WEA Norwich Courses

Learning with the WEA is exciting and rewarding, whatever your interest or level.  Our courses are informal and friendly, everyone is welcome and your views and experience will be valued, whatever course you choose. There are no tests or exams and you don’t need previous knowledge of the subject, so there’s no pressure to achieve a particular standard – just the pleasure of increasing your knowledge and experience, and the opportunity to meet new people

We offer courses in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, most can be booked on line.

Autumn Term 2020

A decade-by-decade jazz journey, from 1900 to 1999, with guided commentary/discussion and numerous musical examples. From the dance halls and sporting houses of New Orleans to Carnegie Hall and the greatest concert stages around the world, jazz has travelled far both geographically and culturally. Its exponents have reflected the social realities of life in the USA and the turbulence of major changes in that society to produce a stunning diversity of style and expression. America’s greatest indigenous musical form, but soon to be a World Music, who were the men and women behind the development of jazz and what did they contribute? What would jazz become by the end of the twentieth century? This course celebrates some of the many pioneers who have kept us dancing and enriched our lives.

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Course ID: C2227521
Tutor: Graham Platts
Dates: 10 weeks starting Wednesday 23 September
Times: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c

From a 21st century perspective, the USA seems to be a highly contradictory state. It prides itself on being the home of the brave, the land of the free, the great citadel of freedom and liberty. And yet ….. the actions of its governments, and of many of its citizens seem to go against those laudable aims. May we get a clearer understanding of this apparent conflict by studying the nation’s history….. but maybe approaching it from a more questioning standpoint ? What have all of these grand statements and eloquent declarations really meant ? We shall follow a chronological outline of the USA’s history, picking up on all of its significant moments – but then examining them to see what they really tell us. Are the lofty ideals of the Founding Fathers really being met ? We shall range from the original British settlement; the meaning of independence; the lasting effects of slavery; the American Dream, and from New Deal to neoliberalism.

This course is now fully subscribed – register for waiting list on the national site

Course ID: C2227489
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 8 weeks starting Wednesday 23 September
Times: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c.

This course will reveal the research process our tutor followed when uncovering the 350 year old story of his cottage in Norfolk. As well as recounting the tales of previous owners and residents, Stephen will outline the procedures and resources involved in investigating the background of any historic property using online and archive sources. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to read and interpret copies of original historical documents, deeds and census reports to assist anyone who wishes to set out on their own journey of historical discovery.

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This information available from 13 July for WEA members and from 20 July for other Norfolk based students

 

Course ID: C2227535
Tutor: Stephen Poulter
Dates: 8 weeks starting Thursday 24 September
Times: 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c

When Morris was dying, one of his doctors diagnosed his disease as “simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men.” Today, most people think of Morris as a masterful and hugely influential designer, and a leading figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement. During his lifetime, he was also regarded as a major poet, and a ground-breaking translator of Icelandic sagas. In the 1880s, he became a committed revolutionary socialist and was an important influence on the further progress of British socialist thinking, well into the 20th century. Many socialist intellectuals and trade unionists looked to Morris for their inspiration. Of course, he came from a privileged middle-class background, but does it matter if he seems to have been a bit of a champagne socialist? Come the revolution, we’ll all be able to enjoy the products of Morris & Co …… A truly extraordinary character.

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Course ID: C2227490
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 3 weeks starting Tuesday 06 October
Times: 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c
Notes:Note: this is a three week course

Banish the looming winter blues with this joyous celebration and exploration of the films that have tickled the British funny bone, and discover what they tell us about the country’s psyche! Beginning with the weird and wacky world of early British silent film, this course will discover the extent to which the genre has its roots in pantomime and how music hall stars like George Formby and Will Hay kept the British end up during World War Two. It will then examine the sophisticated satire of the Ealing comedies, the saucy innuendo of the Carry On films, the surrealism of Monty Python and how transferring television comedy to the big screen saved the British film industry in the 1970s. Finally, it will explore recent developments like the Transatlantic romances of Richard Curtis, the “Silver Pound” comedies and ask if there are new directions for the British film comedy – or is it just more of the same? Warning: this course contains bad language and nudity (and that’s just the tutor!).

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Course ID: C2227534
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 04 November
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c

Through the late 19th century, Cuba attempted to rid itself of Spanish colonial rule. The USA – belatedly – came to their aid…… and then found it very hard to leave ! The aim of the 1959 revolution in Cuba was not just to assert self-rule, but to end the corrupting influence that the USA had exercised in treating Cuba as its playground. The tensions between the two nations have never gone away. It is truly extraordinary that an independent Cuba has managed to survive everything that the USA has thrown at it – and the catastrophic collapse of its principal supporter – the USSR. But survive it has. With the passing of the revolutionary generation, will a new, pragmatic Cuba need to emerge ? Or will its spirit of independent self-determination carry on ? (And where does China fit into all of this…..?)

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Course ID: C2227492
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 3 weeks starting Tuesday 10 November
Times: 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details
Fee:t.b.c
Notes:Note: this is a three week course

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