Intermediate Iyengar Yoga
A continuation of the principles and practice of Iyengar Yoga, through more advanced instruction on postures from four groups: standing, seated, forward bends, and back bends. Includes the physical and mental benefits of each group of postures. Ideal for those who have participated in at least 8 quarters of Beginning Iyengar Yoga
17th Century French Comedies of Molière
It is beyond a doubt that French farces before Molière’s time were confined to themes such as vigor and vulgarity. Molière raised them in a space of 20 years to the height of great theatre art. In this course, you will examine three of his most famous plays: The Precious Damsels, a bold satire on preciosity and exaggeration in manners and speech by noble ladies in Paris; The Doctor in Spite of Himself, a comedy dealing with some weaknesses of the medical profession during the 17th Century and The Middleclass Gentleman, a comedy/ballet with a funny take on the social ambitions of the bourgeois of that time.
To fully appreciate this course, please purchase the following: Moliere Don Juan and other plays (Oxford World's Classics) Translated by George Graveley and Ian Maclean
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.
Beginning Iyengar Yoga
Introduction to the basic prinicples and practice of Iyengar Yoga through instruction on postures from four groups: standing, seated, forward bends and back bends. Variations and adaptations of postures will be made to meet the individual abilities of the student. The course will include the physical and mental health benefits of each group of postures.
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.
Cultivating Awareness: Mindfulness Meditation in the Second Half of Life
What does it mean to live fully present in our moment-by-moment experience? This course expands on the instructor’s introduction to mindfulness class that many of you experienced, with an emphasis on building your own meditation practice. Valuable for everyone, this new course welcomes beginners and is especially useful for students in the helping and teaching professions. Presents some of the latest research on mindfulness—with a focus on the aging process—and includes sitting, walking, and eating meditations; interactive discussions; short lectures; and writing reflections. Introduces new meditations to gently nourish kindness, compassion, and forgiveness as antidotes to self-critical thoughts, and engages you in relational exercises to support well-being. Weekly “homework” assignments are designed to sustain your personal meditation practice.
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.
History of the Supreme Court Justices
The Supreme Court was established by the Constitution. Its members were appointed by the President, and approved by the Senate. In this course we will focus on eighteen selected justices who have been nominated by fourteen different Presidents. Lectures and discussions will examine the life and times of some of the Chief Justices, some of the regular Justices, those who served twenty plus years (remember they are appointed for life), those who retired by the end of WWII, the first African American, the first Jew, the first female, etc. The present and future of the court will also be discussed. Recommended reading before class: The Supreme Court and It’s Great Justices by Sidney H. Asch
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.
Refugee, Migrant, or Asylum Seeker
A two-part lecture on the crisis to help those who are depending upon the global community, and the consequences for not helping. What are the definitions and descriptions of a refugee as outlined by the United Nations? There are legal definitions between a political refugee and an economic migrant. This has been a source of tension between EU countries, most significantly in 2015. Those seeking asylum fit another category, as well. Lectures will provide a full-round look at the impact on the EU in relation to the actual numbers, data and statistics for the refugees who have fled to the EU, and their reasons. Given the chaos that ensued after the executive order out of the Trump Administration for travel, we will dive deeply into the actual policies and processes that are required here in the US for refugees to be granted status to enter the country.
Telling Our Stories: The Art and Craft of Memoir, Part V
Each of us has stories to tell and unique experiences only we can write and share. In the fifth installment of this series, we will continue to share and respond to individual writing samples. New and returning students are welcome to experience the variety of possibilities for communicating our life experiences to others. We will cover acquiring and practicing descriptive, narrative, expository, expressive and persuasive writing skills. Group response and feedback to the writing of other students will continue and revision of ideas presented.
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.
Understanding the Ancient Aztecs
This course is an exploration into the lives of the ancient Aztecs of Mexico, ranging from turbulent politics and human sacrifice to impressive intellectual achievements. You will examine the role mythologies and pageantry played in their daily lives and their responses and adaptations in the aftermath of the Spanish conquest. Colorfully illustrated PowerPoint presentations will accompany lectures and discussions.
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.