Summer UX Course Schedule

Week of July 3rd – July 9th

UX Chess Club
Instructor: Lou Hinman

Chess is a game that can be played and enjoyed at any skill level.  You can play with someone at your level, someone who is much better than you, or someone who is not as skilled as you.  You can continue to develop as a chess player in all these cases — and that is just what happens at the UX Chess Club.  Each session will begin with learning and/or reviewing basic moves, and end with a session of chess. Lou Hinman of the East Side Institute’s Developmental Philosophy Group, will circulate, answering questions, making observations and giving suggestions.  Three sessions.

Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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UX Summer Political History Film Festival: Partisans of Vilna
Instructor: Dan Friedman

Giving lie to the claim that the Jews of Europe went passively to their deaths during the Holocaust, this film is an eye-opening portrait of the courageous Jewish resistance fighters in Vilna, Lithuania whose armed resistance fought back against hopeless odds — one of the many centers of Jewish resistance during World War II.

Saturday, July 8
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Week of July 10th – July 16th

UX Chess Club
Instructor: Lou Hinman

Chess is a game that can be played and enjoyed at any skill level.  You can play with someone at your level, someone who is much better than you, or someone who is not as skilled as you.  You can continue to develop as a chess player in all these cases — and that is just what happens at the UX Chess Club.  Each session will begin with learning and/or reviewing basic moves, and end with a session of chess. Lou Hinman of the East Side Institute’s Developmental Philosophy Group, will circulate, answering questions, making observations and giving suggestions.  Three sessions.

Saturdays, July 15, 22
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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UX Summer Political History Film Festival: The Wobblies
Instructor: Dan Friedman

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), commonly known as the Wobblies, were the most radical union in American history. The Wobblies worked to organize all working people, no matter what their occupations, gender, race or ethnicity into One Big Union. Their vision encompassed not only improving wages and working conditions, but building an alternative to government in which poor and working people could rule themselves and create an equitable world. This film takes a look at an important movement that has been erased from official American history.

Saturday, July 15
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Week of July 17th – July 23rd

Performing French
Instructor: Elsa Dial

Have you ever imagined yourself speaking another language? Elsa Dial, who lived for years in French-speaking Switzerland, creates a fun environment in which students use improv and pop culture to play around with French language, discovering that when they go outside their comfort zones, they can speak and understand some French. Three sessions.

Tuesdays, July 18, 25, August 1
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Development 101
Instructor: Dr. Lenora Fulani

Every semester Dean Lenora Fulani leads this special conversation with UX students about challenges to the development of our families and communities. This semester, Dr. Fulani will focus on her long political and educational partnership with the late Dr. Fred Newman, with whom she co-founded the All Stars Project. She will explore why and how the Fulani-Newman partnership continues to be important to the development of our communities and our world. One session.

Saturday, July 22
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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UX Chess Club
Instructor: Lou Hinman

Chess is a game that can be played and enjoyed at any skill level.  You can play with someone at your level, someone who is much better than you, or someone who is not as skilled as you.  You can continue to develop as a chess player in all these cases — and that is just what happens at the UX Chess Club.  Each session will begin with learning and/or reviewing basic moves, and end with a session of chess. Lou Hinman of the East Side Institute’s Developmental Philosophy Group, will circulate, answering questions, making observations and giving suggestions.  Three sessions.

Saturday, July 22
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Improv for Everyone
Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, president of Career Play, Inc., actress, comedienne, and improviser. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, July 22, 29, August 5
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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UX Summer Political History Film Festival: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Instructor: Dr. Lenora Fulani

This disturbing documentary tells the story of the Black Panther Party, America’s Black Marxists, whose organizing of the poor was met with a reign of terror launched by local police departments and the F.B.I.

Saturday, July 22
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Week of July 24th – July 30th

Performing French
Instructor: Elsa Dial

Have you ever imagined yourself speaking another language? Elsa Dial, who lived for years in French-speaking Switzerland, creates a fun environment in which students use improv and pop culture to play around with French language, discovering that when they go outside their comfort zones, they can speak and understand some French. Three sessions.

Tuesdays, July 25, August 1
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Saturday Morning Drawing Club
Instructors: Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel

Want to grow as an artist in a relaxed and friendly environment with others interested in drawing? Then join the Saturday Morning Drawing Club led by artists and long-time All Stars community builders Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel. The first session, on July 29, will be a special four-hour marathon workshop.  Thereafter the club meets for two hours on Saturday mornings.  Four sessions.

Saturday, July 29
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Where Are We in the Universe?
Instructor: Sowjana Sivaloganathan

This course will explore our place in the cosmos, traveling outwards from Earth through our solar system, into our Local Cluster and then on to the Milky Way and beyond. Come join polyglot Sowjana Sivaloganathan on this cosmic exploration. The first class will be held at the All Stars. The exploration will continue in the second class, held off site at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, where students will experience the current space show “Dark Universe” — a visual and intellectual spectacle — on the planetarium’s 67-foot-wide hemispheric dome. Two sessions.

Saturdays, July 29, August 5
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

*August 5 is Off Site, at Hayden Planetarium

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Improv for Everyone
Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, president of Career Play, Inc., actress, comedienne, and improviser. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, July 29, August 5
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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UX Summer Political History Film Festival: Poverty, Politics and Profit
Instructor: Dr. Lenora Fulani

This 2017 Public Broadcasting-Frontline documentary looks at the connections between politics and profit-making that are driving more and more Americans to homelessness. This is a must see film for all involved with the Committee for Independent Community Action’s fight to resist the New York City Housing Authority’s attempts to privatize public housing.

Saturday, July 29
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Week of July 31st – August 6th

Performing French
Instructor: Elsa Dial

Have you ever imagined yourself speaking another language? Elsa Dial, who lived for years in French-speaking Switzerland, creates a fun environment in which students use improv and pop culture to play around with French language, discovering that when they go outside their comfort zones, they can speak and understand some French. Three sessions.

Tuesday, August 1
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Watch TED Talks with Jan Wootten
Instructor: Jan Wootten

TED Talks are short videos featuring some of the world’s most creative thinkers discussing cutting-edge inventions, discoveries, and ideas. (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.) For three exploratory Tuesday evenings, Jan Wootten, a member of the East Side Institute’s faculty, will host interactive screenings of engaging TED Talks. The viewings will be followed by conversations and improv performances by students in response to the ideas raised in the talks.  No prior performance (or TED Talk) experience required.  Three sessions.

Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Where Are We in the Universe?
Instructor: Sowjana Sivaloganathan

This course will explore our place in the cosmos, traveling outwards from Earth through our solar system, into our Local Cluster and then on to the Milky Way and beyond. Come join polyglot Sowjana Sivaloganathan on this cosmic exploration. The first class will be held at the All Stars. The exploration will continue in the second class, held off site at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, where students will experience the current space show “Dark Universe” — a visual and intellectual spectacle — on the planetarium’s 67-foot-wide hemispheric dome. Two sessions.

Saturday, August 5
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

*Off Site, at Hayden Planetarium

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Improv for Everyone
Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, president of Career Play, Inc., actress, comedienne, and improviser. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturday August 5
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Saturday Morning Drawing Club
Instructors: Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel

Want to grow as an artist in a relaxed and friendly environment with others interested in drawing? Then join the Saturday Morning Drawing Club led by artists and long-time All Stars community builders Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel. The first session, on July 29, will be a special four-hour marathon workshop.  Thereafter the club meets for two hours on Saturday mornings.  Four sessions.

Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Nutrition on a Budget
Instructor: Kristen McCormick

Learn how to eat healthfully on a budget –- it is possible! Taught by health-supportive chef, nutritional consultant, and fitness professional Kristen McCormick, this class will not only answer all your nutrition questions, but also teach you more cost-effective ways to grocery shop, how to put together balanced and nutritious meals that can last all week, and tips for becoming more time-efficient in the kitchen! We will discuss foods that will serve you and your family best for your health, your wallet, and your time!  One session.

Saturday, August 5
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Special UX Performance Event:

New Timers’ Devised Play
Instructor: Dr. Susan Massad

The New Timers, UX’s ongoing improv workshop for seniors led by Dr. Susan Massad, will be presenting an original play. Created through conversation, improvisation, and original writing, it tackles some of the most challenging issues of our urban working class communities.

Saturday, August 5
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Week of August 7th – August 13th

Watch TED Talks with Jan Wootten
Instructor: Jan Wootten

TED Talks are short videos featuring some of the world’s most creative thinkers discussing cutting-edge inventions, discoveries, and ideas. (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.) For three exploratory Tuesday evenings, Jan Wootten, a member of the East Side Institute’s faculty, will host interactive screenings of engaging TED Talks. The viewings will be followed by conversations and improv performances by students in response to the ideas raised in the talks.  No prior performance (or TED Talk) experience required.  Three sessions.

Tuesdays, August 8, 15
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Memoir Writing
Instructor: Vicky Wallace

Every life holds many tales. Whether it’s stories about growing up, getting older, or everything in between, there’s always something interesting and fun to share with others. Join Vicky Wallace, popular UX teacher and class producer, in a creative writing workshop designed to help you remember, reflect, and write your life stories. Open to people of all ages.  Two sessions.

Tuesdays, August 8, 15
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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Saturday Morning Drawing Club
Instructors: Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel

Want to grow as an artist in a relaxed and friendly environment with others interested in drawing? Then join the Saturday Morning Drawing Club led by artists and long-time All Stars community builders Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel. The first session, on July 29, will be a special four-hour marathon workshop.  Thereafter the club meets for two hours on Saturday mornings.  Four sessions.

Saturdays, August 12, 19
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Math and Science Day
Instructor: Dr. Raquell Holmes

Join Dr. Raquell Holmes, the founder of improvscience, who works in the fields of biology and computational sciences, and a team of creative scientists, mathematicians and techies for an afternoon of playing with math and science. From molecules to engines and galaxies –- all are at our fingertips to play with. Open to students of all ages. One session.

Saturday, August 12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Week of August 14th – August 20th

Watch TED Talks with Jan Wootten
Instructor: Jan Wootten

TED Talks are short videos featuring some of the world’s most creative thinkers discussing cutting-edge inventions, discoveries, and ideas. (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.) For three exploratory Tuesday evenings, Jan Wootten, a member of the East Side Institute’s faculty, will host interactive screenings of engaging TED Talks. The viewings will be followed by conversations and improv performances by students in response to the ideas raised in the talks.  No prior performance (or TED Talk) experience required.  Three sessions.

Tuesday, August 15
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Memoir Writing
Instructor: Vicky Wallace

Every life holds many tales. Whether it’s stories about growing up, getting older, or everything in between, there’s always something interesting and fun to share with others. Join Vicky Wallace, popular UX teacher and class producer, in a creative writing workshop designed to help you remember, reflect, and write your life stories. Open to people of all ages.  Two sessions.

Tuesday, August 15
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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The Great American Solar Eclipse Class and Observation Lab
Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Gross

On Monday, August 21st the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun to cast its shadow on the surface of the Earth, causing a solar eclipse.  This is the first time in 75 years that a solar eclipse will be visible over the continental United States. Join Boston University physics professor, Dr. Nicholas Gross, for a two-session class to learn about the eclipse and to view it safely.  In the first session, Dr. Gross will use physical models to help students understand how the Moon orbits the Earth and causes an eclipse. In the second session, Dr. Gross will take students outside to get a good view of the eclipse.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-life time chance to view a solar eclipse with an expert guide and teacher.  Two sessions.

Tuesday, August 15
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, August 21*
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*August 21 is Off Site, Location TBD

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Saturday Morning Drawing Club
Instructors: Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel

Want to grow as an artist in a relaxed and friendly environment with others interested in drawing? Then join the Saturday Morning Drawing Club led by artists and long-time All Stars community builders Kim Svoboda and Alice Rydel. The first session, on July 29, will be a special four-hour marathon workshop.  Thereafter the club meets for two hours on Saturday mornings.  Four sessions.

Saturday, August 19
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Week of August 21st – August 27th

The Great American Solar Eclipse Class and Observation Lab
Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Gross

On Monday, August 21st the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun to cast its shadow on the surface of the Earth, causing a solar eclipse.  This is the first time in 75 years that a solar eclipse will be visible over the continental United States. Join Boston University physics professor, Dr. Nicholas Gross, for a two-session class to learn about the eclipse and to view it safely.  In the first session, Dr. Gross will use physical models to help students understand how the Moon orbits the Earth and causes an eclipse. In the second session, Dr. Gross will take students outside to get a good view of the eclipse.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-life time chance to view a solar eclipse with an expert guide and teacher.  Two sessions.

Monday, August 21 (*Offsite- Location TBD)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*Off Site, Location TBD

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