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I love, love, love teaching for the Osher Life Long Learning courses at the Grass Valley Sierra College Campus. I have scheduled classes this coming Spring!

The Origins of Genius

Tuesdays 1:00 to 3:00 PM Feb 11 – March 3

Max Beckman

Where did Shakespeare get his ideas?  

Who helped the beat poets create their unique works?

Why is it so easy to confuse  Monet, Renoir and Pissarro?  

Who is really responsible for those paintings of melted watches?  

And why are there Egyptian Needles in New York, London and Paris?

Learn about the influences and origins of the works you’ve always enjoyed and gain a deeper understanding of where genius comes from.  

What we will discuss:  

  • Who and what influenced the Beat Poets
  • What influenced 1984 and the trend to create Dystopias over Utopias
  • The origins of American Humor
  • The inspiration for Shakespeare’s plays
  • How the Impressionists inspired and supported each other’s work

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

The Victorians – Exploration and Rebellion

Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 PM Feb 11 – March 3rd

1849, smack in the middle of the 19th century, some 300,000 people picked up and left their safe domestic spaces for uncertain adventure and imagined riches in California. This willingness to leave it all behind and hit the road is considered a uniquely American characteristic, but the propensity for adventure and exploration is actually more of the times, rather than the place. In this class we will explore the Victorian inventions that set off a century of exploration and experimentation unheard of before or since.

Discovering gold was the least of it.

What we will discuss:

  • How and why the Victorians invented Christmas
  • The explorers of the 19th century
  • The invention of the middle-class home
  • The influences of the Industrial Revolution (Parts I and II)
  • The Transcendentalists, new thinking in America
  • Wars and Revolutions, the turbulence that blew up in August 1914
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