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A Mosaic Of The Religions Of The World 
Day/Time  Thursday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/14-12/7
Class Limit Limit: 25

For over 3000 years people have sought the meaning of life in the religions of the world. Through beliefs, sacred texts, stories, rituals and practices, the mystery of the 'unseen' has been probed. The experience of religion has lead to both love for one another and to violence and conflict. Using DVDs and discussion, the course will review the varied ideas, people, wonders, and limits of these ancient beliefs, a mosaic still very much alive today.

Coordinator: David Mulligan

David is a former missionary priest, Associate Professor at Stonehill College and Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts.




How Philosophy Can Change Your Life 
Day/Time  Monday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/11-12/4
Class Limit Limit: 25

This is a reading/discussion class based on the book, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life, by Marietta McCarty. It is available in paperback ($14.95) at most bookstores. The book consists of 10 chapters, one for each of 10 ideas (Simplicity, Commuication, Perspective, Flexibility, Empathy, Individuality, Belonging, Serenity, Possibility, and Joy.) After reading each chapter, we will explore the given topic and its significance, then discuss two well known philosophers whose work lends itself to an investigation of that idea. Please read the Welcome section of the text for the first class.

Coordinator: Claire Briand

Claire is a retired speech/language pathologist with a lifelong interest in philosophy.




Introduction to NIchiren Buddhism 
Day/Time  Friday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session Second 6 weeks 10/27-12/8
Class Limit Limit: 25

Back by popular demand! Let's explore this invigorating teaching of hope, victory, and personal discovery. We will delve into learning about our interconnectedness with all life and how to tap into the enlightened nature we already possess. We will see how these profound Buddhist teachings can enrich our daily lives. Past participants have found it fun and enriching.

Coordinator: Susan Whalley and Steve Piontek

Susan, a semi-retired school counselor, has been a practicing Nichiren Buddhist for 40 years. Steve is a retired magazine editor and has been practicing Nichiren Buddhism for 43 years.




Philosophy and Film

Friday 9:00-10:20 and 9:00-11:50 (alternate weeks) 

Location  C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/15-12/15
Class Limit Limit: 25

Our course is designed to explore some of the great ideas of both Western and Eastern thought. To understand these ideas better, we will view and discuss six classic American films which illustrate them: Crimes and MisdemeanorsThe MatrixHigh NoonDouble IndemnityGroundhog Day, and On the Waterfront. (One or two of the films mass possibly change.) No previous knowledge of philosophy is required, but a love of films and a desire to improve critical thinking about them is. Class times will vary in length. Those classes in which we introduce the topic will be 90 minutes (weeks 1,3,5,7,9,11). Those classes in which we view and discuss the film will be three hours (weeks 2,4,6,8,10,12).

Coordinator:  Tom Gotsill


Tom taught literature, philosophy, and humanities on the secondary level for 40 years. He has also taught graduate courses in the College for Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He is a writer whose work can be found at





St. Paul's Letters 
Day/Time  Thursday 10:30-11:50 
Location Downtown Campus, Hyannis
Session 12 weeks 9/14-12/7
Class Limit Limit: 22

Paul's letters are the only first-person documents revealing the development of Christian traditions in the mid first century. The course will put the authentic letters into their proper sequence and historical context to reveal Paul's extraordinary input. We will consider whether or not Paul was the founder of the Christian Church and look at the contemporary use and misuse of his ideas and observances. Please bring a New Testament with you to class.

Coordinator: William Opel

William is a retired Episcopal priest and a secular humanist whose professional lifelong passion has been the critical study of St. Paul's Epistles. He is currently writing a book on the Letters.




The Existentialists 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
Session First 6 weeks 9/12-10/17
Class Limit Limit: 25

Based on the book At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell, this is a discussion course on existentialism and existentialists, including but not limited to Sartre, Nietzsche, Murdoch, Richard Wright, and Colin Wilson. We will consider how their ideas shaped and continue to shape our lives today. Come with a belief of one or more of the philosophers.

Coordinator: Barbara Leedom

Barbara has been coordinating courses for 9 years. She welcomes open discussions of matters that affect all of us - from politics to ideas to opinions.




Wisdom Part II: Practical Applications 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 9/12-10/17
Class Limit Limit: 25

Having defined and established the determinants of wisdom in Part I of this course, Part II will apply what was learned to our current political and social environment. As we consider these current events, we will ask how do we create a society that facilitates wise decision making? Should this society be based on the Golden Rule, (a form of philosophical socialism), or by creating a social hierarchy (e.g., as per Plato's Philosopher King)? Should this society integrate its diverse elements by facilitating transculturalism, by promoting assimilation, or by passing socially defining laws?

Coordinator: Ivan Barofsky

Ivan is a retired clinical psychologist from Johns Hopkins University Medical School. His interest in the psychology and politics of wisdom stems from his study of the conditions which would lead to an optimum quality of life