December 07, 2019

Courses - Tuesday PM
This course will focus on how the LGBT community was portrayed in early twentieth century films and the impact of the Hays Code. Silent movies include Yankee Doodle in Berlin (cross-dressing), The Flesh and the Devil (Garbo in a love triangle with two men), and Pandora’s Box (scandalous lesbian subplot). Early talkies include Madchen in Uniform (German schoolgirl crush), two films with prominent sissy characters (It’s Love I’m After and Easy Living), and Dracula’s Daughter. Also included is The Celluloid Closet, a documentary about the history of LGBT characters in cinema and Hays Code regulations. Michael Sirmons is a retired Professor of English and avid film buff who studied cinema history in college. The highlight of his 36-year teaching career was a course he developed on Gay and Lesbian Writers. Limit 16.
Michael Sirmons
12:45—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
Students with some experience knitting or crocheting can continue at their own pace. Bring practice yarn and needles or hook to the first class. The instructor, an accomplished artist, has taught knitting and crocheting for more than 20 years. Call the instructor at 512-259-1146 with questions about the class. Limit 12.
Pat Tittizer
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Pegasus Senior Living (formerly Brookdale)
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)
If one were to sum up the totality of Celtic Christianity with one word, the word would be “wholeness.” A Wholeness – a worldview – that informs the entirety of life. A Wholeness found in her history, liturgy and practical theology. In our fragmented world, this Wholeness speaks to all of us. The course will serve as an introductory class for those new to Celtic Christianity and a refresher for those who have previously taken the course. This time we will dig deeper into the antecedents of Celtic Christianity (both “pagan” and Christian) while exploring her contribution to Roman Catholicism and then to Protestantism. The course will also offer suggestions on how we might apply Celtic Christianity to our own faith traditions. Limit 20.
Frank Mills
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th Street (78701)
This course studies the history of Europe in the pivotal period of transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern World. Artistic developments in the Renaissance and religious developments in the Reformation will enjoy special consideration to be sure, but since political, economic, social, intellectual, scientific, and military developments were inextricably intertwined with these movements, they will also receive their due emphasis. Included will be the development of Italian city-states and growth of national states, especially in England, France, and Spain. We will examine developments in trade and industry in Europe, overseas colonization, and growth of the third estate. In other fields, we consider the expansion of literacy and education, new philosophical ideas, mysticism and scientific revolution. Of course, we must examine major wars, including the Wars of Religion in France, the Thirty Years’ War, and the English Civil War. Please bring $3 to the first class to cover the cost of course materials. Limit 25.
John Dahmus, PhD
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Unity Church of Austin
5501 West US Hwy 290 Service Road (78735)
This course examines the greatest theft of art and cultural valuables in history and its continuing impact today. From 1933 to 1945, the Nazis confiscated over half a million objects of art. While the western Allies refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of these confiscations, many heirs of Nazi victims are still trying to recover their ancestors’ art. Using films, Power Point presentations and class discussions, the class begins by exploring the history of looting art during times of conflict, from the Romans through Napoleon. Then we focus on Hitler’s views on art, the development of the Nazi aesthetic, and confiscations from German museums and private collections in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. We’ll consider the role of the “Monuments Men” after the allied invasion of Europe, the discovery of Nazi caches of art, and initial attempts to restitute such art. Finally, we examine legal restitution efforts after the war, more recently, and currently. Our instructor taught art law at Harvard Law School until his retirement in 2008, taught a seminar on art law at the University of Texas Law School, and taught several summer art law seminars in Freiberg, Germany. Limit 30.
Terry Martin
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 201
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
This course provides opportunities to enhance vitality through moving the body, breath exercises, and meditation. The movements address flexibility, strengthening, joint mobility and balance from a variety of positions (standing, seated, and on the floor). Note that options will be available for those who wish to be seated in a chair for part or all of the class. Dress comfortably and bring any yoga props that you want to use. A blanket, a yoga mat, and/or a cushion are suggested, and yoga blocks or straps are optional. This is a beginner-friendly class and all levels are welcomed. You will have two teachers experienced with seniors to monitor and guide you. Limit 25.
Nancy Kirby and Sarah Goodfriend
1:00—2:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
From Milton and the Cavaliers to the Pre-Romantics and Blake, we'll discuss poetry of the 17th and 18th centuries. All poems will be available online. Limit 20.
Linda Ringer Leff 
1:30—3:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 225
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
The Trump administration has recently re-imposed travel restrictions for Americans wanting to go to Cuba. Pre-sumably such measures are intended to foster regime change in the "Troika of Tyranny"—Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua—as dubbed by U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton. For more than 60 years, the U.S. has attempted to change the government of Cuba, a policy that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars and not a few lives. What is it about that peculiar island nation which has made that task so difficult? This course will attempt to describe how Cuba's unique history has made it such a tough nut to crack. We will see and discuss three films by Tomás Gutierrez Alea to enliven the class and consider how history has made us the best of enemies. Limit 25.
Jerry Buttrey
1:30—3:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 203
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
Join us to practice speaking in French about current events, culture, readings and/or movie excerpts shared in class. The course is designed for those with some proficiency in the language, but enthusiastic intermediate students are welcome, too. Limit 15.
Mireille Seewann 
2:00—4:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)