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View our course offerings below.

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Ekphrastic Poetry

 

Ekphrastic poetry is written upon an inspirational encounter with a work of visual art--such as a painting, a sculpture or a photograph. 


Dates:

TBD 


Time:  10:00 am to noon


Location:

Chapel in the Pines

314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill


Limited to 10 participants


Instructor

Blaine Paxton Hall

(Bio & CV on website)


Cost:  $75.00

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Oishii !

 

A cooking class by a Japanese native; participants will enjoy a light meal of authentic Japanese cuisine and sake. 


Dates:

Saturday, date TBD


Time:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm


Location:

A private home in Fearrington Village


Limited to 6 participants


Cost:  $40.00

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Mathematics: Queen of the Sciences

 

A course to inspire awe and appreciation for the beauty of math, its ubiquity and symmetry in nature, the power of math, and examples of the many applications of math.

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Classic Films

 

We will analyze several examples of classic film in these genres:  

Film Noir, Westerns, Science Fiction, Orson Welles.

The Odyssey

 

A foundation story attributed to the blind bard, Homer.  We'll join the mythical hero Odysseus and his mariners, on their adventures, as they journey back home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.   


Dates:

Wednesdays, May 17, 24 & 31


Time:  10:00  am to noon


Location:

Chapel in the Pines,

314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill

Instructor:

Blaine  Paxton Hall


Cost:  $45..00

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The Iliad by Homer

 

The Iliad  about  the "wrath of Achilles," and is set during the last year of the Trojan War.  Achilles is the protagonist among many characters, male, female, gods and goddesses. Themes include revenge, war, mortality, love, friendship, honor, pride and fate v. free will


Dates:

Wednesdays, Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18


Time:  10:00 am to noon


Location:

Chapel in the Pines

314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill


Limited to 10 participants


Instructor

Blaine Paxton Hall

(Bio & CV on website)


Cost:  $45.00

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The Oresteia

 

A cycle trilogy of Greek tragedy about Orestes and the curse on the House of Atreus, written by the playwright Aeschylus. The Oresteia is the only extant, complete Ancient Greek dramatic trilogy. It was performed at the Greater Dionysia Festival in 458 BC, where it won First  Prize.  Its themes are still relevant today.


Dates:

Wednesdays, September 13 & 20,


Time:  8:30  am to 10:30


Location:

Chapel in the PInes, 314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill

 

Instructor:  Professor Al Duncan, UNC Dept of Classics.  Bio & CV:  https://classics.unc.edu/people-3/faculty-2-2/al-duncan/


Cost:  $45.00

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Gender Variance

 

An  historical overview of gender variant persons in art, ancient and modern history, mythology and cross-culturally. Presentation will  Include many slides and photo examples.  Mr. Hall recently presented this at Duke OLLI Symposia on Feb 14.

Date:

May 13th, Saturday

Time:

10 am to noon

Location:

Chapel in the Pines

314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill

Speaker:

Blaine Paxton Hall

Cost: 

Donations to The School of Athens are graciously accepted

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Aviation: It's Science, History and Lore

Mankind’s greatest technological achievement

An overview of the history and cultural context of first flight through the rocket age.

Debate:  A Primer

 

Formal debate can be traced to the philosophers and scholars of ancient Greek and India, as a means of critical inquiry.

This class with examine the types of formal debate, skills of effective debate, and examples of great debate starting with the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858

 
Dates:  TBD


Time:  TBD


Location:

Chapel in the Pines

314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill


Instructor

Blaine Paxton Hall

(Bio & CV on website)


Cost

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High Tea and Talk

 

Participants will enjoy afternoon High Tea and Talk, in the British style.   


Date

August 26, Saturday


Time:  3 to  5 pm


Location:

A private home in Fearrington Village


Limited to 6 participants


Cost:  $40.00

Literary Memoir

 

We will look at examples of contemporary and historical literary memoir. We will  learn techniques for writing literary memoir. Participants will receive a free, new copy of Hestia's House, a literary memoir.

Dates:  TBD

Location:

Chapel in the Pines

314 Great Ridge Pkwy., Chapel Hill

Instructor: 

Blaine Paxton Hall

Cost:

TBD

Classical Mythology

 

An overview of selected ancient mythologies; with emphasis on Greek and Roman mythologies, also including Mesopotamian: Sumerian and Babylonian, Egyptian mythologies.

Courses about the following topics under consideration or development:

Sacred / Classical Music/Opera

Topics in Literature:  Ovid's Metamorphoses

Histories / Western Civilization

History of US Government / The Federalist Papers

Philosophy Topics

History of Christianity

Book Club / Film Club

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