Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club offers two new lecture series starting in June


The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will again host two courses through Cal State San Marcos and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) OLLI provides mature learners (50 years and older) with an intellectually challenging program of non-credit courses taught by local professors and other experts in their respective fields. The RSF Garden Club will host two six -week courses on Thursdays, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., beginning on June 21.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers a course titled “The Movie Camera And The Ballot Box: Hollywood And Politics” presented by Professor Jack Williams. From an early date, filmmakers used the media to advance various ideas that involved political motives. American cinema has been used to spread unethical propaganda and to promote genuine enlightenment. At times, individual movies have gone beyond the overt political intentions of filmmakers to create their own unintended ideological consequences. What are the major political themes seen in the movies over time? How has Hollywood responded to the politics offered by rival centers of film making in Asia and Europe? In what ways have recent films reflected, or rejected, contemporary American values?

Thursday afternoon from 1-3 p.m., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers a second course titled “The Art Of The Renaissance” presented by professional art historian, educator and metaphysical researcher, Douglas R. Barker M.A. Are you planning a trip to Italy, the Low Countries or Germany? Fascinated by art? Wishing to enrich yourself culturally? Art history can fulfill a number of purposes but the sheer enjoyment of beautiful works of art and architecture and a desire to know more about their origins and purpose is reason enough! In addition, the study of the careers of some of the greatest artists in the history of Western art can provide life-enhancing inspiration and change. Douglas R. Barker will take you on a slide-illustrated journey through European art and architecture from 1350 to 1600.

The Osher Institute offers a “requirement free” environment that does not involve examinations or grades, and is open to all interested older adults. Come for the pure joy of learning! The classes are held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club located at 17025 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe. Tuition for each of these six-week courses is $70. However, members of the RSF Garden Club may register and attend for free.

To register or for more information, visit the Garden Club website at and click on the Upcoming Events.