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Art House Cinema

Join us to examine the best of 'Art-House' cinema --films that stray far from any conventional or traditional Hollywood sense of filmmaking. Usually helmed by an 'auteur' director, art films are particularly focused on exposing audiences' raw emotions, and urge them toward poignant psychological examinations that can be unsettling--and even shocking. Art-House films are not designed for mass appeal, are made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit, contain highly controversial and often symbolic content. These are films that disturb and enlighten, and they will stay with you forever.

  • Instructor
    Stacy Davies, MPW, is an award-winning arts and culture journalist in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire, a film historian at UC Riverside and the University of Phoenix. She is formerly a coverage writer for for Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures and the Sundance Institute, and a coordinating producer of development for E! True Hollywood Story.
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 16-Oct. 21 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S60

ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS: Melodies of Love, Longing and Dedication

Classical music expresses that which cannot be said with words, but of which is impossible to remain silent. Throughout its history, classical music has expressed many emotions, including: beauty, happiness, relaxation, religion, joy, brotherhood and love. With selected recordings and video clips, you will examine the music, composers and the influences on the music then, and its lasting impact today.

  • 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. UCR Osher instructor since 2012.
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 16-Oct. 21 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S61

The Brethren: The Supreme Court

In another installment of the Supreme Court, this six-session course explores timely and headline-grabbing cases involving gay marriages, campaign finances, privacy, national security, elections, healthcare and how they affect our lives. There will be a review of the Court's history and an in-depth focus on Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • Instructor
    Robert. D. Kline, B.A., has an extensive background in history and political science. His first high-profile experience came as the original producer and co-creator of the "Firing Line," hosted by William F. Buckley, Jr. He was also the producer and director of the ERA debates, which dealt with gender and constitutional issues. Mr. Kline is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a visiting professor and speaker at USC at the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, delivering lectures on the Nuremberg Tribunals, Martin Luther King, Jr. the Civil Rights Act of 1964-6, and Nelson Mandela and apartheid. The terrorism course he teaches at USC was converted into a high profile series on terrorism, "A World in Shadows," for the Discovery Channel. His career in teaching along with film, documentary, and theatre production spans more than 30 years.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 21-Oct. 26 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S71

Say NO To The Picture And YES To The Vision

Are you tired, bored or frustrated with the images presented to you daily of a world seemingly out of control? Does your mind create images and thoughts that constantly judge and define you resulting in a life of stress, illusion or unhappiness? Join us on a journey beyond the superficial, and learn how we can create substance and authenticity in our lives. We will examine the concept of living an 'authentic' life, and explore where we find meaning, purpose and connection in the possibility of the human potential. Using the power of storytelling to explore the path of 'observed reality,' let's discover truths for ourselves by ourselves. Then, say NO to the images and YES to the vision of your world that lives within, to be a bigger, better more loving version of YOU.

  • 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. UCR Osher instructor since 2014.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 21-Oct. 26 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S62

The Church and the State of America

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson observed that the First Amendment the United States Constitution erected "a wall of separation between church and state." In the words of the U.S. Supreme Court's former Chief Justice Rehnquist, Jefferson's were rejected as "bad law and bad history." The dispute has descended to name-calling. Thus, The Christian Law Association has asserted that the phrase, "separation of church and state" reflects "the government's current hostility to religion in the public arena." Supreme Court rulings underscore the changing scene: In 1971, daily school readings from Bible were declared unconstitutional by an nearly unanimous vote of the Court. In 2014, the Court ruled that closely-held business corporations are entitled to deny particular health benefits for their employees, based solely on religion. The church-state issue is, once again, sorely contentious. Join us for lively discussions about gay marriage, abortion, school prayer, evolution teaching, school vouchers, crosses, crèches, menorahs, ten commandment postings, religious diets and garb for prisoners and soldiers, creation science or "independent design" school campaigns, cloning, H.I.V. and other scientific research issues, religious symbolism conflicts such as head scarfs, etc.). All implicate and test the intersections of state and church, and all command prodigious emotional investments. You will also probe basic factual information to help you on all sides of the issues refine your thinking and find your own personal solutions.

  • Instructor
    Daniel Sklar, LL.B., Harvard Law School, Adjunct Instructor, Whittier Law School and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee, has written and lectured extensively on issues related to the intersections of history and religion. Americans United for Separation of Church and State describe Dan Sklar as "one of America's leading experts on the Constitutional principles of church-state separation." He has lectured widely on Biblical and religious topics at the famed Chautauqua Institution in New York State, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Chautauqua and Phoenix, Arizona, the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and elsewhere. UCR Osher instructor since 2014.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 22-Oct. 27 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S64

The Story of Rock N' Roll - The Sixties

An interactive experience that tells the story of Rock n Roll Music and its development (1960-1969) using history, entertainment and nostalgia. With selected recordings and video clips, you will examine the hits and artists.

  • Instructor
    William Maxwell, F.C.M.A., grew up in the era of rock `n roll and is an expert on history and trends in music.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 22-Oct. 27 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S65

Sports and American Culture

Delve into how events in the sports world impinge on the general culture of the United States. For example, how did the raised fists of Afro-American runners on the Mexico Olympics winners' platform affect attitudes in America? We'll look at many sports: NBA, NFL, NCAA football and basketball, Olympic Games, Tennis, Golf, Women's Sports (Title IX of the Civil Rights Act), and other newsworthy sporting events--past and present! Together, we will focus on the societal effects of sporting events in America, such as the big bowl events and the financing of teams and players. Since the course occurs in the Fall, NCAA and NFL events will be highlighted. Also, you will look at the various roles the media play in sports.

  • 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). UCR Osher instructor since 2010.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 9-11 a.m., Sept. 24-Oct. 29 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S66

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. UCR Osher instructor since 2003.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 24-Oct. 29 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S67

Money Matters: Putting the PIeces Together

Deciding who should get your possessions is only one piece of the puzzle in creating an estate plan. In this session, we'll walk you through the essential components of a good plan. We'll address questions like: What is the "right" plan for you in 2015 and beyond? What should happen when you can't take care of yourself? Who will make sure the bills are paid? What are the medical steps you want to be taken when the time calls? The goal is to answer these questions in your plan so your loved ones won't be left wondering.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Sept. 30 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    152−CPS−S80

Money Matters: All About Gifting

You may have heard the old saying that in giving, you receive. Indeed, you can make a gift and be better off for it. But did you know some gifts may be taxable ¿ like adding someone to the deed of a home or making an interest-free loan? We'll explore whether it's better to give some things to your heirs during your life versus through your will; which assets are better to give to your family and which to charity; and how to structure certain gifts to get the best results for both you and the recipient. This session will be led by a panel of professional advisors.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 7 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    152−CPS−S81

Money Matters: Putting Your Plan in Motion & Aging in Place

You've created your estate plan. Now what? In the first half, we'll talk about when to enact certain parts of your plan -- for example, to address capacity issues -- and what to do when things go wrong. New laws, a different financial market, and your own changing circumstances also mean that it's good to review your documents now and then to see if they still meet your needs. In the second half, we'll talk about how to plan for the possibility of in-home care and what to do now so you can live the life you envision in the future. This is crucial information if your goal is to stay in your home in your golden years.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 14 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    152−CPS−S82

Money Matters: Designing Your Ideal Retirement

We all want peace of mind in retirement. The trick is how to achieve it. It all starts with a well thought-out plan. In this workshop, a financial advisor will walk you through what to consider as you design your plan, what options are available to you, and how you can match your plan to your desired reality. Even if you have a plan in place, the changing landscape means it's good to see if it still suits your needs. No one can say what the future holds, but you can reach your destination more easily with a road map.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 21 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    152−CPS−S83

The Scots and Scotch Irish

This is the story of immigrants who are a small proportion of Americans, about 20%, and their disproportionate contribution. Twelve American Presidents were Scots-Irish or Scots. The Scots invented the steam engine, telephone, TV, golf, malt scotch and country music. Tell your story as we move through this class, and see your place in the movement of these people.

  • Instructor
    William Maxwell, F.C.M.A., grew up in the era of rock `n roll and is an expert on history and trends in music.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., Nov. 2-Dec. 7 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S68

Cleopatra's Rhumba: Exotic Accents in Music

People have always been drawn to the "exotic other," whether it is the wandering Roma, the conquering Ottoman or the Asian mystic. Where armies and explorers go, musicians and other artists also go, and those who come home often bring wondrous stories and songs with them. They also bring new sounds and instruments, new ways of singing and dancing, different melodies, rhythms and harmonies. These musical equivalents to paprika and curry have inspired composers to imitate or incorporate them into their art. More significant are different ideas about philosophy and cosmology, which have led some composers to profound changes in their approach to music. For most of us, these musical "exotic accents" are familiar from pieces like Mozart's Rondo alla Turk and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Join us to delve deeper into these riches with surprising examples from Telemann, Ellington, Ravel, Brubeck, and many others. Liberal use of video and audio examples will illustrate the class, as well as suggestions for listening, reading and web exploration.

  • Instructor
    Diane Mitchell, retired music teacher, Hemet, attended the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), studied music at UCLA where she participated in the Opera Workshop, has more than 30 years of experience teaching piano and harpsichord to students of all ages and levels, and still enjoys singing in operas, choruses, madrigal groups and chamber choirs. UCR Osher instructor since 2011.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 2-Dec. 7 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S69

Isis: The New Reality in the Middle East

We will take an in-depth look at the origins of Isis from its religious roots, its allies and goals to its financial roots and support. How do we fight them and who are their allies in the US? Who are the US allies and what are the politics and economics involved with going to war with Isis? Is Isis a reality without an end? These questions and many more will be examined and discussed including the historical conflicts between the Sunni and Shia peoples across the Middle East.

  • Instructor
    Robert. D. Kline, B.A., has an extensive background in history and political science. His first high-profile experience came as the original producer and co-creator of the "Firing Line," hosted by William F. Buckley, Jr. He was also the producer and director of the ERA debates, which dealt with gender and constitutional issues. Mr. Kline is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a visiting professor and speaker at USC at the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, delivering lectures on the Nuremberg Tribunals, Martin Luther King, Jr. the Civil Rights Act of 1964-6, and Nelson Mandela and apartheid. The terrorism course he teaches at USC was converted into a high profile series on terrorism, "A World in Shadows," for the Discovery Channel. His career in teaching along with film, documentary, and theatre production spans more than 30 years.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 8 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S63

Ernest Hemingway: His Literature, His Life, His Legend

We will continue examining the places, people and activities that created this legendary man who courted life-threatening adventures, glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world. You will go on a journey to Oak Park Illinois, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, Kenya, Cuba, and then back to the US. 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 where the author 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." UCR Osher instructor since 2012.
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 9-11 a.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 8 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S70

Answers to 21 Questions Concerning Human Behavior that Everyone Should Know

Does money buy happiness? Why has there been increasing equality between women and men in past decades? What are the consequences of everyone thinking they are better than average? Why is it good that bad experiences are more influential than good experiences? Get answers that are interesting, important and not well understood by the public. The straight forward, easy-to-understand answers involve some of the most important issues and implications in the fields of history, sociology, and psychology guaranteed to entertain, shock, and enlighten you!

  • Instructor
    Robert F. Fiorentine, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, College of the Desert, Palm Desert. UCR Osher instructor since 2009.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (no meeting Nov. 26), Nov. 5-Dec. 17 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S73

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. UCR Osher instructor since 2003.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 9-11 a.m. (no meeting Nov. 26), Nov. 5-Dec. 17 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    152−CPS−S72
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