Art & Culture Classes

Class: David Kunhardt & Peter Joseph - Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday February 23 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • Free

Free presentation, please email Joy@bookpassage.com to secure your space

The climate crisis has arrived much earlier and with more ferocity than predicted, indicating that it’s accelerating towards tipping points of no return. Yet the global political process remains mired in ineffectiveness, while the rest of humanity searches for solutions as individuals, corporations, cities, counties, and states. 

What’s the single missing ingredient that would facilitate those efforts worldwide? 

It’s simple. As long as fossil fuels remain artificially “cheap,” their use — somewhere — is inevitable. The global problem of excessive atmospheric carbon can be solved only with a global solution: a global price on carbon.  Rapid "demand destruction” can be accomplished only by raising fossil fuel prices globally in an equitable, effective and efficient fashion that’s fair, popular, and politically durable. That means giving the revenues back to citizens so they tolerated higher prices while competition for lower carbon products and processes proceeds. The global trading system in which all nations participate becomes the vehicle that induces cooperation. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan, national volunteer organization, advocates a revenue neutral, fully refunded carbon fee, dividend, and border carbon duty. Their decade of relentless, respectful work with Congress has just been rewarded with the historic introduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 7173.  It will be reintroduced in February 2019. 

This class will focus on the current alarming data and our best hope for activating and empowering the myriad creative solutions arising from humanity’s yearning to avoid catastrophe. We must start by fixing the market failure that “externalizes” the real costs of fossil fuels, thus harnessing the world economy to work for civilization’s survival rather than its destruction. 

Learn why you really want this legislation to pass and how you can help! 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 23, 2019, • 10 am - 1 pm  • $125

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - Introduction - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thursday February 28th, 2019 • 7 - 8 pm  • $50

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Romanticism (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; April 5 - 26 (no class 4/19) , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

A state of mind, not a style, the prevailing attitude in music, literature, and the visual arts from about 1798 until around 1846. We study painting in Germany, Norway, England, France, Switzerland and Spain and encounter artists Caspar David. Friedrich, Johann Christian Dahl, the English watercolorists Girtin and Cotman,  John Constable, JMW Turner, Heinrichi Fussli, Delacroix, Gericault, Girodet, Baron Gros, and Francisco Goya whose Romanticism gives way to Realism.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Celebrating the De Young Museum II (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 8 - 22 , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

We’ll be looking at the fascinating history of the museum, its founders, donors, and its controversial rebuilding. Then study in context masterpieces of American Painting including landscapes, study meaning in the canvases of Eakins and Hopper, marvel at the trompe l' oeil works of Harnett and Peto. Then study works by O' Keeffe, Hartley, Ramos, Brown, Park, Diebenkorn and Thiebaud.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Tissot: The Non-Impressionist (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; February 8 & 15, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

James Jacques Joseph Tissot was a French artist  best known for his paintings of fashionably dressed women in elegant settings first in France, then in London. Friendships with Morisot, Degas, and Manet had little influence on his style which is highly descriptive & realistic. We will study his life and career, including his affair with Kathleen Newton, & his late works embracing Biblical Subjects including a Life of Christ.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Claude Monet and Architecture (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 25 & Feb 1, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

The FAMSF has surveyed his early work and is now exhibiting his late paintings. We will focus on the highly successful middle years at Argenteuil and abroad: London, the Netherlands, France and Italy- his confrontation, not only with nature but with architecture.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Paul - The Right to Speak: A Closer Look at the First Amendment (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

4 Thursdays; Jan. 10 - 31 • 6:30-8:30pm • $230

Probably no part of the Constitution has engendered more debate, controversy and passion as the right to “Freedom of Speech” under the First Amendment. Joel Richard Paul, is a Professor
of Constitutional Law at UC Hastings, and he is the right person to guide the class through this critical area of the law. Some may remember Professor Paul as one of the teachers in our class on the U.S. Constitution last fall. He is also the author of two provocative works of history: "Unlikely Allies and Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times". The class will examine some of the key Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment and look at the issues that led up to those cases as well as the consequences of those decisions going forward.

The issues are complex and always controversisal, so participants may find themselves debating the issues just as passionately as those who argued them before the Supreme Court! 

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594484872
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - November 2nd, 2010

Look out for Joel Paul’s new book, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times


Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594488238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 20th, 2018

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Masterpieces of European Art in the Legion of Honor (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 16 & 30 (no class Nov. 23) • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Often ignored by visitors, special exhibitions are superb examples of European art housed in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. From Medieval sculpture and painting through the nineteenth century we will look closely at works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, El Greco, Titian, Fra Angelico, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Tiepolo,  Watteau, Vigee-Lebrun, Daumier, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Rodin. We begin with the history of the institution -its founders and benefactors including Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Chasing Color and Light in Provence and the Riviera (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 2 & 9 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Artists from the Impressionists to Matisse and Picasso were captivated by the light of the South of France. Van Gogh at Arles, Cezanne at Aix- en- Provence, Renoir at Cagnes- sur- Mer, Monet at Antibes, Raoul Dufy, Pierre Bonnard, George Braque, Andre Derain  all succumbed. We will pay special attention to Nice and St. Paul de Vence, the Musee Matisse and the Chagall Museum as well as the Maeght Foundation.  

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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