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Drama 809

America in the 1930s Through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera, Pt 1

We seem to remember America of the 30's as a time of "soup kitchens", bootleg booze, gangsters, the "Dust Bowl" and everything else associated with the Great Depression. But it was also the decade that saw the growing popularity of Radio, the Big Bands, the Art Deco style, the New Deal and, of course, the beginning of what came to be known as the Golden Age of Hollywood movies. During the next six weeks, we'll examine this period by way of documentaries, musical recordings and some of the finer films to come out of the studios which best reflect the era in which they were produced. Among the films we'll watch: Night Nurse (1931); Three on a Match (1932); The Public Enemy (1931); 42nd Street (1933); Dinner at Eight (1933); The Thin Man (1934).
Michael Theodore has a BA in History from UCLA and has taught History and Art for Los Angeles Unified School District for 36 years.

Nevada County Campus
# 60979 6/18-7/23
Wed., 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Room N15-101

America in the 1930s Through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera, Pt 2

In Part 2 we'll examine some of the major trends in America from the early '30s to 1939: from the Second New Deal and Social Security to America's attempt at Isolationism; from the repeal of Prohibition to the New York's World Fair. Along the way we'll experience the sounds of the music of the big bands, view the growth of Regionalism in art and, of course, enjoy Hollywood's attempt to reflect society. Among the films to be show will be: Dodsworth (1936); Bride of Frankenstein (1935); Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935); Angels with Dirty Faces (1938); Bringing up Baby(1938); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).
Michael Theodore has a BA in History from UCLA and has taught History and Art for Los Angeles Unified School District for 36 years.

Rocklin Campus
# 60980 6/16-7/21
Mon., 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room D-12

Epics!

After Gone with the Wind in 1939 (perhaps the greatest film of love and war ever produced), post-war Hollywood began a 20 year run producing Epic Films in every genre: biblical, westerns, war/revolution, world travel, love stories, etc. In the mid 1960s films, on the whole, became harder, grimmer and more personal. We plan to show such epic films as: Around the World in 80 Days, (1956); The Big Country (1958); Spartacus (1960); The Longest Day (1962); Reds (1981); and from early 20th century America where wealth and racism are on a collision course, Ragtime (1981). [Selections subject to change due to availability.]
ALL of these films run from 2.5 to 3.25 hours; therefore, some of the classes may run from 12:30 to 4:30 PM to give us enough time for intro and discussion afterward.
Curtis Covington has a BA in political science with a primary interest in Film, History, Literature and Current Affairs.

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
# 60977 6/19-7/24
Thur., 12:30 PM-4:30 PM
Redwood Room

English

Write Your Memoir

Have you always wanted to write a memoir to share with your family? Or to leave for posterity? Or to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list? This class is designed to help you begin or to continue writing your memoir. Some reading as well as writing will be required. Please bring an 8x10 lined notebook. Teacher evaluation offered.
Sue Clark is a literary specialist and an award winning ghostwriter. As a memoirist, she has helped more than 20 people complete and publish their memoirs in the past 12 months. She has taught fiction, non-fiction writing, literature, poetry and memoir classes for 19 years.

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
# 60976 6/17-7/22
Tues., 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Willow Room

English 815

The Three Johns of Modern American Literature: Steinbeck, Updike, Irving

Novels, short stories, poetry, essays - Steinbeck, Updike and Irving are three of the most distinctive voices in modern American writing. They have influenced our literature with stories of human relationships, depressed economic classes, and frustrations of middle class life, to name but a few of their themes. We'll discuss such books as Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Updike's The Widows of Eastwick, and Irving's Last Night at Twisted River. Bring your love of reading and your wish to discuss these three oustanding writiers on six Monday afternoons this summer. Having read these books will be helpful, but not necessary.
Sue Clark is a literary specialist and an award winning ghostwriter. As a memoirist, she has helped more than 20 people complete and publish their memoirs in the past 12 months. She has taught fiction, non-fiction writing, literature, poetry and memoir classes for 19 years.

Roseville Gateway
# 60985 6/16-7/21
Mon., 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 607

Music

Russian Opera

Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov! All these gentlemen created some first-rate operas that you won't want to miss: "A Life for the Tsar," "The Queen of Spades," "Boris Godunov," "Sadko." Join us!
Steve Miller has a BM and MM from CSU Sacramento. He is a part-time faculty member at Sierra College.

Nevada County Campus
# 60978 6/17-7/22
Tues., 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Room N15-101

Rocklin Campus
# 60990 6/18-7/23
Wed., 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Room D-12

Contact

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  • 333 Sunrise Ave.
    Roseville, CA 95661
  • Summer M-Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Closed Friday

Shari Smith Program Coordinator, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

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