Welcome to the Newport Circle of Scholars at the Edward King House.  We are looking forward to an exciting Fall season.  Due to COVID concerns, NCOS will be offered in a completely virtual manner.  To register for these programs, click on the title link of the class(es) you choose.  The cost for each class will appear on the online registration form after your click.  


Current International Events in Review

Dates: Wednesdays, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18  Time: 12:45 – 2:45pm

Currently in its 14th year, we begin with country, region and political organization reviews, mostly by guest lecturers from the Naval War College and other sources, with Q&A after. This is followed by a workshop-style survey and discussion of current international events of the week by class members who want to participate.  Fall 2020 topics will add to an understanding of the current events being discussed. This course will be conducted on Zoom.  Ron Becker, a graduate of Reed College, is a retired actuary with over 35 years of technical and administrative experience in the life insurance industry and a life-long interest in history and politics.  Ben Riggs, is a retired business executive who has served as chief executive for U.S. divisions of several foreign-owned conglomerates.  After graduating from Boston University, he served for seven years as a Naval Aviator, remaining in the Naval Reserve until retirement.  His knowledge and interest in international affairs arose from both his military career as well as numerous business dealings in Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Classic Lit Online: Othello: The Shakespeare Experiment

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17    Time: 1:30-3:00pm

We will begin ‘The Shakespeare Experiment’ by reading and discussing Shakespeare’s 1604 tragedy, “Othello, the Moor of Venice.” The Shakespeare Experiment is a newly-conceived literature course (hopefully, the first in a series) which will require participants to, week by week, watch portions of the same film of a play (1990, RSC, Trevor Nunn,dir. Willard White, Ian McKellan, Imogen Stubbs), read from the unabridged script, and watch a short video (or two) that Eileen Warburton will have sent out via email. We will convene on Zoom. The instructor will be guiding and asking the questions that will shape the discussion. Eileen Warburton, a longtime NCOS teacher, Eileen Warburton holds the PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of many books and articles. She taught literature at URI, BU, and Bryant and spent many years as a theatre critic, as the Humanities Scholar for 2nd Story Theatre, and as the Producer of TRIST (The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre).

Note: The cost for the book is included in the registration fee.

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