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Raven Performing Arts Theater

115 North Street

Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Winter 2019 Courses

Our Worst Presidents: An Anatomy of Failure
Tuesdays 10-11:45 AM, January 8 – February 12
William Shakespeare might have said that some
presidents are born failures, some achieve failure,
and some have failure thrust upon them. Chris
O’Sullivan will lead us on an irreverent journey
through American history to explore what it takes to
become one of our worst presidents. What role does
personal and public character play? Are presidential
actions primarily responsible for failure or is failure
more a result of challenging times? Why do many of
our presidential failures come in succession, such as
in the 1850s, the 1920s, or the 1970s? What roles do
changing perspectives and historical revisionism play
in assessing presidential failure?


Chris O’Sullivan (BA UC Berkeley, PhD University of London) has taught American history for nearly two decades at USF where he is the recipient of the Innovations in Teaching Prize as well as the Distinguished Lecturer Award. He is also the author of six books on American history including, most recently, Harry Hopkins.


American Politics in the Movies
Thursdays 10-11:45 AM, January 10 – February 14
As soon as Hollywood movies could talk, they talked
about politics. Two polar opposite films of the 1930s
are ideal examples: “Gabriel Over the White House”
(1933) with a Mussolini-like President suspending the
Constitution; and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
(1939) as a populist legislator rallying young people
to reform the government. That may sound all too
familiar, but it should not be surprising. The history
of American cinema provides a prescient lens through
which to view our evolving political challenges and
dispositions. This course will analyze and sample a
wide variety of movies about American politics —
from All the King’s Men to All the President’s Men,
from Nixon, Milk, and Lincoln to Bulworth and Dave,
from Advise and Consent to In the Loop, and many
more.


Larry Eilenberg (PhD Theatre Arts, Yale University) is an expert in contemporary theatre and comedy. He has worked extensively throughout professional theatre and formerly served as Artistic Director at The Magic Theatre, a major theatrical company in San Francisco. He is a professor at SF State University and has taught a number of summer courses for the CSU Summer Arts Program.


Classes held at Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg.

Enrollment Fee: $95 for each six-week course. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable

Presented by Healdsburg American Association of University Women (AAUW). Proceeds support local educational programs and scholarships for women and girls. For more information, go to
healdsburg-ca.aauw.net.

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