Classes G-H

GERMAN: BEGINNERS Christel Clare
Wed 13.50 – 14.55 (Aspern Centre)
This class is for those with little or no knowledge of the language. No textbook is needed but please bring a notebook and a writing implement as Christel will be providing the material.

GERMAN: INTERMEDIATE James Gilmour
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 33)
For those wishing to build on their previous knowledge. This class will concentrate on spoken German plus some grammar. No book is necessary – James says it is all in his head.

GERMAN: ADVANCED CONVERSATION Christel Clare
Wed 15.00 – 16.05 (Aspern Centre)
For advanced enthusiasts. Advanced language and conversation.

GNOSTICISM AND ESOTERIC RELIGIOUS HISTORY New George Wood
Thur 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 33)
Ancient and Modern Gnosticism is a philosophical movement which started in pre-Christian times. Some historians believe that it had sources in the Jewish community of Alexandria and was picked up by Christians in Judea and Galilee. This course will look at the history of Gnosticism from Ancient Egypt up to the present time including the Essenes, Gnostic Christians, Manicheans, Cabbalists, Alchemists, Rudolf Steiner and Carl Jung, amongst others.

GREEK: CLASSICAL FOR POST BEGINNERS Geoff Heath
Mon 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 30)
We will continue reading Greek texts such as Aristophanes’ The Frogs. This is not a course for beginners.

GREEK: CLASSICAL ADVANCED Argyros Arghyrou
Tue 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 26)
This class is a combination of Classical Greek and philosophy. The book we use is Beyond GCSE.

GREEK: MODERN CONVERSATION Frances Hetherington
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 26) New
Fortnightly on Sept 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 10, 24;Feb 7, 21; Mar 7, 21; Apr 25. May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4.
Informal practice at speaking modern Greek for enthusiastic beginners or intermediates who are not fluent in Greek (led by someone who is also not fluent!).

HEBREW: BEGINNERS Margaret Myers
Tue 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 30)
Even if you can’t say a single word in Hebrew then this is the class for you. We are a friendly group who like helping each other and we’d love you to join us.

HEBREW: IMPROVERS Margaret Myers
Tue 10.20 – 11.25 (Aspern Centre)
This is a follow-up class from Hebrew for Beginners.

HEBREW: INTERMEDIATE Margaret Myers
Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Aspern Centre)
For those with some knowledge of Hebrew who would like to further improve their skills in the language. Material will be provided.

HEBREW (MODERN): MORE ADVANCED Bari Fischman
Thur 13.00 – 14.30 (Room 30)
ם  ו ל ש  Our informal, easy-going group uses material from interesting books (not too hard), current news items and other items of your choice. Telling a joke in Hebrew or narrating everyday incidents in life enhances conversation and livens language learning. When you pass our door and hear laughter and the chatter of many voices, that’s us! All are welcome to try at this level. If you find it a stretch, we are adept at helping you. Our motto; learn and enjoy.

HEBREW CONVERSATION Gila Wacholder
Wed 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 28) (Tel: 020 7435 6821)
Fortnightly on Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13. Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14; Apr 18; May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11.
This course is for people with some knowledge of Ivrit who would like to improve their conversational skills in a friendly environment. Topics of choice are discussed on a fortnightly basis. This is a really fun experience where people forget that they are speaking a foreign language.

HEBREW LITERATURE New Esther Shoulby Wed 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 29.)
Fortnightly on Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13. Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14; Apr 18; May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11.
We will be reading books available both in Hebrew and as an English translation – the discussion will be in English. The first title will be The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo published by Portobello Books.

HISTORY OF POWER New Linda Blandford
Mon 14.00 – 15,05 (Aspern Centre) Autumn and Spring Terms only
Belief, legacy and myth.
In this course we shall look at the great empires of Rome, Russia and Mughal India. No reading, no homework, an adventure across many lands coming home to our own. (Questions and laughter always welcome).

HISTORY: ITALY FROM 1400 – PRESENT Christopher Dean
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 2.21) Spring Term (may continue in Summer)
A historical course on Italy that could complement the U3A’s language and literature courses, and for those “Italophiles” who go to the long-standing Italian literature class and to provide background for them in their literary interests. The course will trace political movements, both regional and international aspects, also stressing the cultural movements.

HISTORY OF EUROPE Ralph Blumenau
Mon 11.35 – 12.35 (Peter Samuel Hall, Royal Free Hospital)
From the mid 19th century to about 1900.

HISTORY OF THE JEWS Ralph Blumenau
Thur 15.00 – 16.00 (Room 2.21)
17th to 19th Century CE.

HISTORY: MAKING AMERICA Deirdre Krymer
Tue 12.40 – 13.55 (Room 29) Spring Term only.
Fortnightly on Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13;
The United States has always believed in its ‘exceptionalism’ – a new society with values distinct from the old world left behind in Europe. A society based on immigration and bound together by the American Constitution. Its development has included conflicts over slavery and civil rights, phenomenal economic growth, the rise of consumerism, territorial expansion and rise to world dominance. The twenty first century poses new challenges to its role in the world and the rise of new populism at home.

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Ralph Blumenau
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 2.21).
Mostly 18th century.

HISTORY: THE STRUGGLE FOR PARLIAMENT New Pat MacDonald
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 2.21) Autumn Term only
Eighteenth century England. High Taxation, a high level of public debt, a Hanoverian monarchy and a Parliament dominated by Whigs or Tories. Political debate and religious controversies flourishing in the many clubs and coffee houses as well as the newspapers and magazines pouring from the printing presses in London and the provinces. This is a struggle waged with words; rarely with violence. An examination of the various levels of English society prior to the Industrial Revolution.

HISTORY: WOMEN AS RADICALS AND REBELS. New Naomi Shepherd
Wed 12.40 – 13.55 (Room 33) Spring and Summer Terms, fortnightly on Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14; Apr 18; May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11.
Jewish women revolutionaries and feminists fought for political and social change in Russia, Europe and the USA from 1870 to the outbreak of the Second World War. Whether as activists, theorists, socialists, Zionists, anarchists (even terrorists) or early trades unionists, they were rebels twice over: against the Jewish family tradition and against oppression and exploitation in an era of violent change. Rosa Luxemburg and Emma Goldman and many others were rebels both within Jewish society and in the wider world; their lives are only now being documented in full.

HYPNOTHERAPY New Adeline Kam
Tue 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 33).
Hypnotherapy can relieve stress and teach you how to relax. “Change for the better and keep that change. Get to know your mind and brain and, fingers crossed, delay the ageing process”.