ID Time Format Title Description
2A TUES 9:30-11:30 In-Person/
Art of The Northern Renaissance The Renaissance came first to Italy, but many of its innovations soon spread to Northern Europe. We’ll look at the artists of the north between 1400 and 1600, including such masters as Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van der Weyden, Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Holbein, Pieter Breughel, and Albrecht Durer.
2B TUES 9:30-11:30 ZOOM Lobby and Lobbyists: Vote Buyers Who is sticking money in the pockets of Senators and Congress persons or candidates for any office? Who is or was financially encouraging the powerful in DC or in any state to vote for their industry or cause? There are historical and present-day people who try to buy people to vote for or against legislation. Which industries have in the past or the present been known to financially encourage the people with the voting power? Class members will have many choices to gather information and share.
2C TUES 1:30-3:30 In-Person/
Let’s Travel to Spain We will be tour guides for cities of Spain, covering the history, culture, traditions, food, and historical buildings for our class of tourists. Each of us will pick a city or region to explore.
2D TUES 1:30-3:30 ZOOM Opera Class with Carmen & Either Magic Flute or Aida This will be the 5th opera class offered at SAGE. We will study Carmen by Bizet, and EITHER Magic Flute (by Mozart) OR Aida by Verdi. When the class is formed, they will choose between Magic Flute & Aida. We will take 4 weeks on each opera, with 1/4th of the opera played in class each week and discussed. Class members will also play the opera at home, either on You Tube or on a copy which will be provided.
3A WED 9:30-11:30 In-Person Exploring Southern California Discover the suburbs of Los Angeles. Followed, when possible, by field trips to explore the cities. These lovely towns have good lunch places for the class to also enjoy.
3B WED 9:30-11:30 In-Person/
Our Aging Population Impact and Implication Between 1950 and 2050, the percentage of Americans over 65 years of age is projected to triple. In 2034, for the first time in U.S. history, older adults (65+) will outnumber children (18 and under). How have we gotten here, what does it mean for society, and what are/will be the implications of and responses to this reality? The impact will touch virtually every dimension of life and public policy—the economy, politics, migration patterns, health care, education, housing, work and worker productivity, social life, wealth and poverty, diversity, leisure and recreation, marital arrangements, sexual norms, etc. Members of the class will pick one aspect of this demographic tsunami and do a deep dive into how it may play out and what it will mean for our country and our people.
3C WED 1:30-3:30 In-Person America’s Westward Expansion This class will study the great westward expansion of the United States — the geographic progress, the motivating factors and events that caused people to leave everything familiar behind and move into the great unknown. They went for different reasons – free land, gold and silver, adventure, and opportunity. They changed the face and the future of the newly independent United States. After independence, the westward movement began in earnest. The first western frontier was the settlement of the Northwest Territory, also known as the “Ohio Country.” Further expansion was motivated by such events as The Louisiana Purchase. The Lewis & Clark Expedition, the Gold Rush, The Mormon migration, The Homestead Act, etc.
3D WED 1:30-3:30 ZOOM Civilizations That Went Poof Have you ever wondered what became of civilizations that disappeared and left no trace? The Mayans, Anasazis, Sogdians, Derinkuyu, Angkor, and Easter Island civilizations, to name but a few. What happened to them and why were they forgotten? In this class you will select such a civilization that no longer exists and explore not only what happened to them, but why it happened.
4A THURS 9:30-11:30 ZOOM The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Supreme Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future. Available in paperback, ISBN 978-1-4000-9679-4. The LA Library has 30 copies.
4B THURS 9:30-12:30 In-Person Comedy Movies Join us and talk about the comedy movies you have enjoyed! Animal House, The Big Lebowski, When Harry Met Sally, Harold and Maude, Some Like It Hot and others. Fun movies we have all enjoyed!
4C THURS 1:30-3:30 In-Person/
My Favorite Broadway Musical, Part II, Musicals after 1965 This class is part II in a series, but you do not need to have taken “My Favorite Broadway Musical, Part I” to enroll. This class will explore musicals that debuted after 1965 when the “golden age” ended. During this time, the Broadway Musical lost its post-WW II optimism and began to take on darker themes with musicals like Cabaret (1966) and Chicago (1975). The Broadway Renaissance began in the 1980s with musicals like Cats (1983) and Phantom of the Opera (1988). Then in the 1990s Disney came to Broadway with Beauty and the Beast (1994) and The Lion King (1997). The 21st century has seen many great musicals, including Wicked (2004) and Hamilton (2016). Pick your favorite Post-Golden Age Broadway Musical, tell us about its history and how the music helps tell its story.
4D THURS 1:30-3:30 ZOOM Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina is a magisterial novel, which Tolstoy himself considered his best work of literature. He considered War and Peace a work of history. It deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and rural versus city life. It is widely considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written. It takes its readers through the lives of three families and how each family is unhappy in its own way. Levin, one of the major characters, is widely considered by critics as based on the author’s own life and personality.