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    Behind the Science Headlines

    Tuesdays, May 17–June 7, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (4 sessions)

    Individual session: $17 General; $12 Members

    The year 2015 produced dramatic headlines about scientific issues that impact our lives and our world. In this lecture-discussion class, delve into four of these issues and discuss the ethical implications of scientific discovery and progress with an experienced science teacher.

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    Introduction to Fine Silver Metal Clay

    Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (1 session)

    $99 Noncredit*

    In this intensive class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, learn how to work with precious metal clay (PMC).

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  • Introduction to Glass Fusing

    Introduction to Glass Fusing

    Saturday, June 4, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (1 session)

    $99 Noncredit*

    In this one-day class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, try your hand at the ancient technique of glass fusing.

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  • Compressed Forms: Slice of Memoir, Flash Fiction, or Poetry

    Compressed Forms

    Wednesdays, June 8–July 6, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (5 sessions)

    $235 Noncredit

    In this writing class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, learn how to distill language into dynamic compressed forms of expression such as six-word memoirs, vignettes, flash fiction, prose poems, postcard stories, novellas, concrete/visual poetry, and more.

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  • Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Saturdays, July 9–August 13, 2:00–5:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $235 Noncredit

    New! In this class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, cultivate a meditative state of mind while developing the formal techniques of drawing. Current research in neuroscience has demonstrated that the practice of meditative mindfulness can sharpen perception, creativity, and intuition and increase attention and nonjudgmental awareness—all skills also honed through drawing.

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  • Artistic Gardens and Palaces

    Artistic Gardens and Palaces

    Wednesdays, May 18–June 22, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    Embark upon a virtual tour of the most beautiful gardens and grand palaces of France, Germany, and Japan, while exploring the development of the garden as a symbol of geometric perfection, a mirror of nature, and an expression of political might.

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  • La Traviata (1967)

    The Golden Age of Opera: Nineteenth-Century Europe

    Wednesdays, May 18–June 22, 1:00–3:30 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    Explore opera’s romantic period during three decades of intense change. With the social upheavals of unification in full sway, new national identities emerged and, amidst the chaos, the literary and performing arts produced some of the world’s most lasting treasures.

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    The World of Dumplings

    Wednesdays, May 11, June 1, July 13, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

    Through cooking demonstrations and tastings, learn about the history and practice of dumpling making in Italy, India, and Japan. Find out what makes a dumpling and why they are so ubiquitous in diverse food cultures around the globe.

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    Skirball Book Groups: Parent-Child Relations

    Choose from four different groups.

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    Explore the parent-child relationship in both fiction and nonfiction by the finest contemporary authors. Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, explore books as a class, learning about the author’s background and analyzing characters and themes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Please read the book prior to each class. GROUP 1: Tuesdays

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