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Media and the American Experience

The impact of media on America and American history has been profound. In the last 100 years our point of view, culture and consciousness have been shaped by the media in its many forms from newspapers, television, film, the Internet, to social media devices. Much of the different forms of media have been reflective of major changes in technology. This class will look at major events and personalities of the last 100 years and the impact of the different forms of media in the conveyance of the American experience and what's happening regionally, nationally and globally.

  • 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. 9-11 a.m., Feb. 27-Apr. 3 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    133−CPS−S70

Opera: The Rocky Marriage of Words and Music

From its beginnings in Renaissance Italy to today's controversial spectacles, opera has always been an attempt to marry music and drama, so that each enhances the other, creating a complete work of art--but the marriage has been far from perfect. Operatic composers, librettists and singers have always struggled with these questions:

  • Which is more important, the music or the words?
  • Should technical beauty prevail over emotional content?
  • Should the melody fit the words, or vice versa?
  • Are the composer's wishes paramount or is the performer's interpretation just as valid?

The operas we will explore are often based on literary masterworks, both complicating and enriching the struggle. Using audio and video examples, you will discover several answers to these questions, in preparation for the following Metropolitan Opera, Live HD broadcasts, in local movie theaters in the spring of 2014:

  • Borodin's Prince Igor, March 1, 9 a.m.
  • Massenet's Werther, March 15, 9:55 a.m.
  • Puccini's La Boheme, April 5, 9:55 a.m.
  • Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, April 26, 9:55 a.m.
  • Rossini's La Cenerentola, May 10, 9:55 a.m.

  • 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.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 27-Apr. 3 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    133−CPS−S71

Money Matters: Same-Sex Estate Planning

Thanks to two historic decisions by the Supreme Court this past summer, there are now three categories of same-sex relationships under the law: married couples, domestic partners, and legal strangers. Each affects benefits and taxes differently. A panel of experienced professionals will guide you on what you need to do to protect yourself, provide for your loved ones, and ensure your wishes are carried out. Along the way, we'll answer essential questions like:

  • How should our property be held?
  • Who can make decisions if I get sick?
  • What if we have kids together or separately?

  • Instructor
    specializes in planning for domestic partners and same-sex couples.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mar. 24 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    133−CPS−S83

Arts and Crafts Movement in America

Explore the origins of this movement in Europe and in North America in the 1900s, and discuss its causes and effects. We will highlight the architecture, furniture, painting, textile design, metal work and fashion, as well as learn about the movement's leading figures, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene and Gustav Stickley and his brothers.

An illustrated lecture and field trip is planned to the Gamble House in Pasadena where you will see the architecture, furniture, fabrics, and lighting in their original settings. While in Pasadena, you will also view and observe other period examples built by the Greenes and Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • 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., Apr. 7-May 12 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S61

Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution

Trace America's development of a form of government new to the world, focusing on issues regarding limited government. Review colonial governmental concepts, as well as the English historical background, that helped spur the American Revolution. The work of the Philadelphia Convention and the struggle over adopting the U.S. Constitution are closely examined, and both Federalist and anti-Federalist pamphlets are consulted, as are the authors and their agendas. Some key decisions of the Supreme Court which appeared when the new government began, and some examples of seeming disregard of the Constitution will be discussed. Track the Constitution in action and the changing history of the Court's major Constitutional decisions regarding governmental limitations. We consider the present time and conclude by reviewing and debating what we have seen.

  • Instructor
    Daniel Sklar, LL.B., Harvard Law School, Adjunct Instructor, Whittier Law School and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., Apr. 7-May 12 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S60

Iconic Directors: The Women Series 1

This series examines the contributions of female directors to the art of film. Each week, you will discuss feature films directed by women--many of whom also wrote and produced their films.

Preference will be given to films that contain a prominent lead female character, and will include lectures on the film screened and the director's biography, as well as clips from the filmmaker's other work(s), or work from similar artists. You will look at a minimum of one classic film, one modern film, one documentary and one foreign film, with an emphasis on non-mainstream films and directors that include a strong multi-cultural and non-classist context.

  • 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
    Tues. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apr. 8-May 13 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S63

Winston Churchill- The Last Lion

Devoted to a historical overview of Winston Churchill from his early childhood American roots to his contributions as a statesman, historian and artist, to his legacy of saving the world from fascism and nazism. Sir Winston Churchill was the catalyst in warning the West of the danger of communism and the Eastern Block. Through videos and audio recordings, you will learn of his leadership qualities and relationships with Roosevelt, Stalin and de Gaulle.

  • 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
    Wed. 9-11 a.m., Apr. 9-May 14 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S64

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., Apr. 10-May 15 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S66

UCR Osher Presents: Windows On The World Lecture Debate Series: Girl Rising Screening

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film that promotes a powerful truth: educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities, entire countries - and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. Around the world, girls face barriers to education that boys do not. But educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. The art of storytelling is used to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.

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  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 6-8 p.m., Apr. 15 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    134−CPS−S91

Money Matters: Unique Issues in Succession Planning For Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples

Although same-sex marriages are now recognized by the federal government, questions still remain for couples in many circumstances ? particularly about access to certain benefits.

  • What do you need to know if you?re in a ?blended? family?
  • How will immigration issues be decided?
  • What will become of domestic partnerships under California law?
  • How should you plan if you?re not married, whether you?re a same-sex or opposite-sex couple?

A panel of professional advisors who specialize in this area will guide us through the issues.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., May 19 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    134−CPS−S85
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