Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer 2015 @ OASIS Albuquerque

Great Courses @ OASIS:  You know about OASIS, right?  Abq Jew has featured OASIS Albuquerque on several occasions, and lists OASIS Abq courses of Jewish interest on his Learn/FiftyPlus page.

OASIS (as stated on the organization's website) is

 ... a unique educational program for adults age 50-plus who want to learn, grow and explore new ideas. We promote successful aging through lifelong learning, health programs and volunteer engagement.

NEW! OASIS Abq and Abq Jew 
are now Community Partners!

 OASIS Albuquerque has just announced their Summer 2015 line-up of classes.

Registration will open on Wednesday May 6.

Executive Director Kathleen Raskob continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.  This session's courses and instructors include:

Religions & Funeral Traditions
Wed 20 May 2015 @ 1:00 pm - #88
Instructor: Gail Rubin
What It Is: Learn what you need to know about funerals for different religious traditions -- Catholic, Jewish, Native American, various Christian denominations, and more. Whether you will be attending or coordinating an event, get acquainted with the diversity of these religious funeral traditions. Some traditions will be illustrated with film clips.

Poetry from the Oral Tradition: Simon Ortiz of Acoma Pueblo
Thu 21 May 2015 @ 10:30 am - #59
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: Simon Ortiz is an author, educator and poet. He has written several books, yet he comes from a culture with an oral tradition. What does it really mean for a language to exist without a written component? And how has Acoma Pueblo, and Simon Ortiz himself, bridged the gap from oral to written communication? In this presentation Norma Libman will address these questions and look at the meanings behind some of Ortiz's poems.

Jewish Poetry in Words & Music
Tue 16 & 23 May 2015 @ 1:00 pm - #60
Instructor: Paul Citrin
What It Is: In two sessions, we will share highlights of three millennia of Jewish poetry from Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English sources. The poetry will be drawn from both secular and religious contexts. Much of this work has been set to music which we will hear. These sessions are meant to contribute to the artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of the learners.

Myths & Misconceptions About Shariah
Wed 10 June @ 10:30 am - #90
Instructor: Imam Shafi Abdul Aziz
What It Is: In this class, we will examine the correct meaning and practice of Islamic Shariah to dispel popular misperceptions. Based on a belief system of a divine origin, Shariah envisages both a religion and a social order. Core textual, theological, and legal components, along with historical impact, will be discussed. We will examine different phases of Shariah through its sources and methodologies leading to development of schools of opinions and legal theories.

The World of Arlo Guthrie
Thu 2 July 2015 @ 1:00 pm - #69
Instructor: Jane Ellen 
What It Is: Many Arlo Guthrie (1947- ) biographies state that he was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, NY. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo grew up surrounded by famous folk musicians of the day. Since his first performance at the age of 13, Guthrie has worked continuously, toured the world as a successful multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, activist, and a natural-born storyteller, despite having only three mainstream hits to his credit.

When Do We Die & What Happens When We Do?
Wed 5 Aug 2015 @ 10:30 am - #96
Instructor: Harry Rosenfeld
What It Is: Using Biblical and other sources we will look at how the definition of death has changed and how our beliefs about afterlife develop and affect our attitudes about death.

You’ve Got a Friend in Carole King 
Mon 10 Aug 2015 @ 1:00 pm - #74
Instructor: Jane Ellen
What It Is: Singer/songwriter Carole King (1942- ) began her career in the 1960s writing hit songs with then husband Gerry Goffin. A decade later, she became an award-winning performer in her own right when the album Tapestry topped the US charts in 1971 for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for six years. Recipient of the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress in 2012, King has written the musical soundtrack of our lives across five decades.

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