Fall 2013 Classes: Sept. 23-Dec. 12
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|C960||09/23/13-10/14/13||M||Fire and Brimstone! The Geology of Volcanoes||$44|
|C964||09/23/13-10/14/13||M||How Life Began and Evolved - Class Full||$44|
|C922||09/24/13-10/15/13||T||American Popular Music of the ‘50s and ‘60s||$44|
|C904||09/24/13-10/15/13||T||The Vikings—Scourge or Inspiration?||$44|
|C880||09/25/13-10/23/13||W||Sex Trafficking in the U.S. and Abroad||$44|
|C900||09/25/13-10/16/13||W||Four Baroque Capitals: Prague, Rome, Madrid, Paris||$49|
|C876||09/26/13-10/03/13||Th||The Politics of Prison and Life Behind Bars - Class Full||$25|
|C920||09/27/13-10/11/13||F||Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing||$33|
|C902||09/27/13-10/18/13||F||Medieval History and Literature: Shards of Light - Class Full||$44|
|C914||10/03/13-10/24/13||Th||Monstrous Reflections: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein||$44|
|C982*||10/10/13-10/31/13||Th||Bing, Fred, and Ginger Meet Irving Berlin in Hollywood||$49|
|C944*||10/18/13-11/08/13||F||Introduction to Buddhism - Class Full||$44|
|C912||10/21/13-11/18/13||M||Sociological Themes Through Literature: Socialization||$44|
|C958||10/21/13-11/18/13||M||At Home in the Milky Way Galaxy - Class Full||$44|
|C956||10/22/13-11/12/13||T||Archaeology and the Bible||$44|
|C962||10/22/13-11/12/13||T||A History of Physics: A Layman’s Guide to the Oldest Science - Class Full||$44|
|C924||10/25/13-11/22/13||F||Music of the Seasons - Class Full||$49|
|C946||10/30/13-11/06/13||W||A Little Course on Free Will - Class Full||$22|
|C872||10/31/13-11/21/13||Th||Argo and America’s Other Army - Class Full||$44|
|C921*||11/01/13-11/22/13||F||Fact and Fiction - Class Full||No Fee-but registration required|
|C878||11/6/13||W||Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Ultimate Collateral Damage||$16|
|C918||11/07/13-12/05/13||Th||The Poetics of Hope: Dante’s Purgatorio||$44|
|C916||11/13/13-12/04/13||W||The Oresteia of Aeschylus: The Evolution of Justice||$44|
|C874||11/13/13-11/20/13||W||China’s Economic Development: At What Cost to the Environment - Class Full||$22|
|C948||11/19/13-12/10/13||T||Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Sartre - Class Full||$44|
|C850||11/26/13-12/10/13||T||Surviving and Thriving on Windows 8||$33|
|C870||12/02/13-12/09/13||M||The Arctic: An Emerging Actor on the World Stage||$22|
|C882||12/6/13||F||Vietnam: Historical and Cultural Perspectives - Class Full||$11|
Note: Classes marked FULL may have a waiting list; call 425.640.1830 if you are interested
in that class.
*Note: Remember to check for changes in class schedule before the first day of class.
An introduction to American popular musical traditions, designed to touch on representative works from the past century-and-a-half of American musical history, will provide some basic tools for discussion, critical thought, and appreciation of America’s various musical traditions: folk songs, Tin Pan Alley standards, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rock and its myriad substyles, rhythm and blues, disco, and popular “vernacular” music making. Participants are encouraged to bring in CD recordings and/or videos to analyze and discuss with their colleagues. John Hanford holds degrees in both political history and music, having earned his PhD in historical musicology from the UW. 4 sessions.
|C956||10/22/13-11/12/13||Tuesdays||10:00am-12:00pm||Rev. Richard Gibson||ESC||$44|
We will explore the Bible stories of Abraham, Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls to discover how archaeology continues to inform our understandings of the writing of the books of the Bible. Rev. Gibson will help class members experience an actual “dig” through pictures and discussion. Dick Gibson is a CRI teacher, retired pastor from Terrace Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace and an amateur archaeologist. 4 sessions.
The Arctic is transitioning from a stage for geopolitics to an actor on the world stage. These two lectures will introduce students to the Arctic today and the issues that are relevant to the region, including the melting Arctic ice cap, opening of new shipping lanes and access to natural resources. We will look at the tremendous involvement of Arctic indigenous peoples in global politics, and how focus on security in the Arctic region is shifting from the state to the environment. Ross Coen is a Ph.D student in the UW history department where he is studying the 20th century American West, in particular the intersections of environment, technology, and politics of Alaska fisheries. His 2012 book, Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil, examines the political and technological history of the SS Manhattan, an icebreaking tanker that transited the Northwest Passage in 1969 in order to test the viability of shipping Alaska North Slope crude oil via circumpolar marine routes. Ross formerly worked on climate change policy in the office of Senator Ted Stevens and on rural energy development for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), an applied research institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2 sessions.
|C872||10/31/13-11/21/13||Thursdays||10:00am-12:00pm||Jim Thyden and Foreign Service Guests||CON||$44|
The Oscar-winning film Argo, based on a book by CIA officer Antonio Mendez, tells the story of six American diplomats
rescued by Canadian diplomats and CIA officers when the US Embassy in Tehran was occupied
by Iranian militants in 1979. While those in the embassy were held hostage until the
end of the Carter administration, six escaped and took refuge with the Canadians.
One of them, Mark Lijek, will meet with the class to discuss his story. A retired
CIA colleague of Mendez’s will also meet with the class to discuss the dramatic rescue.
We will hear about the work, hardships and lifestyle of American diplomats in the
Foreign Service as described in a new book, America’s Other Army by Nicholas Kralev. Students should read Kralev’s book for the first session and Argo for the third session. Helpful additional reading:
The Houseguests: A Memoir of Canadian Courage and CIA Sorcery by Mark Lijek. Jim Thyden served 26 years in the US Foreign Service. He has taught and lectured at the UW Jackson School and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and has taught many courses for CRI. 4 sessions.
“You are here!” This is the phrase often found on T-shirts with an arrow pointing to an indiscriminant star among billions of stars in a giant spiral galaxy. But it’s true. We ARE here, orbiting a mid-size, middle-aged star in this galaxy that we quaintly call the Milky Way. And the fact that we cannot, ever, see the actual Milky Way from space has not deterred our study of our one and only galactic home. The term “Milky Way” is a translation of the Latin via lactea because of the galaxy’s appearance from earth as a band of ‘spilled milk’ across the sky; individual stars cannot be resolved to the naked eye. And it appears like a band because its disk-shaped structure is being viewed from inside (can you see your own forehead?). The stars were first seen by Galileo and his telescope in the 1600s. Deeper observations in the 1920s showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies. We will start with a taste of the history of our discoveries of our home galaxy, then travel through the galaxy’s structure to marvel at the central bulge and its lurking massive black hole, the star-forming spiral arms of the disk with their nebulae and open clusters, and the outer halo of globular clusters. Finally, we will see our Milky Way galaxy as one of a small handful of galaxies all bound in a complex gravitational dance. Linda Khandro is a geologist with an MS degree in earth science. Her interest in astrobiology brought her to the UW as an education/public outreach specialist. Linda has taught several popular, well-received classes for CRI. 4 sessions. No class November 11th, Veteran’s Day.
|C982||10/10/13-10/31/13||Thursdays||1:30pm-4:00pm||John James||Cristwood Park Chapel||$49|
An impoverished Jewish immigrant from Belarus who came to the United States at the end of the 19th century, Irving Berlin became one of the most admired composers and lyricists of American popular music. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “God Bless America,” “How Deep is the Ocean?,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “White Christmas” are just a few of the estimated 1,500 songs that came from the pen of Mr. Berlin. Enjoy four of the best films from the Golden Age of Hollywood that highlight his music: Follow the Fleet (1936), Carefree (1938), Holiday Inn (1942), and Blue Skies (1946), with starring appearances by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers, along with supporting actors Ralph Bellamy, Jack Carson, Joan Caulfield, Marjorie Reynolds, and Randolph Scott. Watch for uncredited appearances by Lucille Ball and Betty Grable, and one of the few starring appearances of Harriet Hilliard of “Ozzie and Harriet” fame. Special handouts and background information will be provided. John James is a retired librarian from Shoreline Community College with advanced degrees in history and library science, and a life-long interest in the best of popular music and film from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. 4 sessions.
|C874||11/13/13-11/20/13||Wednesdays||1:30pm-3:30pm||Stevan Harrell||Cristwood Park Chapel||$22|
China's rapid economic development has come with environmental costs for China itself as well as for the rest of the world. This short course will describe four areas in which economic growth has brought environmental degradation: energy, agriculture, water, and forests. It will consider also the global effects of these changes in China, as well as official and popular attempts to limit and mitigate the environmental effects of that country’s rapid development. Lectures will be accompanied by copious illustrations, copies of which will be made available on line to course participants. Stevan Harrell was on the faculty at the UW as professor of anthropology and environmental and forest sciences. He has taught China studies and has done extensive research in Taiwan and China. 2 sessions.
Americans die younger than people in other rich nations. Even those who are college educated, with large incomes or wealth, who practice all the best health-related behaviors with access to whatever medical care they wish, die younger than their counterparts in other developed countries. This is not in dispute, as stated in reports from the Institute of Medicine and other reputable sources. We will explore this material and suggest steps so that your grandchildren may not be dead first. Stephen Bezruchka was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities. He has worked as an emergency physician for 30 years and teaches in the School of Public Health at the UW where he received the 2002 Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2008 Community Service Award. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C982 Bing, Fred and Ginger Meet Irving Berlin in Hollywood.
|C921||11/01/13-11/22/13||Fridays||9:30am-11:30am||Bev Christensen and Marge Young||FBC Private Dining Room|
No class or processing fee-registration form must be completed
We are not your average book discussion group! Participants make their own reading choices and come prepared to present brief reviews and share their appraisals. You may select a past or current author in any genre. Learn from each other through informal discussion. Marge Young and Bev Christensen are avid readers and have been a part of this class for years. This is a non-fee class but requires registration. If this is the ONLY class being taken, there is no processing fee. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C944 Introduction to Buddhism.
Volcanic eruptions are compelling events to geologists who regard them as opportunities to learn more about our Earth. We will discuss the types of volcanoes, how they are produced, why and how they appear on the Earth, and how we can exist with them in respectful harmony. Donn will print out a colored copy of the class notes for anyone desiring one – cost $5. To order one please call the CRI office (425.640.1830) as soon as you have registered for this course. If you do not want to purchase a color copy, black and white copies will be provided free of charge. Donn Charnley is emeritus professor of geology at Shoreline Community College. He has presented courses in geology for CRI since 2003. 4 sessions.
In examining the formation of Baroque art in Prague, Rome, Madrid and Paris in the age of absolute monarchy, we will learn how eccentric Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II in Prague attained new levels of extravagance in patronizing the arts and sciences. In early 17th century Rome, Pope Paul V and his nephew Scipione Borghese spent lavishly on building and decoration while Caravaggio, Carracci and Bernini established the Baroque style. Velazquez was court painter to Philip IV of Spain, who amassed an enormous art collection in Madrid. And before moving his court to Versailles, Loius XIV oversaw significant improvements to Paris, including enlarging the Louvre and building the Hotel des Invalides. We will see how these four cities were interconnected and how each was unique. Rebecca Albiani earned her BA degree in art history and Italian at UC Berkeley and her MA in Renaissance art history at Stanford. She gives a popular lecture series at the Frye Art Museum. 4 sessions.
We will trace the evolution of our understanding of the physical world from the time of the ancient astronomers to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The remarkably accurate observations of the heavens by ancient civilizations and the precise measurement of planetary motions led to Newton’s Universal Theory of Gravitation, one of the greatest triumphs of physics. A systematic understanding of thermal properties and electricity and magnetism provided the basis for the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. The 20th century discoveries about the structure of atoms and nuclei have transformed our technology and our lifestyles. While Einstein’s theory of relativity might seem esoteric, it is used every day in scientific experiments and in space exploration. Although many mysteries remain, we can discuss Black Holes, the Big Bang theory, and our evolving view of the fundamental components of matter. No prior knowledge of physics is required. Dr. Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil Corporate Research Laboratories. He taught physics at UC Santa Barbara, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions.
Specifically designed for those with little or no science background, this course uncovers secrets of our biological past which relate to many of society’s challenges. How did a simple cell over billions of years increase its complexity to produce today’s diverse organisms? How did that cell arise from a lifeless Earth leading to humans becoming so creative? How much Neanderthal DNA do you have and why do chickens have genes for teeth? How does evolution relate to cancer and aging? How do evolution, creationism and intelligent design differ? Are we currently in a period of mass extinction? Up-to-date topics will be easy to comprehend through demonstrations and cartoons and with a minimum of jargon. Winston Brill teaches a course, Microbes and Society, at the UW to non-science undergrads. He also teaches short courses for the 50+ crowd through the UW OSHER and Bellevue College TELOS programs. 4 sessions.
We will examine the fundamental tenets of three of Buddhism’s principle schools: Zen Buddhism, Theravada or Hinayana Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. A religion of reason and meditation, Buddhism affects one quarter of the world’s population. We will consider the life of the historical Buddha with his emphasis on compassion, mindfulness, and a balanced life. Recommended texts are: Buddhism: A Way of Life and Thought by Nancy Wilson Ross and Buddha by Deepak Chopra. Video tape material will supplement the readings from the textbooks. Robert Stahl has taught previous CRI classes on: Celtic Wisdom, Rumi, Joseph Campbell, Care of the Soul, Jung, Zen, and The Art of Pilgrimage. He has an MA in art history. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C921 Fact and Fiction.
The problem of free will has been debated for centuries. We look for the causes behind physical and historical events, yet we experience our own actions as freely and truly ours. Indeed, our very sense of self hinges on being moral agents. In an attempt to solve this conundrum, religion has often employed the notion of an immaterial soul that somehow controls human action in the world while being able to ward off worldly influences. But science today teaches that the mind is the product of a material brain and explores the effect of environmental and genetic factors on human behavior. Free will has become a much-discussed topic of late. Is free will an “illusion?” Are we part zombie and don’t know it? What about moral responsibility, about law and punishment? Recommended reading for this course: Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga. Robert Bates has a BA in philosophy and has done graduate work at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. His current interest is in how the biological sciences are reshaping our understanding of human nature. 2 sessions.
Changes occurred in the Western World from the fall of Rome, through the constriction of the Dark Ages, to the beginnings of the Medieval era proper. During these 500 years there was a resurrection of culture and the reestablishment of thinking, all based on faith. We will delve into the regional stories of the Middle Ages including The Song of Roland, Beowulf and others. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. She has been a storyteller in both performance and therapeutic settings, teaching courses in history, civics, philosophy, and mythology. 4 sessions.
In a survey of modern philosophy we examine the leading ideas that followed the Scientific Revolution, starting with the re-envisioning of Rene Descartes who took thinking down to its roots. This led the way for the Empiricists (the children of Aristotle) and the Rationalists (the heirs of Plato) who followed. In the next amazing period the Enlightenment scrutinized everything in the light of reason and became the foundation of America itself. The passionate Romantic period was in reaction to the cold intellectualism of the Enlightenment and produced many geniuses in both philosophy and the arts. Then the theories of Darwin, Marx, and Freud revised the essence of man, deflating the ideas of both the Enlightenment and the Romantics and bringing in the Modern era, resulting in philosophies as divergent as those of Cambridge, Sartre, and Popper. We will finish off this overview with a stirring of the pot of Post Modernism ideas, which is actually a peek into the future. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. 4 sessions.
|C914||10/03/13-10/24/13||Thursdays||10:00am-12:00pm||Richard Dunn||Dale Turner YMCA||$44|
As rediscovered over the last fifty years, this amazing novel is something very different from popular culture’s many distorted adaptations. Rather than horror story often target for parody, we now take it seriously. New advances in medical science, especially genetic engineering, give contemporary context for much of the intellectual, political, and social turmoil which Mary Shelley experienced. Our reading for this class centers on the novel’s radically differing theories and beliefs about human imagination and the paradoxes of the relationship between creation and destruction. We will consider the originality and “birth” of the story and its Creature, and the narrative dynamics of the stories-within-stories. During the third session we will see the Creature’s humanizing/dehumanizing education as he understands it. And in conclusion, ask the question: Passion—both of revenge and compassion—just what does it all come to? There were two editions of the novel during Mary Shelley’s life. We will use the 1818 original. Suggested additional reading: Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Richard Dunn is UW emeritus professor of English. He has taught CRI classes for the past five years. Richard was part of a Frankenstein travelling national library exhibit with Seattle lecture, “Frankenstein and the Secrets of Literature.” 4 sessions.
The four seasons have fascinated and inspired composers for the past several centuries. Many of them—Vivaldi, Haydn, Verdi, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Milhaud, Piazzola, and Argento, for example—produced works devoted to the entire cycle. Their music reflects the intimate relationship between Man and Nature throughout the year, and their scores either describe the seasons in a literal way or suggest them in a more general, impressionistic fashion. Each session will feature a generous sampling of the music itself from various performances and recordings. Steve Reeder has spent his entire career in broadcasting, teaching and public speaking. He now programs and hosts classical music shows for Northwest Public Radio, serves as a pre-concert speaker for the Seattle Symphony, and is the on-stage narrator for the orchestra’s multi-media concert series, “Beyond the Score.” 4 sessions. No Class on November 8th.
Greek drama mesmerized the citizens of Athens in the fifth century BCE. The purpose of the plays was to explore the emotional and political evolution of Democracy. Aeschylus, a veteran of the battle of Marathon, wrote dozens of plays on this subject. Only a few have survived, including the only extant trilogy, The Oresteia. These interwoven plays use the legend of the cursed family of Agamemnon, general of the Greek army at Troy. The theme is how the ancient and sacred code of Blood Vendetta gradually gave way to the Athenian system of trial by jury and thus Democracy. Text used by Mr. Peters: The Oresteia translated by Robert Fagles. (There are several editions, all good.) Dennis Peters has been teaching Humanities courses in high school and community college and for CRI. 4 sessions.
Engage in reading and discussion of the second volume of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the Purgatorio, in which the poet travels up the mountain of Purgatory in the company of Virgil, his ghostly guide, until handed over to the divine Beatrice to complete his journey. Special attention will be paid to Dante’s engagement with a critique upon the literature of his time, a central concern of this portion of the Commedia. The recommended edition of the text is John Sinclair’s translation (The Divine Comedy, Volume 2: Purgatorio. Galaxy Books, 1961; a literal translation, with facing page of the original Italian text—widely available, on Amazon for as little as one penny). Students are requested to read through Canto 8 for the first class meeting. Books may take time to acquire so plan accordingly. Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW, and has taught as professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 4 sessions. No class Nov. 28 Thanksgiving.
|C876||09/26/13-10/03/13||Thursdays||1:00pm-3:00pm||Fran Howard and Jerry McLaughlin||CON||$25|
During the 1st session Fran Howard will discuss the past, present and future of Washington’s prison system and the place of the private sector in housing inmates and use of private industries in vocational and other educational training. In the 2nd session Jerry McLaughlin will share his experiences of 50 years behind bars, most recently 30 years for 1st degree murder, and will discuss the challenges of living life without bars. Fran Howard is Board President of Freedom Project whose goal is to heal relationships ruptured by violence and to strengthen our community by supporting the transition of prisoners into peacemakers. Jerry McLaughlin is now a free man and learning to live life without bars. He was featured in a book entitled Prison Conversations, sharing his life in prison. 2 sessions.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is much in the news recently, but little about its history. Much of the material to be covered in class is derived from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and with reports from the soldiers who served in Vietnam. Included will be discussion of the most recent neurological and psychological research and to answer questions about the effects of PTSD on families, relationships and jobs. Dr. Anderson relates this illness to the general population, not just to soldiers and wars. Greg Anderson is a board certified family physician who works for the Army writing medical histories of soldiers being medically discharged from the Army. He also taught for the PA program for many years at the UW. 1 session.
Learn about the issue of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in a domestic and international context. What are the social, cultural and political foundations of the commercial sex trade, the sub-culture of prostitution, and supply and demand for commercial sex? In addition to methods of identification and recovery, and pertinent laws and legislative efforts, we will talk about community organizing and grassroots efforts to address human trafficking. Leslie Briner, MSW, has worked in programs for homeless families, youth with developmental disabilities in foster care, and commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth. Leslie served as Program Director of Youth Services at SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) in San Francisco. She began consulting with the City of Seattle Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division in their efforts to develop community based training and programming to respond to CSE youth. Leslie joined YouthCare charged with implementing the Bridge program, a continuum of services for CSE youth in Seattle. 4 sessions. No class on October 9.
You will enjoy a close reading of Shakespeare’s comedy of the “merry war” of wits between two of his most delightful characters, Beatrice and Benedick. Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing the play concurrent with the course, and special discounts will be arranged for students to attend. Students are requested to read through Act 2 for the first class meeting. Any edition of the text will do, though it is recommended to find one with line numbers and footnotes (the instructor prefers Signet Classic paperbacks, widely available). Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW, and has taught as professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 3 sessions.
|C912||10/21/13-11/18/13||Mondays||10:00am-12:00pm||Ellen Z. Berg||CON||$44|
In this class we will read short stories by Hemingway, Faulkner, Tillie Olson, and Stephen Crane, but we will not discuss the authors nor the genre, nor plot, character, and motivation! Rather, each story will be taken as a social world we can enter in order to discuss the process of socialization by which we become functioning members of society. Socialization is intense in infancy and childhood, but continues throughout life as we enter new stages and settings, which is reflected in this array of four stories. You can expect lively discussion and insights traveling in two directions: the stories will make sociology tangible and immediate, and the sociological concepts will give the stories depth and texture. NOTE: Participants must have access to the Internet between class sessions in order to have access to the stories. No reading is required prior to the first session. Ellen Berg is a sociologist who has introduced sociological concepts through stories to undergraduates at the University of Maryland and Vassar College as well as to adults. Most recently she has taught at the Lifetime Learning Center in Seattle and at TELOS at Bellevue Community College. 4 sessions. No class on November 11, Veteran’s Day.
Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS) has had a mixed reception in the technical press and some confusion overall due to its new look and feel. What everyone agrees on is that the new OS is lighter and faster than either Windows Vista or Windows 7. We will explore both the challenges and benefits of Windows 8 and its promising update, Window 8.1, to learn how best to use the systems’ power and versatility to your benefit. Brian Boston’s mission is to connect people with their family, friends, hobbies and interests using technology. His 35 years of experience including 18 years with Microsoft, helped him in training hundreds of support engineers and thousands of end users. Through his company, Boston Legacy Works, Brian educates and supports individuals and small businesses, advising and assisting on purchase, usage, maintenance, and security. 3 sessions.
This is the first of a planned series of two classes that will deal with Vietnam’s history and culture. The second is intended for Winter Quarter 2014. Vietnam has a long history of resistance to Chinese efforts at regional dominance and French colonialism, which culminated in the Vietnam War and full independence. The winter course will address US-Vietnam relations since the war and other current issues. Ambassador Michael Michalak was US Ambassador to Vietnam from August 2005 to February 2011. Significant issues during his tenure included economic and commercial relations, human rights, regional issues, military-to-military relations, health diplomacy, and education. A career diplomat in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Michalak’s previous assignments included: ambassador to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), deputy chief of mission in Tokyo, and other positions dealing with China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Eastern Europe. He is now retired from the Foreign Service. 1 session.
What aspects of the Viking ethos did dramatist Henrik Ibsen seek to tap into? What was it about Fridtjof Nansen that caused his countrymen to imagine him as a modern saga hero? And how did the Icelandic sagas lead Helge Ingstad to a Viking settlement in northwest Newfoundland in the middle of the 20th century? In this brief foray, spanning four weeks, we will find answers to these questions in the literature of the Vikings (poems and sagas) and in illuminated lectures. Readings include the two Vinland sagas: Ibsen’s play The Vikings of Helgeland, and The Saga of the Greenlanders. All are available on Amazon.com. Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the UW. 4 sessions.