Communication & Film

Upcoming Courses


If you are familiar with the library resources but want to go beyond the basics, this session will explore some of the more interesting and unusual digital collections and databases. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.

Tuesday, Mar 5, TBD - UR Campus
This is the third semester for Book Swap, a class for book lovers and those who like to share their love of books. Bring your favorite book and share it with the class for 10 minutes. All book genres are open to share. If you register for this class you are expected to present: the instructor will reach out to the registered students to discuss book ideas and help you with a suggested format.

Thursdays, Feb 1 and 8, TBD - UR Campus
Learn how to find books, articles, and other resources that are of interest to you. This session provides an overview for beginners or those new to Osher and includes a virtual tour of the library.

Thursday, Jan 18, Synchronous Online
The class will focus on how to enhance your photography experience with a cell phone regardless of the type of phone. This class will concentrate on improving photography skills, advanced photo opportunities and photo editing. Offered twice this semester - once online and once in person.

Mondays; 1/29, 2/05, Synchronous Online
Fridays; 4/26 & 5/03, TBD - UR Campus
Join Dan Begley to watch and enjoy these three classics: 'Barefoot in the Park' (1967); 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969); and 'The Sting' (1973).

Fridays, Dec 1, 8, 15, JPSN, Room 118 (13 seats (15%) remaining)
Join Dan in the quest for the funniest movies of all time. This spring, we will watch and discuss these films: 1933's 'I'm no Angel' with Mae West and Cary Grant; 1940's 'My Favorite Wife' with Cary Grant; and 1964's 'Father Goose' with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.

Fridays, Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, TBD - UR Campus
Whether it's a speech at a wedding reception, a eulogy at a funeral, a presentation at a board meeting, or an inspirational message at a dinner, public speaking can be powerful and persuasive. This class will cover the essentials of putting together and presenting an effective speech for various occasions and purposes. (Does not include practice speeches by attendees; lecture only.)

Thursdays; 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, TBD - UR Campus
Emotions wield an immense influence over our lives, shaping our thoughts, intentions, and actions with unparalleled authority. By enrolling in this transformative class, you will learn how to navigate the intricate realm of emotions effectively, discover how to sidestep the pitfalls of succumbing to inappropriate feelings, and gain mastery over your emotions, even in the most challenging situations.

Friday 3/8, TBD - UR Campus
While the polarization of politics in recent years has put fuel on the "fake news" fire, the concept of conflicting truths is not new. Dating back to the Renaissance and philosopher Francis Bacon understanding the psychological phenomenon later to be coined as "confirmation bias" our consumption of news continues to evolve. Therefore, so must our lens of reporting transparency. Step into the world of a broadcast journalist to understand what it takes to convey facts and spot shortcomings on TV. Understand first-hand the joys and challenges of standing and reporting in front of major sporting events like an NFL playoff game or MLB spring training to capture the scene for viewers. Understand social media in a new light as storytellers grow their own voices and those they have the responsibility to spotlight as powerful pieces attempt to not die in an echo chamber.

Saturdays; 2/24, 3/02, 3/09, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, Synchronous Online
This one-hour documentary traces the evolution of college basketball through the rise of the most historic arena in the country: The University of Pennsylvania's Palestra. We will talk about this film, produced by a former female basketball player.

Tuesday 3/19, TBD - UR Campus
Songwriting is a creative outlet to share ideas, express feelings, or tell a story. What do women songwriters have to tell us? Is the female perspective of truth different that that of a male? We will examine the lyrics and listen to the songs of some influential women singer-songwriters.

Tuesday, Apr 16 and 23, Synchronous Online
Planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country? This is a basic course for those who want to learn a bit of conversational Spanish, focusing on travel needs but taught in the context of practical situations. We'll cover pronunciation, basic introductions and greeting, how to ask questions and ask for directions, and more. Cross-cultural differences will also be discussed. No previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary.

Wednesdays; 1/24, 1/31 & 2/7, TBD - UR Campus
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is home to an exhibit of 50 plaques of Jewish American men and women who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1969. We will talk about the stories of these famous Americans, including very famous people in their fields such as Albert Einstein, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Golda Meir, Elie Wiesel, George Gershwin, Dr. Jonas Salk, Barbara Streisand, sports figures Hank Greenberg and Barney Ross, and many others.

Wednesdays; 2/14 and 2/21, TBD - UR Campus
Playing a wide variety of 15+ instruments (some vintage, some personally crafted) 'edutainer' Lamar Banister will demonstrate through story and tune Virginia's remarkable musical legacy up to the 1960s. The development of some instruments will also be discussed. Participation is encouraged as we clap, tap, and sing along with familiar and surprising tunes of triumph, tragedy, joy, and just plain fun, transitioning through Colonial, Spirituals, Country, Western, Folk, and Blues.

Thursday, 2/29, TBD - UR Campus
We give little thought to EMS until we call 911 and want help instantly at our door. The class will include a brief overview of EMS, including its history and evolution. It will discuss training needed to provide various levels of prehospital emergency care. Learn what to tell a 911 dispatcher when calling for help and how to make sure first responders can get to you as soon as possible.

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Americans have deeply divergent views about the extent to which our racial history and ongoing racism color modern society. Two Richmonders who have delved deeply into the topic will share their perspectives on systemic racism: what it is, the extent to which it continues to exist, and how we can acknowledge, confront, and move forward in addressing our divisions around race.

Thursday, Mar 7, TBD - UR Campus