F902 Fall 2019 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 2
Mondays, 9:30–11:00, Oct. 21–Nov. 4
Come join us at the Mason Faculty Club (Pilot House on the main campus) and enjoy breakfast and a stimulating presentation just for OLLI members. The fee includes a three-hour parking pass for the Rappahannock parking deck and a continental breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Oct. 21: Book talk: Discovering the South: One Man’s Journey Through a Changing America in the 1930s. Jennifer Ritterhouse, author. In May 1937, a 35-year-old newspaper editor named Jonathan Daniels set out on a ten-state driving tour to discover the American South. Like the now-famous documentary photographers of his day, Daniels was curious to see the effects of the Great Depression on the United States’ poorest region. He ended up finding far more than agricultural poverty, including racial and industrial strife and the first stirrings of the civil rights movement. A well-connected white intellectual, he managed to interview some of the South’s most important literary figures, most notably Margaret Mitchell. In Discovering the South: One Man’s Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s, Ritterhouse supplements Daniels’s own account of his trip with extensive research to present a panoramic view of a deeply troubled place at an important historical moment. Ritterhouse, professor of history at Mason, earned her BA at Harvard University and her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to Discovering the South, she is the author of Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race, as well as several articles. She is the editor of a reprint edition of Sarah Patton Boyle’s autobiography, The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian’s Stand in Time of Transition, and one of several co-editors of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. She is currently researching the life and legacy of Lucy Randolph Mason, a great-great-granddaughter of George Mason IV, who was a woman suffragist and labor activist best known as “Miss Lucy of the CIO.”
- Oct. 28: Taiji: Philosophy, Culture, and Practice. Douglas Eyman, Mingzhen Tian, Hongmei Sun, and Karl Zhang. Taiji, which is short for Taiji quan, is an internal Chinese martial art that is practiced worldwide for its health benefits. This presentation introduces the philosophical idea of Taiji quan, the history and culture of Taiji quan in China, the practice of Taiji in the United States, and its benefit to health and well-being. All presenters are Mason professors who can speak from their experiences of exercising Taiji with local groups. The team can also present a short demo of Yang-style Taiji moves, if conditions permit. Eyman is director of the PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, the MA concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and the undergraduate Professional Writing Minor. Tian holds a PhD in physics from University of Paris-Sud. She joined Mason in 2007, and teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in physics. Sun holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches courses in Chinese literature and culture in modern and classical languages. Zhang studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and Free University in Berlin before earning a joint PhD in humanities and German studies at Stanford University, when he joined the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Mason. He primarily teaches traditional Chinese literature courses and specializes in poetry and east-west cultural relations.
- Nov. 4: The Birth of a Book. Susan Shreve, author. This will be a class on the process of structure and imagining of More News Tomorrow—part lecture and part discussion. Shreve is the author of 16 novels, one memoir and 30 books for children. She is editor or coeditor of five anthologies. She has taught at Mason since 1976 and co-founded the master of fine arts degree. She has also been a visiting writer at Princeton and Columbia School of the Arts.