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Spring activities planned at WCC

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 18, 2007 1:47 PM

The Arts and Humanities program at Wayne Community College has an array of activities planned for the spring semester, ranging from the Middle Ages and the Civil War to a chance to become reacquainted with famed actress Ava Gardner.

Mini-courses on the Middle Ages will show how the era from 1200 to 1500 continues to influence the modern world, said Bill Brettman, program director of the Arts and Humanities program, sponsored by the college's Foundation.

A four-week lecture course on "The Origins of a Persecuting Society: Cathars and Jews" will look at the dark side of our medieval legacy. It will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 6 in Room 101 of the Walnut Building, except the Feb. 13 class, which will be held in the Wayne Learning Center's Seminar Room 145. Cost is $20 for individuals and $35 for couples. There is no book for this course but several books will be recommended.

Tuesdays in March, "Medieval Mysteries for Today: Head, Heart and Eyes" will examine some of the positive influences of the Middle Ages, using Thomas Cahill's newest book, "Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe." The class will meet at 7 p.m. in the Wayne Learning Center's Seminar Room 145 on March 6 and in Room 101 of the Walnut Building the remaining three weeks.

Cost for the course is $20 for individuals and $35 for couples. The Cahill book may be purchased for $21.95 from Amazon.com or ordered from the WCC bookstore when registering for the course.

Movie siren Ava Gardner is on the agenda for April. A docent-guided tour of the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield is planned for Tuesday, April 3. The group will leave Wayne Community College at 3 p.m., tour the museum at 3:45 p.m., and return to the college by 6 p.m. The cost for the trip is $5 per person and $4 for those ages 65 and older.

The following Tuesday, April 10, Brettman said there will be an opportunity to "view Ava at her earthiest" in John Huston's great film of Tennessee Williams, "The Night of the Iguana." The movie will be shown in Room 101 of the Walnut Building from 7-9 p.m.

In early May, history buffs Randy and Jewel Sauls are planning an overnight Civil War trip, with dates to be announced. Locations being considered are the Manassas and Ball Bluff battlefields in Virginia. Early signups are encouraged because the number of participants will be limited.

To register for any of the upcoming events, call 735-5151, ext. 360 and leave a message with the activity title, your name and telephone number.