Course Description

Join us to hear new views on six timely and vital topics. Higher Education Challenges and the Future. How colleges can thrive in a complex world. David Maxwell. Hollywood's Long Road to Racial Inclusivity. The complex history from the silent era to recent celebrated achievements by persons of color. Peter Hanson. Elliott Daingerfield: Landscapes of a North Carolina Visionary. From the post-Civil War South to the New York City Gilded Age studios, the Appalachians, and the West, his story is as fascinating as his works are sublime. Shelley Crisp. The Middle East Through the Lens of Yemen. This conflict is at the center of three rims of the Middle East. Iran is part of all three. Joseph Groves. The People’s Ground: The History, Meaning, and Purpose of Urban Parks. During the pandemic, parks and other green spaces are vital to public health. Robby Layton. The Historic Triangle: Religion, Magic, and Science. Once, religion, magic, and science were the same thing. How and why did they evolve? Beth Timson. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important Topics
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021
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Recommended reading: Galen Cranz, The Politics of Park Design: A History of Urban Parks in America (available on mit.edu website) "The Case for More Inclusive – and More Effective – Peacemaking in Yemen." International Crisis Group. March 18, 2021 (available on crisisgroup.org or the course website)

Guest Speakers:

Shelley Crisp is a native North Carolinian with a career in education and the humanities. She directed the North Carolina Humanities Council and has served on the boards of the FRANK Gallery, the Raleigh Little Theatre, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. She joined OLLI in 2019, and also serves as a docent at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

Joseph Groves, PhD, was professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Guilford College, adjunct professor of international peace and conflict resolution at American University, and director of Eyewitness Palestine. He has worked on Middle East peace issues for over 50 years.

Peter Hanson is a director of films that include the documentary "Tales from the Script," an author of three books about cinema, and a screenwriter of upcoming projects including "Two Fathers." He is also a film instructor at Pepperdine University and UCLA Extension, a contributing editor at "Written By" magazine, and a script consultant. A Michigan native, Hanson did his undergraduate film studies at New York University and earned his MFA in screenwriting at UCLA.

Robby Layton, PhD, FASLA, is a landscape architect whose career has focused on the relationship between the built environment, especially outdoors, and the health and happiness of people. 

David Maxwell, PhD, served on the faculty and administration at Tufts University, as president of Whitman College and Drake University, and as director of the National Foreign Language Center. He has served on numerous boards of directors of higher education organizations and is now a member of Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees and a senior fellow and senior consultant with the Association of Governing Boards. He received his BA from Grinnell, and his MA and PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Brown University. He was a Fulbright fellow in Moscow.

Beth Timson is a retired college professor, landscape architect, and city planner who likes to look at patterns in human intellectual history and think about how and why they happened. She has presented several OLLI courses on North Carolina history and culture.