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Summer 2017

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Six-Week Courses

$75 each

 - expandHitchcock in Color: Various Shades of Blonde

Bernard (Butch) Epps, MFA
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
June 13-July 25 (no class 7/4)
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

It is well known that Alfred Hitchcock had a penchant for blonde leading ladies. This course will look at a few of these actresses in relation to their male co-stars, with emphasis on the depiction of women in Hitchcock’s most popular color films. Among the films to be screened are Rear Window (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) and The Birds (1963). Come for the film; stay for the discussion.

About the Instructor
Butch received his MFA degree from the UCLA Department of Film and Television’s Independent Producers Program where he focused on story development and working with screenwriters. He served as the academic liaison to the high-profile professional faculty, studio heads, development executives, and others. Since stepping away from the day-to-day rigors of the film industry, Butch has been teaching film appreciation courses for older adults in the Coachella Valley, while writing a book on Orson Welles’ Mercury Production of Citizen Kane.

 - expandAmerican History at the Movies

Thomas B. Jones, PhD
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
June 14-July 19
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

The movies are valuable sources of evidence about the past and can present new and exciting perspectives on American history. Hollywood movies recreate, reflect, make history and help us measure change in our historical experience. This course uses feature length movies to learn about some key moments, issues, controversies and personalities in our nation's past. You will engage in active discussions of the American "cultural imagination" (what we imagine about our nation and ourselves), Hollywood movies as historical evidence, and how historians go about interpreting and using popular film.

About the Instructor
Dr. Jones is a retired professor of U.S. history. He has over 40 years of experience in higher education as a history professor, academic administrator, faculty development director and educational consultant. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in history and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Cornell University (PhD in U.S. history). He has taught on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His publications include books and articles on U.S. history, college teaching, liberal education and a novel.

 - expandPhilosophy, Religion & Symbolism in Film

Michael McDonald, PhD
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
June 15-July 20
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Explore how film is used to convey sophisticated philosophical, religious and symbolic ideas. Today’s theater is much more powerful than ancient theater because such powerful images can be constructed with sophisticated technology and are leading the modern psyche in new mythic directions. Ideas explored include images of good and evil in film, the idea of apocalyptic, cyber worlds in the Matrix, reincarnation symbolism, characterizations of divine figures, the afterlife, spiritual worlds, ghosts, as well as characterizations of the devil, monsters, alternative universes and time travel.

About the Instructor
Dr. McDonald attended San Diego State University and the University of Hawaii where he earned his PhD in 1995. He reads Greek and is a specialist in Plato and Greek philosophy and drama. Michael has broad interests and has taught classes at CSUSB on Thomas Jefferson and early American history. At Prescott College in Arizona, he taught Western and Chinese philosophy, emphasizing the Chinese Book of Changes. Michael is a great believer in lifelong learning and has taken over sixty college level courses in the last ten years.

Three-Week Courses

$50 each

 - expandShort Subject Documentary Film

Dale Knorr, BA, retired TV/motion picture production specialist
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
June 14-28
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

It's truly an exciting time for documentary filmmakers. More short subject documentaries are being made and experienced by audiences than ever before. Short docs have dwelled in relative obscurity until the internet opened up unprecedented viewing opportunities. It's tempting to give short documentaries short shrift. Is less less? Is less more? Or is less the same? We'll attempt to answer these questions as a thoughtfully curated collection of short documentaries are presented and discussed in class.

About the Instructor
Dale received his BA degree in radio/television/film from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater. His career in motion picture and television production spanned 35 years, where he worked in both the public and private sectors, as well as many network and independent freelance projects. Most recently, Dale was a member of the judging panel at the 2015 American Documentary Film Festival.

 - expandAgua Caliente: Then & Now

Tom Davis, MA
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-noon
June 15-29
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

This course will engage you in understanding the history, culture, business and government of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe that has called the Palm Springs area home since time immemorial. A sovereign tribal government, the tribe is steward to more than 31,500 acres of ancestral lands that span the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

About the Instructor
Mr. Davis is the chief planning and development officer for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs. Prior to working for the Tribe, Mr. Davis spent 14 years as a partner in two consulting firms serving cities, counties and real estate development companies. Mr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University. He has completed postgraduate coursework in real estate development and received his MA in education from Cal State San Bernardino.

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