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If you did not take a tuition free class in either the spring or summer 2017 semesters you will need to complete a Sierra College/OLLI application AND the tuition-free registration form.

To request an application and/or registration form be sent to you, please call the OLLI office or send an email to olli@sierracollege.edu and leave your mailing address.

Mail completed form(s) to: OLLI at Sierra College, 316 Vernon Street, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95678

Spring 2018 Classes

Drama

Drama 0809

Five Films Which Have Influenced Our Thinking

Movies both reflect and influence our culture, our attitudes and beliefs. They also portray contemporary trends and issues of the era in which they are produced. Some films intentionally employ propaganda techniques to sway the viewer’s beliefs while others simply present the story and allow each member of the audience to reach his own conclusion. You will be the judge. Films to be shown are: “I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang” (1932), “The China Syndrome” (1979), “Norma Rae” (1979), “The Thin Blue Line” (1988), “Syriana” (2005)
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus
Room N12-103

#47121, 2/6-3/6
Tues., 1:00–4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon)
Room 259

#47122, 2/7-3/7
Wed., 1:00–4:00pm

English and Literature

Engl 0814

Write Your Memoir

From your first written word to a book, this class is designed to help you write your memoir. Learn how to out-line and organize your ideas. Write new material each session. Share what you have written outside of class. Meet in a safe, low-key environment. Teacher evaluation of your work is offered. Write a memoir to share with your family or to leave for posterity.
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library      
Willow Room

#47106, 2/6-3/13         
Tues., 2:30–4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library      
Willow Room

#47107, 4/3-5/8           
Tues., 2:30–4:00pm

Memoir Writing—Continuing

These classes are a continuation of ongoing sessions. Look for a beginning class in Fall 2018.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus
Room N8-103

#47123, 4/3-5/8           
Tues., 2:00–3:30pm

Nevada County Campus
Room N8-103

#47163, 4/3-5/8
Tues., 3:30–4:50pm

Engl 0815

Women in Mythology

Through lecture, presentation, and group discussion, this course explores the literary, psychological, spiritual, and cultural significance of female-centric mythological narratives, images, and historical persons. Come (continue to) journey to the African crossroads, learn about Greek goddesses, gather around for a folktale, watch a film by Maya Deren, sit in Frida Kahlo’s garden, or be mesmerized by poets. Content varies each session.
Angela Sells

Nevada County Campus    
Room N7-215

#47124, 2/7-3/14         
Wed., 2:45-4:35pm

“The Elegance of the Hedgehog”

Just imagine, “We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renee, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly, she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted…” But wait. You’ll have to join us Wednesday mornings this spring to find out what this small book, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barberry, has to tell us about a hedgehog!
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon) 
Room 229

#47134, 4/4-5/9           
Wed., 10:00am-11:30am

1936-1939: John Steinbeck, Horace Bristol, Woodie Guthrie

Writing for the San Francisco News in 1936, John Steinbeck chronicled human dignity, exploitation, gender roles, and principles of civil society, themes further investigated the following year during a collaborative photographic interview project alongside Horace Bristol. Following publication of “The Grapes of Wrath” in 1939, Woodie Guthrie composed songs based on the Steinbeck proletarian novel, becoming the standard for 20th century American folk music. “The Harvest Gypsies,” “Breakfast (in The Long Valley),” and “The Grapes of Wrath” will be visually paired with the photographic works of Horace Bristol, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, and John Vachon, and the music of Woodie Guthrie.
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon)
Room 259

#47128, 4/9-5/14
Mon., 1:30–3:30pm

Nevada County Campus
Room N6-204

#47129, 4/12-5/17
Thurs., 2:15–4:15pm

“The Odyssey”: Exploring Myth and Narrative

Students will hear and read several excerpts of “The Odyssey” over the course of this six-meeting class. Instructors will discuss and present the work’s mythological and historical context, highlighting the narrative through the perspective of classical Greece, whose colorful family of gods and goddesses were a very real and important aspect of life and love. In the second-oldest work in Western literature, we experience themes resonating with our lives today: coming of age, cunning and strategy, mentorship, hospitality, hubris, strong female characters, death, and family. Join us for a journey into the underworld, an arduous trip home from war, a few seductions, and an introduction to a rollicking cast of gods and goddesses in a series of out-loud sessions bringing us closer to the work’s original transmission in the 8th century B.C. It is not necessary to have already read “The Iliad.” We will give backstory when necessary, but “The Odyssey” stands alone as its own narrative.
Angela Sells/Will Dane

Nevada County Campus    
Room N7-215

#47130, 4/4-5/9
Wed., 2:45-4:35pm

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”: Celebrating 200 Years of Enduring Love

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” is heralded as one of the most exquisite novels of her career. Eight years after their broken engagement, Anne Elliot still loves Captain Wentworth. He, however, is ready to marry anyone but her. This class will explore Regency courtship, etiquette, letter writing, rank, inheritance, and the Royal Navy. It will also closely examine Austen’s own life and writing techniques and the reasons this mature story of hope and constancy has endured for 200 years since its publication in 1817.
Rachel Dodge

Roseville Center (Vernon)
Room 350

#47132, 4/10-5/1
Tues., 10:00am–12:00pm

Music

Mus 0810

The Instruments of the Orchestra: A Musical Survey—Part 1

This course will feature the playing technique, the use of, and the history of the instruments in the modern symphony orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as much as time will allow. We will listen to a great variety of music that features the various instruments, from the Baroque era to the present day.
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon)
Room 259

#47102, 2/6-3/13
Tues., 10:00am–12:00pm

Nevada County Campus    
Room N15-101

#47103, 2/8-3/15
Thurs., 2:00–4:00pm

The Instruments of the Orchestra: A Musical Survey—Part 2

A continuation of Part 1
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon)
Room 259

#47104, 4/3-5/8
Tues., 10:00am–12:00pm

Nevada County Campus
Room N15-101

#47105, 4/5-5/10
Thurs., 2:00–4:00pm

Truckee-Tahoe Community Chorus

The course is designed for college-aged students through seniors for the study of selected styles and periods of music and the performance of selected repertoire. The course curriculum includes discussion of musical elements, composition, vocabulary and history as well as vocal technique.
Susan Horst

Tahoe-Truckee Campus
Room 231

#47125, 1/22-5/7, no class 2/19, 3/26
Mon., 5:45 –8:35 pm

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