Courses S – T

SCIENCE: BIOLOGY Tony Dayan
Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 24)
Spring term only, fortnightly on Jan 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16, 30.
Plants We Use: Their history and development. Foods, fabrics, structures, dyes and medicines often still do come from plants. The turbulent, sometimes violent histories and considerable scientific developments behind today’s casual uses will be illustrated as far as possible, with examples from your daily shopping.

SCIENCE: BIZARRE BEASTS Ruth Sober
Wed 10.20-11.25 (Room 28) Autumn Term only, fortnightly on Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14.
An introduction to the amazing animal world that we live in. The four eyed fish with only two eyes, a lizard that walks on water, an animal with an eye larger than a football, and a plague species – which isn’t the rat!

SCIENCE: ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE Alan Morton
Thur 10.20- 11.25 (Room 24)
Autumn and Spring Terms only, fortnightly Sept 29; Oct 13, 27;Nov 10, 24; Dec 8. Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23.
How will we get our energy in the future? Will we have enough and what will it cost? And what are the effects on our climate? If you have an interest in these issues, come along to discuss them. There aren’t any easy answers but we all have to help find them. We will also discuss practical steps to reduce your energy bills – and compare notes about how effective they are. We will also discuss what communities and groups can do. (Alan is one of the founders of the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group and its community energy company, en10ergy).

SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF FOOD Michael Spiro
12.40 – 13.45 Room 29) Autumn and Spring Terms only, fortnightly on Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13. Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28.
This course will discuss important aspects of food and food science and how different foods have affected human history and health.

SCIENCE: PHYSICISTS John Zucker
Tue 11.30 – 12.35   (Room 28)   Spring and Summer terms only, fortnightly on Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28. May 2, 16, 30; June 13; 27; July 11.
As the 19th century drew to a close, physics was regarded as a dying subject. All that was required was to increase the accuracy of physical quantities. The discovery of the electron in 1896 didn’t seem to disturb that thinking too much but in 1900 Planck introduced the quantum concept. This was ignored at first but a dramatic change in physics began. The years 1900-1928 were a kind of heroic age where Rutherford, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Dirac and many others. produced a revolution.

SCIENCE: QUANTUM THEORY FOR THE TERRIFIED Amalia Michaels
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 29) Autumn and Spring Terms, fortnightly on Sept 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; Mar 7, 21; may continue.
We will delve into the mysteries of quantum theory – this obscure subject will become very easy to understand (trust me!) by looking at the history of how it came into being.
Physicists thought they had science sorted out by the end of the 19th century – but then Einstein came along! And what have waves got to do with atoms? Come along and find out; no previous knowledge of physics needed, just an enquiring mind.

SCRABBLE A Ann Lucas and Mary Firth
Mon 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 24) Please note time.  

AND SCRABBLE B Jenny Bartlett
Mon 15.10 – 16.15   (Room 24)
Come along and play a friendly game. Knowledge of the rules and some experience of Scrabble are required.

SELF DEVELOPMENT Barry Rae  
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 24)   Summer term only
A Life-long Challenge. We concentrate on building self esteem and self confidence, learning to behave assertively, becoming good problem solvers, feeling positive about ourselves, recognising strengths and identifying areas for development. We will also be examining the causes and effects of aggressive and passive behaviour.

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY Caroline White
Tue 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 33)
N.B. in Spring term, classes will start on 7 February.
Social Anthropology is about much more than ‘other cultures’. In this course we will cover such ‘traditional’ topics as Kinship and Marriage, Dowry and Bridewealth, Leadership in Small Scale Societies and Survival in Hunter Gatherer Societies. However, we will also be
looking at the impact on small scale societies of increasing involvement with the West. What was the effect of iron implements on stone-tool using people? How did Christian missionaries influence people’s lives? How have guns transformed traditional forms of    conflict control? How has growing cash crops affected diet, funerals, marriages and other traditions? To provide ‘fieldwork experience’,we will be viewing a series of films.

SPANISH: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Colette Lévy
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 30)
A useful level when going on holiday in everyday situations. The book we use is Pasos I, a first course in Spanish published by Hodder Arnold. An activity book and cassettes accompany the textbook and a small book of Spanish verbs is useful. For those who visit Spain, a BBC Active Spanish pocket phrase book and dictionary (author: Philippa Goodrich) would be useful.

SPANISH: POST BEGINNERS Colette Lévy
Mon 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 22)
The book we use is Pasos II (publ. Hodder Arnold). The course is a continuation of first year studies. A small book of Spanish verbs and a BBC Active Spanish pocket phrase book and dictionary by Philippa Goodrich are useful for those who visit Spain.

SPANISH: ADVANCED Carmen Irizarry
Wed 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 33), fortnightly on Sept 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7. Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22; Apr 26. May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5.
The week in Spain.
A review of the Spanish press over the previous week, with selected articles on domestic and international topics, the arts, opinion pieces and reportage – for discussion in Spanish. Students may bring their own contributions from the week’s London papers to complement our debate on la actualidad angloespañola.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE Dori Meri
Thur 10.20 – 12.00 (Annexe)                            
Reading and Discussion. Our aim is practice and proficiency in spoken communication. This course is for those who have done Spanish for more than one year. If you would also like to have a glimpse into Latin American and Spanish literature, please come and join us. We shall not limit ourselves to talking about your favourite authors and reading some of their work, but we shall also cover some lesser – known although equally beautiful literature.

SPANISH AND ROMANCE PHILOLOGY Anthony Gooch
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 26) fortnightly on Sept 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7. Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22; Apr 26. May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5.
Advanced language class. Nos centraremos esencialmente en el
español, pero de vez en cuando surgirá la comparación con palabras italianas y francesas. El latín estará, por supuesto, siempre presente,   y con frecuencia el griego. Y, por doquier, el árabe.

STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES Shafeeq Siddiqui
Mon 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 29)
The world around you – live in your time. Important things are happening around the world in your time. Enrich your life by becoming more aware of issues which are often glossed over by the media. This class gives a more realistic perspective. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

TAI CHI Kenneth Archer
Tue 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 2.21)
Ken is trained to teach Yang and mixed style Tai Chi hand and sword forms. In his classes, the focus will be on a graduated series of warm ups and stretches and the official Chinese Tai Chi hand forms. The purpose is to promote health, peace of mind and longevity. All students are welcome, from beginners to more experienced.

THEATRE DISCUSSION GROUP Cynthia Landes
Mon 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 22) approx. four weekly on Oct 17; Nov 14; Dec 12. Jan 16; Feb 13; Mar 13. May 8; June 12; July 10.
We are a group of people who love the theatre. We go when we can, not as a group, but we meet every four weeks to talk about current productions and suggest plays to visit in the future. Come and join in the discussion.

THEATRE: A HISTORY New Irene Kyffin
Wed 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 33) fortnightly on Sept 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7. Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22; Apr 26. May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5.
(Also see the class below)
This course will look at the way stage and theatre building evolved during the time of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. It will touch on some European developments, via the travelling troupes and jongleurs of the early medieval period, after which, through the church, modern theatre began. The Renaissance will be covered, as well as the following centuries. Anyone interested in the theatre should find this an intriguing exploration. We hope to visit the British Museum where many artefacts reveal evidence on Ancient Greek Theatre.

THEATRE: GREEK THEATRE New Arghyros Argyrou
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 33) Autumn term, fortnightly on Oct 19, Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14. (Also see the class above).
Join the exploration into the cultural background to Ancient Greek Theatre and the way it evolved.

TOPICAL TOPICS Ken Baldry
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 2.21)
A talk with a discussion on subjects, frequently topical but sometimes not, run by members and hopefully agreed in advance. Members are welcome to suggest speakers and to e-mail: ken@art-science.com
The up-to-date programme is always on www.topicaltopics.org.uk