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Spring 2017

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Six-Week Courses

$50 each

 - expandWhiskey’s for Drinkin’; Water’s for Fightin’: The American West

Paul S. Marchand, JD
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
April 11-May 16
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

The so-called American West has been mythologized, nostalgically viewed through rose-colored classes, and held up as a paradigm for what American values “ought to be.” Yet there was never a single American West. The American Wests have always displayed profound differences from one another; from the Old West between the Appalachians and the Mississippi, to the Prairie West, to the Great Plains, to the “cowboy” West and the Pacific Northwest. This course examines the various American Wests and includes a careful examination of the most atypical of all the American Wests, the Golden State of California.

About the Instructor
Born and raised in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills, Paul Marchand was a Coachella Valley visitor and resident for more than a decade before being elected in 2002 to the first of two terms on the Cathedral City Council. Since 2010, Paul has taught a number of courses for the Osher Institute at CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. He has been a licensed attorney since 1989.

 - expandCalifornia Wine Regions: Napa Valley & Way Beyond

Shawn Richcreek, certified sommelier
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 11-May 16
Total Wine & More, 72339 Hwy 111, Palm Desert

Many people living in Southern California are very comfortable buying and ordering California wines, especially those from Napa Valley. However, there are more than 130 different officially recognized growing regions in California. In fact, the oldest grapevine in the state is in Los Angeles. In this class, we will explore some of the state’s less well-known wine growing regions (especially those of Southern California) with the same curiosity and excitement as we do some of the more famous northern appellations. An additional tasting fee of $10/week (optional) will be collected in class.

About the Instructor
Shawn is the senior wine educator and store director for Total Wine & More in Palm Desert. Previously, he was the director of training and development for Bevmo, and also was a wine buyer for Cost Plus World Market. Shawn has worked on the retail side of the wine and spirits business in Southern California for over twenty years. He is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of spirits. When he is not working or learning about wine, Shawn enjoys losing at basketball to his two teenage sons.

 - expandDrawing 101: From Theory to Practice

Jack Flanigan, MAA, MFA
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
April 12-May 17
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

This course will begin with a study of the principles and theory of visual communication, and will include demonstrations and opportunities for you to create your own sketches. We will study the use of light and dark, shading and distance perception. The course will also cover color, shapes and composition, as well as perspective and rules of sight. These concepts will come to life with demonstrations and your own practice with pencil sketches.

About the Instructor
Jack is a native of Lima, Ohio, and has been teaching both studio and academic courses for over 40 years in California, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Throughout his career, he has been a practicing artist and has had his work exhibited in both shows and galleries. The focus of his study has been painting, with a deep interest in art history. Jack is presently the resident artist at the La Quinta Resort & Club.

 - expandHistory of Rock & Roll

Jack Poster, PhD, musician
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 12-May 17
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Come and explore the aesthetics and sociology of rock music from its origins in rhythm and blues to the rise of Elvis Presley and rockabilly, Chuck Berry and teenage rock, Bob Dylan and protest rock, the British invasion(s), soul, country rock, punk, art rock, rap, and more. We will listen to and analyze the music, and will discuss the influence rock and roll had on musical performance and the broader culture.

About the Instructor
Dr. Poster earned both bachelor of arts and bachelor of music education degrees from the University of Redlands, as well as a master of music degree. He then took his doctorate at Claremont Graduate University. He created the course on the History of Rock & Roll, and has been teaching the course in area high schools and colleges for over 17 years. Jack is now retired and is an international performing musician and band leader.

 - expandMedia Ethics: Cases & Moral Reasoning

Arlette Poland, JD, PhD
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
April 13-May 18
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

This course is based on the book of the same name, and will explore questions about doing the “right thing” and whether the media follows that guide. Examples may include media response to news reports, WikiLeaks, political campaigns and other current events. Case studies will be used to learn about the media’s work related to news, advertising, public relations and entertainment.

About the Instructor
Dr. Poland is a retired lawyer turned theologian and professor. She holds a BS in political science from UC Berkeley, an MA in religion from Claremont School of Theology, a Juris Doctor from San Francisco Law School and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University. She has been teaching at the college level for fifteen years and lecturing with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2005. Her areas of specialty include Buddhism, Judaism, science and religion and world religions.

 - expandVive la France: Paris in the Spring

Bernard (Butch) Epps, MFA
Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
April 13-May 18
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

With emphasis on the first half of the twentieth century, we will review a potpourri of films and documentaries that spotlight Paris, the city of lights. Included among the feature films are the Academy Award Best Picture winners Gigi (1958) and An American in Paris (1952), as well as documentaries covering the city’s luminous years in art, literature and music from 1905 through 1930; the Paris peace talks of 1919 (which set the stage for the rise of Hitler); the history of the Louvre; and more great stuff. C’est Magnifique!! Come for the films; stay for the discussion.

About the Instructor
Butch received his MFA degree from the UCLA Department of Film and Television’s Independent Producers Program where he focused on story development and working with screenwriters. He served as the academic liaison to the high profile professional faculty, including studio heads, development executives and others. Since stepping away from the day-to-day rigors of the film industry, Butch has been teaching film appreciation courses while developing a book on Orson Welles’ Mercury Production of Citizen Kane.

 - expandInternational Cinema

Mike Herbst, founding advisor, Cairo International Film Festival
Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon
April 14-May 19
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Explore and discuss a variety of lesser-known, but equally brilliant, films from a range of countries around the world. Each week features a different film. The screening begins with a short discussion of the director, the actors, the historical background of the country, and the political situation surrounding the film’s theme. There is a short discussion after the film as well.

About the Instructor
Mike grew up in Dresden, Budapest and Prague. He developed an early interest in cinema and began film studies in Berlin, where he supported himself writing film reviews. While in Berlin, Mike also started a career in international management with Lufthansa airlines, which later brought him to San Francisco. Mr. Herbst was involved in starting the International Film Festival in Egypt, and was later involved with the British Film Institute in London. He draws upon his extensive personal film collection for this Osher course.

Three-Week Courses

$25 each

 - expandI Was Here: Writing Your Own Obituary

Frank Furino, TV & film writer/producer, marketing executive
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
April 11-25
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

You’ve lived a full life, and as you look down the road, you begin to see the finish line off in the distance. This course will help you identify and communicate your feelings about the people, events and accomplishments that have meant the most to you. You will learn how to look within yourself and capture the essence of your life in a concise, well written narrative (obituary) that will profile who you are and how you’d like to be remembered.

About the Instructor
Frank brings twenty-five years of Hollywood experience to his Osher courses, including writer/producer credits for major hit shows Dynasty, Dallas, General Hospital, Falcon Crest, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and more. He was also staff director with ABC News covering political conventions, space launches and major news events and later owned an advertising agency. He taught creative writing at UCLA and is a member of the Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission. Frank is a successful playwright and is currently working on his first novel.

 - expandThe Founding Fathers of Economics

Jane L. Johnson, PhC, professor emerita
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
April 12-26
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Economists date the beginning of their discipline from Adam Smith, who wrote his seminal work, The Wealth of Nations, in 1776. We will discuss the work of the founders of economics – Smith, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, John Maynard Keynes and others – from the 18th through 20th centuries. We will also discover how the history of economic thinking can be a guide in designing appropriate public policy for current issues such as poverty, income inequality, financial regulation and the environment.

About the Instructor
Jane taught economics and statistics for 15 years prior to her retirement. Her extensive managerial and professional experience includes over 30 years with organizations as diverse as H&R Block, several colleges and universities, and state and federal government. She takes great delight in analyzing and explaining technical, tax, economic, financial, public policy, and managerial concepts to diverse audiences. Her previous Osher courses have included economics and the Federal Reserve System.


Summer 2017

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Are you considering Osher membership? Or a current member who can’t get enough? Register for these free one-day courses to sample a variety of topics.

 - expandDon’t You Just Love to Entertain!

Bonnie Barkley, caterer, owner, Cello’s Pantry
Tuesday, May 30
10:00 a.m.-noon
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

If you enjoy entertaining and are looking for some fresh, fun ideas to add a new sparkle to your parties big or small, this course is for you. Come and get some great inside tips to help you entertain with flair and ease. We will cover techniques and the latest catering trends, and will see demonstrations of some of Bonnie’s favorite recipes. You can even sample her best sellers. Come and experience this fun class taught by the lady the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce named Woman of the Year.

About the Instructor
Bonnie is a successful business woman, caterer, and restaurant owner. After early retirement from the corporate world, Bonnie and her husband Tom started Cello’s American Bistro as a second career, and it was so successful that they later opened a second restaurant, Cello’s Pantry, in Rancho Mirage. Cello’s has earned numerous awards by the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce and Palm Springs Life magazine. In 2012, Bonnie was named Woman of the Year by the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce.

 - expandAlma & Alfred: Hitchcock

Bernard (Butch) Epps, MFA
Tuesday, May 30
1:00-4:00 p.m.
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Behind every great man is a good woman or so it's been said. Hitchcock is a 2012 feature film directed by Sacha Gervasi that centers on the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Psycho, a controversial horror film that became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker's career. Come for the film; stay for the discussion.

About the Instructor
Butch received his MFA degree from the UCLA Department of Film and Television’s Independent Producers Program where he focused on story development and working with screenwriters. He served as the academic liaison to the high-profile professional faculty, studio heads, development executives, and others. Since stepping away from the day-to-day rigors of the film industry, Butch has been teaching film appreciation courses for older adults in the Coachella Valley, while writing a book on Orson Welles’ Mercury Production of Citizen Kane.

 - expandQueen of Versailles

Vinny Stoppia, writer, storyteller
Wednesday, May 31
10:00 a.m.-noon
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Consider what it might be like to be a queen. You may visualize gorgeous gowns, sparkling jewelry and fawning admirers. That is far from the truth for Marie Antoinette, one of the biggest queens ever. In this gay guy’s presentation, you can expect a little less Harvard and a lot more sparkle. As we discuss Her Majesty, there will be times you will want to smack some sense into her, and others when you will be blindsided by her unflinching guts. At the end of this presentation, you will have a clearer perception of what it means to be a big queen.

About the Instructor
Vinny is a native of New York and worked for 23 years at United Nations Headquarters observing the political luminaries of the Cold War Era. For more than 50 years, he gobbled up anything about eighteenth century France; in particular, the singular Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. His narrative about the life of this lightning rod monarch, The Austrian Woman, is the culmination of a lifelong passion to retell her story. Vinny has lived in Palm Springs since 1993 and volunteers with a number of local organizations.

 - expandBlogging for Beginners

Tammy Bleck, speaker, author, social media specialist
Wednesday, May 31
1:00-3:00 p.m.
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Bloggers are the new journalist but they also are the new money makers and influencers in today’s world. Blogging is the best way to share your expertise, opinions, interests or business. Gain a readership of like minds as you learn the ins and outs of blogging. We will deal hands on with how, when and what you should always do and not do to put out a successful blog. Whether you want to share your financial experience, cooking recipes, styling methods, travel experiences or just your world view, learn from a proven HuffPost blogger who runs an award winning blog.

About the Instructor
Tammy has been a self-employed entrepreneur since 1976, with several start-ups to her credit. She is a seasoned professional in the field of monetizing social media, blogs, social media marketing and speaking venues to build business and generate income. An established authority on how blogs and social media can build your business, create your brand, and find your tribe, Tammy has toured, spoken, taught and conducted workshops over the past 30 years. In addition to being a notable speaker, she is an accomplished writer, columnist, Huffington Post and Jewish Journal contributor, and a small business consultant.

 - expandEstate Planning: Wills, Trusts & Alternatives

Burton Popkoff, attorney at law
Thursday, June 1
10:00 a.m.-noon
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Come and learn about the various ways of transferring property interests upon death; from the simple beneficiary designation to the complex estate tax planning trust. We’ll also analyze the pros and cons of the use of wills. The course will include an introduction to the types of documents used to accomplish the transfers, useful ancillary financial documents, such as powers of attorney, and non-financial documents such as advance health care directives. Bring your questions.

About the Instructor
Mr. Popkoff is an attorney and certified public accountant (retired) with over fifty years of professional experience in Southern California. He is certified as a specialist in probate, estate planning, and trust law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Popkoff earned a BS in business administration (accounting) from UCLA and his JD from Southwestern University School of Law. He has been a certified public accountant since 1965 and has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in the area by Inland Empire Magazine. Mr. Popkoff lives and practices in Palm Desert.

Six-Week Courses

$50 each

 - expandHitchcock in Color: Various Shades of Blonde

Bernard (Butch) Epps, MFA
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
June 13-July 25 (no class 7/4)
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

It is well known that Alfred Hitchcock had a penchant for blonde leading ladies. This course will look at a few of these actresses in relation to their male co-stars, with emphasis on the depiction of women in Hitchcock’s most popular color films. Among the films to be screened are Rear Window (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) and The Birds (1963). Come for the film; stay for the discussion.

About the Instructor
Butch received his MFA degree from the UCLA Department of Film and Television’s Independent Producers Program where he focused on story development and working with screenwriters. He served as the academic liaison to the high-profile professional faculty, studio heads, development executives, and others. Since stepping away from the day-to-day rigors of the film industry, Butch has been teaching film appreciation courses for older adults in the Coachella Valley, while writing a book on Orson Welles’ Mercury Production of Citizen Kane.

 - expandAmerican History at the Movies

Thomas B. Jones, PhD
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
June 14-July 19
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

The movies are valuable sources of evidence about the past and can present new and exciting perspectives on American history. Hollywood movies recreate, reflect, make history and help us measure change in our historical experience. This course uses feature length movies to learn about some key moments, issues, controversies and personalities in our nation's past. You will engage in active discussions of the American "cultural imagination" (what we imagine about our nation and ourselves), Hollywood movies as historical evidence, and how historians go about interpreting and using popular film.

About the Instructor
Dr. Jones is a retired professor of U.S. history. He has over 40 years of experience in higher education as a history professor, academic administrator, faculty development director and educational consultant. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in history and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Cornell University (PhD in U.S. history). He has taught on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His publications include books and articles on U.S. history, college teaching, liberal education and a novel.

 - expandPhilosophy, Religion & Symbolism in Film

Michael McDonald, PhD
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
June 15-July 20
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Explore how film is used to convey sophisticated philosophical, religious and symbolic ideas. Today’s theater is much more powerful than ancient theater because such powerful images can be constructed with sophisticated technology and are leading the modern psyche in new mythic directions. Ideas explored include images of good and evil in film, the idea of apocalyptic, cyber worlds in the Matrix, reincarnation symbolism, characterizations of divine figures, the afterlife, spiritual worlds, ghosts, as well as characterizations of the devil, monsters, alternative universes and time travel.

About the Instructor
Dr. McDonald attended San Diego State University and the University of Hawaii where he earned his PhD in 1995. He reads Greek and is a specialist in Plato and Greek philosophy and drama. Michael has broad interests and has taught classes at CSUSB on Thomas Jefferson and early American history. At Prescott College in Arizona, he taught Western and Chinese philosophy, emphasizing the Chinese Book of Changes. Michael is a great believer in lifelong learning and has taken over sixty college level courses in the last ten years.

Three-Week Courses

$50 each

 - expandShort Subject Documentary Film

Dale Knorr, BA, retired TV/motion picture production specialist
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
June 14-28
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

It's truly an exciting time for documentary filmmakers. More short subject documentaries are being made and experienced by audiences than ever before. Short docs have dwelled in relative obscurity until the internet opened up unprecedented viewing opportunities. It's tempting to give short documentaries short shrift. Is less less? Is less more? Or is less the same? We'll attempt to answer these questions as a thoughtfully curated collection of short documentaries are presented and discussed in class.

About the Instructor
Dale received his BA degree in radio/television/film from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater. His career in motion picture and television production spanned 35 years, where he worked in both the public and private sectors, as well as many network and independent freelance projects. Most recently, Dale was a member of the judging panel at the 2015 American Documentary Film Festival.

 - expandAgua Caliente: Then & Now

Tom Davis, MA
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
June 15-29
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

This course will engage you in understanding the history, culture, business and government of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe that has called the Palm Springs area home since time immemorial. A sovereign tribal government, the tribe is steward to more than 31,500 acres of ancestral lands that span the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

About the Instructor
Mr. Davis is the chief planning and development officer for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs. Prior to working for the Tribe, Mr. Davis spent 14 years as a partner in two consulting firms serving cities, counties and real estate development companies. Mr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University. He has completed postgraduate coursework in real estate development and received his MA in education from Cal State San Bernardino.

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