Night School — Fall 2017

Night School — Fall 2017

Are you curious as to what students in the Upper School are learning in an advanced math elective? Want to hear first-hand how women’s roles in China continue to evolve, and enjoy an authentic Chinese meal? Do you enjoy exploring new mediums in art? Consider joining us for one of these classes, bring a friend. Classes fill quickly.

Why Knot

Katherine Socha — Upper School Mathematics

Mondays: November 13, November 27, and December 4
7-8:30 p.m.

Upper School Room 357

This is a three-session course introducing participants to mathematical knot theory, a relatively new area of mathematics that has applications to biology modeling (particularly DNA and protein structures) and quantum computing. More than anything it's beautiful and approachable and has a lot of glorious hands-on kinds of reasoning.  There are no mathematical prerequisites for understanding this material.  The only prerequisite is a willingness to explore, visualize, and question. 

Tuition for this class is $75.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 12.
Bring a pad of paper and 3 different colors of pens or pencils.


Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.

Cold Porcelain Art — Roses

Mary Ann Peterson — Upper School Spanish

Tuesdays, November 7 and November 14
7-9 p.m.
Upper School Room 421

Porcelain Art is an innovative artistic expression that uses porcelain clay to make beautiful and detailed art pieces. This is a class structured for beginners.

Porcelain clay is air-drying, non-toxic, and easy to work with. It is very accessible, and practical. Materials will be provided in class for a separate fee, and are readily available in craft stores for future projects.

Porcelain Art allows people to become great artists and expand their creativity with limitless projects from basic to master’s levels, combining different techniques and their own ideas to make the most original creations.

Tuition for this class is $100 ($50/session).
(A separate materials fee of $20 will be charged per student. Please bring cash or a check made out to the teacher, on the first night the class meets.)
Participants: minimum/maximum of 8 students.


Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.


The Evolution of Women’s Roles in China

Xiaomu Hu — Upper School Chinese

Tuesday, October 24
7-9 p.m. (one evening seminar)
Upper School Room 445

The history of Chinese civilization goes back thousands of years. Have you ever wondered what it was like as a woman living in China in ancient times? For many, many years (but not currently), in Chinese culture it was preferable for families to have sons — daughters didn’t count. But there were also powerful women who played important roles in Chinese history, such as the female emperor Wu Zetian, and Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China for 48 years, since she was a young woman in her 20s. Today, Chinese women live very differently from their ancestors, and also from women in the West. How? Why? Please come to a discussion-based one-night seminar to talk about Chinese women, in history and today.

An authentic Chinese dinner will be included!

Tuition for this class is $35.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 15.