Movies & Literature

Movies & Literature

A Look at Jorge Borges: Labyrinths (156)

In this class we will explore the life and works of Jorge Louis Borges.  He writes unique little essays and short narratives which are great because of their intelligence, their wealth of invention, and their tight, almost mathematical style.  Argentine by birth and temperament, Borges creates outside time and space, imaginary and symbolic worlds.  He is akin to Kafka, Poe, sometimes to Henry James and Wells, and always to Valery by the abrupt projection of his paradoxes in what has been called “his private metaphysics.”  We will use the book Labyrinths (New Directions Paperback), any edition.  Please read the preface and pages one - 36 for the first class.   Should your edition differ from the class leader’s, titles for the first class include: Tion, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, The Garden of Forking Paths, and The Lottery in Babylon.  The class will be led by OLLI member Steve Parkhurst.

Wednesdays: October 1, 8 & 15 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members    
Room: C129

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OLLI Book Club (157)

This fall our first selection is Emma, the 1816 romantic classic by Jane Austin.  Our second book is The Tiger’s Wife, the first novel by Tea Ubrecht who was named by the New Yorker as one of the top twenty American fiction writers under 40.  Our final selection is Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen, a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This semester the discussion will be led by OLLI members Bev McFarland, Leslie Sanders and Alice Buchalter.  Please read the first book prior to the first class.

Wednesdays: September 24, October 22 & November 19 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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Watching Movies With Plato: Ethical Themes in Films (158)

This course is dedicated to the discussion of ethical topics as presented in contemporary films.  In Plato’s dialogues, Socrates claims that an unexamined life is not worth living.   This then leads to the ultimate question, how ought we live?  Today, compared to the Dialogues, film is an even more powerful force shaping our cultural and social ideals.  In this class, contemporary films will be viewed and discussed to examine their ethical themes.  Our first two films will include Stories We Tell and  Philomena.  The class will be involved in deciding on the last two films which might include Her, Mud or Amour.  Discussion will be led by OLLI member, Larry Kammer, who has worked in health care and higher education.

Mondays: October 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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Theodore Roethke: His Life and Works  (159)

As the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and two National Book Awards, Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) is Saginaw’s most accomplished poet.  During the first session of this class, Mike Kolleth, an avid Roethke book collector, will provide a history of Roethke through books and manuscripts.  The second half of the class will include a panel discussion about book collecting and the future of physical books.  Panelists will include Kolleth, OLLI member and collector Jett Whitehead, and Anita Dey, the interim director of the Zahnow library.  SVSU English professors Ruth Sawyers and Lynne Graft will analyze Roethke’s poetry in the second session.  The final session will include a tour of the Roethke house.  It will be led by Annie Ransford, President of the Friends of Theodore Roethke.  The class fee includes a copy of Theodore H. Roethke: A Community Celebrates and admission to the Roethke house.  This class is part of the Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival.

Mondays: November 10, 17 & 24 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $32 Members & Non-Members  
Room: C129 & Off-Site

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Joyce Carol Oates: An Early Novel (160)

Joyce Carol Oates is a most prolific author, having written well over 100 books of various types.  This class will focus on her intriguing novel Wonderland (1971): the author shows how the main character evolves as he goes through changes in life and times of deception.  Join Oates devotee Rose Kohut, who’s been trying to keep up with that beloved author for a few decades now.  For the first class, please read the first 200 pages (book one).

Thursdays: December 4, 11 & 18 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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