Recent Updates in SLI 2020 Summer Term Course Catalog

Recent Updates in
SLI 2020 Summer Term Course Catalog

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History and Geography - Greece & the Balkans - Birth of West and Battleground of East - Added 11/2/20Coffey Thu, 10/29/20 410:30 AM11:30 AM $10.00
Southeast Europe, the area known as the Balkans, has been a battleground for empires for centuries and a cauldron of civilizational clashes of East and West to the present. The Balkan area has diverse religions, cultures, languages, and geopolitics. Greece was the birthplace of democracy and progenitor of western culture. At the other extreme, the Balkans was the battleground of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia into 8 separate states. Although only a fraction of Europe's population, the Balkans have been a large part of Europe's fractures. Lectures will be presented live via Zoom and lecture notes will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.
Science and Technology - Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance I - Added 11/2/20Pealer Tue, 9/22/20 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
"Leonardo da Vinci is the one of the most recognized figures in history…" This course covers his early life and works, as well as the context in which he lived, 1452-1519, known as the High Renaissance. This was a time of intellectual advancement, geographic exploration during which there was much political instability and intrigue. It is based in part on lectures from one of The Great Courses: Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance by Professor George Bent from Washington and Lee University.
Science and Technology - Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance II - Added 11/2/20Pealer Tue, 11/17/20 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
"Leonardo da Vinci is the one of the most recognized figures in history…" This course completes his life and works as well as the context in which he lived, 1452-1519, known as the High Renaissance. This was a time of intellectual advancement, geographic exploration during which there was much political instability and intrigue. It is based in part on lectures from one of The Great Courses: Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance by Professor George Bent from Washington and Lee University.
History and Geography - Understanding the Best Countries of the World - Added 11/2/20Coffey Thu, 12/3/20 310:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
There are some 200 countries in our modern world of diverse geographies, politics, economics, cultures, and geopolitical influence. But an elite few standout for the past several decades as consistently serving their citizens in a superior way. While it is true that the world is dynamic and the best countries today may not necessarily remain on top forever, nevertheless there are three groups of advanced countries which are widely recognized as among the best. These three groups are scattered on 4 different continents, relatively small in population ( 5 to 50 million), though not necessarily in area and none is considered a world power. These three groups are Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland), the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, S Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore) and the British offshoots (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). This zoom class will focus one class on each of these groups and explore why they are considered among the best and compare and contrast their secrets to success. Lectures will be presented live via Zoom with time reserved for discussion. Presentations will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.
History and Geography - Science Biographies - Maria Merian - Added 10/23/20Pealer Thu, 9/3/20 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
My Science Biographies courses will describe aspects of the lives of scientists based on one biography about each that has appealed to me. This class will be about Maria Sybilla Merian based on biographies by Kim Todd and Joyce Sidman; Maria was a renown painter and naturalist who lived in the late 1600’s. Her diligent scientific study coupled with her beautiful paintings created our understanding of the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths. She led an extremely unusual life for her time.
Health and Better Living - An Introduction to Infectious Diseases II - Added 8/31/20Putzeys Mon, 11/16/20 510:30 AM11:30 AM $12.50
This second course in a series is by Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. In this course, Dr. Putzeys will continue supplementing the lectures of Professor Barry Fox, M.D., in The Great Courses: An Introduction to Infectious Diseases.
Science and Technology - Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way - Added 8/31/20Cheney Fri, 11/20/20 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
Dr. Jerry Cheney is the President of the Alachua Astronomy Club. He will bring you an inside look at the Milky Way through the big eye of the Hubble Space Telescope. He will be supplementing lectures by Professor David Meyer for The Great Courses: Experiencing Hubble - Exploring the Milky Way.
History and Geography - Winston Churchill Second Prime Ministership - Added 8/22/20Hautanen Tue, 11/24/20 41:30 PM2:30 PM $10.00
Our final look at Winston Churchill will be the period after WWII. Churchill’s war time coalition government ended before Japan had even surrendered. Though no longer prime minister he became the leader of the Tory party and thus leader of the opposition. During this time he gave his famous Iron Curtain speech, and then in 1951 the Tories won a general election and WSC would serve a 2nd term as prime minister. What were the major issues this time?
Health and Better Living - The Holidays Are Here - Added 8/19/20Patterson Wed, 11/18/20 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Let us enjoy the holidays together. Special seasons of the year mean we celebrate family, friends, fun, and food. During this class, we will learn about each other’s traditions, plan a party, create wonderful holiday menus, have a virtual cookie exchange, remember special music, work on creating meaningful gifts and identify ways to share seasonal kindness with our less fortunate Ocala neighbors.
Special Event - Saint Augustine and the Nights of Lights Festival - Added 8/3/20Kelly Mon, 12/14/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
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 - Language and the Mind - Added 7/30/20Holloran Fri, 11/6/20 510:00 AM11:30 AM $18.75
Modern technology has permitted new insights into how the mind processes language. Furthermore, we now know much more about why children easily learn even the most complex of native languages. We also know why many adults find learning a language very difficult. This course uses lectures from one of The Great Courses of the same name by Professor Spencer Kelly of Colgate University, supplemented with other online resources.
History and Geography - Eurasian Steppe Nomads - The Mongols - Added 7/30/20Holloran Wed, 12/2/20 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
This course begins with Chinggis (often pronounced Genghis) Kahn successfully uniting the Mongol tribes and starting a series of conquests in the early Thirteenth Century. His sons and grandsons finished these conquests. The Mongol Empire eventually covered most of Eurasia, becoming the largest contiguous empire in history. His grandson Qubilai (often pronounced Kublai) Khan through his conquests of China founded the Yuan Dynasty that replaced the Song Dynasty. He eventually ruled a united China and 1/6 of the land area of the Earth in the late Thirteenth Century. The European Steppe Nomads courses are based on key lectures from 65 in several of The Great Courses. These courses also include online videos and materials for home study. Attendance at all courses in the series is desirable, but, new students can join any course in the series.
the Arts - Monday Movie Club 2 - Added 7/14/20Smith Mon, 5/11/20 31:00 PM2:00 PM $0.00
Join us for our Monday Movie Club. Based on the book club model, the assigned movie will be discussed using prepared questions at the beginning of each class and the next film introduced at the end of the hour. I will be selecting movies that are free to Amazon Prime members, many of which are recent hits. You will need to provide your own popcorn and brownies for the class. See you at the movies!
Science and Technology - Mac 104: Maintenance and More - Added 7/7/20Davis Tue, 12/8/20 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
There comes a time in the life of every computer when problems strike. Mac 104 will give you tips on avoiding problems and how to fix them when they occur. You will learn how to back up your files, maintain your computer for best performance, and fix problems. Class participants will get links to useful resources and there will be ample time for questions and discussion.
Health and Better Living - Dealing with Stress & Anxiety During COVID - Added 9/25/20Lossada Tue, 12/15/20 19:00 AM11:00 AM $5.00
Join Dr. Mery Lossada, Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Marion County, for this timely topic about how we are all impacted by the coronavirus during these very challenging times. Learn about ways to deal with the stress and anxiety and find new methods of coping. We have all felt loss in some form or fashion during the pandemic. Experiencing loss is especially difficult during the holidays .

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