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America’s Secret Services. Room E228 -CLOSED-

The FBI, the CIA and the NSA, the nation’s most secretive services, have been praised and vilified by watchdog groups, activists, private citizens and by appointed and elected government officials, including presidents. Real questions concerning their value and legitimacy remain: Are the agencies necessary? What would we do without them? Are their actions legal or illegal? How do their measures appear to us and the rest of the world? Would the Founding Fathers approve of their actions?  We trace the intelligence services from their inception to the present, give reasons why they exist and measure their influence on American domestic and foreign policies as well as those of foreign nations.  We examine how intelligence was handled before the US had a formal investigative service; how and why the nation developed each agency; and analyze their performances up to the present, including famous case histories. 

8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:10 PM



American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State, Part II, Room E227. . CLOSED

American Empire 2

Continued! Taking up where Part I left off, we begin with the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on modern man, the Versailles Treaty. We trace the demise of the Grand Republic to the advent of the Corporate State and focus on such developments as the McCormick-Dickstein Committee and the Business Plot, the military-industrial complex, the National Defense Act of 1947, George Kennan and containment, monolithic finance capital, the Lewis Powell Memo – a manifesto of American Fascism, the demise of the Soviet Union and the unilateral world of a single superpower. We examine the Democrats and Republicans as denominations of a single major party, the marginalization of the Constitution, America as a failed political state and the militarization of American foreign policy. Finally, we discuss the erosion of the middle class and the myth of America as a benevolent nation on the global scene. 

8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM 

 



American Presidents: 20th Century, Part II, Room W214 -CLOSED-

American Presidents

New room: W214

Continued! An intimate and compelling look at the men who have defined and re-defined the modern presidency and led the country through some of the most turbulent and consequential moments in our history.  We examine Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton focusing on both their public and private lives. Using all new award-winning videos, PowerPoint slides and handouts we explore their history and discover what we should expect from the next president of the US. 

  7 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1:10 PM 

 



American Revolution via Film, Room E228

The Civil War and the American Revolution are considered the most important events in American history. Participants analyze the Revolutions through the medium of film.  Clips from movies such as the Devil’s Disciple, Revolution, All For Liberty, The Crossing, 1776 and John Adams are viewed and discussed.

      6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:10 PM 



Armchair Travelers Sail, Room W115

Come aboard to join Milt and Marion on the ship Minerva and travel with them as they sail from England to the Channel Islands and France. Continue sailing on the ship Insignia from Tahiti to French Polynesia, the Marques Islands and the Hawaiian Islands to Los Angeles. We explore different places and enjoy the thrill of sea adventures.

6 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1:10 PM



British Invasion: Music and More, Room E226

New! Bold new sounds and influences from overseas created a social and cultural phenomenon that transformed pop culture from 1964, to the end of the decade. American shores were invaded by British forces – designers, actors, singers and musicians armed with brand new sophisticated styles and accents.  The music of such rock groups as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Animals and many others, dominated the airwaves and created pop legends that remain a major part of our culture today. Beyond music, other British arts and clothing styles became popular in the US.  Movies and Broadway would change forever.   With the help of videos and CDs, we rediscover the invasion.

 8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



China’s Friends & Foes. Room W223 -CLOSED-

China Dragon

New! We examine the People’s Republic of China’s foreign policy and, in particular, its current relations with the United States, Japan, Russia and India.   Participants discuss the tensions arising from China’s recent territorial claims in the South China Sea and its on-going conflict with Taiwan.  We explore the consequences of the Middle Kingdom’s intentions to build a new “Silk Road” and review the country’s odd relationship with Pakistan and its evolving ties with the Koreas.

    6 sessions starting Thursday, Sept.  22 at 1:10 PM 



Contentious Views in Philosophy , Room W223

New! According to the dictionary, philosophy is the inquiry into questions relating to being, knowledge and conduct. Subjects to be discussed are the nature of knowledge, ethics, how rational and moral our decisions are, what government should and should not do and what stance a nation should take vis-à-vis other nations. The facilitator presents materials and asks questions. Participants are encouraged to question and disagree with the facilitator and fellow students.

 



Countdown 2016 -CANCELLED

This class has been cancelled.

The United States presidential election is less than three months away and is our 58th quadrennial election for the Presidency.  Only a year ago, over 20 candidates flooded the field seeking their party’s nomination.  During the summer of 2016, both parties have nominated their choices.  The duration of this course covers the electoral battle through Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 including the role of polls, advertising, social media and political strategy.

   8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



Current Affairs, Section A: Wednesday, Room W115. CLOSED

Framed by the week’s trending news, this course relies on rigorous, yet respectful debate to enhance our understanding of divergent viewpoints in the reporting of current events. Discussions address politics, sex, religion and their effects on contemporary culture – issues that give life depth and meaning.  We focus on developing critical reasoning skills by examining the pre-conceived biases that affect our personal objectivity.

Section A:  8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:10 PM 

 



Current Affairs, Section B: Thursday, Room W115 -CLOSED

Framed by the week’s trending news, this course relies on rigorous, yet respectful debate to enhance our understanding of divergent viewpoints in the reporting of current events. Discussions address politics, sex, religion and their effects on contemporary culture – issues that give life depth and meaning.  We focus on developing critical reasoning skills by examining the pre-conceived biases that affect our personal objectivity.

Section A:  8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3:10 PM 

 



Detective Fiction, Post WWII America. Room E223. CLOSED

New! Although the golden age of detective fiction was in the 20’s and 30’s in England, American crime writers dominated the detective fiction scene after World War II. Come explore writers such as Dashiel Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Walter Mosley and Dorothy B. Hughes as they give us a peek into what was really going on in the 50’s: the birth of the Cold War and the fear of communism, the development of affluence and the growth of the middle class, the undercurrents of racism and chauvinism and the commotion of the Beatniks.  Put away your magnifying glass and prepare to fight to the finish. It’s rough out there!

        6 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM 



Duke Ellington: Genius Beyond Category. Room W215. CLOSED

 New! A close look at pianist, composer, bandleader and impresario, Duke Ellington, awaits you in this course. The Duke embraced many musical words, ranging from the “jungle music” of the Cotton Club to the exoticism of the Far East, to epic affirmations of national unity, to flirtations with bebop, to works inspired by Tchaikovsky, Shakespeare and much more. Learn what the nature of this man was – whose music was rarely entirely his own – a “blessed child” of upwardly mobile parents in Washington DC, who grew up in the shadow of the White House, returning there for a 70th birthday bash hosted by President Nixon.

8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:10 PM 



Essentrics. Room H004

New! Essentrics is a dynamic workout based on the theories of Miranda Esmonde-White that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, resulting in greater joint mobility and lean, long muscles. This workout draws on the flowing movements of tai chi, which create health and balance, strengthening theories behind ballet which generate long, lean flexible muscles and the healing principles of physiotherapy which produce a pain-free body.

A pre-participation medical screening form will be sent to all enrolled members and must be returned to our office at least one week in advance of the start date. Please wear loose-fitting clothes.
This is a one-hour class.

Please note: Persons with a disease or condition that might result in health issues when engaging in low-level movement activity should not enroll in this course.

 

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4 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3:10PM–4:10PM  



Evolution of the Universe: From Nothing to Everything. Room W103

The universe started with the Big Bang. But how did it start from nothing?  As armchair scientists, we explore the wonder and mystery of the beginning and how the universe evolved from subatomic particles to atoms of hydrogen, to stars and galaxies and to planets with life forms.  Approximately half the course is in the evolution of the cosmos and its components.  The other half discusses how evolution has taken life on earth from simple organisms to giant dinosaurs and squirrel-sized mammals to whales, elephants and finally to humans. Come and find out how you are related to stardust and what a brief moment in time humans have been on planet Earth.

   8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:10 PM 



Genealogy & Computers 1: Beginners. Room W107

 Are you a genealogy novice who needs instruction on using computer software and the Internet? We cover the fundamentals, including lessons in documentary evidence, family history research methodology and the Genealogy Proof Standard. Students are introduced to the types of documents and sources used by genealogists: census records, birth, marriage and death records; immigration, naturalization and military records, city directories and newspapers.  Instruction is given on computer basics including browsing, using search engines, security, hot keys, Windows, uploading and downloading and organizing and saving one’s work. 



Genealogy & Computers 2: Advanced Beginners. Room W107

Do you have significant experience with computers and the Internet but are new to genealogy? We cover the fundamentals, including lessons in documentary evidence, family history research methodology and the Genealogy Proof Standard. Students are introduced to the types of documents and sources used by genealogists: census records, birth, marriage and death records, immigration, naturalization and military records, city directories and newspapers.   While homework is optional, it is recommended. 



Genealogy & Computers 3: Intermediate and Advanced. Room W107

Genealogy & Computers 3: Intermediate and Advanced

 Have you had at least six months experience using the Internet for genealogy? At the beginning of each class, students are introduced to new genealogy websites or to new features of popular websites, followed by independent lab time.  The facilitator circulates during the lab time, answering questions, making suggestions and offering guidance to individuals and to the group. While homework is optional, it is recommended.

 

 



Great American Songs and Stories. Room E122

Dr. Joe continues the musical journey of the Great American Songbook through the early 1940’s. He shares his extensive knowledge with behind the scenes stories about the composers and lyricists and their music, including Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Kahn, Jule Styne and others.  Dr. Joe examines the clever lyrics of such great songs such as Come Rain or Come Shine and Stella by Starlight and the music of great Broadway musicals as Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate. In addition, he treats us to his musical creativity by playing these memorable melodies on a piano keyboard now in a classroom setting.

 4 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:10 PM



Great Decisions. Room W223

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions briefing book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing America today. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups. The eight topics we discuss are:  Middle East Alliance; The Rise of ISIS; the Future of Kurdistan; Migration; The Koreas; The United Nations; Climate Change; Cuba and the US.  It is important that all participants read each week the appropriate section of the Great Decisions book supplied by Lifetime Learners.

8 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:10 PM



I Love to Read. Room W215

 Always New! Join six LLI members as they lead interesting and lively discussions of contemporary titles and treasured classics.

 

September 19 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Michael Mugnolo facilitator

At a time when crew was a sport for the privileged, for the descendants of robber barons, financiers and industrialists attending elite private schools, a rag-tag group of working class boys, sons of loggers and mill workers, farmers and factory hands, from a public college shocked their genteel worlds by winning the Olympic Trials. From there, they went to Europe to victory over the well-bred heirs of ancient aristocracies and, finally, to beat the master race of Hitler’s Third Reich in the 1936 Olympic Games.

 

 

September 26 – Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Heather Hopkins facilitator

Receiving a letter from a former colleague, James Stevens sets out on a road trip to visit her. Along the way, he reflects on his many years of devoted and dignified service as a butler to Lord Darlington. From Stevens’ point of view, we see the changes that have come to the lives of British aristocrats, get a glimpse of pre-WWII politics in England and explore the realm of relationships and love.  This novel was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989.

 

October 10 – Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge, Richard Auwarter facilitator

At age 39, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding two months away.  What went wrong?  The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future – if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

 

October 17 – The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Mark Albertson facilitator

Written 30 years ago before the term science fiction was used, The Time Machine (1895) was the first novel to deal with the intriguing subject of time travel.  The story stands the test of time, hooking readers with Well’s unprecedented tale of a young scientist who invents a machine that carries him into the future, regaling us with intriguing characters and monumental struggles and steeping his story in deep, thought –provoking timeless themes, including the polarization of the social classes and the consequences of rampant industrialization.

 

October 24 – Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, Morgan Corrigan facilitator

The narrator, an elderly, unnamed Manhattan lawyer with a comfortable business, already employs two scriveners to copy documents by hand. An increase in business leads him to advertise for a third, and he hires the forlorn-looking Bartleby in the hopes that his calmness will soothe the irascible temperament of the other two.  Our lawyer is not prepared for what follows in his office.

 

October 31 – The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen, Miwako Ogasawara facilitator

Elizabeth Bowen is sometimes called the Irish Virginia Woolf. The novel is set during the Irish War of Independence and the approaching end of British rule in the 1920’s.  At their country home in County Cork, the Anglo-Irish aristocratic Naylors, elderly Sir Richard and Lady Naylor, remain calm, polite and playful, willfully ignoring more violent conflicts encroaching on them.  Their 18-year-old niece Lois whiles away at tennis parties and army camp dances, flirting with British officers, but inwardly struggling to find what she wants out of life.  It is a portrayal of the demise of their old way of life as well as Lois’s coming of age in a brutalized time and place.

 

Morgan Corrigan, for several years a participant in I Love to Read, delights in the variety of books offered for sharing. She shares J.K. Rowling’s view: “I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book.”

      6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:10 PM



Intersection of Artist, Architect and People in Public Space. Room E225

Not everyone loves to spend free time in museums. Not everyone goes tromping around from gallery to gallery.  Not everyone has the desire to engage in the arts. For just that reason, it is wonderful that there are amazing places right out in public for all to enjoy the art of design, sculpture and decorative art simply by passing by.  You can be in a subway, walking on a street or in an elevator, just to mention a few venues. This expanded course had its beginnings in murals. Come join in an interactive and lively discussion about where and what type of art readily exists right out in the open for all to enjoy!

 8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



Legends of Comedy, Part 1. Room W224. . CLOSED

New! A live and expanded adaptation of Legends of Comedy, the insightful three-hour documentary written and produced for Disney in 1992 by Gary Theroux. Key works by such stars as Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Our Gang, Harold Lloyd, Abbott & Costello, Fatty Arbuckle and The Three Stooges are screened, reviewed and discussed.

 8 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:10 PM



Living in Community: Lessons from Africa. Room W226

New! In her 24 years in Nigeria, Catherine learned to appreciate the strong sense of community that pervaded the society.  She describes how the sense of community and caring is developed by showing examples from Igbo society which she came to know well. She and her husband, an Igbo, lived in his village for a year during the Nigerian civil war.  Catherine introduces members of his extended family, how she interacted closely with them and describes customs that reinforce the sense of belonging to an extended family, clan and village including examples from her own family and Nigerian literature.

4 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1:10 PM



Once Upon a Life (Time). Room W215. CLOSED

How do you organize and record the chapters of your life in a thoughtful, meaningful way for family and future generations to treasure? Writers just starting to gather their thoughts for the memoir journey are welcome, as are those who have been recording the events of their lives for this class independently.  

 

8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3:10 PM



Pastel: An Introduction. Room W203. . CLOSED

Students discover the beautiful art of pastels. This is not mere chalk, but a beautiful, exciting and versatile medium of pure pigment in every color imaginable.  Participants explore the various types of pastels, surfaces, application methods and under-painting techniques. An introduction to design, composition, color and values are given through hands-on demonstrations and observation. Experience in painting or an artistic background is not required – just a willingness to experiment, explore and be creative.

Bring a small, inexpensive set of pastels and two or three sheets of large paper in neutral shade.
 

8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



Pop Music on Records – Before Rock ‘N’ Roll. Room W129

New! In 1877, Thomas Edison invented a device for recording dictation – never imagining that his invention would kick off the multi-billion dollar record industry.  This course tracks the evolution of popular music – including folk, blues, country, Rhythm & Blues, jazz, swing, show tunes and more – through vaudeville, the Tin Pan Alley era, the rise of the big bands, the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood music, right on up to the mid-50s dawn of rock ‘n’ roll.  Hundreds of audio and video samples illuminate the way.

 

8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3:10 PM



Roots and Influences on 20th Century Art. Room W130. CLOSED

New! War, economic stress and religious intolerance were some of the influences that impacted art. The artistic freedoms of the 19th century gave way to more harsher colors and flat surfaces. Art moved forward to express modern life.  Unconscious dreams and ridiculous art became movements of Dada and Surrealism.  German Expressionism grew in a period of censorship, loss of jobs and restrictions to create. Americans dealt with the Great Depression, World War II, Nazi horrors and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. Also during this time European artists flocked to America changing the mood, style and thrust of art.

 

8 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:10 PM



Six German Operas. Room W248

We see video excerpts of six German operas from Mozart, Beethoven, Carl Maria Von Weber, Lortzing, Marschner and Strauss.  Wagner is saved for a future course. The production we watch of Salome by Richard Strauss is not for the faint of heart, and is still the shocker it was when it was first performed.

 

8 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:10 PM



The American West: “Manifest Destiny”, Room W221

New! We examine the development and settlement of the area known as “The American West” beginning with the earliest settlements of Native American. Continuing on we trace the incursions of the Spanish, British and finally the Americans, examining their motives and justifications. What was the attraction of the region to the various explorers and settlers?  What physical aspects of the land made it so intriguing and challenging? Join us as we examine these questions.

6 sessions starting Thursday  Sept. 21 at 1:10 PM



The Common Good: Sources & Meanings, Room W214

 

What does it mean to promote “the common good? Good for whom?  What are individual rights?  How does current civil society attempt to realize “the common good?”

As a group learning project, we explore both the history of this idea, as well as its use in current political life. The facilitator leads an examination of “the good” from philosophical, ethical, religious, economic and literary traditions. Participants identify specific instances where “the common good” is used to describe an undertaking and its characteristics.  We evaluate whether this is an effective purpose for a political end.

    6 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1:10 PM 



The Heavens and Their Myths. Room W214

New! What do you see in the nighttime skies as the seasons change? How do the heavens look during spring, summer, fall and winter? Are they different in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres? Join us to understand the heavens and learn to recognize the constellations and their individual stories.

 5 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:10 PM



The Modern American Presidency via Film. Room W215

The American Presidency is the most powerful institution in the world.   The course uses film and discussion to analyze this office and its impact on Americans and the world. Participants view Failsafe, Seven Days in May, JFK, Nixon, Independence Day, The American President and Air Force One. We discuss both fictional and real presidents portrayed in the films.

 6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 3:10 PM



The New World of Dating After 50. Room W202

New! Don’t sit home; there are exciting new opportunities out there! The dating world has changed since we were young, or has it?  One of the major changes has been the advent of on-line dating.  We discuss and examine the new rules and how to benefit from the new freedoms. We focus on how to access the world of on-line dating, how to take advantage of these sites and what to avoid. 

6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 3:10 PM



The Road to Character. Room W202

New! This eight-week discussion series is based on the award winning, best selling book

The Road to Character, written by The New York Times columnist, David Brooks.  Examining the lives of eight of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, we explore how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they built a strong inner character.  People included: labor leader Francis Perkins; Generals Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall; champion of the poor Dorothy Day; civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin; authors George Eliot and Samuel Johnson; fourth-century philosopher and theologian St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.

Copies of The Road to Character are available on line and in most local libraries. Participants are asked to read the first two chapters of the book prior to our first class.

8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:10 PM



The Writer’s Life: How to be Successfully Published — CANCELLED

It would be great to say that becoming a published writer is as easy as waving a magic wand over your manuscript and “Poof!” – you’re published. Unfortunately, that is not how it happens. While there is no single path to publishing, it can happen. The facilitator shares specific how-to’s of the writing process from query to contract.  We also explore how to break into writing for social media, successful blogging, self-publishing, e-books and how to get mileage for a manuscript through re-slants and reprints.

  



United States Naval Actions: Early Cold War Era, 1945-1962. Room W214

The early post-World War II era was one of rapid demobilization and reorganization of the US military to meet unprecedented challenges defined by the evolving Cold War. The introduction of nuclear weapons, US/Soviet superpower status, the diminishment of the British Empire, the emergence of nations long colonized by foreign powers and the internal politics of US inter-service rivalry were among the major factors in this new era of technological advancements and geopolitical uncertainty.

 

8 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 3:10 PM



United States-China Rivalry in Southeast Asia. Room W203

New! One important aspect of the recent U.S. rebalancing toward Asia is an intensification of the long rivalry between the two powers relative to the 11 countries of Southeast Asia (from Myanmar/Burma to Timor-Leste). Using slides we explore the history of these powers in Southeast Asia and the challenges with the military, including the South China Sea clashes, trade, foreign aid, direct investment, soft power and diplomacy. 

 6 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:10 PM
[Please note this schedule change, to 3:10pm.] 



Vietnam: A History. Room W101

For many Americans, Vietnam conjures up painful images. All of America’s industrial might, military muscle and belief in a righteous cause could not overcome the revolutionary nationalism imbued in Ho Chi Minh’s followers.  There is more to the long costly unification struggle waged by the Vietnamese than the defeat of the world’s ranking superpower.  It was another illustration of the bankruptcy of colonialism and imperialism. We take a panoramic view of this foreign nation that has been woefully misunderstood spanning from the mid-19th century to 1975. How did Vietnam, through patience and fortitude, throw off the yoke of colonialism and enslavement by France and Japan?   We conclude with the vain American attempt to preserve its domination of South Vietnam in the wake of the stalemate in Korea and the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

 

8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1:10 PM



Vox Populi. Room changed: W129

Please note, the room has been changed to W129, on the west campus.

It is election year, the year we suffer candidates who promise to give us a more perfect union with truths they hold to be self-evident.  We examine, assess, analyze, critique and perhaps even laugh at the economic programs and promises of the candidates and their parties who try to convince us of the utopia that will result when they are elected and the dystopia that will result if they are not.

 

4 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



Watercolor: Beginners. Room W244. CLOSED

Become a budding artist.  Discover the joys and challenges of watercolor.   This workshop offers step-by-step guidance in techniques – brush strokes, color mixing and composition – that create realistic landscapes, seascapes and still life paintings. Pre-created scenes are available for purchase.

Do not purchase any art supplies until you receive a list at the first class.  If you already have supplies, bring them.  The facilitator offers supplies for purchase.

 This course is limited to 25 students.

 

8 sessions starting Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:10 AM



Watercolor: Intermediate. Room W243

If you are an intermediate-level watercolorist, here’s a chance to improve your technique. This workshop is a step-by-step guide to painting traditional landscapes, seascapes and still life.  We cover these techniques: textures, perspectives, transparent washes, masking, planning and composition.

Bring paints (tubes preferred), a palette, your favorite brushes, watercolor paper and a water container to class.  Some pre-created scenes and supplies are available for purchase.

This course is limited to 25 students.

 

8 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:10 PM



Words of Wall Street:  Deciphering the Jargon of Finance and Investments. Room E221

We focus on the concepts behind the investment advice given to us by our financial advisors, the financial press and what we watch on CNBC, Fox Business or Bloomberg TV. By explaining the terms, expressions and concepts investors commonly encounter, the course gives students a better understanding of how Wall Street works and the thinking behind the advice. Participants are encouraged to bring unfamiliar words and phrases to class for discussion.  An expanded section looks at recent research on investments and retirement, including withdrawal rates and asset allocation has been added. The facilitator does not offer specific advice on investments or retirement planning.

   

8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1:10 PM



World War I. Room W101

World War I, the Great War, is a little understood conflict.  Yet, it is the most important event in human history in the last 100 years with widespread effects, felt even today–witness Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, the Balkans, Ukraine and Vietnam. We come to the understanding that WWI, the War to End all Wars, was in essence a European civil war. A conflict started by the European colonial powers for their interests, grew into a swirling vortex engulfing nations from around the globe.  A clash that would end in a catastrophic political collapse – the demise of the monarchs, paving the way for the Bolsheviks, Fascists, the Nazis and unbridled militarism and … the war’s inevitable continuation in 1939.

 

8 sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3:10 PM