Adult & Continuing Education

We offer a wide range of classes and programs for adult learners.


Please see below for a listing of our coming offerings.


Mondays: January 2017

10:00 a.m. – NOON

Facilitator:  Joe Genoni


The course will examine the genre of film noir.  It will look at the plot, directors, actors, visual and audio techniques that make up a movie that can be called:  film noir. 


The genre is unique, has dramatic use and contrasts of light and dark, shadows, Venetian blinds, fog, close-ups, 1/2 shots and techniques that create a mood that is part of the plot.  "Style determines substance, mood overwhelms the plot, form and style become inseparable from content."


Film noir plots feature the hard-boiled detective, the femme fatale, shady characters, criminals, police and crime.  Two themes of film noir are:  "why? for no reason at all" and "you might think you know what's happening, but you don't."


Will try to show some scenes from Citizen Kane,  Double Indemnity and Chinatown.


Wednesdays: January 2017

10:00 a.m. – NOON

Facilitator:  Joe Genoni



This course will examine the Federal Court System: Federal District Courts, the trial courts; Appellate Courts, how and what cases can be appealed; the Supreme Court, how cases reach the Supreme Court and the decision-making process.  The class will follow the process in the Gideon Case, right to a lawyer in all criminal cases.  There will be two speakers from the Federal Court in Saint Louis who will discuss their jobs and answer questions.



1st Class:

role of judges

judicial review

jurisdiction, original and appellate

misc. terms: class action suit, justiciable dispute, adversary system, plaintiff, prosecutor, plea bargain, statutory law, civil law, criminal law and the dual system of justice 


2nd Class:

jurisdiction of Federal Courts

types of Federal Courts

Federal District Court, the Trial Courts

Grand jury, petit jury, number and types of cases, magistrate judge


3rd Class:

Federal Courts of Appeal:

General info, numbers, locations, appellate jurisdiction, examples of cases


4th Class:

The Supreme Court