This Is a Test of SAGE Class Selection

Posted on July 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |



In order to save money on mailing costs and also to conserve paper, SAGE is testing to see whether a new paperless system for choosing classes is possible. Participation is voluntary. Members who choose to remain with the old system will be sent class descriptions through US mail. If you decide to participate, please read the following directions thoroughly before you respond.

1. After you read the class choices below, go to the end of this class selection entry and click on COMMENTS.
2. When you click on COMMENTS, you will be taken to a screen titled Leave a Comment.
3. Type in your name and email address and list your class choices in the rectangular box.
4. Use the following format to list your choices:

First Choice example: 1 Hot Topics
Second Choice example: 2 American Moguls
Third Choice example: 3 Charles Darwin

5. Each class you select should be preceded by a 1,2, or 3 to indicate whether it is your first, second, or third choice.
6. When you finish listing your choices, click on the Submit box.
7. Your choices will automatically appear in the Comments for this SAGE Class Signup page.
8. After the Curriculum Committee organizes classes, you will receive an email telling you whether you are in the classes you have chosen.

Class Descriptions
Fall 2009
(September 14 – November 20, 2009)

Monday afternoon 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Great Inventions That Changed Our Lives (Coordinator: Joyce Linden)

Rube Goldberg came up with bizarre contraptions. But what devices are we thankful for? The automobile? The printing press? Electricity? Indoor plumbing? Computers? The telephone? What is your idea of a great invention and why? How has it impacted our lives?

Queen Victoria: Her life, Her Times, Her Empire (Coordinator: Wilma Helms)

Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and 7 months – Britain’s longest reigning monarch. This was a period of dramatic change in the United Kingdom – both at home – and most particularly, abroad – from the Industrial Revolution to the expansion of empire. During her reign, the British Empire reached its zenith, becoming the foremost global power of the time. At her death, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set. Let’s study the reign of this complex woman and the Victorian Age she created.

Tuesday morning 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Hot Topics and Living History (CoordinatorL Len Reiter)

This class is open-ended. Presentations can be drawn from any qualified source (newspapers, magazines, radio, television and/or books) covering the current political or social scene and even historical events with relevancy in today’s world. Issues can be local, national, or international. Controversial topics are most welcome since they engender discussion. If you enjoy a lively, stimulating exchange of ideas, come and join us.

Historical Presidential Elections (Coordinator: Sandy Wolfson)

The election of 2008 has been hailed as an historical landmark. It would be interesting to study other presidential elections that held significant historical consequences. We will look at some of these elections, their impact on the country, their political implications, etc. Suggested elections might be 1788, 1800, 1812, 1828, 1860, 1876, 1896, 1912, 1932, 1948, 1960, and 2000.

Tuesday afternoon 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

The Power of One in Addressing Social Problems (Coordinator TBA)

Much of the positive social change and progress in America has come about because one individual became passionate about a particular social issue and initiated efforts to address it. Sometimes these were issues that were socially unpopular or too politically intransigent for the government or any other organization to deal with; others simply needed a farsighted individual to recognize an unmet social need and initiate efforts to meet it. Some examples of these successful private efforts: The settlement house movement; establishment of free public libraries; Planned Parenthood; Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); the American Red Cross; MEND (in Van Nuys); Children of the Night, etc. Presentations will discuss both the individual who started the organization and the history of the organization.

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (Coordinator: Bob Snare)

The book begins with a brief history of the river from its discovery by Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes of Twain’s training as a steamboat pilot, as the ‘cub’ of an experienced pilot. He describes, with great affection, the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River. In the second half, the book describes Twain’s return, many years later, to travel on a steamboat from St. Louis to New Orleans. He describes the competition from railroads, the new, large cities, and his observations on greed, gullibility, tragedy, and bad architecture. He also tells some stories that are most likely tall tales. The book can be purchased on line for less than $10.

Wednesday morning 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Foreign Policy Challenges for the Obama Administratiaon (Coordinator Morris Cutler)

Participants will discuss the various foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration throughout the world. By this time, we will have some idea of the decisions and actions his administration has taken so the group can voice some opinions, yea or nay, and why they feel as they do. This can include Afghanistan and Iraq, the Middle East, Central Asia, the European Union, Russia and others.

Internet Creations That Changed Our Culture (Coordinator: Reuben Allen)

The internet has had a profound influence on our culture by making it possible for people to connect with each other and the world in ways never before imagined. This study group will focus on particular internet website creations that changed the way people gain information and interact with each other. Possible topics for exploration include: Wikipedia, MySpace, eBay, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Napster, iTunes, Youtube, Politico, Linkedin, Twitter, Huffington Post

Wednesday afternoon 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Masterpieces of Literature (Coordinator: Coleman Logan)

The literature class will return to the beginning of the great masterpiece cycle with The Iliad using the translation by Fitzgerald. The book is readily available in bookstores or online.

The History, Geography and Psychology of Gambling (Coordinator TBA)

Gambling in all its various forms has impacted society. The compulsion to risk is also known cross-culturally. This is an opportunity to learn more about the forms and variety of expressions of this aspect of behavior. Examples could be the lottery, cards, Indian casinos, betting on races and other sports, and the increasing tendency of state and local governments to attempt to balance their budgets through gambling.

Thursday morning 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Shakespeare – King Lear and All’s Well that Ends Well (Coordinator: Ed Gilbert)

King Lear is one of the plays that attests to Shakespeare’s creative genius. An aging father foolishly restricts his legacy to those who most strongly (but not necessarily sincerely) avow love for him. In contrast, in the late comedy, All’s We’ll that Ends Well, a new wife is forced to resort to chicanery to get her foolish, high-born husband to give her the respect she deserves.

American Moguls (Coordinator: Ron Schaffer)

The careers, accomplishments and reputations of extraordinarily wealthy and powerful American capitalists such as Andrew Carnegie, Doris Duke, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Cornelius or William K. Vanderbilt, Bill Gates, Henry Huntington, Leland Stanford, William A. Clark, Bernard Madoff, J. P. Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, and Louis B. Mayer, including the monuments they left behind, how they promoted their images; their contributions to the arts and to science and technology, to techniques of management; their family lives, their political activities, their adversaries, their ideologies, and their impact on the USA.

Thursday afternoon 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Charles Darwin and How He Changed the World (Coordinator TBA)

This year is the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. In this class we will study his life, his voyage on the Beagle, his method of research, how he went about developing his theory of evolutionary biology and the writing of Origin of the Species. We will explore the history of life on earth before Darwin and look at the impact of Darwinism on various religious traditions, public education, the interaction of race and human diversity and modern biology. Also, we shall consider contemporary ideas such as E. O. Wilson’s “sociobiology” (the integration of the social and biological sciences treating many aspects of human psychology and culture as products of naturally selected genes).

Really Great Essays (Coordinator: Norma Sacks)

This fall, the book that will be used is Booknotes: On American Character: People, Politics, and Conflict in American History. Editor: Brian Lamb. ISBN 139781586483425. Available online for about $15.


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19 Responses to “This Is a Test of SAGE Class Selection”

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My Class Choices

1Historical Presidential Elections
1Internet Creations
2America Moguls
3Foreign Policy Challenges

Mr. Chairman…why am I getting “your class choics”? Also it seems I must scroll up to get the right titile of my choices; e.g.,
1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
1. Charles Darwin and How He Changed the World
1. Shakespeare – King Lear and All’s Well that Ends Well

First Choice is Internet Creations and Presidental Elections.

I have no second or third choices.

Yes, Reuben this is an easy thing to do and yes you do need to scroll up to get the titles but at least you can scroll up without losing your comments so I believe this works well. It also has a date and time stamp so it really is first come, first choice and such. Thanks. Maybe we could also be notified that we got into the class instead of the negative way it is now. Thanks. Susi White


You and other SAGE members who have e-mail should be aware that we definitely are working on a system that will allow us to notify them sooner (sooner, that is, than waiting for the coordinator’s letter by U. S. Mail) of the
class(es) they are registered in. We will do it through the coordinators so this also requires that the coordinator uses E-mail.

It’s been so long since I looked at the SAGE blog that I don’t even know what Susi said, but I admire her high intelligence and diligent help she has give SAGE.
Now, in 2010, it’s great to see so many SAGE members using our blog.

Sorry for the poor grammer. I should have written that my first choices are.

now had I followed directions it would have been
1 Internet Creations
1 Historical Presidental Elections

I am assured though that you got the idea. Of course I am willing to be co-ordinators for both classes. Susi

1. Life on the mississippi

2. Charles Darwin

1. Queen Victoria – Her Life, Her times, Her empire
1. American Moguls
2. Shakespeare – King Lear
2. Historical presidential elections

Reuben; first off, how does one indicate two first choices and two second choices? Have i done it correctly or should they both be on one line? Many people take two or three classes.

Secondly, I’m not sure this would be any easier than simply E-mailing the class schedule and having members respond , by E-mail, directly to the Curriculum chair. However, I will be very itnersted to learn what SAGE members think of this idea or any other idea related to moving toward more electronic communications.

My choices:
1. Presidential Elections
2.Internet Connections… culture
3.American Moguls

Good Idea. The prompt for Comments should be more obvious. I first looked for it at the very end of the blogs and then went back and found it at the end of the schedule.

#1 American Mogals Thursday 9:30 – 11:30

It took three tries to figure how to get to this screne. The instrucktions said LEAVE A COMMENT.
The actual place was a footnote saying how many comment have been made.

Furthermore, I think you are going to get all types of replies unless you have an actual form to fillout.

I consider using the SAGE blog inferior to using straight e-mail because:
1. e-mail would provide a secret ballot.
2. It would be easier for me to print out the information on the classes I would be taking. I don’t know how to print out specific sections of the blog and would have to keep looking at the blog as a reference.
3. I cannot immagine how I would be able to pick 2nd and 3rd choices with this system. Jacj has had trouble before assigning me to 2 classes at the same time.
4. I will pray for you.

1 Masterpieces of Literature

I think signing up for classes by Email is a great idea. It would save paper, postage and copying costs. Further it would not have to depend on CSUN or the postal service schdule.

I recognize the desire to save money but if we go to e-mail, what provision will be made for those members who do not have a computer? Sending them the class schedule by snail mail will automatically put them at a disadvantage in enrolling in classes, particularly popular ones.

Here are my choices for the fall session:

1. Historical Prsidential Elections
1. Shakespeare

2. “Life on the Mississippi
2. Charles Darwin and How He Changed the World

Same classes as previously submitted.

1 Darwin
2 mark Twain
1 Hot topics
3 essays

1 hot topics

Class choice – Really Great Essays. Vision problems and transportation dictate that this be my only class.

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