A new slate of classes and lec­tures at Re­ne­san

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As the United States govern­ment de­scends into chaos, peo­ple are click­ing all over the in­ter­net for ar­ti­cles to ex­plain the his­tory be­hind the cur­rent is­sues be­ing dis­cussed — from vot­ing rights to health care, in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy to re­li­gious lib­erty. If you have grown weary of read­ing end­less think pieces in the iso­la­tion of your own home, there is an­other op­tion. Re­ne­san In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing of­fers a wealth of rea­son­ably priced day­time classes in which par­tic­i­pants learn about com­pli­cated top­ics with ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers and dis­cuss ideas with one an­other. A new se­mes­ter starts Tues­day, Sept. 5. Thurs­day-af­ter­noon lec­tures in­clude Earth Day: Be­fore and Af­ter, on Sept. 28, in which Denise D. Fort ex­am­ines Rachel Car­son’s 1962 en­vi­ron­men­tal alarm Silent Spring; The Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis: A Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Per­spec­tive, taught by Bruce Held on Oct. 12; and Lib­erty En­light­en­ing the World: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Free­dom and Friend­ship, on Oct. 26, in which Richard Blankmeyer traces the Statue of Lib­erty’s his­tory and the events to which it has stood wit­ness.

Lec­tures and mul­ti­ses­sion cour­ses are of­fered in his­tory, art, lit­er­a­ture, sci­ence, math­e­mat­ics, mu­sic, phi­los­o­phy and other sub­jects, as well as field trips and a sym­po­sium. The fall 2017 sym­po­sium, Nov. 13-16, is Mak­ing Sense of The Six­ties: Then and Now, led by David Far­ber at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, in con­junc­tion with the mu­seum’s Voices of Coun­ter­cul­ture in the South­west ex­hibit. On­line reg­is­tra­tion for Re­ne­san’s fall 2017 se­mes­ter be­gins at 8 a.m. Mon­day, Aug. 14; walkin reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 10 a.m. Tues­day, Aug. 15, at St. John’s United Methodist Church (1200 Old Pe­cos Trail), where all classes are held un­less oth­er­wise noted on the web­site. For a com­plete list of classes and lec­tures, cost in­for­ma­tion, and on­line reg­is­tra­tion, visit www .ss­reg.com/re­ne­san. — Jen­nifer Levin

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