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Film and Literature

A Living Screen Legend: The Films of Meryl Streep, Pt 2

Meryl Streep began her acting career in 1971 and has over 60 screen credits to her name. Streep has received 17 Academy Award nominations, winning 3, and 27 Golden Globe nominations, winning 8, with more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Often said to be the most versatile actress of her time, she has continued to work well into her 60s. During this course we will watch and discuss the following movies: Hope Springs (2012); Iron Lady (2011); Julie and Julia (2009); Doubt, Mamma Mia (2008); Marvin’s Room (1996). It is not necessary to have attended part 1 to participate in this course.
Linda Derosier has a BA in History with a minor in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the AFI (American Film Institute) and student of film. She has been teaching for the OLLI program since 2010.

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
CLASS FULL, SORRY!
Mon., 2 PM-5 PM
Redwood Room

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club403 2/5-3/19 (No class 2/19)
Wed., 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Room 103

African Film, Part 2: Memory, Identity, and Social History

African identities, with respect to individuals, villages, and urban enclaves, have been altered by rapid and adulterated modernization. Both historical memory and modern realities serve to (re)construct these identities. Questions and themes documenting human social history and one’s place and purpose within contemporary society are explored, interpreted, and filmed by African cinematographers. Francophone (French speaking) films with English subtitles will be viewed and discussed. Supplemental course materials will be provided. Enrollment in Part 1 is not a prerequisite for this course.
Ellen Sander has a BA and MA in French, a BA in Government, and an MA in International Affairs. She has taught for the UC Davis French Department.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club401 2/3-3/17 (No class 2/17)
Mon., 1 PM-4 PM
Room 613

American Documentary Photography

The use of photographs to document social conditions and the subsequent development of documentary photography directly affected 20th century American public policy. From Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine—forces behind the enactment of child labor laws—to notable Farm Security Administration photographers and their influences in the enactment of New Deal legislation; from the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent to congressional appeals for expansion of the National Parks system, this course studies how photographers contributed to calls for social change through their preferred artistic medium. Analyses of photographic bodies of work are supplemented with biographical films and audio interviews, oral histories, and written excerpts.
Ellen Sander has a BA and MA in French, a BA in Government, and an MA in International Affairs. She has taught for the UC Davis French Department.

Nevada County Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club801 2/4-3/11
Tues., 2:15 PM-5:15 PM
Room N15-101

Documentary Films

Stylistic interpretations of provocative and relevant realities featuring talented filmmakers. Searching for Sugarman (2012); Food Inc. (2008); Buck (2011); Blackfish (2013); Every Little Step (2008); Stories We Tell (2012).
Lincoln Curtis has a BA in Foreign Languages and Drama and an MA in German and Film Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar, director, actor, and documentary filmmaker, and has taught at the community college level for more than 20 years.

Nevada County Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club804 4/4-5/16 (No class 4/18)
Fri., 1 PM-4 PM
Room N12-103

Ethics in Film

We will once again show several significant films and then have a major discussion about them. The films will be shown on four consecutive Fridays in room D-12
on the Rocklin Campus. These films include: Of Mice and Men (1939), Billy Budd (1962), The Pawnbroker (1965), and The Widow of St. Pierre (2001). They are four challenging film experiences. So prepare yourselves for a very worthwhile and stimulating day!
Team taught by Emil Augustine and Curtis Covington.

Rocklin Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club902 1/17-2/7
Fri., 1 PM-4 PM
Room D-12

Films Worth Seeing

21st Century extraordinary films with international flavor. The Intouchables (2011) France; Reality (2012) Italy; Mother (2009) Korea; Love Is All You Need (2012) Denmark; The Hunt (2012) Denmark; The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) USA
Lincoln Curtis has a BA in Foreign Languages and Drama and an MA in German and Film Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar, director, actor, and documentary film maker, and has taught at the community college level for more than 20 years.

Nevada County Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club802 2/7-3/21 (No class 2/14)
Fri., 1 PM-4 PM
Room N12-103

Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War is a very popular British TV series set in Hastings England between 1940-1945. It features Michael Kitchen as an understated Chief Superintendent of Police. It is a time of war, and Foyle must deal with the stress and chaos of a society marked by profiteering, the black market, murder, and racial tension. And all these are set within the political, social and ethical currents of the times. In the course of our class, we will also be attentive to broarder historical events that deepen our awareness of the war and it’s shaping of the modern world. In that, this is a series that enriches our understanding of WW II and is worthy of our study. This class is an 8 week continuation of the series which we began in Summer 2013. It was not part of our Fall courses.
Team taught by Emil Augustine and Curtis Covington

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
CLASS FULL, SORRY!
Wed., 2 PM-5 PM
Redwood Room

Literature of Francophone Africa

The year 1950 marks the emergence of the African novel. Defined by various cultural (the Négritude movement, establishment of Présence Africaine) and historical (World War II, the rise of nationalism) factors, the written and edited text supplanted oralité (oral tradition) and poetry as the primary method of preserving and disseminating culture and history, and examining current political development. Excerpts of texts written by Francophone African authors translated into English will be read, analyzed, and discussed along with short films.
Ellen Sander has a BA and MA in French, a BA in Government, and an MA in International Affairs. She has taught for the UC Davis French Department.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club407 3/31-5/12 (No class 4/14)
Mon., 1 PM-4 PM
Room 613

Literature of French Acadia and Louisiana

Recorded in folklore, lyrics, poetry, and historical documents, the French literature of Acadia and Louisiana chronicled the shared history of the Great Deportation of 1755, geography, culture, and linguistic barriers. The primarily lyrical, poetic, and theatrical Acadian literature of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Maine is first examined and then compared to the Acadian and later Cajun literature of Louisiana, including its emphases on folkore, journalism, and Creole literature, genres that ultimately both inspired and influenced Southern literary movements.
Ellen Sander

Nevada County Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club803 4/1-5/13 (No class 4/15)
Tues., 2:15 PM-5:15 PM
Room N15-101

The Return of the Short Story to American Literature

In this course, we'll deal with a form of story telling by American authors that's found its way, once again, into the reader's favor. Perhaps the fast paced American society we live in today has influenced the revival. Perhaps writer's find it easier today to tell a tale in fewer words than through a lengthy novel or a novella. We'll discuss this and other possibilities as you follow that quest. We'll take a look at several famous short-short stories, and flash our country's past, such as Mark Twain, as well as today's writers of short stories, short-short stories, and flash fiction, such as Tobias Wolff. Since short stories are fast reads, we'll spend time each week reading various familiar as well as unfamiliar work. Maybe you'll find a new, exciting American author or two, to add to your reading enjoyment.
Sue Clark

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club406 3/24-5/5 (No class 4/14)
Mon., 3:30 PM-5 PM
Room 607

Writers of the Western Frontier

This is a 3rd in a series of discussions about American writers who changed this country's literature and culture forever. The western frontier of the early 20th century became "an exotic, strange and wonderful new land" that intrigued writers, such as Max Brand, artist Frederick Remington and Mark Twain, to write exciting, original stories, paving the way to literature found nowhere else in the world. Western tales remain popular to this day as "they focus on the strength of the individual and the qualities of character...right and wrong, and decency." We'll take a look at such famous stories as The Virginian, Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Outcasts of Poker Flat, as well as publishers and magazines that made it possible for western writers to find readers throughout the world. Western writers wrote what they observed or how they lived in America's great Western Frontier.
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 Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club402 2/3-3/17 (No class 2/17)
Mon., 3:30 PM-5 PM
Room 607

Health

Tai Chi - Beginning

Tai Chi is a gentle and graceful movement class designed to build better balance, coordination, and focus in older adults. Students are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing. We practice the Yang Long Form.
Team taught by Laina Dicker and Lori Fee. Both have been taking Tai Chi for years and have certificates for Tai Chi Levels 1 and 2.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club410 1/13-5/14 (No class 1/20, 2/17, 4/14 and 4/16)
Mon. & Wed. 10 AM-10:50 AM
Room 525

Tai Chi - Intermediate

This class is designed for continuing students who are working on or who have completed Section One of the Yang Long Form.
Team taught by Laina Dicker and Lori Fee. Both have been taking Tai Chi for years and have certificates for Tai Chi Levels 1 and 2.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club415 1/13-5/14 (No class 1/20, 2/17, 4/14 and 4/16)
Mon. & Wed. 11 AM-11:50 AM
Room 525

Tai Chi - Advanced

Advanced Tai Chi provides students the opportunity to practice Tai Chi Yang long form in a group setting. New participants are encouraged to continue learning Chi form to enhance strength, balance and memory.
Sifu Renee Neal has been teaching martial arts since 1988 and is a 9 time International Karate Champion. She has been teaching martial arts for Sierra College since 2003.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club420 1/14-5/14 (No class 4/15)
Tue. & Thur., 10 AM-10:50 AM
Room 525

Mah Jongg

Exercise your strategy and develop your skill when you practice with fellow Club OLLI members. Members will have a place to meet and practice on a regular basis. Bring your mahjongg set if you have one.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club425 1/8-5/14
Wed., 2 PM-5 PM
Room 300F

Domestic Violence

The most dangerous place for a woman in America is in her home! This class will explore the definition, signs, causations and results of domestic violence in America. Information will also be presented from research findings among women in state and federal prisons in California. These women have been victims of domestic violence and a few are in prison for the homicide of their husband or significant other. Short videos on victim shelters and treatment, and counseling for perpetrators of domestic violence will be shown during the lunch period, so feel free to bring your lunch or a snack.
Dr. Manuel Roman worked for the State of California as a correctional officer, youth counselor, parole agent, and civil rights officer. He has taught criminal justice at the collegiate level for over 30 years.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club404 3/7 only
Fri., 9 AM-1 PM
Room 214

Music

OLLI Orchestra

The OLLI Orchestra is an ensemble of 35-40 players which works on a variety of classical and popular music from the 1700s to the present day. Rehearsals focus on preparing a concert of music for the general public each semester, and the atmosphere is one of fun and mutual support.
Steve Miller has a BM and MM from CSU Sacramento. He is a part-time faculty member at Sierra College.

Nevada County Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club815 1/29-5/14 (No class 4/16)
Wed., 6:30 PM-9 PM
Room N15-101

Placer Pops Chorale

Practice in the interpretation and performance of traditional and contemporary choral music. Successful completion of the course constitutes membership in the Placer Pops Chorale. Auditions take place at the first and second class meetings. Visit www.placerpops.org for performance dates and more information.
Lorin Miller has a Master's degree from California State University Dominguez Hills and a distinguished background as a solo performer and choral director. He has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of styles ranging from Bach to Broadway.

Rocklin Campus
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
#Club905 1/28-5/6 (No class 4/15)
Tues., 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Room D-2

Philosophy

Philosophy Through Seinfeld

Philosophical ideas are often hidden behind popular culture entertainment and sometimes not-so-hidden; such is the case with the popular TV show, Seinfeld. Loosely based around readings from the book Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing, this class will focus on the history of Philosophy, the characters from the Seinfeld show and lessons about life contained in several hilarious episodes.
Johnnie Terry teaches philosophy at Sierra College.

Roseville Gateway Center
Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
CLASS FULL, SORRY!
Thur., 1 PM-3 PM
Room 613

Tom Fisher - Mysteries of the World

We live on a small, green planet, spinning in a mysterious universe, part of a complex and subtle eco-system that we do not yet fully understand. Science has progressed at breakneck speed in the last hundred years, and our understanding of the world’s many mysteries increases every day, but, even now, there is much that science cannot explain. These are all, arguably, phenomena of the natural world rather than man-made, although, in some cases there is doubt even about that. Will we ever be able to unravel these mysteries? Perhaps, but right now we’re not even sure in some cases what the questions are. So let us examine a number of these mysteries to determine if they indeed are verifiable, true, and explainable, or are they simply myths, fables, legends, fantasies, or figments of our imagination. Some of the more fascinating mysteries in the world are the unverified ones. They might be imaginary, or they might be real. Either way, they are extremely intriguing. We will select several examples and examine each to determine whether they are believable or not; let you yourself be the judge.

Session 1: World’s Mysterious Creatures

In our opening session, we will tackle many of the mysteries associated with a variety of creatures ranging from the human-like, animal-like, and even to the aquatic-like. We will scrutinize the
credibility of the data surrounding several of these creatures and the associated stories linked to each.

Session 2: World’s Mysterious Lights

The aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and the aurora australis (Southern Lights) have always fascinated mankind. These mysterious green, red, blue, pink, and purple/violet lights appear only when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere. The auroras mysteriously interact with each other, constantly changing color as they shift and flow while delicately dancing along the atmospheric currents of our earth. We will discuss this phenomenon, investigative methods, and present a plethora of absolutely beautiful images of these collisions of nature for both the North and South poles.

Session 3: World’s Mysterious Bugs-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

This session focuses on riveting close-ups and details of the incredible world of insects, unseen by the naked eye, from the tiniest (0.01 inch L.) to literally grandiose specimens (12 in. L.). They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet - more than a million described species, representing more than half of all known living organisms. We will view magnified fantastic color images of selected insects—well known and some not so well known. People literally see insects every day yet pay little attention to them unless they are pests, thus, they remain an enigma or mystery. Most of us have little interest in them other than those that are attractive, critical to pollination, or vectors of disease.

Session 4: World’s Mysterious Skulls And Spheres

We begin our discussion with the Crystal Skulls claimed to be pre-Columbian/Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders. These skulls are hardstone carvings made of clear or milky white quartz, known in art history as “rock crystal.” They emanate from a dark and shady history of discovery and possession which is unto itself a fascinating story. Next, we focus on the Ancient Spheres or Balls made of stone or metal and found in locations such as Central America, South Africa, China, and Peru. To date, their function(s) remains an archaeological mystery, but, although some bear etchings, their explicit use (functional or ritual or ?) has yet to be determined.

Session 5: World’s Mysterious Triangles

There are numerous ‘devils’ triangles found around the world, and many are somewhat similar to the Bermuda Triangle near Florida. Each has stories related to sea-going vessels and aircraft allegedly mysteriously disappearing. Besides disappearing planes and ships, phenomena are linked to most which include ghost ships, lapses in time, equipment malfunctions, sea state cataclysmic events, undersea volcanic eruptions, seismic activity, fire dragons (volcanoes), etc. Several will be selected, and their respective ‘devil’, paranormal or natural phenomena discussed with captivating and intriguing text, extraordinary actual photos, and magnificent artists renderings.
Tom Fisher had a dual career in aerospace and archeology. Along with working with and designing for NASA astronauts, he has conducted archeological field research in China, Italy, and throughout Central America.

Rocklin Campus
#Club901 2/21-3/21
Fri., 1 PM-3 PM
Room D-12

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  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Shari Smith Administrative Assistant, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

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