Epic Poetry with Gerald Weiss: War, Women, Wrath and Worship in Vergil’s The Aeneid
Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 – noon.
Through a process known as “Passing Over,” selected passages in Vergil’s Aeneid will be examined for relevance in today’s world – violence, war, justice, fate and destiny, the place of women in society then and now, and the role of Roman Imperial Theology. Comparisons of Roman Empire Christianity to our own country’s ideology and policies will be explored, as will thinking about one’s own journey and destiny. Four-part series on Thursdays in February. Gerald Weiss has undergraduate and master’s degrees in Classical Languages from St. Louis University and a PH.D in Philosophy and Theology, from Gregorian University (Rome). He has taught Philosophy/Theology/Religious Studies at various universities, as well as having published one book and written numerous articles for educational, religious and spiritual periodicals and journals. Registration required.
Children’s Beginner Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
Children’s Advanced Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get advanced chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
Computer Class (Hands-On): Getting Started—Basic Word 2007
Thursday, Feb. 21 , 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to create and format a basic document in Word 2007 in this free, hands-on class. Basic computer skills, including mouse proficiency, required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 10 students. To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. The door to the Training Lab will be closed at that time. (This same class is offered on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 – 2 p.m.)
Author Talk: Carol Wallace—To Marry an English Lord
Thursday, Feb. 21 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Are you Downton Abbey crazy like the rest of us? Come meet author Carol Wallace as she discusses the novel she co-wrote, To Marry an English Lord (originally published in 1989, reprinted in 2012). Hear about young American heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, so they looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but short on cash. From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles–just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord. It is filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses and a wealth of period details – a social history at its liveliest and most accessible. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration encouraged.