Osher Summer Film Series
The 2016 summer film series "Page to Screen" hosted by UCR Extension and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute screens films adapted from books. This series is being presented in collaboration with faculty and staff from the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production at UCR. Films have been chosen for variety and ideas for discussion. You are encouraged to read the books from the reading list prior to each session. There will be a brief review and lecture before viewing, and then a discussion will follow after the viewing. . Classes will be held on Tuesdays, from June 14-July 16 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at UCR Extension University Village.
Download our informational flyer for Series Schedule and Reading List
Parking is included in the series fee. You can park at the UCR Extension Center and walk over to the University Village location. Parking at University Village can be validated through one of the merchants via a purchase.
Art House Cinema Series: Part 4
A continued examination of the best “art-house” cinema films that stray far from any conventional or traditional Hollywood sense of filmmaking. Usually helmed by an “auteur” director, art films are particularly focused on exposing audiences’ raw emotions, and urge them toward poignant psychological examinations that can be unsettling and even shocking. Art-House films are not designed for mass appeal, and are made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit, containing highly controversial and often symbolic content. These are films that disturb and enlighten – and that will stay with you forever.
California Style Wartercolorists: 1850-1970
California’s landscape generated the so-called California Style of watercolorists. The California style was an outgrowth of the traditional realist –naturalist painters such as Maynard Dixson. In the late sixties and into the seventies, it gave way to a new group of watercolorists who rejected representational watercolor for abstraction and non-objective art. Best known of the group were Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt, Barse Miller and Milford Zornes. We will journey through the evolution of watercolor from its traditional realist origins and subsequent movement towards abstraction. Slides of selected artists work will accompany the lectures and discussions. A scheduled visit on June 17 to the Irvine Museum: Home to California Style offers an excellent complement to the course.
Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Webster’s defines a Château as ‘A French feudal castle or country mansion.’ Join us on a study of the magnificent Châteaux located in the Loire Valley in central France. These buildings illustrate the Renaissance ideals of design as understood by the French. From the 13th century, Orleans (the area of France in which Loire is located) was the intellectual capital of the nation, attracting artists, poets and the medieval court of the French monarchy. Over a 400 year period, the nobility of France built Châteaux throughout the Loire Valley, attempting to be more grandiose than their predecessors were. Our journey will begin with the splendor of Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord, the two greatest palaces representative of the Renaissance. We will then go on to explore the glorious gardens of Château de Villandry, and the fairy castle turrets of Ussé. UNESCO has classified the entire Loire Valley as a world heritage site because the Châteaux are rich examples of history, architecture, and French Culture.
Cinematic Exploration: Film Noir
What is Film Noir? Best described as a genre in cinematographic films marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace and crime. French critic Nino Franko first coined the term in 1946. Its definition and scope is still debatable. This genre of cinema offers a mixed bag of many ‘dark’ passages into the underworld and exoticism. It covers a variety of films such as melodramas, gangster films, crime movies, thrillers and even social issues. In this course, we will explore the concept of ‘dark’ films as interpreted across cultures. Film selections will include movies from America, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan.
Cuba: Pre and Post Fidel Castro
The death of Fidel Castro has led to a great deal of discussion about Cuba--past, present, and future. Some observers believe Cuban-American relations will soon be normalized. Others point to the election of Donald Trump as evidence that relations may become worse before they get better. Together, we will explore the situation in Cuba from the perspective of the people themselves by analyzing what is being written in Cuban newspapers and magazines, as well as what is taking place in the world of geopolitics.
Fifty Wonders of Korean Art and Modern Korea
The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion project (KSCPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. In appreciation for the United States support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, since 2009, KSCPP has held 1,100 presentations about the history and culture of Korea throughout the country. Two short documentary films will be screened to highlight Korea's past and present achievements. The first film illustrates Korea's artistic legacies from its 5,000 year long history, and the second film shows the industrial advancements of Korea after the Korean War. Our films aim to introduce Korea showing her past and present. While the ancient artifacts from the first film will demonstrate the incredible devotion and perseverance of the artisans at the time, the second film will illustrate how such characteristics have transformed the country into the 7th largest export country in the World.
News Literacy: Recognizing Alternative Facts
This course focuses on how a news consumer can maneuver through the maze of fake news, fake think tanks, alternate facts, and social media.
The Week's News in Review
An interactive discussion of events shaping the news each week. Media sources include, print, TV, the Internet and social media. You discuss politics, the economy, sports, show business and topics pulled from the "headlines."
UCR Osher and UCR Center for Ideas and Society present: Adventures of the Mind
After recent events like the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, encounters between police and African-American citizens, fake news and “alternative” facts, and the 2016 presidential campaign and election, many people wonder if American democracy can survive. In this session, two UCR professors consider the question.
Eric Schwitzgebel, Ph.D.
Professor Schwitzgebel’s research explores connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind, especially the nature of belief, the inaccuracy of our judgments about our stream of conscious experience, and the tenuous relationship between philosophical ethics and actual moral behavior. He is co-author, with psychologist Russell T. Hurlburt, of Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic (2007). He maintains a secondary interest in classical Chinese philosophy. His areas of interest include connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind, especially the nature of belief, the inaccuracy of our judgments about our stream of conscious experience, and the tenuous relationship between philosophical ethics and actual moral behavior.
Jen Merolla, Ph.D.
Professor Merolla earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2003. Prior to joining the faculty at UCR, she was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Her research focuses on how the political environment shapes individual attitudes and behavior across many domains such as candidate evaluations during elections, immigration policy attitudes, foreign policy attitudes, and support for democratic values and institutions.
Virtual Reality: When Reality is Not Good Enough and Why
An introduction to the history and meaning of virtual reality: its usage, tools, purpose and practice. Lectures, selected screenings, and discussions will examine the philosophical implications, morality and ethics of deploying digital reality in industry, entertainment, sports, religion, military, art, and medicine. Knowledge and experiences shared will inform how best to synthesize your reality, based on the concepts learned.