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|Special Event - FREE Fall Term Kickoff and Senior Learners, Inc., Annual Meeting - Added 8/9/21||Hautanen||Fri, 8/27/21||1||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$0.00|
|The 2020-21 Fiscal Year for Senior Learners, Inc., ends on August 31, 2021. Under our Bylaws we must hold an annual meeting once a year to elect the Board for the next Fiscal Year. As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, our Annual Meeting this year will be held in the Building 20 Lobby and online using Zoom. After the short Board Meeting the Fall Term instructors will introduce themselves and their courses. See SeniorLearners.org for current recommendations about wearing masks in the Lobby.||Science and Technology - Artificial Intelligence - Added 8/5/21||Stephens||Wed, 9/15/21||4||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$20.00|
|This course will look at both the history of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and new AI developments, with emphasis on robotics, home usages, and the impact of AI on medical science. We will examine the ethics of AI implementations and the implications of what is referred to the technological singularity - the time when this technology will allow machines to outperform human beings for both problem-solving and creativity. AI is a pervasive force in our lives. It depends on acquiring large amounts of data, which is now easy to achieve and will be even easier with 5 and 6G communications and quantum computers. AI technology will allow us to understand and deal with complex systems, such as human brains and the structure of of both galactic and nano worlds. While there is much that can be achieved for the betterment of mankind, it can be also used to invade and control people and nations.||History and Geography - World War II - 1944 - Added 8/1/21||Holloran||Fri, 9/3/21||8||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$40.00|
|This course is the fourth course in a planned series of six courses. During 1944 the Allies advanced against the Axis on six fronts (Western and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, China, the Southwest Pacific and the Central Pacific). Any examination of World War II requires study of the critical battles that were often occurring about the same time in several of the theaters. We will draw on scholarly analysis of the strategic options and objectives behind the battles and their overall significance. The course draws upon lectures from several of the Great Courses, along with publicly available videos from the time and subsequent analyses.||Science and Technology - Science Surprises - Added 7/31/21||Pealer||Tue, 9/7/21||1||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$3.75|
|For biology enthusiasts, this monthly class will be whatever videos, articles, websites I have found interesting. It is sort of an in-person blog instead of an online blog!||History and Geography - Armchair Travel: Tour of Greece and Turkey 2 - Added 7/31/21||Kelly||Thu, 9/30/21||5||10:00 AM||11:30 AM||$18.75|
|This course is the second in a series of three. We will be traveling to the mainland Greece and its islands. Why should we make the journey in our armchairs to one of the most beautiful places in the world? In addition to history, this land is where three continents collide with gorgeous volcanic sand beaches and dramatic landscapes. Using The Great Courses as our anchor, I will present also the culture of Greece and Turkey, as well as look at practical tips for travel.||Philosophies and History of Religions - Introduction to Buddhism - Added 7/31/21||Hunt||Mon, 10/4/21||1||1:30 PM||3:30 PM||$5.00|
|While most Westerners are familiar to varying degrees in the Abrahamic religions, relatively few are knowledgeable as to the fundamentals of Buddhism and founder, Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Do Buddhists regard the Buddha as Christians regard Jesus? Where was he born and what were the significant events in his life? How did the Buddha become enlightened? What are the fundamentals of Buddhist thought?||Literature and Language - Hemingway-The Man and His Art II - Added 7/31/21||Hull||Mon, 10/18/21||4||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$15.00|
|The thrust of this class is a close reading of Hemingway's short stories with the emphasis on The Iceberg Effect or The Theory of Omission. Intriguing yet speculative, how do these stories illuminate the myth, the man and the encroaching darkness of his later years. Stages in his life reflected in the stories (In most cases the totality of the assignment for each class involves little reading-10-15 pages) and culminating with the novella, The Old Man and the Sea at the end of this second course. Note: PDF copies of the short stories to be read prior to each class will be available for download by registered students. The novella ia also available as a PDF online.||History and Geography - Creation of the American Century: 1900-1950 - Added 7/31/21||Coffey||Wed, 10/27/21||4||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$15.00|
|The purpose of this class is to overview the economic and political history of 1900-1950. Despite the catastrophes of World War I, the Great Depression and World War II, our ancestors persevered and created the foundations for the American Century of post WW II. During this half century, America transformed from farm to factory, from muscle to mechanical power, and from isolation to hegemon. Lectures will be presented live via Zoom with up to a half hour afterwards reserved for further discussion. Presentations will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com. Students who are not able to, or prefer not to participate online, can view him on the big screen in the classroom and ask questions along with those who are online.||History and Geography - Armchair Travel with Evelyn: Tour of Greece and Turkey - 3 - Added 7/31/21||Kelly||Thu, 11/4/21||5||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$18.75|
|This course is the third in a series of three. To visit Greece and Turkey is to travel through the history of Western civilization. Using The Great Courses as our anchor, I will present also the culture of Greece and Turkey, as well as look at practical tips for travel.||Science and Technology - Science Surprises - Added 7/31/21||Pealer||Tue, 11/9/21||1||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$3.75|
|For biology enthusiasts, this monthly class will be whatever videos, articles, websites I have found interesting. It is sort of an in-person blog instead of an online blog!||Science and Technology - Great Heroes of Astronomy and Discoveries of Astronomy - Added 7/31/21||Cheney||Wed, 12/1/21||3||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$15.00|
|The heroes of astronomy constantly push forward to pursue new discoveries, test new theories, and make groundbreaking technological advances that shape our ability to observe and interpret the cosmos. Their stories, their lives, their legacies—experienced together in this masterful course—are an incomparable window into why we havve always found the stars so fascinating. And why we always will. This course is based in part on lectures by University of Washington Associate Professor Emily Levesque from her course Great Heroes and Discoveries of Astronomy.||the Arts - For Love of Film: The Best Movies of 2020 - Added 7/29/21||Smith||Mon, 8/30/21||4||1:00 PM||4:00 PM||$20.00|
|Join us as we return to the classroom for in person film courses. We will be watching and discussing some of the best films of 2020, all of which have been Oscar recognized. We start with Nomadland, the film that was honored with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director Chloe Zhao and Best Actress Frances McDormand. We will then be watching the visually stunning live action Mulan, Korean film Minari whose Yuh-Jung-Youn won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and the Pixar treasure, Soul, winner of two Oscars and which will fill the room with Jazz. Popcorn will be served to enhance the watching experience in the classroom.||History and Geography - Tour of Mayan Peninsula - Added 7/29/21||Hautanen||Wed, 9/8/21||4||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$15.00|
|Using The Great Courses lecture series Exploring the Mayan World by Professor Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D., this course will tour the Mayan regions of the upper Yucatan Peninsula. We’ve seen Professor Barnhart in previous courses focused on Archaeology and Archaeo-astronomy. This course adds more in depth study of culture, art, history, and modern Mayan people.||History and Geography - Introduction to Japanese Culture - Added 7/29/21||Howard||Mon, 9/13/21||4||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$15.00|
|In this course you will discover what makes Japanese culture so distinctive and exotic. It is based primarily on lectures by Stanford Professor Mark Ravina from his course Understanding Japan: A Cultural History from The Great Courses.||the Arts - Drawing and Painting Part 2 - Added 7/29/21||Thomas||Thu, 9/30/21||4||1:00 PM||3:00 PM||$20.00|
|The Fall Term Drawing and Painting courses feature and highlight basic drawing skills to define organic and geometric shapes, lines and marks that create texture, size and placement relationship of objects; under-drawings can be done using graphite or color pencils (water color pencils not recommended). Each class session focuses on working quickly to complete a composition; the compositions vary in object/ subject matter, and provide practice exercises in glazing with transparent and opaque washes, blocking color shapes, exploring warm or cool pallets, high and low-key (light/ dark) value pallets, creating textures using lines and bold strokes to represent detail, and creating color schemes that produce color harmony. Compositions include still-life, landscapes, painting a glass, metallic and wood textured surfaces realistically.||the Arts - Watercolor in Nature - Floral Images 2 - Added 7/29/21||Craggs||Wed, 10/6/21||6||1:30 PM||3:30 PM||$30.00|
|We will continue to explore techniques used by professional botanical illustrators with new and familiar flowers. No problem if you did not attend the first session of Floral Images. All the basic techniques will be repeated and fully explained with written information for reference. As before, the lessons will be organized in a packet with specific written step-by-step instructions that can be easily followed. The packet will also contain a line drawing printed on watercolor paper and a copy of a finished painting. The packets are mailed to each participant usually ten days before each class begins. If a participant is late registering, I will hand deliver the packets here in Ocala.||the Arts - For Love of Film: Michael Douglas Film Festival - Added 7/29/21||Smith||Mon, 10/11/21||5||1:00 PM||4:00 PM||$25.00|
|Michael Douglas, the child of Hollywood Royalty, has been a fixture in the entertainment industry since the 1960s. He is a versatile actor and the recipient of two Oscars. Join us in watching and discussing The American President a classic with Annette Bening and directed by Rob Reiner, The China Syndrome with Jane Fonda and Jack Lemon, Romancing the Stone with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, The Wonder Boys based on a story by Michael Chabon with Tobey Maguire, and Wall Street for which he received the Best Actor Oscar. Popcorn will be served to enhance the watching experience.||the Arts - Drawing and Painting Wrap-Up - Added 7/29/21||Thomas||Thu, 10/28/21||2||1:00 PM||3:00 PM||$10.00|
|This wrap-up course provides an opportunity to re-visit the techniques from the earlier Drawing and Painting courses with new projects based on them and to finish any outstanding projects. Since no new techniques will be introduced there will be time for some individualized attention by the instructor on their projects.||the Arts - For Love of Film: Mystical Movies - Added 7/29/21||Smith||Mon, 11/15/21||3||1:00 PM||4:00 PM||$15.00|
|Join us in viewing and discussing some classic movie treasures. We will be watching Peggy Sue Got Married starring Kathleen Turner, Bell, Book and Candle starring Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, and Jack Lemon and Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Popcorn will be served to enhance the watching experience.||History and Geography - World War II from the Japanese Perspective - Added 7/29/21||Howard||Wed, 11/17/21||4||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$15.00|
|This course is based primarily on lectures by Stanford Professor Mark Ravina from his course: Understanding Japan: A Cultural History from The Great Courses. On the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it is important to understand how the attack came about. The course follows the militarism of the Samurai, which emerged a thousand years ago, to the point in early 1900s when the Japanese military totally dominated the civilian government. A series of wrong assumptions by the Japanese military leaders led to what Professor Ravina calls "War without a Master Plan, 1931-1945." In the summer of 1941 an Assistant Treasury Secretary froze its assets preventing Japan from buying the oil it needed, undermined the efforts of President Roosevelt to prevent war with Japan. This beuracratic mistake triggered the chain of events that culminated in the December 7 attack.||Health and Better Living - Video Games Your Grandkids Will Be Talking About - Added 7/29/21||Hautanen||Mon, 12/13/21||1||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$3.75|
|Let us look at the new video games launching in the late summer, fall and holiday seasons this year. Video games on computers, game consoles, and smart phones and tablets are a huge part of the entertainment market these days. Your grandkids and kids may be all over these already. Maybe something will catch your eye too?||History and Geography - Crimes of the Century A Selective History of Infamy - 2 - Added 7/28/21||Bunker||Tue, 10/26/21||3||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$11.25|
|This course is the second in a series of 3 courses. It is an unfortunate fact that crime is commonplace in life and in history, and that includes the arguably most heinous of crimes: murder. Yet it is also true that despite its horror, or perhaps because of it, such crimes often excite an odd fascination. The crimes examined in this series are selective examples. The crimes are also roughly divided between those in which main question is the identity of the killer or killers, and those in which the nagging issue is their motivation. Even in the most famous cases, the series takes a fresh look, starting with the basic facts of the case, often startlingly sparse. Then it digs into the evidence and the theories and rampant speculation each case spawned. It reconsiders accepted explanations and open, or reopen, alternate possibilities to the questions presented by each of the cases. After all, it is the questions, not the answers, that spark our interest and keep us up at night.||History and Geography - Crimes of the Century A Selective History of Infamy - 3 - Added 7/28/21||Bunker||Tue, 11/30/21||3||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$11.25|
|This course is the third in a series of 3 courses. It is an unfortunate fact that crime is commonplace in life and in history, and that includes the arguably most heinous of crimes: murder. Yet it is also true that despite its horror, or perhaps because of it, such crimes often excite an odd fascination. The crimes examined in this series are selective examples. The crimes are also roughly divided between those in which main question is the identity of the killer or killers, and those in which the nagging issue is their motivation. Even in the most famous cases, the series takes a fresh look, starting with the basic facts of the case, often startlingly sparse. Then it digs into the evidence and the theories and rampant speculation each case spawned. It reconsiders accepted explanations and open, or reopen, alternate possibilities to the questions presented by each of the cases. After all, it is the questions, not the answers, that spark our interest and keep us up at night.||the Arts - History Through the Lens - Photography In the Modern World - Added 7/27/21||Holloran J||Tue, 9/28/21||4||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$15.00|
|In this class we will explore ways the camera has transformed how people experience the world, see themselves and other people, places and events. We will look at iconic images and explore photographers and their stories. We will look at what lies in the frame and what lies beyond it; we will consider composition, formal analysis, equipment, and the art and technique of editing. Finally, there are interesting stories about the publication of a photo and the legacies it can can leave behind.||History and Geography - New European Imperialism Leads to the Europe In Crisis in 1914 - Added 7/27/21||Hautanen||Fri, 10/8/21||6||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$22.50|
|Join us for another interesting look at some of the key European people and events of the late 1800s that helped set the stage for the First World War. This course will explore topics such as the expansion and contraction of various great powers, and the fights for independence of smaller nations, which affected the politics and international relations of Europe. We will use such sources as the excellent YouTube channel The Great War by historian Indy Neidell, and The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917, a Great Courses lectures series by Professor Robert Weiner Ph.D.||Health and Better Living - Learn About Cats! - Added 7/27/21||Goulet||Tue, 10/19/21||1||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$3.75|
|Explore the inside of Sheltering Hands as we take you on a tour of Marion county’s cat-only rescue facility. Learn about cat behavior and how to pick out the cat that is right for you. We will discuss the health benefits of owning a cat. Finally, we will cover emergency planning for your furry feline friend(s).||Health and Better Living - Tao Mahjongg is different-and I think easier and MORE fun! - Added 7/27/21||Sherwood||Tue, 11/16/21||2||1:30 PM||3:30 PM||$10.00|
|Tao Mahjongg is one of the many variations of the traditional Chinese Mahjongg. No card is used, which automatically makes this version more creative. Players love the creativity of this game. It is possible to win by obtaining the highest point, even if someone calls Mahjongg before you can. There are no strict rules. Join us to learn this popular game! Keep score and watch your own progress - of course - there is always an element of luck!!||History and Geography - Armchair Travel: Italy and Beyond - Added 7/26/21||Kelly||Tue, 10/26/21||1||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$5.00|
|Come with me as we do a quick visit of 10 cities in Italy. We will see how these city-states became a country and how Italians have influenced our culture today.||History and Geography - Armchair Travel: Romania, Dracula, and Beyond - Added 7/26/21||Kelly||Tue, 11/2/21||1||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$5.00|
|Romania is a unique land with some beautiful cities and fascinating mountains. Bucharest was once called Little Paris. But this time of year, the focus is in another area - Transylvania and a structure called Bran Castle. Bram Stoker made it famous in his novel Dracula. Romanians have also made a great impact on U.S. culture. Do not miss this fascinating visit.||Special Event - Senior Learners Holiday Party Featuring St. Augustine Nights of Lights - Added 7/26/21||Kelly||Fri, 12/17/21||1||1:30 PM||3:30 PM||$5.00|
|Saint Augustine has been billed as the oldest city in the United States. It also has one of the most spectacular shows of holiday lights. Called the Night of Lights, the display begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and ends the first of February. Locals say the time to go is very early at the first or in January. Tourists from many countries come to see the lights; it is well-publicized in travel brochures. We will also visit some of the spectacular old places that also are decorated - the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and their famous haunted cemeteries. Saint Augustine is said to be the most haunted place in the United States, with ghosts of Native Americans, Spanish settlers, Englishmen, Pirates, and even some modern ghosts of Henry Flagler. Visiting the old fort is a must. This might be a place you would like to go and take those visiting relatives with you.||Science and Technology - Major Technology Advancements During World War II - Added 7/24/21||Holloran||Thu, 11/18/21||4||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$15.00|
|Many technologies advanced rapidly during World War II. This course will explain developments in airplanes, rockets, computers and the atomic bomb.||History and Geography - World War II - 1945 to VE Day and Okinawa - Added 7/20/21||Holloran||Fri, 10/29/21||7||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||$35.00|
|This course is the fifth course in a planned series of six courses. The defeat of Germany in May 1945 was the culmination of the Allies steady advances on both the Western and European fronts. In parallel the industrial might of the United States enabled vast armadas of ships, planes and supplies that were reconquering the Philippines and taking Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Any examination of World War II requires of study of the critical battles and scholarly analysis of the strategic options and objectives behind the battles and their overall significance. We will also learn about the scientific, technical and industrial advances accelerated by the War, which eventually provided the wherewithal for the final victory. The course draws upon lectures from several of the Great Courses, along with publicly available videos from the time and subsequent analyses.||Health and Better Living - Understanding Routine Diagnostic Medical Tests - Added 7/20/21||Putzeys||Mon, 11/15/21||4||10:30 AM||12:00 PM||$15.00|
|Seniors frequently have diagnostic medical tests without understanding what is being checked and what the results mean. Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired local radiation oncologist, will explain the various routine diagnostic blood tests, along with other types of cancer screening.||Science and Technology - Science Biographies: E. O. Wilson - Added 7/4/21||Pealer||Tue, 11/30/21||1||10:00 AM||11:30 AM||$3.75|
|The Science Biographies series of courses describe aspects of the lives of scientists based on one biography of each that has appealed to me. This course about E.O. Wilson based on his autobiography.||Literature and Language - The Great American Read 4 - Added 5/10/21||Sullivan||Thu, 8/26/21||1||1:30 PM||3:00 PM||$3.75|
|This course continues with our survey of books selected from the PBS national survey, The Great American Read. The selection will have been picked at the previous session of the course and will be posted online as it becomes available.|
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