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Advanced Word and PowerPoint CANCELLED

New! The first half of this course will expand upon the basics of Microsoft Word.
The second half of the course teaches the making of a simple PowerPoint presentation.
Adding animation and finally, sound to the presentation completes the course.



Air War in Europe World War II, W115

New! How did aerial warfare evolve and how crucial was it to the outcome of WWII? We will follow the technical development of aircraft industries and related technology (from
radar to synthetic oil) worldwide along with the formulation of the theory and rules/laws of air war. We will also cover the “rehearsals” for WWI through the Russo-Finnish war. Famous persons who flew in combat—from Herman Goering to Jimmy Stewart— as well as women, including “Rosie the Riveter,” the US WASPS and Russian women night fighters will also receive our attention. From biplanes to jets, gliders to bombers, we can all learn from the warriors who used the skies to make history.



American Revolution Reconsidered, W218

New!
Was the American Revolution a good idea? Trends in contemporary thought would have us consider the United States to be deeply flawed both socially and ideologically, in need of fundamental transformation. If this is true, wouldn’t Colonial America have been better off staying a part of the British Empire, later to emerge as a Commonwealth country similar to Canada? Or, did The War of Independence actually make possible a new form of government that, despite its problems and growing pains, eventually led to not only the highest standard of living in the world, but also the greatest expression of personal and societal freedom in history?



Armchair Traveler Does the Pacific CANCELLED

New!
Join us on our latest trip sailing the Pacific Ocean. Firstly, we’ll visit Asia, starting with China stopping at Kowloon (a suburb of Hong Kong) and then Shanghai. We then travel on to South Korea visiting Incheon, Mokpo, Busan (formerly Pusan), culminating in Japan with the ports of Fukuoka, Hiroshima and ending in Tokyo. We then tour some of the Pacific’s famous islands, beginning with French Polynesia – Huahine, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Pitcairn Island of Mutiny on the Bounty fame and finally the incredible Easter Island.



Arts of Ancient Greece, W248

New!
The writers and artists of classic Greece developed concepts and techniques which have greatly influenced European art. With illustrated lectures and video examples, we will experience the arts of ancient Greece.

  • Myths and legends provide the sources of epic poetry. From Homer until today, the stories continue to resonate.
  • Painted vases show great artistry and also document the life of the time.
  • Statues and reliefs express beauty and emotion. Greek sculptors created the poses which brought movement to stone.
  • Greek theater set a high standard for tragic drama. We will see examples in Oedipus Rex and Iphigenia at Aulis.

The arts developed by the Greeks continue to bring us pleasure. In addition, as we examine examples of these ancient arts, we will gain a greater understanding of the culture from which they came.



Basic Genealogy, W225 CANCELLED

New!
Basic genealogy is designed for people with little or no experience in researching their ancestors or for those who have tried but found themselves lost and would like review. The approach is on a personal level, using the experiences of the instructor as illustrations for the various problems that may be confronted. The sessions include how to begin researching; the materials which are handy to the researcher and their proper use; overcoming obstacles; general organizational skills; how to access
public and privately held records, including vital records, probate and land records, census, church and cemetery records; a look at published materials and the variety of resources available at facilities such as libraries, archives and societies at the state and national levels; and a discussion of the use of the internet and computers. An introduction to the use of the internet and a bibliography of suggested supplementary reading with printed samples of charts and other materials are included.



Best Plays on Broadway, Part II, W222 CLOSED

New!
Read and analyze the greatest dramas of American playwrights. Most plays to be discussed are under 100 pages in length.

  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. This highly personal, explicitly autobiographical play earned Williams fame, fortune and critical respect, marking a run that would last for ten years.
  • Doubt by Patrick Shanley. A rigid Catholic nun who serves as principal of a 1960s parochial school accuses a priest of molesting a black student in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
  • The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill. Focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams. Now recognized as one of the great plays in American drama.
  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a scalding comedy about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers.
  • Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare. Explores the premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by a chain of no more than six acquaintances.
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst.
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. A dark comedy, it portrays a husband and wife in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening’s end, an almost unbearable revelation provides a shocking climax.
  • Fences by August Wilson. The spirit of the 60’s is changing the world and Troy Maxson is becoming a stranger, angry and afraid, in a place he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less.



Birth of Social Activism in America, W129

Re-examined!
The decades preceding the Civil War witnessed the emergence of movements for social change in America.  Known collectively as the “Sisterhood of Reforms,” they helped support a major transformation in how Americans viewed their society. The vast changes in political, social and economic arrangements in young America encouraged many in the new middle class to actively seek to address society’s injustices. With crusading zeal, these reformers created movements to abolish slavery; to promote women’s rights; and to encourage health, education and labor reforms. With a uniquely American perspective, they laid the groundwork for the transformation to our modern society. The course will address these questions: who were these reformers and why did they get involved in the issues; what did they accomplish? And, what impact did they have on America?



Color Mixing Techniques, W243 CLOSED

New!
In this class we work with acrylics and learn about color through a variety of mixing and blending techniques. Students should bring white and black paint, one brush, a paint rag, a water container – 8 oz minimum, a palette pad and sturdy white paper for the first class.  The instructor will discuss what other supplies are needed. (Gray palette pads and plastic knives can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama.)



Computer Bytes, E205 CLOSED

New!
This course is designed for people who have a basic knowledge of the computer but would like to gain more ease in using it. The class covers some basic word processing skills, such as copy and paste and creating an address list in MS Word; getting around on the internet, testing the many types of web sites available and ways to be safe while surfing; learning and effectively using the many types of search sites, such as Google and others; and learning email skills, including adding photo and file attachments and getting rid of excess addresses. When possible, subjects brought up by students will be covered if they are of general interest to the class. This course covers only PCs; Macs are not covered.



Conflict Resolution — CANCELLED

New!
Can conflicts be resolved? Many methods have been used to positively resolve conflicts in communities and throughout the justice system.  This is a course about global communities, person-to-person disputes and actual and potential means that have been used or could be used to solve them. We will cover Rwanda, South Africa, indigenous communities, racial unrest, a specific example used in Connecticut and different schools of thought on conflict resolution.



Connecticut: Election Year 2014, W231 CLOSED

New!
An independent survey found that 49% of Connecticut residents would move out of the state if given the option. This class will follow the gubernatorial campaign between Governor Dan Malloy and his Republican opponent and examine the public policy
positions each candidate takes on the following issues:

  • The Economy: Connecticut is at a 20-year low point in job creation. Jobs being created are in the low-wage and service sectors while jobs being shed are in the high-wage manufacturing sector. Connecticut is the only state in the nation with no  business growth since 1989.
  • Education:  Racial achievement gaps persist, only limited measures of assessment and accountability exist and students receive inadequate preparation for higher education and the needs of a global economy.
  • Transportation: Capacity on Connecticut major highways needs expansion; bridges are deteriorating; commuter rail service is congested; port capacity needs to be increased; and rail freight should be extended.
  • Crime: The FBI includes Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford among the 20 most dangerous cities in America, according to a per capita analysis of violent crime.
  • Housing: The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk corridor is ranked among the 10 most expensive housing regions in the nation, causing employers to complain that housing costs are undermining their ability to attract and retain workers.
  • The Environment: With more destructive hurricanes, how does the state make the shoreline more resilient? Low levels of oxygen are creating a “dead zone” over Long Island Sound, killing aquatic life. State parks and forests are undermanned with a staff of 74 to cover 139 properties.


Current Affairs, W218 CLOSED

Ongoing Topics!
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.



Dracula, W215

New!
Was there a real, historical Dracula? Scholars have found enough evidence to trace Bram Stoker’s hero to one Vlad III (1431-1436), who ruled Wallachia (now the area known as Romania) and whose patronymic was Dracula (order of the dragons). Posthumously, he became known as Vlad the Impaler, for his less than merciful way of dispatching battle victims. During this course, we will learn about the traditional Eastern European vampire, which emerged from folklore to become a timeless source of  horror and fascination, inspiring countless movies, books and plays. We will read the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, learn about the author’s thorough research into the world of his hero and explore vampire “rules” and traditions, many of which have been altered in recent years by contemporary writers and producers of popular entertainment. We will conclude by watching the lavish, R-rated film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with time left to discuss its rendering of the novel.
(The suggested edition of the novel is Dracula by Bram Stoker, Barnes & Noble Classics.)



Fascinating Southeast Asian Sites, W215

New!
Sit back in your chair and explore with slides unusual and fascinating Southeast Asian tourist sites as you accompany an expert during his recent visits to the region. Just a few of the places you’ll experience are Borobudur, a massive Buddhist stupa on the island of Java in Indonesia; the Plain of Jars and the Hintang Archeological Park in northeastern Laos with its millennia-old
large stone jars and grave markers; the caves of Vieng Xai, where the Pathet Lao spent years evading U.S. bombing; Kyaiktiyo in southeastern Myanmar, featuring a sacred Buddhist rock precariously perched on a mountain top; the ancient temple of Wat Phu in southern Laos, home to animism, Hinduism and Buddhism since the fifth century C.E; and the Shweddagon Pagoda,  with its massive gold plated stupa, the most famous Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar.



Forensic Science, W105 CLOSED

New!
How does a modern Sherlock Holmes solve crimes? We review old tried and true methods for investigating a crime scene and learn about solutions made possible by recent scientific research. Using actual cases, we will explore how detectives and  criminologists got it wrong or right in their analyses of some very famous crimes.



Fun With Collage/Mixed Media Art, W226 CLOSED

New!
Fun and imagination are the keys! Create simple black and white compositions and then move on to free form, complex and playful images. Use of pencils, cut-outs from newspapers and magazines, crayons, watercolor, acrylic paints and found objects are some of the materials we will use. We will discuss such topics as composition, negative space, color, grids and visual elements. We will also look at current art and artists’ work of the past. Because art should be viewed, we will critique everyone’s creations and thoughts. Create at your own pace or start a new piece or two each week.
Supplies for the first class will be provided by the Facilitator, who will then help students choose the proper art supplies to purchase for the remaining sessions. Students will be asked to bring 2 to 4 sheets of paper (at least 8X11”) per class, HB or #2 pencil, kneaded eraser, Elmer’s or Sobo glue (craft and fabric glue), scissors, paper towels and “artist’s” tape. (We will discuss more.)



George Gershwin: Genius Beyond Compare, W129 CLOSED

New!
Celebrating Gershwin, this course will highlight his signature contributions to modern American music, how he fused the worlds of jazz, the popular and the classical, drawing upon elements from Harlem, Havana, the American South, the synagogue, Central Europe and beyond.



Great American Songs & Stories, Pepsico Theater

Music Favorites!
Come join Dr.Joe on another musical romp through the decades of the Great American Song Book.  He shares his extensive knowledge of behind the scenes stories about the composers and their music, including Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rogers and Hart, etc.  Dr. Joe starts with the early 1930′s and continues into the 1940′s, discussing the clever lyrics of each song and treating us to his musical creativity by playing these songs for us on the grand piano.



Greatest Spies of World War II, W227 CLOSED

New!
This course will focus on some of the most successful spies and their systems which had the greatest impact on the events of the Second World War and the Cold War.  We examine who they were, what they did, how they did it and why they did it. They include the notorious Kim Philby, a mastermind who rose to almost the top of the very spy organization he betrayed. Another is the spy “Garbo,” whose coterie of agents and spectacular exploits surpass a fiction of a writer’s dream. We spotlight one of the most complex and fascinating spies who ever lived (or died) and we divulge the magnificent and practically byzantine story of an espionage effort that successfully altered the course of the war.



Heroes and Villains in the Old Testament, W226

New!
Heroic or villainous behavior can sometimes be attributed to relationships between people. Interestingly, descriptions of all types of modern relationships can be found in the Hebrew Bible. By examining Biblical stories, this class traces the interplay of emotions that creates the stage for heroism or its opposite. Some examples we will dissect are classical, like Cain/Abel,  Rachel/Leah and Jacob/Esau—relationships between siblings. Because they are more sexual in nature, other relationships are more tantalizing, including Samson/Delilah, Abraham/Sarah/Hagar and Judah/Tamar.



History of the Jewish People, E227

New!
The history of the Jewish People is an 8 part look at 3000 years of Jewish history and the impact Jews have made on the world. The history of the Jews is everyone’s history as it weaves its way in and out of our culture. With the help of outstanding videos, slides and handouts, we will explore ancient times, Jerusalem, the State of Israel, and Jewish history in America.



I Love To Read, W224

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

September 15: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Facilitator Michael Mugnolo
Lured by nationalism and the promise of glory, young Paul Baumer, an idealistic student, a boy really, answers the call to service, only to see himself transformed from a sensitive human being whose life has been characterized by his concern for his fellow man to an unthinking animal whose obsession is to kill or be killed. Remarque is still remembered today as the recording angel of the Great War, and while this masterpiece won many awards, perhaps its greatest accolade was being burned by the Nazis.

September 22: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Facilitator John Suttton
David Wilson, a lawyer, is called Pudd’nhead because the citizens of a small town on the Mississippi prior to the Civil War don’t understand his combination of wisdom and eccentricity. He solves a murder mystery which hinges on the deception of the switched identities of a child born free and a child born slave. A condemnation of a society that allows slavery, each  chapter begins with a witty epigram from Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar.

September 29: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Facilitator Morgan Corrigan
The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained in this season of dying. Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its mazes and mirrors: two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmare.

October 6:  The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
Facilitator Richard Auwarter
When Line and Doon lead their people up from the underground city of Ember, they discover a surface world of color and life. The people of a village called Sparks agree to help the Emberites, but the villagers have never had to share their world before. Soon, differences between the two cultures escalate. DuPrau systematically explores the nature of conflict and the strength and courage to overcome it.

October 20: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Facilitator Stephen Bentkover
Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count and rip apart our language in startling and unusual ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic king of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are not exactly legal. Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy-turvy.

October 27:  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Facilitator Miwako Ogasawara
Set in a luxury apartment in Paris, the story revolves around Renee, a middle-age concierge, and Paloma, a 12 year old genius and daughter of a wealthy family resident. Paloma also has a secret: she plans to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday so that she can avoid a predictably bourgeois life. Then comes onto the scene a rich Japanese man, Mr. Ozu. By turns moving and hilarious, the story leads to a surprising ending.



Iraq: A History, W218 CLOSED

Revisit!
Iraq as a modern nation among the family of nations turns 82 years old on October 3, 2014. It joined the League of Nations in 1932, but was hardly sovereign.  This tortured country is the product of the infamous Sykes/Picot Agreement of 1916, when the
British and French forged the borders of modern Iraq. London and Paris pursued their colonial agendas in the Near East in expectation of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Such agendas of aggrandizement came at the expense of the indigenous peoples living in the Middle East. We trace the evolution of one of the most storied epics in human history, proceeding with Ancient Iraq, Islamic Iraq, British Iraq, American Iraq and culminating with the current tragic aftermath.



Islam, W222 CLOSED

New!
From the beginning of Islam in the Seventh Century to modern times it has become the second largest religion in the world, with one and a half billion adherents. We discuss the split between the two main branches, Shia and Sunni, and contrast the Qur’an with the Bible. We review Islam’s growth through war and forced conversion. We compare Islam to other Abrahamic religions through the study of its dogma, rituals, philosophy and scripture.



Japan’s Transformations, W129

New!
Japan has undergone drastic changes in the last 150 years, transitioning from a feudal to a modern society. Reluctantly at first, it accepted trade with foreign nations, then eagerly embraced Western technology and practices.  Radical reforms were imposed on the nation at the end of World War II when, under the supervision of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the country was demilitarized, forced to give up conquered lands, accept a new constitution and rearrange its priorities. The most recent disruption was the precipitous end of its rapid economic expansion and the beginning of the Lost Decade.

We analyze the causes and consequences of these transformations, which regardless of how  profound they were, did not seem to have greatly affected the nature of the Japanese character.



Magical Moments at the Movies – CANCELLED

All Time Favorite!
This course continues to feature musical, dramatic and comic scenes from movies with rarely a repeated sequence. Such is the library of the facilitator. This series emphasizes the Golden Age of Hollywood (1931-1960), yet includes many scenes from movies up to the present day. All clips are introduced with a history of the genre: the stars, directors, choreographers, moguls, behind-the-scenes artisans and pertinent gossip. Hear explanations of how the magic was created, along with those all-too-many goofs Hollywood wants us to forget. The Facilitator opens each session with a film industry monologue and two popular name games and the birthday game. These classes make one feel nostalgic for the good old days when movies were sheer entertainment, when stars were stars and  dancing and singing in the streets were a joy to behold. Handouts await attendees each week.



Modern Short Stories: Best of Times CANCELLED

More!
The collection Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age serves as the text for this course. In it, such outstanding writers as George Saunders, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tobias Wolff and others offer comments on and try to make sense of modern America. Their stories speak to some of the most pressing issues confronting America today, from race relations, immigration and social class to gender issues, politics and the economy.  The stories provide an ideal way to explore the current state of our union.

A copy of the text is provided to the students on the first day of class.
Specific titles will be chosen at that time.



Music and the Big Band Era, E227

Another Set!
Why does music that was popular 60 years ago still enthrall audiences today? We learn how to listen to big band music in a new, enhanced and enlightened way. The music of the big band, which evolved from the 1930’s through the mid-1950’s. holds a prominent place in the history of American jazz. Its formal beginnings were found in the small combos of New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City. Many of those small group musicians went on to form new big bands, while others played for the existing big bands. They brought with them new ideas, sounds and styles. What made these bands so successful? Who were their leaders, musicians, soloists and vocalists?  We watch videos, listen to CDs and differentiate the three major sections that make up a typical big band and discover how individual bandleaders and arrangers melded these sections to create distinct sounds.



New York: America’s Greatest City: Part II, E223 CLOSED

Continued!
Moving on with the history of New York City from the early 1900’s through the present, we witness the changing story of the city through the eyes and voices of many of its citizens ─ immigrants, leading political figures and celebrities. We visit landmark buildings and world fairs and discuss historic events that have shaped America’s great city. Videos, photos and handouts help us discover how this dynamic city played an unparalleled role in shaping the nation and the world.
You need not have taken Part I to take Part II.



Once Upon a Life/Time: Memoir Writing, W224 CLOSED

Chapter III!
Writing one’s memoir is no longer for the rich and famous. In addition to recording special memories, writing about the events of your life can offer unexpected benefits: boosting memory, assisting in the grief process and sharing your journey with family and future generations. Participants learn the characteristics of the genre, how to focus and begin writing and how to find one’s “voice.” We learn to organize our writing and refine our stories through discussion and comments from the instructor and classmates. Whether you have written before or have never recorded a word, this course offers a creative and peaceful environment in which to write, reminisce and share your milestones.

New writers welcome. No experience necessary.



Origami Through the Seasons, W232

More Folds!
We learn how to fold a variety of simple to intermediate seasonal models, including Christmas, Chanukah, Halloween, spring, summer, winter and fall. A pack of 6” origami paper is required. Those who have not folded before might find 8” paper easier to manipulate.  The facilitator supplies special paper when necessary.



Psychology of Color, E218

Back Again!
You may never look at color in the same way again! Did you know that 60% of all your purchases are based solely on color? That if you wear red socks all day you will go to bed with warm feet? That yellow is the color of communication and safety? We live in a visual world surrounded by color everywhere we go. Whether in our clothing, home furnishings, in nature or in the grocery store, color can affect our mood, health and even our buying decisions. Color in food packaging can and does affect whether we believe something is healthful. This fun and interactive course provides a deeper understanding of the unspoken “language of color.” We discover the emotions that colors elicit and the effect on our physical body. We explore the use of color, its historical significance, colors and culture and color symbolism.



Puccini on Parade in Six Operas, E223 CLOSED

New!
Puccini’s music goes straight to the heart, which explains the world-wide appeal of his operas. His first opera, entered in a composition contest, was instantly rejected by the judges. On appeal it was found that the reason was that his handwriting was so bad that the music score was unreadable. Once fixed, Puccini was immediately declared the new Verdi and the future star composer of Italian opera. We follow his meteoric rise to fame as we see video excerpts of six of his ten operas in chronological order. Our roster of singers includes the best tenors — Pavarotti and Domingo and Jonas Kaufmann (today’s superstar) ─ paired with the best sopranos like Kiri Te Kanawa. These opera videos have been selected to be the best of the best from the various productions available.



Reflections on Art, Expanded, W221

New Canvases!
How are periods of art linked?  How have we been influenced by Greco/Roman, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and French Impressionism art? Paintings resonate differently with each observer. We explore color, form, composition and the lives of the artists. PowerPoint presentations augment 16X20 art board reproductions of Fine Art. Class discussion and interaction encouraged.



Self-Discovery: Nine Personality Profiles, E228

Revised!
Discover how the Enneagram works for you and why it offers a unique tool in exploring how similar and yet different you are. Do you know your personality type and where it comes from? Is there something in you that is more real than the personality you show to others?  We answer these and similar questions based on the Enneagram of personality types. Nine distinct ways interpret the world around you.  We focus on the greatest gifts of each type such as wisdom, courage, creativity, altruism and joy and examine their greatest pitfalls such as fear, anger, shame and doubt, which can keep you from realizing your full potential. To help explore the trait of each type we use some well-known personalities as examples (actors. politicians, artists).   With greater understanding and insights you can deepen your capacity for more satisfying relationships.



Sex and the Supreme Court, E227 CLOSED

Updated!
This course is designed to appeal to your intellect, not to arouse anyone’s prurient interest. It focuses on the mass of evolving legal jurisprudence established by nine men and women justices, who, in their infinite wisdom, determine the constitutionality of human actions. We examine specific issues and cases pertinent to human sexuality and the shifting interpretations of what is constitutionally protected. Topics include pornography/obscenity, birth control and abortion, sexual orientation, same sex marriages and gay rights, sexual offender/predator registries and sexual harassment in and out of the workplace.



Spanish Culture with an Artistic Twist, E218

Otra Vez!
Interested in learning more about Spanish history, literature, art and music? Join us as we explore highlights of one of the most fascinating, diverse and extraordinary cultures of the world.  We travel back in time to examine how the many different inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula contributed to this culture’s unique development in European and world history. The journey promises to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the many contributions of Christians, Muslims and Jews during the Medieval and Renaissance periods, influences that set the stage for Don Quixote’s chivalric idealism, El Greco’s Byzantine mysticism and Velazquez’s aesthetic realism during Spain’s Golden Age.



Speaking Spanish for Enjoyment, W220

Hola!
New to the language or need a refresher? Become more familiar with the ever-expanding use of Spanish. We practice conversational skills, greeting people, shopping, foods, dining-out and travel. Aspects of Hispanic culture are interwoven, highlighting the differences with the U.S.: family relationships, regional foods, universities, healthcare, art and culture.

Text: Saludos!: Introductory Spanish by Oscar Ozete.



The Words of Wall Street: Deciphering the Jargon, W130

New!
This is not an investment course; instead, we focus on the jargon we hear when talking with our financial advisors, reading the financial press or watching CNBC or Bloomberg television. While learning the terminology, participants become familiar with the structure and functions of Wall Street. Participants are encouraged to bring in words, phrases and expressions for translation into everyday English.



Through the Looking Glass: Examining Our Dreams, E218

New!
Dreams are as old as the ancients and as new as last night. Analyze your dreams by engaging in dream practices rooted in antiquity and updated in the light of contemporary understanding. From the supernatural to the psychological to the personal, we investigate how to work with dreams in a practical way, using our insights to solve problems. Discussions include Freud (psychology), Jung (archetypes), Medard Boss (culture) and the Delphic Oracle (omens). In every class, we discuss and analyze dreams. Participants have the opportunity to voluntarily share their own dreams for discussion and analysis.



Vietnam: A History, E226

Revised!
For many Americans, Vietnam conjures up painful images ─ one of which is…defeat. All of America’s industrial might, military muscle and belief in a righteous cause could not overcome revolutionary nationalism of the followers of Ho Chi Minh.  But there is more to the long, costly struggle for unification waged by Vietnam than defeating America.  Rather, our defeat in Vietnam is the poster child expression of the bankruptcy of colonialism and imperialism. See a panoramic view of this faraway nation that has  been woefully misunderstood spanning from the mid-19th century to 1975. How did Vietnam through infinite patience and purposeful fortitude throw off the yoke of colonialism and enslavement by France and Japan?  We conclude with the vain American attempt to preserve South Vietnam in the wake of the stalemate in Korea and the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. This was the era of the Cold War.



View of America Through Art, E220 CLOSED

New!
Explore how American art evolved from pre-colonial primitive to a clearly American statement of self-determination and the “can do” spirit. Portraiture of the limners, high portraits of Copley, West and Trumbull begin the journey away from Europe to find and establish a truly American art form. Experience the Civil War through lithographs. See the Westward expansion viewed through the eyes of the Hudson River School. Thrill to compositions of Bierstadt, Remington, Frank Johnson and Church. Meet the independent artists Homer and Eakins. Spain’s influence on colonial Latin art of the Far West is dramatic and engaging. See how O’Keefe and Benton shaped new attitudes in the twentieth century and Stieglitz turned photography into art and not merely the recording of reality. Enjoy lively exchanges in class.



Watercolor: Beginner, W228

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

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

This course is limited to 20 students.



Watercolor: Intermediate, W243 CLOSED

Another Old Favorite!
If you are an intermediate-level water colorist, here’s a chance to improve your technique. This course is a step-by-step guide to painting traditional landscapes, seascapes, flowers and still life. We cover techniques: textures, perspective, transparent washes, masking, planning and composing. Bring paints (tubes are preferred), a palette, your favorite brushes, watercolor paper and a water container to class. Some pre-created scenes on watercolor paper are supplied.

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

This course is limited to 20 students.



Women’s History Through Women’s Voices, W221

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Why have so few historical documents recorded women’s voices?  After generations of social culture deeming women’s silence as a universal trait of being female; that women were neither smart nor ambitious enough to voice opinions, the last 40 years of research has exposed an abundance of letters, speeches and art debunking that myth.

We survey Western history through the voices of women. Enheduanna, b. 2285 BC, considered to be the earliest known female whose words were recorded, was a poet whose psalms can now be read today. Hildegard of Bingen, b. 1098, was a writer, mathematician, philosopher and musician whose music we can now hear. Ann Bradstreet, b. 1612, America’s first poet whose poems we study now, depicted the role of women in the 1600’s. We have letters and diaries from women who traveled West during the Gold Rush; slaves who witnessed the selling of their children; and speeches by the suffragettes who fought for women’s rights.



World War I via Film, E219

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World War I began one hundred years ago, but its impact is still felt in the contemporary world. Through the use of films, we focus on some of the key men and women who shaped this war. Among those we discuss are Lawrence of Arabia, the Red Baron, Mata Hari, Woodrow Wilson and Lenin.