Gems Connect: Online Learning
Please register for all OCTOBER 2021 Courses on the MAIN LINE or BUCKS COUNTY pages.
Please note: You will need to register and pay for each individual course. You will then receive an email related to each course with a Zoom ID and password. There will be one email for each course you register for.
The Old and the New
Mondays, September 13 and 27, 11-12pm – $18
Instructor: Gadi Ben Dov, Israeli Tour Guide
In these two sessions, we will virtually travel first to Masada, a fortress built by King Herod in the first century BCE, which served as a site against the Romans after the revolt in the year 70 CE. This Desert Fortress tells us a dramatic story, making it one of the best-known and most-visited sites in Israel. In the second session, we will visit modern Israel and the graffiti of Tel Aviv, the first Jewish city in the modern era. We’ll explore visual dialogues on politics, temporary art, and Israeli society, learning about the people behind the art. What motivates them and what are they trying to tell us – and why in the street?
Jane Austen and Philosophy
Tuesday, September 14th, 11-12pm – $9
Instructor: Sarah Rosenson, Teacher and Educator
In this interactive online discussion class, we will explore philosophical questions in the beloved novel “Pride and Prejudice”. What are some of the different types of injustice, particularly those experienced by women? How do these types of injustice affect people, both in the world of Jane Austen and today? Come join the conversation!
The Harlem Renaissance
Tuesday, September 14th, 1:30-2:30pm – $9
Instructor: Margaret Montet, Information Literacy Librarian at Bucks County Community College
The Cotton Club, the Dark Tower, Zora Neale Hurston, and other highlights of African-American culture flourished in Harlem, a city within a city, between World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression. This movement soon went mainstream, influencing American culture at large. Learn about and listen to the exciting, energetic music of the 1920’s in Harlem with excursions into the art, literature, and dance which emerged at the same time.
Ethics in Business
Wednesday, September 15th, 11-12pm – $9
Instructor: Neal Grabell, Visiting Professor of Economics and Independent College Programs, Haverford College
This session will include a discussion of ethical issues that businesses face with examples from real cases of sex discrimination, whistleblowing and employee dishonesty. Neal Grabell will explain “corporate social responsibility” and the strategies that businesses use to fuse environmental and social concerns into their governance structure. How can businesses ensure that their operations are ethical and beneficial to society?
Thursdays, September 2 – September 30, 11-12pm – $35
* No Class September 16th*
Instructors: Dr. Bill Rosenberg, Political Science Professor at Drexel University
Join us as our esteemed speaker discusses politics, including current national and international topics in the news.
The Work of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Thursdays, September 2 – September 30, 1:30-2:30 – $35
* No Class September 16th*
Instructors: Dan Pantano, Artistic Director of Concert Operetta Theatre
When you hear the words “Oh what a beautiful morning”, you first think of the great Broadway authors: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. They were a great team who wrote eight of the most beloved musicals of all time. In these sessions, we will cover some of the shows that they created together, as well as shows that they individually worked on with other collaborators prior to them becoming a team. Many of their songs and lyrics were groundbreaking, moving America into a new, and better generation. Hammerstein lived most of his later life in Doylestown, PA and we will also discuss his relationship with Bucks County.
October Book Club
Thursday October 28, 3pm – $5
Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson