Classes G – H

GERMAN: BEGINNERS      Christel Clare
Wed 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 30)
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.

Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 33)                   email: 
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.

Wed 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 30)
For advanced enthusiasts.  Advanced language and conversation.

Thur 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 33)                        email:
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.

Mon 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 28)
We will continue reading Greek texts such as Aristophanes’ The Frogs and other texts chosen by the class. This is not a course for beginners.

GREEK: CLASSICAL ADVANCED               Argyros Arghyrou
Tue 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 26)                     email:
This class is a combination of Classical Greek and philosophy.  The book we use is Beyond GCSE.

GREEK: MODERN CONVERSATION             Frances Hetherington
Wed 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 26) Fortnightly on  Sept 26; Oct 10, 24;  Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, 27;May 1,15, 29; June 12, 26; July 10.
Informal practice at speaking modern Greek for enthusiastic intermediates who are not fluent (led by someone who is also not fluent!).

HEBREW: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS              Margaret Myers
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 2.26)                         email:
This class is for absolute beginners commencing with the alphabet, both block and script letters. Participants are encouraged to speak from the very first session.  Material will be provided.

Tue 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 2.26)                        email:
Attendees at this class can read, write script and (hopefully) have a vocabulary of 200 – 500 words. If you think you will fit in, you will be very welcome. Material for the sessions is provided weekly.

HEBREW: INTERMEDIATE                  Margaret Myers
Tue 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 2.26)                email:
This class consists of members who have been coming regularly for several years – and some who have lived in Israel many years ago. Speaking is still an effort but is encouraged by all present. We practise speaking and reading, both exercises in grammar and extracts from the Gesher easy reading series. Material is provided weekly. You are welcome to make a trial visit.

Thur 13.15 – 14.20 (Room 30) 
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 is “learn and enjoy”.

Wed 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 2.26)  fortnightly on Oct 10, 24;  Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3. Note late start 
This course is for people with some knowledge of  Ivrit who want to improve their conversational skills in a friendly environment. Topics of choice are discussed each time.  This is a really fun experience where people forget that they are speaking a foreign language.

HEBREW LITERATURE                                 Esther Shouby
Wed 14.00 – 15.05) (Room 28) fortnightly on Oct 3, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3. We will be reading short stories and novels in Hebrew and as English translations – the discussion will be in English.

HISTORY: ENGLAND 1830-1850    New     Pat MacDonald
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 2.21) Autumn Term only 
Reform and railways. As the population increases many young people are on the move, travelling to industrial towns where work might be found. Political groups are beginning to change their party identities, whereby Tories might be known as Conservatives, Whigs as Liberals. The regime based on throne, Church of England and gentry is giving way to a new order. How can this be achieved without the bloody revolutions convulsing Europe and, as always, “Where’s the money?”.

HISTORY OF EUROPE                                   Ralph Blumenau
Mon 11.35 – 12.35                                          email:
(Peter Samuel Hall, Royal Free Hospital)                 
19th century Russia, then from First World War until about 1939.

HISTORY: FRANCE 1500 – 20th CENTURY   Christopher Dean
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room2.21) Spring and Summer Terms only. 
A history course on France that could complement the U3A’s French language and literature courses – and is for all Francophiles.  This course will deal with the Renaissance in France, its Ancien Régime,  the Revolution and its long- term  impact on French politics and society, international aspects and cultural movements in France

HISTORY OF THE JEWS     Ralph Blumenau
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 2.21)              email:                           
From 1860 to 1945

Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 29)  Spring Term only , fortnightly on  Jan 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 2.
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.

Tue 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 29) email:  
From Kant to Existentialism.

HISTORY OF POWER          Linda Blandford
Mon 14.00 – 15.10 (Room 24) Autumn and Spring Terms only.
This course draws on ideas from philosophy, politics, history and the arts: where does hard power lie, what is soft power, does leadership matter, can great writers change society, do paintings illuminate an age?  Together we examine the past, the better to understand the present.

Tue 14.00 – 15.15 (Room 29)                email:
Rest assured – you cannot be made to do anything against your will! You’ll learn different techniques for relaxation, how words can have an impact on your well-being, how to enhance your life and how your mind works. We usually start and end with a few minutes of relaxation which has many benefits (including, dare I say it, looking younger).