design field for many years, both as a designer and instructor. He has taught for various interior design programs such as UCLA Extension and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 22-Oct. 27 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S61

The Science, The Art and The Gamble of Decision Making

Join us to take a look at the process of choice as it relates to achieving a goal and/or doing the right thing. We will use the justice system and the concept of justice and the theory of choice to explore the nature of truth and how our decisions interact with beliefs and facts to form our own reality. A series of videos and discussions will illustrate the behavior of and processes used by defendants, attorneys and judges as it relates to choices, decisions and consequences. We will ask the question: Is it actually possible to make a right choice and what do we do when faced with a choice?

  • Instructor
    Gary Bindman, J.D., was a practicing attorney and served on the bench of the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts for more than 25 years. He recently earned a Designated Subject Career Teaching Credential from California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 22-Oct. 27 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S60

Contemporary Voices of Women Authors and Writers, Part II

Continuing the survey of Contemporary Voices of Women Authors and Writers, we will examine outstanding writing by Hispanic, Native American/Indian and African-American authors. Featured will be Sandra Cisneros, Mexican-American, whose "House on Mango Street" has received rave reviews for its insights and craftsmanship; Joy Harjo, whose recent memoir "Crazy Brave" has reinforced her role in what has been coined "The Native American Renaissance II." This, along with Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony" will stimulate an understanding of the experience of Indian women in society today. The last author featured will be Nikki Giovanni, author and poet, Distinguished Professor of Literature at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, who has published thirty books of prose and poetry, and whose autobiography "Gemini" was a finalist for the National Book Award. The class is set up so that attendees can read these books before the classes to stimulate the kinds of discussion that were highlights in Part I of the series.

  • Instructor
    Katya Williamson, M.F.A., has written books for the empowerment of women and led workshops, retreats, and classes over the past twenty years for women to find their voices in writing. Her last book, "Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness," includes an anthology of twenty-five previously unpublished international women who excelled as writing students in her courses.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 23-Oct. 28 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S63

Legends and Icons of Film

In preparation for next year's Academy Awards, we will examine past and present legends and icons of Hollywood from Mary Pickford to Leonardo DiCaprio. Through lecture, discussions and screenings of selected film clips, we will take a look at the careers and accomplishments of actors such as Clark Gable, Cate Blanchett, Sidney Poitier and Grace Kelly. We will go behind their images to the realities of their lives, from triumph to tragedy.

  • Instructor
    Robert D. Kline, is a former member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science, and has been a film and television producer and studio head for more than 30 years.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 25-Oct. 30 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S65

The Week's News in Review

An interactive discussion of events shaping the news each week, including analyses on similarities to past occurrences in the 20th Century during the same time period. Media sources include, print, TV, the Internet and social media. You discuss politics, the economy, sports, show business and topics pulled from the "headlines."

  • Instructor
    Dick Stein, B.S., majored in economics at the University of Maryland and went on to be a successful entrepreneur. He worked for the New York Times, is one of the founders of ESPN and has taught college-level history and economics in Los Angeles.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 25-Oct. 30 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S64

The Three M's of Music: Melody, Message, and Meaning

Join us for a weekly interactive listening experience featuring all types of music that conveys a form of meaning or message. It will include contemporary and classical songs, such as "Vincent" sung by Don McLean and referring to Vincent Van Gogh. Or "The Pines of Rome," a suite by Respighi to the last movement, "Pines of the Via Appia", depicting the return of a Roman Legion, from the fields outside of Rome to the center of the city. Popular songs will include songs by Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Joan Baez, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffet and Carly Simon. Discussions will follow each song, including the identity and background of the composer, and the likely meaning and message of the song.

  • Instructor
    John Haas, Ph.D., is both well-read in poetry and has had some of his own poems published. He is a retired Professor Emeritus from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in Sociology and Education; has taught for 30 years, the last 25 at the University of Colorado (Boulder).
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 30-Oct. 28 (5 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S62

Money Matters: Estate Planning Made Simple

Most people think that estate planning is about deciding who should get your belongings, but a good estate plan can do much more. We will walk you through the basics of creating a plan and answer questions like: What are the benefits of a trust versus a will? What are the essential parts of a plan? Who's in charge when you can't make decisions for yourself? In the second half, we will go more in depth on the topics that you select. You'll find this information essential, whether you have a plan in place or are starting one from scratch.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 8 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    142−CPS−S86

Money Matters: "Taking Control of Your Retirement"

The last few years have left many of us unsure of how to plan for the future. The goal of this seminar is to help you feel more empowered to take the necessary steps for your retirement, whether you're already retired or are planning to retire. We'll look at different options for different circumstances and life stages. What are your goals, and what solutions might be appropriate for you? You'll also learn about the timing of Social Security benefits and how that can fit into your big picture.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 15 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    142−CPS−S89

Money Matters: Do Well by Doing Good: Gifts That Pay You Income

Some techniques used by the super wealthy to grow income and get tax breaks are also available to you. For example, did you know that some charitable gifts can pay money back to you and your family for life? They can be powerful tools to provide for yourself or your loved ones while supporting your favorite cause in the future. We'll explore ways to accomplish your planning needs – like boosting your retirement income – and make a positive impact in the community.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 22 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    142−CPS−S88

From Rembrandt and Vermeer to Huygens: Art, Commerce and Science of the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age (around 1585-1700) is considered a most remarkable period in history. Out of seemingly nowhere, the Netherlands became quite a World Power in commerce, art and politics. Join us to discuss what brought about this unique phenomenon, with an emphasis on the art of people like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. The rise of economic growth in commerce and science, and the contributions made by the Dutch in other areas during this time will also be explored.

  • Instructor
    Albert Koetsier has over forty years of teaching a presesenting experience. In addition,he has over sixty years of experience as a professional photographer which invoves both practical and theorectical experence. Koetsier has taught similar courses in the History of Art Photography at Cal State San Marcos and possess a general interest in art and history. He is aslo fluent in languages and topics that are related to photography. .
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (no meeting Nov. 26), Oct. 29-Dec. 3 (5 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S67

Money Matters: "Practical Tax Tips and Myth Busters"

As the year comes to a close, an experienced CPA will offer simple ways to get your ducks in a row so you can have a more positive experience -- or at least, a less stressful one -- on your next filing. We'll look at tax issues that affect family decisions and get practical money-saving tips for both retirees and people who are planning to retire. You'll learn how you can plan your income and taxes so that you have a clearer of picture of what your return will look like. The presenter will also dispel some common myths and long-held misconceptions.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 29 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    142−CPS−S87

The Great Southern Overland Trail

This historic trail stretched from Fort Smith, Arkansas to the Pacific Ocean, providing an alternative route to anyone heading west. It was particularly active from about 1850- 1900, and many historians feel was more important than the Oregon Trail or the California Trail. The trail was used by the Butterfield Stage, the Army of the West (heading to California during the Mexican-American War), the Mormon Battalion, gold seekers during the California Gold Rush, cattle drives, fur trappers, mountain men and by the Union Army during the Civil War. Togetherwe will retrace their travels, including the first overland mail service between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Buckle up for a long, and at times bumpy, ride as folks hacked through solid rock in order to get wagons through a tight passage to the west.

  • Instructor
    Thomas R. Tefft, M.A., taught history for more than 30 years at Citrus College in Glendora, where he specialized in American history, California history and the history of the American West. Tefft served as chairman of the departments of Art and Social Science for eight years. He lectured for the Smithsonian Institution and is a published author and editor.
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 9-11 a.m. (no meeting Nov. 26), Oct. 29-Dec. 10 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S74

Medieval and Early Modern Folklore and Legends

Explore various topics in medieval and early modern folklore, including folkloric figures such as Robin Hood and King Arthur, witches, outlaws, werewolves, and imaginary lands in which houses are made of sausages and pie. We will discuss the histories of these legends, their audiences, and the ways in which they have been adapted and reimagined over time for Hollywood.

  • Instructor
    Kristin Noone, M.A., Ph.D. (in progress), Co-Coordinator, Graduate Writing Center, UCR, designs and leads workshops on academic writing and publishing for graduate students. Ms. Noone specializes in the history of the fantasy genre, including folklore of the Middle Ages. She has published numerous works in related fields, has presented at annual conferences for the International Robin Hood studies Association and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Ms. Noone has recently published her fourth short story with relevant historical-fantastical settings and themes.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 8 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S68

A Study of World War 1- 100 years later

One hundred years ago, the "war to end all wars" broke out. The major issues in international relations in the twenty-first century--most notably, the Middle East--have their roots in the First World War Study, including causes and nature of this war, and its legacy for both the United States and the world.

  • Instructor
    Dino Buenviaje, M.A. teaches history at Riverside Community College and Mt. San Jacinto College. Mr. Buenviaje has presented at various history conferences, such as the Mid-Atlantic World History Association.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 8-10 a.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 8 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S73

Resistance to Genocide

An overview of the most pronounced forms of genocide throughout the last century. We will frame an understanding, within a historical context, of why the worst of human activities was used to exterminate entire peoples. Marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, you will discuss what led the Hutu-led government to try to exterminate the Tutsis, as well as explore the plight of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, the Jewish Holocaust, the genocide of Cambodians at Khmer Rouge, and the genocidal policies against the Aborigines in Australia.

  • Instructor
    Robert D. Kline, is a former member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science, and has been a film and television producer and studio head for more than 30 years.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 4-Dec. 9 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S70

Ernest Hemingway: His Literature, His Life, His Legend

Focus on the places, people and activities that worked to create the legendary man who courted life-threatening adventures and glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world. You will go on a journey to Oak Park in Illinois, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, Kenya, and Cuba. Hemingway's personal relationships and experiences will be linked to the code and the content of his novels and short stories, while the progression of places he worked and chose to live will be linked to his style and rituals of writing. You will read and discuss Hemingway's literature, and background information will be based on the instructor¿s research for her recent Hemingway biography, Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work.

  • Instructor
    Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Roosevelt University, Chicago. Dr. Sindelar is a member of the Board of Directors of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois. A long-time resident of the Oak Park-River Forest community, Dr. Sindelar has supported numerous Hemingway functions, has made many popular presentations about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, and is the author of the forthcoming publication, "Papa's Places."
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 9-11 a.m., Nov. 4-Dec. 9 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S69

The Week's News in Review

An interactive discussion of events shaping the news each week, including analyses on similarities to past occurrences in the 20th Century during the same time period. Media sources include, print, TV, the Internet and social media. You discuss politics, the economy, sports, show business and topics pulled from the "headlines."

  • Instructor
    Dick Stein, B.S., majored in economics at the University of Maryland and went on to be a successful entrepreneur. He worked for the New York Times, is one of the founders of ESPN and has taught college-level history and economics in Los Angeles.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 9-11 a.m. (no meeting Nov. 27), Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S71

Understanding Contemporary Social Psychology

Why is life so exciting, boring, loving, hateful, joyous, and sorrowful? This course links our personal experiences to the larger socio-historical processes that influence the ways that we behave and feel. We examine why our behavior and feelings differ from the past and among various demographic groups, and why personal change, sometimes wonderful and other times difficult, is necessary, inevitable and often desirable.

  • Instructor
    Robert F. Fiorentine, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, College of the Desert, Palm Desert
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (no meeting Nov. 27), Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    142−CPS−S72
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