Courses - Tuesday PM
 Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted
This class will focus on how the LGBT community was portrayed in 20th century films before the censorship imposed by the Hays code. Silent movies include sympathetic portrayals in two German and one Danish film (Different from the Others, Sex in Chains, Michael); a gender-bending American comedy (A Florida Experiment), and a campy adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome starring lesbian actress Nazimova. Early talkies include Morocco (Marlene Dietrich’s erotically kissing a woman to seduce Gary Cooper), Call Her Savage (Clara Bow film famous for the first scene in a gay bar), and Queen Christina (Greta Garbo’s Swedish biopic of the 17th century lesbian monarch). Our instructor 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, Gay and Lesbian Writers. Limit 18.
Michael Sirmons
12:45—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
Looking back, remembering, restoring and rejoicing in our being. Letting go of past indignities. Considering the “big questions” and facing mortality, our own and that of others. Moving on to con-sider giving back. Legacy work including ethical wills, mentoring and sharing with our community. Listening, sharing and changing. This course celebrates who we are and who we are becoming, using stories, poems, substantive information, research, and our own wisdom. Note: 1-week delayed start.
7 classes. Limit 20.
Judith Helburn
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 19
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th Street (78701)
This course covers Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire up to but not including the Renaissance and Reformation. Topics include first, the fall of Rome, the German barbarian invasions, and the triumph of early Christianity. Then, after a brief study of the Byzantine Empire and early Islam, the focus will shift to Charlemagne’s Franks, the collapse of the Carolingian empire, and the onset of feudalism. A study of the conflicts between kings and popes will follow, along with an analysis of the contemporaneous development of France, England, and the Holy Roman Empire. Study of the decline of the papacy and late political developments in the states of Europe will conclude the course. Along the way there will also be an analysis of medieval intellectual and artistic developments. Please bring $3 to the first class to cover the cost of course materials. Limit 20.
John Dahmus, PhD
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Unity Church of Austin
5501 West US Hwy 290 Service Road (78735)
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 Feb. 12
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
You may knit or crochet, or both, in this class. Whether new to needlework or experienced, learn at your 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 Feb. 12
Brookdale Parmer Lane Assisted Living
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)
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 upon his subsequent move to Austin, and taught several summer art law seminars in Freiberg, Germany. Limit 30.
Terry Martin
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Westover Hills Church of Christ
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
We’ll discuss poetry in 19th century America, including the Transcendentalists, e.g., Emerson and Bryant, pre-Modernists, including Poe, Melville, and Robinson. Poems will be available online. Limit 20.
Linda Ringer Leff
1:30—3:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)