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for Learning

in Retirement

Fall 2017




Ancora Imparo

(I am still learning)

Michelangelo, at age 87


About Marietta’s Institute for Learning in Retirement

The Institute for Learning in Retirement is a community based organization of retirement age people who share a love of   learning.  At its heart is an academic program designed by its members to suit their interests and taught by knowledgeable instructors.

The cost is $30 per course. You may take as many courses as you wish.  Classes will take place at various locations.


Peter Polites, Director

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Phone:  740.376.9921


Barb Moberg, Program Chair

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Phone:  740.525.6065




Access information about activities, class schedules, course materials, instructor bios, discussion boards, and new announcements.  You can also learn about the history of the organization and much more!


Fall 2017 Courses:

Interfaith Dialogue: Finding Common Ground — Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Dr. Mary Jeanette (MJ) Ebenhack– Member of the Interfaith Dialogue Planning Committee, Marietta, OH

This course is being offered with a visit to Marietta of the Interfaith Amigos— Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don MacKenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman on November 10-12, 2017.  The class will include a number of local guests sharing personal stories of faith from their tradition.  Questions, dialogue and interaction will be encouraged.  A tolerance and respect of faith traditions other than one’s own is expected.  The course aims to foster greater appreciation and understanding of one’s own faith and the faith of others.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME: Mondays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall






Hot Topics in Education: Then and Now

William Bauer, PhD., McCoy Professor in Education, Marietta College

Dr. Bauer will discuss critical issues facing the education realm locally, statewide and nationally.  Topics may include:  Education Today (Funding, Common Core, Teaching Aspects, Code of Conduct, School Partnerships), Technology and Assistive Technology, High Stakes Testing, Special Education, Sign Language and Cochlear Implants and Its Impact on Educational Institutions (participants will learn sign Language), Cultural Aspects of Educating Today’s Children.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm*

DATES:  Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall

*Note later time to accommodate educators


Major Trends of the 20th Century

Janice Terry, Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University

This course will provide an overview of the past century with a focus on:

  • Nationalism
  • Imperialism
  • Decolonization with the breakup of Western empires in the post WWII era
  • Revolutions, especially Russia and China
  • Dictatorships with a focus on the “Big Three”- Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin

These themes helped shape the world in which we now live and have particular resonance in the present day.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1

LOCATION:  124 Thomas Hall



Early American Women as Subjects & Objects

Nicole Livengood, PhD, Associate professor of English, Marietta College

Focusing on the 1600s to the Civil War, we’ll explore women as writers and as written—about, as generators of texts and agents of anxiety— in their own times and today!  We’ll cover a range of genres from trial reports to poems as we discuss figures including Anne Bradstreet, the first poet (male or female)  to publish in the American colonies; Mary Rogers, the murdered cigar girl who inspired Poe’s “Mystery of Marie Roget”; and Madame Restell, the “female physician” who became the target of some of the most amusing literature of the nineteenth century.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall*

*Note location changes may occur to accommodate departmental programming.


History in Film

Matt Young, Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Marietta College

In our “post-text” society, film and television have arguably the most powerful influence on our collective memory (for better or worse), and tend to be commercially popular.  Throughout most of the last  century, serious scholars scoffed at the initial promise of film as “history written with lightning,” but this jaundiced view has more recently given way to qualified appreciation for film’s ability to convey certain kinds of historical truths.  This course does not delve in any significant way into the history of film.  Rather, it examines three distinct aspects of the way history is represented in a visual medium: the process of adaptation from text to film; the reaction by the scholarly community to filmmakers’ attempts to produce popular historical dramas; and issues related to the “historically correct” presentation of history on film, in three areas (genres): dramatic, documentary, and experimental films.  Matt has taught a version of this course several times at Chautauqua.

The course will feature scenes from many films, some well-known, some not. Here are some examples (the actual list is not yet finalized). Films will range across three categories. (1)"Dramatic" would include Glory, Birth of a Nation, the Pianist, Reds. (2)"Documentary" includes Ken Burns' Civil War series, and a great documentary called Nat Turner, A Troublesome Property. (3)"Experimental" includes some interesting "out there" ones, like Eisenstein's Oktober, and a film about Nicaraguan filibuster William O Walker (entitled Walker). We'll spend some time focusing on the work of Oliver Stone, probably his Vietnam films, maybe also JFK.

We will concentrate on how film can be used to communicate historical truths. We'll spend a lot of time talking about issues connected to the past as represented in textual/visual forms.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Fridays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3

LOCATION:  124 Thomas Hall



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Institute for Learning in Retirement,

Marietta College, 215 Fifth St., Marietta, OH 45750













Interfaith Dialogue

Hot Topics in Education

Major Trends of the 20th Century

Early American Women

History in Film

COST:  $30 per course.  Check enclosed for  $ ___