Old School courses begin in January

Dec 30, 2013

Rockland — Three courses begin in January at the Old School, Rockland's innovative learning exchange. Each of the school's courses begins with an organizational meeting at which the participants together decide the specific goals of the course and the time and place of future meetings.

All of the initial meetings are at 20 Gay St. in Rockland, a space that the Old School shares with radio station WRFR.

On Sunday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m., Joe Steinberger will be meeting for the first time with a group interested in the Home Economics symposium he is organizing.

"I am not sure where this is going to go" Steinberger said in a news release, "but I am very interested in understanding how young people of modest means might best survive and thrive in our times."

Steinberger's columns in the Free Press on this subject have drawn both criticism and praise. "I hope with our group we can bring some objective research and real-life experience to bear on the question," he said.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. will be the second organizational meeting of Talking Photography with Ron Tesler. This seminar ran for several sessions last fall and has been on a break. New participants are very much welcome in this group that has enjoyed discussing photos from each other's collections. Tesler asks: "Is there truth in photography? What makes a good photograph? Why is photography important?"

A Visual Arts graduate of the University of Arizona and Harvard, Tesler started to make photographs from an early age. Currently he works with both digital and film. Teacher, writer and exhibitor, Tesler has worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Northwestern and Harvard Universities.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. Gary Wheeler's UFO seminar meets for the first time. Wheeler said: "I am interested in meeting with others who have in common a curiosity about the UFO phenomena. It is estimated that 10 percent of the human population has had some level of a UFO experience and that 60 percent believe the phenomena is evidence of Extra-Terrestrial Beings (ETB’s) visiting our planet. I have spent several years culling through the mass of information on this subject and have separated the fringe from the credible."

Wheeler describes himself as "a 70-year-old white male in a state of mild deterioration, with a background in psychology, education, carpentry, sailboat product design, and childhood trauma." Having spent a life of self employment his time has often been sidetracked into areas of interest such as quantum physics and proof of alien visitation. Gary has lived in Rockland for the last 12 years, before that on a ketch named Ms Crumpet in San Francisco.

Courses at the Old School are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend the organizational meetings — there is no need to sign up in advance.

Further information about these courses and about the Old School is available at the school's website: oldschoolrockland.org.

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