FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Aban Kavasmaneck
 
 

Literature

Aban Kavasmaneck is a five-time winner of the “Professor of the Year” Award as voted by the students at the University of Charleston. For her many contributions to the University, she was honored with an Endowed Scholarship named after her. Professor Kavasmaneck has been teaching English Literature courses to college students and the community for over 40 years. Her teaching career spans many other fine institutions such as the University of Bridgeport and Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. Her expertise in interpretive reading, critical analysis, and discussion of the Great Books has earned her the reputation of a literary critic who has led several reading and discussion groups, in addition to writing critical reviews for novels. Her areas of specialization include Multicultural and World Literature. She initiated the Women’s Studies program at the University of Charleston.

Professor Kavasmaneck has an M.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College and has pursued further post-graduate studies in Education Management at Marshall University.

Great Works of Western Literature and Philosophy
Interpretive Analysis and Shared Inquiry of the Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Second Series: Volume One

Enrich your lives by engaging in the “shared inquiry” method of interpretive discussion and analysis to resolve questions and raise new ones in a creative process that connects literature with life. This eight-week study group will provide enlightening discussions from classic works of Western literature and philosophy on themes of universal significance. The course has no prerequisites. The text, “The Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Second Series: Volume One” may be purchased at the LLS office. Selections may also be found on the Internet and in other collections.

Enrollment for this class is limited to 25 students. Please enroll early. A guest pass is $15.

Eight Lectures
  1. Plato — The Crito
  2. John Dewey — The Virtues
  3. Euripides — Iphigenia at Aulis
  4. Aristotle — Politics
  5. Fyodor Dostoevsky — Notes from the Underground
  6. Bible — Exodus
  7. Mary Lavin — Happiness
  8. Gita Mehta — A River Sutra
Course # F8W1 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — October 15, 22; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17 — No Class October 29; November 26
  Time:11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  Fee:$100 / member; $130 / non-member
Great Conversations About Literature
Interpretive Analysis and Shared Inquiry of the Great Books Foundation, The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler

Explore why the idea of the seven deadly sins, through literature, has maintained staying power in popular culture. Find out, through interpretive analysis, how the literary voices in our text are so effective in exploring the possibilities — and consequences — of transgressive acts. Our text, “The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler,” focuses on how the habit of wrong-doing has a major influence on the formulation of selfidentity and character, which according to Aristotle, is the very foundation of an ethical life.

The course has no prerequisites. All are welcome to join in this shared inquiry and thus enrich our lives. Our text, “The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, The Great Books Foundation,” may be purchased at the LLS office. Selections may also be found on the Internet and in other collections. Enrollment to this class is limited to 25 students. Please enroll early. A guest pass is $15.

Eight Lectures
  1. Pride — “A Rose for Emily” (William Faulkner); “Good Country People” (Flannery O’Connor)
  2. Envy — “Roman Fever” (Edith Wharton); “Smokers” (Tobias Wolff)
  3. Anger — “Mary Postgate” (Rudyard Kipling); “Hairball” (Margaret Atwood)
  4. Sloth — “The House with the Mezzanine” (Anton Chekhov); “Shiloh” (Bobbie Ann Mason)
  5. Greed — “The Rocking-Horse Winner” (D.H. Lawrence); “The Inherited Clock” (Elizabeth Bowen)
  6. Gluttony — “Fat” (Raymond Carver); “Famine” (Xu-Xi)
  7. Lust — “Not a Good Girl” (Perri Klass); “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” (Nathan Englander)
  8. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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Course # F8F5 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Fridays — October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5,12 — No Class November 28
  Time:1:00 –2:30 p.m.
  Fee:$100 / member; $130 / non-member
Great Works of Western Literature and Philosophy
Interpretive Analysis and Shared Inquiry of the Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Second Series: Volumes Two and Three

Enrich your lives by engaging in the "shared inquiry" method of interpretive discussion and analysis to resolve questions and raise new ones, in a creative process that connects literature with life. This eight week study group will provide enlightening discussions from classic works of Western literature and philosophy on themes of universal significance. The course has no prerequisites. The text, "The Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Second Series: Three Volume Set, Volume Two and Three" may be purchased at the LLS office. Selections may also be found on the Internet and in other collections.

Enrollment for this class is limited to 25 students. Please enroll early. Guest pass is $15.

Eight Lectures
  1. Thomas Hobbes  — "Origin of Government"
  2. Herman Melville  — "Billy Budd"; "Sailor"
  3. Adam Smith  — "Wealth of Nations"
  4. William Shakespeare  — "Antony and Cleopatra"
  5. Soren Kierkegaard  — "The Knight of Faith"
  6. Herodotus  — "The Persian Wars"
  7. John Locke  — "Of Civil Government"
  8. Johnathan Swift  — "Gulliver's Travels"
Course # W8W3 — Eight Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11; No class on February 18
  Time:11:15 a.m.—12:45 p.m.
  Fee:$100/member; $130/non-member
Registration for this class is closed
Great Conversations About Literature
Interpretive Analysis and Shared Inquiry of the Great Books Conversation: Series Six

Find out how the interpretive analysis of literature and philosophy is relevant and necessary in understanding today's global world. Our text, "Great Conversations 6," comprises of influential and pervasive works from the Western intellectual tradition. The shared inquiry form of discussion promotes an ongoing dialogue among authors and readers about perennially relevant issues, regardless of when or where the texts were written.

The course has no prerequisites. All are welcome to join in this shared inquiry and thus enrich our lives. Our text, "The Great Books, Great Conversations 6," may be purchased at the LLS office. Selections may also be found on the Internet and in other collections.

Enrollment for this class is limited to 25 students. Please enroll early. Guest pass is $15.

Books for this course are available for purchase at the LLS office.

Eight Lectures
  1. Seneca  — "On Tranquility of Mind"
  2. Francis Bacon  — "The New Organon"
  3. John Locke  — "A Letter Concerning Toleration"
  4. Joshua Reynolds  — "Discourse Seven"
  5. Edward Fitzgerald (trans.)/Robert Browning  — "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam"/"Rabbi Ben Ezra"
  6. George Eliot  — "The Lifted Veil"
  7. Mark Twain  — "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
  8. Friedrich Nietzche  — "On The Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life"
Course # W8F3 — Eight Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Fridays — January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6
  Time:1 – 2:30 p.m.
  Fee:$100/member; $130/non-member
Registration for this class is closed