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)
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.