Communication & Film

Upcoming Courses

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.


Monday, Mar 13, Boatwright Seminar Room 2
Written by brothers Ron and Clint Howard, 'The Boys' is a detailed look at their family and experiences in Hollywood making television shows and movies. This book gives a very open view into how Ron and Clint established careers in a very competitive environment. Through that transparency readers will find the knowledge and guidance of their parents.


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This class is for book lovers and those who like to share their love of books: bring your favorite book and share it with the class! The instructor will reach out to the registered students to discuss your book idea and determine what media help you may need. Also, you are free to simply present your book with no particular media required. Each presenter should prepare 5-10 minutes, followed by time for questions and discussion.


Monday, Mar 13, 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.


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The class is designed to enhance your cell phone photography while traveling. We will cover improving cell phone images regardless of brand or model, editing cell phone images and available features on the iPhone.


Mondays, Feb 6 and 13, NRCT, Room 103
Join Dan Begley in the quest for the funniest movies of all time. This fall we will watch and discuss these classics: 'The Apartment (1960) film by Billy Wilder with Jack Lemmon, 'The Awful Truth' (1937) film by Leo McCarey with Cary Grant, and 'The Palm Beach Story' (1942) film by Preston Sturgis with Henry Fonda.


Fridays 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, BML, Adams Auditorium ( No seats currently available )
Songs, essentially poems that are sung, can unite humans with their rhythm, artistry, stories, and universal truths. We'll study several songwriters of country music, a genre that is often overlooked by literary scholars who may not realize the sophistication and wisdom of these writers of truth. We'll look at Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine.


Monday and Wednesday 4/17, 4/19, 4/24, 4/26, Synchronous Online
Come and hear about an epiphany that changed a Christian writer's life and work, resulting in three literary works about the Holocaust, multiple trips to Israel and Lithuania, American embassy speaking engagements, a book tour at the invitation of two US ambassadors, and two plays.


Mondays 3/27 and 4/3, TBD - UR Campus (7 seats (16%) remaining)
What should happen to Monument Avenue? Should Critical Race Theory be taught in schools? Is it OK for anyone to have an assault weapon? Americans are deeply divided on many issues and Republicans and Democrats can't seem to agree on anything. It's time to begin to understand the reasons for the divisions in our culture. This course offers an opportunity to move beyond our differences and begin to compromise. Come share your thoughts and listen to some different opinions. Our goal is not consensus, but discovering new ways to resolve differences.


Tuesday, Jan 17, Wednesdays Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, NRCT, Room 103 ( No seats currently available )
In the fall, we wrestled with how we are so deeply divided on issues. We agreed that we all have differing opinions and that it's important to move beyond those differences and begin to compromise. It's not easy, and we don't seek consensus. This class will be a continuation of these discussions and will focus on the book, 'How Civil Wars Start' by Barbara Walter. The class size is intentionally small to allow for interaction and discussion. NOTE: You need not have taken the fall class to register for Part 2, but you may benefit from taking Part 1 this spring, which is offered beginning on January 17.


Thursdays, Apr 6, 13, 20, TBD - UR Campus ( No seats currently available )
Released in theatres in 1933, 'King Kong' initiated the American monster movie. Ninety years later, Kong still elicits admiration for its technical innovations, debate about its meaning, and even a few screams, and it is ranked by The American Film Institute as one of the 50 greatest movies ever made. We will view the film, examine the stories and people behind its creation, and consider the movie's cultural and historical context and continuing legacy.


Mondays; 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
FILM VIEWING When The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, the recording studio became the band's playground. From 1967-1969, the band recorded and released five unique and highly praised albums. Our class will focus on the path that led to the recording of their last studio album, Abbey Road. We'll watch the original documentary 'Let It Be,' capturing The Beatles at work preparing songs for the album and offering an impromptu concert on the rooftop of Apple Records.


Monday, April 10, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
When The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, the recording studio became the band's playground. From 1967-1969, the band recorded and released five unique and highly praised albums. Our class will focus on the path that led to the recording of their last studio album, Abbey Road. Having viewed the documentary in Part 1, we'll delve into an in-depth discussion of Abbey Road in this Part 2.


Tuesday, April 11, GOTW, Auditorium Room A001 (8 seats (15%) remaining)
Join us for Female Stars of Hollywood's Golden Age: A celebration of the greatest female stars. This course will feature an in-depth look at the individual studios in which these stars, while under contract, rose to prominence.


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Film noir, a crime genre with a distinctive black and white style, appeared mostly in America for only about 20 years in the mid-20th century, but it has had lasting impact on American film and television ever since.


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This course will cover the history of photography from its inception to contemporary work.


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Don't let others write your story! We normally think of obituaries as being dreary and solemn. But by adding a little humor to an obituary and straying aware from tradition, you can give readers insights into your or your loved one's unique personality. It can create an impression that won't fade away. You will learn obituary writing techniques by writing your own obituary: but we promise to make this daunting task fun, reflective and interactive.


Monday 1/30, WHC, Living Room (Deanery) (2 seats (5%) remaining)
The class will focus on former Governor Ralph Northam's evolution from the blackface scandal of 2019 to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and the ways in which ongoing governmental policies and cultural attitudes perpetuate racial injustice. The class will challenge participants to evaluate their own lives and consider how they may consciously or unconsciously contribute to or benefit from racial myopia.


Monday 3/20, BML, Adams Auditorium (8 seats (18%) remaining)
NOTE: DATE and TIME have changed for this class. Hear the trials and tribulations of a dot-com start-up of the late 1990s: Netflix. Founded by a team with no entertainment experience and with the goal of taking on industry giant Blockbuster, this group of brilliant renegades ended up changing the face of entertainment forever. Hear stories and lessons from the University of Richmond's Dr. Joel Mier, a former director of Netflix during its formative first decade.


Tuesday, May 16, TBD - UR Campus ( No seats currently available )
In order for us to be able to settle back and enjoy a movie today, inventors from around the world and over a period of literally hundreds of years had to solve three key technological challenges. What were those challenges, and who are the people who solved them?


Fridays;1/27, 2/03, 2/10, 2/17, JPSN, Room 118
Have you ever wanted to see a mountain gorilla up close in its natural habitat? How about chimps and golden monkeys? Join us as we share some photos and videos of our exciting 2022 trip to Uganda and Rwanda.


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