Languages & Literatures

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Commonly featured in tales of terror and hauntingly good stories, spooky creatures and things that go bump in the night have a long history. Come along as we step into some of the unusual and mythical materials of the Rare Book Room and explore the spirit of Halloween magic.


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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. Feel free to follow along on your laptop, but you must have already used your NetID login and have it set-up on your computer before the session starts. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.


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At this session, you'll 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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In this journey we will review some basics and explore more of grammar, listening, pronunciation plus vocabulary focused on effectively communicating with native speakers. We will also share some culture as recipes, expressions and music. After reviewing and learning more about the basic communication using videos and music, you will be able to start a conversation with a native speaker and practice what was learned in class.


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In 'The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell,' 28 authors (many of them VA residents) use Joni's songs as inspiration for short crime stories that range from lighthearted to very dark. The volume's editor will lead discussions about the stories, and many of the authors will drop in to answer questions about their work.


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Is 'The Old Man and the Sea' just a darn-good fish story, or is it an allegory representing the wisdom the author and adventurer gained in his later years? Join us on an expedition of Hemingway's life in Cuba, and the wisdom he shared in his Nobel Prize-winning book.


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This poem, written during 1935-1942, was T. S. Eliot's last major poem. In it, he asks us and challenges us to sort through substantial philosophical issues ranging from the nature of wisdom to the inadequacy of language.


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We will discuss three short works of 19th century American fiction in this order: Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher', followed by the less well-known story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'The Yellow Wallpaper', and finally, Henry James' 'The Turn of the Screw'. Who does the haunting? Ghosts or humans? We will engage in lots of back-and-forth conversation. You will get most out of the sessions if you read the stories in advance.


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Paradigms and critical thinking basics will be examined via three American crises: the current pandemic, the accompanying financial chaos, and one possible future crisis. The book: 'Life's Rascals: Communication Cousins' will be our guide: it may be found free online at www.LifesRascals.com.


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Jellicle Cats come out and relive the shining memory of the longest-running play on Broadway, CATS. The goal of this class is to have fun and to enable each participant to bring home an inspired tale (or tail!) to share with the young children in their life.


Wednesdays, 8/5, 8/12, 10am-12pm, Synchronous Online
Come explore some historical cookbooks from Boatwright's Rare Book Room and see what you can discover.


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Indian Classical Dance has an evolved vocabulary of 'Angikam' or body language. Stances, eye/head/neck movements, walks/jumps/twirls, and hand gestures enrich all Indian Classical Dance forms. It is universal and contextual at once. We will explore story-telling using gestures based on an ancient text: 'Abhinaya Darpanam' of Nandikeshwara.


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The tales behind 20 years of stories and pictures (and a never-ending search for pie) of Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann, along with the answer to the question: After thousands of miles on the road together, have you ever wanted to bring harm to one another?


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This class provides an introduction to Spanish pronunciation with basic vocabulary and phrases for conversation. Fun assignments will be offered for extra practice. Grab 'un café' and join us for clase de Español!


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This class is a continuation of basic Spanish and offers new vocabulary and practice exercises in listening and speaking.


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