BUILDING KNOWLEDGE & ENRICHING THOUGHT
Winter 2017 Courses – Registration begins November 11
Exploring Jazz Through Its Greatest Artists: Satchmo, Duke, Miles and More
Tuesdays 10–11:30 am, Jan. 10–Feb 14
Calling all jazz lovers! Len Lyons’ course explores jazz through the music of its foundational artists. Listen and learn about this uniquely American music—toe tapping is permitted. Through guided multimedia experiences, you will learn how to listen purposefully and develop heightened understanding and appreciation of jazz. Students are engaged through experiences including listening to great recordings, viewing video excerpts and keyboard demonstrations by the instructor. Discover how social, economic and race-related conditions were responded to and addressed by musicians through their music. Len Lyons, entertainer and educator, will expand your knowledge and enjoyment of jazz—an American creation now prized and played around the world.
Len Lyons, PhD
Len Lyons earned his PhD in Philosophy at Brown University, and is the author of three books on jazz, including The 101 Best Jazz Albums, The Great Jazz Pianists, and Jazz Portraits. He lives in the Boston area, but he has taught “Exploring Jazz” for seven years at various sites in the Bay Area. Len is also a jazz pianist who has performed locally at the Healdsburg Hotel.
The Ebb and Flow of Civilizations
Thursdays 10–11:30 am, Jan. 12–Feb. 16
Professor Tyra Benoit takes us on an amazing journey spanning two hemispheres and exploring the longevity of the ancient civilizations of the Egyptians and the Maya. Both went through a period of transition and “decline,” but more recent events such as the Zapatista Uprising and the Arab Spring have brought them back onto the world stage. How is this relevant for us in the United States as we debate our own “alleged” decline? An in-depth examination of these earlier, once powerful civilizations will both entertain and provide the basis for a thoughtful analysis of our own place in the world today and in the span of human history.
Tyra Benoit, MA
Tyra Benoit holds a MA in History and has taught about world civilizations for over thirty-five years. She has traveled extensively, both independently and as a Fulbright Scholar (two awards) and as a National Endowment for the Humanities participant (two awards). She visited Egypt in 2005 and has been to Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras multiple times since 1996. She is the recipient of local and state teaching awards at the community college level.
Registration begins 11/11/2016. Classes held at Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg.
Enrollment Fee: $90 for each six-week course. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable (see back side for enrollment form).