Classicism in the Architecture of Georgia-How It Got from Ancient Greece and Rome to Here

Date:  Tues., Mar. 25, Apr 1

Time:  3:00-4:30 p.m.

Place:  Presbyterian Church

Price:  $20

Leader:  Jim Jordan


You can tour the grand cities of Europe, then return home and see similarities in the buildings, churches, and houses of Georgia.  This is not surprising, as much of 18th and 19th century American architecture came from across the Atlantic Ocean.  This presentation explores the origins of classicism, its principles, and its path from ancient Greece and Rome to Georgia.  The basic elements of classical architecture, including the Greek and Roman orders, are illustrated and explained.  Also, the elements of the local architectural styles are examined.




SCAD Fashion Show


Date:  Sat., May 17

Time:  4:00 p.m.-Carpooling Baptist Church 3:10 p.m.

Place:  Trustees Theater

Price:   $40 Limited to 50 People


This is always a sell-out affair so make your reservations early.  The show is an outstanding event, full of creativity and pure enjoyment. 




Walking Tour of Savannah


Date:  Sat., Apr. 26

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  front of City Hall

Place:  Carpool-9:20 Baptist Church

Price:  $10 Limited to 18 People

Leader:  Prof. Bob Dickensheets


Back by popular demand is Professor Bob Dickensheets to educate us with his extensive knowledge of history and architectural preservation.  His manner is extremely entertaining as well - Colonial Savannah comes to life with his descriptions. The discussion will include the history and architectural features of River Street and Factor's Walk with emphasis on the Colonial Mercantile environment. The physical range of the walk will be from Factor's Walk to Johnson Square.  Please wear comfortable and well-fitting shoes as there will be uneven surfaces and steep stairs included on our walk. 




Contextualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Pre-Islam to 2008.

Date:  Weds. Mar. 12, 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9

Time:  3:00-4:30 p.m.

Place:  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Price:  $50

Leader:  Jason Tadlock, PhD

The contemporary struggle between Palestinians and Israelis is the result of historical processes that date back to eras preceding the conquest of Israel/Palestine by Arab forces in the early Islamic period (7th Century CE).  It is important, therefore, that one gain an appreciation for the current conflict by examining key events that transpired in the pre-Islamic and Islamic Middle East prior to 1948 and the establishment of modern
Israel.  In addition to contextualizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within Middle Eastern history, this course will explore the religious, political, and geographical environments of Palestinian-Israeli relations.


Understanding Contemporary Relations
between the People's Republic of
China (PRC) and the West

Date:   Mon., Mar. 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14

Time:  3:30-5:00 p.m.

Place:  Presbyterian Church

Price:  $50

Leader:  Michael Hall, PhD


The goal of this course is to understand contemporary relations between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the West, especially the United States of America.  In order to place current events in historical perspective, students will examine Chinese society and culture from the rise of Chinese civilization over 4,000 years ago to the present day.  Special emphasis will be placed on cultural and technological advancements.  Although Chinese civilization was one of
the most advanced civilizations on the planet in the sixteenth century, after 1800 the encroachment of Western powers in
Asia led to a decline in Chinese influence and power.  During the twentieth century, the Nationalists and the Communists, both reacting to Western imperialism, attempted to recapture China's lost power




Life, Love, and Death in Poetry of the English Renaissance."

Date: Thurs., March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Presbyterian Church
Price: $50
Leader:  Christopher Baker, PhD

Renaissance England was a great age of poetry which explored a variety of subjects.  This class will examine some major writers of non-dramatic verse and explore their major themes, ideas, and techniques.  Authors covered will include Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton, among others.


Skidaway Bookends Panel Discussion

“No Ordinary Time”                            

Date:  Thurs. May 8

Time:  9:30 a.m.

Place:  Methodist Church

Price:  $10 Open to non-SCI members

Leader:  Martha Brown

 "No Ordinary Time," Doris Kearns Goodwin's Pulitzer Prize history of the Roosevelt era and WWII, will be the book of discussion for the second annual event.   With the "greatest generation" population on the island in mind and last year's success with Goodwin's book about Lincoln, this second Goodwin history, "No Ordinary Time," will bring hours of reading pleasure, resonate with lives and promote an exhilarating May discussion. . 

Dr. June Hopkins will be one of our speakers. She is the granddaughter of Harry Hopkins who figures largely in the book as the most important cabinet member to FDR. The panel will also include Psychiatrist Leslie Sanders, M.D.

 Following the basic format of last year, the '08 Bookends will feature a panel of speakers followed by group discussions and then a general question and answer session with the panelists.  Coffee and home-made refreshments will be served.  You do not have to be a SCI member to register for this event.




What Do Scientist Know About Happiness?


Date:  Tues., Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Time:  3-4:30 p.m.

Place:  Presbyterian Church

Price:  $50

Leader:   Robert Pawlicki, PhD


Dr. Pawlicki has recently moved to Savannah from Cincinnati where he was on the staff of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Since retirement in 1997, his many activities have included facilitator/moderator/instructor in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning of Cincinnati .  Extrapolating from such books as Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman and The Pursuit of Happiness by David Myers, Dr. Pawlicki will discuss and offer a sampler of those practices that make for greater life satisfaction.