Classes Offered

Winter and Spring 2018

 

Email me for more information about registration and locations!

 

For Elementary Schoolers (roughly 9 to 12) and For Middle Schoolers (11ish and up)

World Cultures (ages 8ish to 11ish)

Time:  Thursdays 2-3:30 pm

Each day, we will focus on a different idea in world cultures as an introduction to anthropology, sociology and history.  We will discuss various communities and how they work with their environment, how different historical events affected them, what is their religious world view, and how did they change over time.

Themes:

Thursday, January 4        Prehistoric and European Peoples

Thursday, January 11      Pacific and American Peoples

Thursday, January 18      African Peoples

Thursday, January 25      Asian Peoples

$80 or $25 per class if signing up for just a few

 

Egyptian Language and Translation (ages 12+)  FULL (inquire if interested)

Time: Wednesdays 10am – 11.15 pm

This is a serious study of the Egyptian language, far beyond learning a few hieroglyphs.  Students will learn the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Middle Egyptian, transliterate texts, and work on translations of literary texts and inscriptions.  Some secondary language background is helpful, but not required.  There are translation exercises offered each week for homework.  Students should come prepared to actively participate!

Price: $280 for 13 weeks ($250 for those also taking Egyptian History)

CLASS BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY

 

LATE ANCIENT EMPIRES  (FULL – inquire if interested)

Time: Wednesdays 11.15am – 12.45pm  ages 12 and up-  Beginning January 17

 

Price: $335 for 13 weeks

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For High Schoolers (14ish and up)

Honors AP World:  Thursdays, 10 AM-12 PM  beginning January 18

and/or

Honors AP United States History:  Wednesdays, 2-4 pm January 17
Ages/grades:  approximately 10th grade and up, with exceptions made for younger, serious students. 

These classes are taught as honors level classes, similar to those in honors level high school classes.   They require homework, and attendance is required, so serious students only need apply.  Students will not only prepare for the AP or SAT subject tests in these areas, but will also build their portfolios for college admissions with written assignments (note:  students are not required to take the tests, but they will be prepared to take them should they choose to take them).  The class will be conducted as lecture and discussion, with some in-class writing assignments, quizzes and fact-recall game playing, too (such as the Jeopardy! and Pictionary games we’ve held in some classes).  A few museum trips also included.

Cost will be $360 for each term (fall and spring, 13 sessions each semester, and also includes all one on one meeting, materials, and museum visits).   Discount:  $700 if paid upfront for the year!

Approaches to Literature

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm Tuesdays beginning January 16

Approaches to Literature is a class for older teens, which is taught as a college seminar in style. Students vote on what to read (serious classical books or emerging classics commonly used in high school AP Literature curricula) and analyze these texts from political, philosophical, religious, and psychological standpoints. During the few previous sessions, students have read and discussed, among others, such books as Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha,” Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and “Happy Days,” as well as other seminal texts. Students must bring a copy of the text every session and be prepared to discuss the material. Optional writing assignments complement the discussion.

Price: $335 for 13 weeks

 

Sacred Texts and World Religions

Time: 12.45 – 2.15pm

Dates: Tuesdays, beginning September 16

This is a secular approach to the academic study of religion, using the text as a guide.  Texts on the list to be explored are the Quran, Hadith, New Testament, Gnostic texts, Tanak, Mishnah, Talmud, Zohar, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Analects, and more.  Decisions regarding where to start will be made on the first day based on student interest.  Students should be willing to keep up with the readings (audio versions are accepted, but students should be able to interact with the material).  We will also explore connections to art, cult and ritual, and visit a few places of religious interest (in the past, we have visited a mosque, church, and synagogue).

Price: $335 for 13 weeks

Egyptian Language and Translation (high school level) – FULL

Time: Fridays 3.45 – 5.00pm

This is a serious study of the Egyptian language, far beyond learning a few hieroglyphs.  Students will learn the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Middle Egyptian, transliterate texts, and work on translations of literary texts and inscriptions.  Some secondary language background is helpful, but not required.  There are translation exercises offered each week for homework.  Students should come prepared to actively participate!

Price: $280 for 13 weeks ($250 for those also taking Egyptian History)

 

Late Ancient Empires  (high school level)  Beginning January 19

Time: Fridays 5.30 – 7.00pm

 

Price: $335 for 13 weeks (fall).

 

Teen Club:  CONTROVERSIES!

Controversies is a weekly meetup for teens interested in discussing politics, social issues and more.  It is not a formal debate class or team (for that, please see the postings offered by Michael Rhea, who hosts a popular debate class and debate team, the Word Warriors).  In Controversies, teens pick the topic and discuss in a (hopefully) respectful manner with their peers.  Free speech and open dialogue is stressed, and, yes!, there is usually an abundance of differing views.  I serve as the adult moderator, and do not interject my views or opinions, but keep the peace.

Controversies Club will be held on Tuesdays beginning September 12, 5:30-7 pm
Cost:  For fall semester, the club cost is $200, or $20 drop in fee.  This also entitles you to discounts on various one day classes, events, etc!