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Joy of Learning Classes Return!

The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library will offer six new courses which will begin Tuesday, April 5th. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration forms are available at the Reference Desk, the Circulation Desk, and both the North & East branches. Become a member of the Friends of the Library and you will be the first to know about upcoming courses!


Tuesdays: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM at FCTV - April 5, 12, 19, 26
Movies! Movies! Movies! III
Hollywood’s greatest year featuring three blockbusters from that year. 1. The films of Director George Stevens, featuring A Place in the Sun, Shane & Giant. 2. Citizen Kane - why it really is a work of art, and the genius of Orson Welles. 3. The artistry of John Ford, featuring The Grapes of Wrath & How Green was my Valley.
Fred Gitlitz, BA Colgate, MA Columbia University, PhD Columbia University


Tuesdays: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at FCTV - April 5, 12, 19, 26
Vignettes in American History
1. Thomas Jefferson Complicated and Contradictory. Jefferson as Founding Father, prior to his Presidency. 2. Jefferson’s Presidency, from the shores of Tripoli to the Pacific Ocean. 3. “The Trail of Tears” - the forced removal of the Cherokees from Southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma Territory. 4. Two crises of FDR: “The Great Depression” and “The Enemy Within”.
Fred Gitlitz, BA Colgate, MA Columbia University, PhD Columbia University


Wednesdays: Hermann Room - 12 Noon - 1:30 PM - April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11
Five Russian Satirical Plays (Limited to 20 participants.)
1. The Inspector General 2. The Death of Pazukhin 3. A Bitter Fate 4. The Storm 5. A Month in the Country 6. The Lower Depths
Robert Szulkin, Professor Emeritus Brandeis University, MA Harvard University, PhD Harvard University


Wednesdays: Herman Room - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - April 6, 13, 20, 27
Making American Foreign Policy (Is this any way to run a country?)
The sessions will cover the still existing policy-making apparatus the framers cobbled together in 1787, the distinctive characteristics of American foreign policy, a brief look at some successes and disasters, and where things are likely to go in the future.
Michael T. Corgan PhD Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Department of International Relations, Boston University


Thursdays: Hermann Room - 10:00 AM - 11:15 PM - April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5
World War II: Europe & the Mediterranean - from Blitzkrieg to Berlin
This course will cover the major campaigns of the European/Mediterranean theaters, with particular attention given to the Battle of the Atlantic, Operation Torch (the campaign in Sicily & Italy, the Normandy Invasion & the Allied advance into Germany.
Michael McNaught B.A. & M.A. in History, Oxford University where he specialized in Military History & Theory of War. School administrator and teacher for 45 years.


Thursdays: Hermann Room - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - April 7, 14, 21, & 28
American Painting in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Lecture 1: Early primitive & Limner painters. Lecture 2: Romanticism & the Hudson River School Luminism & Manifest Destiny. Lecture 3: Homer, Sargent, Eakins, Whistler, Innes & Ryder. Lecture 4: New Beginnings: American Impressionism / New Realism / Magic Realism / Abstract Ar t / Op Art / The Californians / American Abstract Expressionism / Minimalism
William Adelman Jr. A well-known local artist. A Member of the Copley Society of Art, Cape Cod Art Association, and the Cataumet Art Center. A critic and lecturer who has exhibited his work at many art and commercial galleries.


Registration forms are available at the Reference Desk, the Circulation Desk, and both the North & East branches. Become a member of the Friends of the Library and you will be the first to know about upcoming courses!

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