Some Sad News, but Also Some Good News

We are very sad to report the death of George Soule, on Dec. 24 at United Hospital.    He was one of CVEC’s devoted teachers and board members,  and Chair of its board in ’06 and ’07.    I had the privilege of attending his class on Jane Austen in spring of ’06, and of being his friend and neighbor.    It was he who persuaded me to join the board in ’07, and so  for me this is a personal loss as well as a loss to our community.    We also mourn the passing of Deane Barbour,  wife of Ian Barbour, who has taught many courses to CVEC on the topic of the interplay of science and religion.

We also must report that Bob Bonner regrets he will be unable, because of a significant health problem, to conduct his scheduled class, Plains Indians in the 19th Century, in the upcoming winter term.    This was one of the first classes to fill, and I know how upset the 20 registrants will feel about this.

In an effort to  redress this loss,  Jim McDonnell,  our curriculum director, is offering to teach again a course on Shakespeare, at the same time formerly scheduled for the Bonner class,  Thursdays at 1:30-3:30, in the same setting at Village on the Cannon.    Here is his own course description:

Jim McDonnell, Two plays of Shakespeare

The course will focus on Julius Caesar and Hamlet, two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, both written in the wondrous creative period 1599-1600. While they have many superficial similarities of theme (for example, the disorder attendant upon violent regime change and the conflict between thought and decisive action), they are remarkably different in style and in their conceptions of tragedy. Since the Guthrie is presenting Julius Caesar in late January, members of the class may choose to see and discuss the production. There are, of course, many interesting movie versions of Hamlet, some of which we will discuss in order to gain insight into the multiple possible meanings of Shakespeare’s most complex play.

Jim McDonnell retired from Carleton College in 2007 after teaching there for nearly 40 years in the English Department. He started as a specialist in Victorian literature, but in the last twenty years his interests changed to Shakespeare and Irish Literature. Having acted in many productions of Shakespeare, he has a particular interest in the effect of stage and movie interpretations on the impact of the plays.


The entire CVEC board joins me in expressing our  deep regrets over the above reports, and in our best wishes that Bob will be hale and hearty soon, and perhaps able to give his obviously-popular course in a future term.     David Halsor will shortly be contacting each of the students registered for the Bonner course to explain the options now open to them.
Sincerely yours,    Ed Lufkin,  Exec. Director, CVEC