Quest Courses – Fall 2023 / Old Courses
A PASSAGE TO INDIA
Coordinators: Lynnel Garabedian, Sandy Kessler
Continuing our fall course on the fiction of E. M. Forster, the focus during the spring term will be his novel, A Passage to India, considered by many scholars to be Forster’s masterpiece.
Coordinators: Roy Clary, John Spiegel
The class includes exercises and improvisations. Members also work on monologues and scenes. Emphasis is on the importance of relationships and relating to objects to achieve a greater reality in creating a character.
Coordinators: Ann Goerdt, Bob Gottfried, Bob Reiss
In the fall semester we will add to the information that we provided about Africa in the spring. As we present specific countries, including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Tunisia, we will continue to address their history, economy, health, education, and social aspects. We will also present overviews of Africa that may focus on specific groups of countries as we address topics such as the relations between African countries and their former colonizers and the influence of China on the continent.
Coordinators: Art Spar, Bryn Meehan, Larry Shapiro
The class will study the phenomenon of aging, from lectures on biology to discussion topics related to aging.
ANTISEMITISM: PAST, PRESENT, FACTS, MYTHS
Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Marian Friedmann, Bob Reiss
This course will explore antisemitism from ancient times to its current manifestation. It will be interesting to anyone of any faith, race, or background who wants to understand fully the magnitude of hatred toward a people and how it can distort and destroy both soul and society.
AUSTRALIA – THE LAND DOWN UNDER
Coordinators: Andrea Irvine, David Bartash, Marion Schultheis
Tucked away in the bottom of the world, isolated for tens of thousands of years, Australia stands unique in the world in so many ways. In this course we will explore the history, geography, culture and wildlife that make this place so singular.
BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES
Coordinators: Ilene Winkler, Barbara Barnes, Susannah Falk Lewis, Penelope Pi-Sunyer
This course discusses a wide range of works by Black women: novels, memoirs, essays, poetry, music, and art.
BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES
Coordinators: Stephen Baker, Pete Weis
Defining a nation-state and its subnational components requires physical delineation acknowledged by those within and beyond its geographic limits. Establishment of boundaries is vital, and borders and boundaries have often been a key component of history.
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH CULTURE
Coordinators: Judy Hampson, Jennifer Jolly, Donna Ramer, Sheryl Harawitz
This course focuses on the global influence of contemporary British culture, including art, music, dance, theatre, literature and fashion.
Coordinators: Mary Ann Donnelly, Beth Callender
Whether you think of yourself as creative or not, these interactive classes will help unlock abilities you may not have known you had.