A study of Mexico comes to Westlake this spring

The Case Off-Campus Studies program is offering “Viva Mexico” with teacher Joseph Jacoby on Thursdays, March 24-May 12, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road.

With Mexico and immigration so much in the news, this topic couldn’t be more current. As Latinos impact our economy, change our culture, and affect our political destiny, it is time for Americans to recognize the importance of Mexico to the United States. Mexican history is among the most colorful and dramatic of that of any world nation. We will read a clear, concise historical account of this fascinating country, and then examine "The Old Gringo," a subtle, moving novel by Carlos Fuentes, widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest writer.

Books for this course are: "A Brief History of Mexico" by Lynn V. Foster, Fourth Edition, 2009; and "The Old Gringo" by Carlos Fuentes and translated by Margaret Sayers Peden.

Joseph Jacoby is a retired English teacher from Lakewood Schools. In addition to the CWRU program, Jacoby tutors Hispanic children at Joseph Gallagher Public School in Cleveland, and loves Hispanic culture, language and literature.

The Case Off-Campus Studies program is offered in collaboration with the Association for Continuing Education (ACE). These book-discussion courses are eight weeks long and provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts. There are no written assignments or exams. Leader-Teachers facilitate discussion and provide academic background and context. The fee for each course is $80.

For questions, feel free to call one of the Co-Coordinators, Sandra Berendt, 440-892-4931, or Joan Grace, 440-777-9381. Register online at lifelonglearningcleveland.com (click on Courses by Location, then Off-Campus Studies Westside), or call 216-368-2090.

Joan Grace

Co-coordinator for Case Off-Campus Studies in Westlake.

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