Adelightful YouTube video shows a reporter asking people on the street in Dublin if they believe the Irish have a sense of humor. The resounding answer is “Yes!” with the explanation that “We better have—considering all we’ve been through.”
This last part is the essence of the
IRELAND, AS I’VE SEEN IT class which is being taught by Ladd Terry, M.F.A. (Art); Ph.D. (Psychology); Certificate in Irish Studies from the University of Ireland/Galway. Dr. Terry, like millions of us, has a sketchy family heritage back to Ireland, but in truth, he says, “Whether it’s romanticized or real, I attach a lot of personal connection to Ireland.”
This course will consider the history of the country from its murky pre-historic past to its contemporary cultures. The earliest descriptions of Irish culture may be found in the early myths and legends. These are the beginnings of a literature that eloquently expresses the English language as it reflects not only historical events but the national character of its people--and these will be included. Add to this Viking incursions, Catholic and Protestant influences, English domination, rebellion, civil war, partition and independence. These are only some of the aspects of Irish history which Dr. Terry will talk about, supplemented with handouts, slide images and video.
But Irish history is being made each day and that’s a part of the class, too! Walk around Dublin with your teacher as your guide: learn about Irish food, movies, pubs, phrases, jokes and yes, Irish curses. Dr. Terry has actually led a number of tours to Ireland with the Study Abroad programs through Long Beach City College and Orange Coast College. His next tour is tentatively set for September 2013. (If you are interested, Dr. Terry welcomes your inquiries and you may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
So, whether you’re one of those millions of us who have some wee familial connection with Ireland--or not--the class will be an enriching experience and we can raise our glasses with a toast: “Silante” (Irish for “health”).
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
Web site: www.csulb.edu/centers/olli
Bowling for Health
Escapes by Rail
Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
Chinese Art History Survey
Ireland, As I’ve Seen It
Space and Satellites
Japanese Film Festival
History of Television