Winter Learning in Retirement classes to be offered

Classes have been announced for the winter session of the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Marietta College. All of these classes are open to any member of the community, regardless of age.

The season will be the 25th year classes have been offered to the community, according to director Peter Polites.

Each class will meet once per week for eight weeks. Classes are two hours in length. Classes will start Monday, Jan. 15. The cost per course is $30. To enroll, visit the ILR website

According to program chair Barb Moberg, the entire program is organized and operated by volunteers and all courses are taught by experienced teachers.

The winter session classes are:

¯ A History of World Cinema. This course will cover the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. It will focus on the film world beyond Hollywood and look at techniques and content form a director’s point of view. Clips and several complete films will be viewed, including filmmakers such as Bergman, Bresson, Fellini, Goddard and others. The course will be taught by Dave Cress, and the first class will meet Monday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. in Thomas Hall, Room 124, at Marietta College.

¯ Scottish Culture and History. This course will explore aspects of modern Scotland, such as languages, government, geography, and Highlandism. Other topics will be geology and contemporary politics, Scottish religious life and maritime culture, the development of Highlandism and tourism, pre-historic and early historic Scotland, and the Protestant Reformation and 17th-century upheaval. This course will be taught by Dr. Barbara MacHaffie. The first class will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. in Thomas 124.

¯ How the 20s Roared. The decade of the 1920s in the U.S. is known as a “roaring” time of flaming youth, flappers and flivvers whose back seats accommodated sexual experimentation. But the excesses of this period had a darker side: the Red Scare, unprecedented restriction of immigration, eugenics, resurgence of the KKK, the lawlessness inspired by Prohibition, and the financial excesses leading to the crash of 1929. Throughout the decade, movies, radio and advertising created the impression of a contented country. This course will be taught by Dr. Carol Steinhagen. The first meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., in Thomas 124.

¯ From April Love to The Eve of Destruction: An American Musical Odyssey 1958 to 1973. Popular music has always been a reflection of life and no more so than from the placid 1950s to the swinging 1960s and ultimately the turbulent 1970s. Using the original recordings of the time, the class will analyze the history, society, and ethos of those fifteen years to discover the influence of music on the times and vice versa. The instructors will be Missy Bannister and Jayne Whitlow and the first class will be Thursday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. in Thomas 124.

¯ Local Hidden Histories. This course will bring to light aspects of our community that have been lost in history or deemed too insignificant to remember. The class will examine an eclectic mix of subjects and people to explore the ebb and flow of life in Marietta and the area. Some of the topics are the lives and achievements of women, fires and floods, the KKK, buildings and businesses that have disappeared, downtown Marietta through the decades, prostitution, prohibition and paranormal activities in haunted Marietta.

This course will be taught by Jann Adams and also Jessica Wielitzka from Hidden Marietta Tour Company. The first class will be Friday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in Thomas 124.