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Alexander Hamilton

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. David Adler has agreed to offer his sold out course, Alexander Hamilton, again.
Hamilton is hot! In recent years, Hamilton has become the most popular of the Founding Fathers. This course reviews the turbulent, influential, and often-inspiring life of Hamilton – his feuds with political rivals, including the famous duel with Aaron Burr that ended his life; his work on behalf of abolition; his contributions to the Constitution and the Federalist Papers; his leadership in the early republic; and the political use and abuse of his writings on presidential power by recent governmental officials and commentators in what amounts to historic libel. Like other Founders, Hamilton’s life was flawed, but he deserves great credit for his vision and idealism.

Presenter: Dr. David Adler, President of the Alturas Institute
Dates and times: Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 29; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $45

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

We are also excited to announce that veteran actor and instructor, Carole Whiteleather, is joining us to provide an in-depth study of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
We start with nervous and superstitious soldiers; we add the ghost of the dead King, the brother who marries his widow and a son who is locked in a state of grief so encompassing he wants to melt into the floor. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is Shakespeare’s longest play with over 4,000 lines. The title character has almost 1,500 of those which he speaks to either the audience, to God, or to himself. And there’s an entire element of the play which is seldom performed on stage — the Fortinbras Norway problem. Hamlet is a role coveted by both male and female actors and has a history of being played by both. In this course, we will look at this story in detail and talk about what is kept and what can be left behind in the telling of this magnificent, mid-career work of William Shakespeare.

Presenter: Carole Whiteleather, Director and Actor, College of Idaho
Dates and times: Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $45

To register for the Alexander Hamilton or Hamlet, Prince of Denmark courses, visit the Osher Institute registration site or call (208) 426-1709 for more information.