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Understanding Middle East Politics through Literature, Part II

We’ll read five books by authors from the Middle East that address significant contemporary topics and political events in an effort to gain a better understanding of the region.  Five Fridays: September 5, 19, October 10, 24, November 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Fish Without Bicycles: The Second Women's Movement in America, 1963-1983

This course will chart the progress and setbacks of the women’s movement in America, its supporters and opponents, from publication of The Feminine Mystique and passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1983. Four Wednesdays: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Americans in Paris: A Literary Journey to the City of Light

In addition to the sheer pleasure of reading and discussing good fiction and nonfiction, this class will offer insight into French and American history and culture, as well as the nature of the fundamental and historic relationship between France and the U.S.  Five Thursdays: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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Fall Poetry Circle: Charles Baudelaire & Rainer Maria Rilke

An introduction to the poems of two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire and Rainer Maria Rilke. Six Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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Faulkner: The Compson Novels

Examine two of Faulkner’s richest novels, The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! with a "slow reading" approach, spending about three sessions per book and in-depth analysis of character, style, and theme. Six Thursdays: September 4, 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Two Sides of the Story: Novels by Evan Connell and Jane Gardam

We’ll consider two pairs of novels that look back on a life, and a marriage, from both the husband and the wife’s perspective, discussing how they complement one another and how they stand alone, and along the way delve into how the author’s use of perspective determines the story. Two Wednesdays: October 1 and November 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Virginia Woolf: A Novel of One's Own

This course will examine and compare Virginia Woolf’s The Years and A Room of One’s Own to understand her handling of theme, character, time, and setting. Six Fridays: Sept 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Along with passion—intellectual and romantic—Possession revels in travel, history, scholarship, esthetics, and brilliant writing.  Come discuss A.S. Byatt’s compelling novel with Virginia Newmeyer and Susan Willens. Session One: Tuesday, October 7, 1 – 3 p.m., Session Two: Wednesday, October 8, 1 – 3 p.m., Session Three: Thursday, October 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

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James Joyce's DUBLINERS

In honor of its centenary, this class will explore and discuss the fifteen stories of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Four Fridays: October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Bright Young Things: A Study of Three 20th-Century British Novels

This fall, join us for college capers, finishing school treachery, and teenage mobsters with three classics, Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, and Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Three Mondays: November 10, 17, 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes, Part II

Sherlock Holmes has been transposed onto stage, page, radio, and screen in a way that stretches the boundaries of his original inception. In this class, we will read original works by Doyle and recent fiction featuring the detective to explore what these characterizations show us about our understanding of human behavior and our broadening social norms. Five Sundays: September 21, October 12, 26, November 9, 23, 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Feminism and Detection between the World Wars

Examine turbulent years of 1920 – 1939 as Britain struggles to find itself in the wake of WWI through the brilliant and witty detective fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers. Five Mondays: September 8, 22, October 13, 27, November 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This one session class will examine the most adapted Sherlock Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles to deduce why this tale, often considered the most Sherlockian of stories, remains so popular despite the large absence of the detective himself from the narrative. Monday, October 20, 12 – 3 p.m.

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The Victorian Ghost Story

The Victorian era was the golden age of the ghost story and it is the short story, with its ellipses, blurs, suggestions, and incompletions, which offered the ghost story its fullest expression.  This October, join us for three evenings of phantom tales. Three Thursdays: October 16, 23, and 30, 7 – 9 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Spies: Classic Authors' Great Shots

This class will examine classic archetypes fired into our zeitgeist by two classic authors—Joseph Conrad and Eric Ambler. Session One: Monday, October 27, 1 – 3 p.m.  Session Two: Wednesday, October 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

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Agatha, Empress of Crime

Delve into the legacy, history, character-building, and plot-crafting of Dame Agatha Christie, whose world-famous mysteries have sold more than four billion copies.  Session One: Tuesday, November 18, 1 – 3 p.m. Session Two: Thursday, November 20, 3 – 5 p.m.

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Right Brain Writing, Session B

Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious energized and ideas flowing.  The workshop is designed for fiction writers and memoirists, beginners and veterans.  (Please note that Sessions A and B will feature a different book and different prompts; you may take both classes or select one.) Thursday, October 16, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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Mixed Level Memoir

Kick-start and finesse your writing process by breaking it down into pieces: linked personal essays. Four Tuesdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Writing about Grief and Loss

Participants will discuss examples of grief and loss in classic nonfiction and generate their own material with the help of writing prompts. Thursday, October 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Award worthy? A Look at Prize-Winning Children’s Literature

A look at some of the major children’s book award-winners—past and present—and how those decisions are made. In this class, you’ll also make predictions for the 2015 award winners!  Four Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, and November 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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How to Find Your Voice

You know you want to write. But how do you take that major first step, sit down and put pen to the page?  This class will focus on pinpointing and tapping into your passion and then move to translate it to your writing.  Wednesday, October 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Deconstructing Knitted Cables

Learn to knit cables like a pro! By the end of the class, you’ll knit a good-luck cabled symbol into a baby blanket or a loved-one’s scarf.  You will also learn to knit cables from charts, which is much less fearsome than it seems.  Four Thursdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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