Rhodes’ Meeman Center Announces Spring 2008 Courses

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Publication Date: 12/7/2007

Rhodes’ Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce its spring 2008 continuing education schedule. Classes begin in January and continue through May.

Election 2008 is the theme for the “Open Rhodes Series” in which professors from different Rhodes departments address topics related to a particular theme. Topics covered include election strategies for the U.S. Presidency, stem cell research, global climate, Iraq, Evangelicals and Catholics, and partisan politics.

Returning to the Meeman schedule is “Lore of Literature,” a survey course led by five Rhodes professors. Topics covered in the spring include Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Keats’ major works, and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Dr. Tina Barr of Rhodes’ English Department will teach “Poems on Paintings” and “Poems on Travel.” Participants in the latter course will read poems about experiences in Egypt, Antarctica, Ireland, Peru, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Japan, Sudan, New Zealand, Cambodia and Taiwan. 

English professor Dr. Michael Leslie will present “Shakespeare’s Theatre: A Course in Five Acts.” “Macbeth” will be taught in January by Rhodes’ Cookie Ewing and Opera Memphis artistic director Michael Ching. Ewing is directing Hattiloo Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that opens January 18. Opera Memphis’ production of Verdi′s Macbeth opens January 26. Theatre and opera tickets are not included in the Meeman course tuition.

Among the other Meeman course offerings are “The Ten Best (and Worst) New Art Museums in the World;” “Milan, Basel, and the Italian Lake District;” “Art and The American Puritans;” “Scotland: First 10,000 Years;” “The Crusades;” “The Mystical Dimension in World Religions;” “Vocation: From Career to Calling;” “The Examined Life: the Seven Deadly Sins-Part II;” “Rednecks & White Trash: Social Constructions of White Identity in the South;” “Art of Conscious Living I & II;” and “T′ai Chi.”

For a complete list of courses, descriptions, and costs go to http://meeman.rhodes.edu/  or call (901) 843-3965. Thanks to a grant from the H.W. Durham Foundation, there is a 20-percent tuition discount for those 65 and over. Some restrictions may apply.