Senior Learners, Inc.<br/>Online Course Catalog for 2022-Fall Term

Senior Learners, Inc.
Online Course Catalog for 2022-Fall Term


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*"Both" courses are simultaneously online and in Room 107 of Building 20, when more than 5 students register in each.

Health and Better Living

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Let's Talk about: COVID - OnlineHoward Tue, 8/30/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
COVID affected us all in one way or another, but can we think of 3 good things that came about from this crisis?
Memory and the Human Lifespan 1 - OnlinePutzeys Thu, 9/1/22 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This course is the first in a series led by Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. The lectures are by University of Toronto Scarborough Professor Steve Joordens. This series of courses provides a rich and complete description of the cognitive and biological bases of human memory and describes how they come together in everyday life.
Fraud in Marion County - *BothBloom Tue, 9/27/22 110:30 AM12:00 PM $3.75
Scams and Frauds are our number 1 threat to our senior population here in Marion County. Our county has a higher senior population than other counties and the bad guys know this as well. These scams and frauds have been around for a while but seem to take a new skin and change the way they present themselves. But, these wolves in sheep’s clothing are always looking for ways to get your personal information, banking information and money from you. Find out what some of the latest scams look like and learn how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Memory and the Human Lifespan 2 - OnlinePutzeys Thu, 9/29/22 51:30 PM3:00 PM $18.75
This course is the second in a series led by Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. The lectures are by University of Toronto Scarborough Professor Steve Joordens. This series of courses provide a rich and complete description of the cognitive and biological bases of human memory and describes how they come together in everyday life.
Let's Talk About New Evolving Living Arrangements By Seniors - *BothHoward Mon, 10/3/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
As younger seniors are retiring they have been looking beyond the customary 55+ communities, etc. Those who are single intentionally, or following death of a spouse, are looking beyond remarriage for other ways share basic living expenses, travel and regain companionship. Naturally Occurring Retirement Community and the new Calesa Township near On Top of the World are two examples. We will share what we have recently learned and go from there.
What You Need to Know About Asthma, Greenwood Press, January 2022 - *BothKelly Tue, 10/4/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
From Evelyn's book jacket: About 25 million (or one in 12) U.S. Americans of all ages suffer from asthma. For some asthma is a minor nuisance, but for many it impacts their school and workdays, as well as their home life and recreational activities; it can also be life-threatening. In this book, medical writer Kelly explores the nature of asthma; its possible causes (including environmental and genetic causes); diagnosis, and symptoms; treatments and their benefits and side effects; and current research on future treatments and potential cures.
Lets Talk About Senior Learners - *BothHoward Mon, 10/10/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $0.00
This course is about Senior Learners itself. Can you identify 3 courses that especially appealed to you? Can you share what you really liked for one reason or another? Also, were there any that did not really appeal? We want to hear about both the good and bad. There will be goodies for those who attend in the classroom. The rest will have to do with virtual goodies, unless they have their own stocks of the real thing.
Hands-Only CPR 2022 - *BothPallamary Thu, 10/20/22 110:30 AM12:30 PM $3.75
This course was postponed from Summer Term. Students of all ages can benefit from learning Hands-Only CPR in 3 Easy Steps. Learn how to utilize the skills you learn in a cardiac emergency and make a difference in someone’s life. Participation in practicing compressions is optional and there are no breaths given in Hands-Only CPR. We will review the proper use of AEDS and discuss other options for emergency situations. No prior CPR experience required. Please note this is NOT a certification class.
The Aging Eye- LIGHT and your health - *BothHamed Wed, 10/26/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
LIGHT and your health. We will focus on the nature of light, how it is processed by the eye and brain. It’s impact on the development of eye disorders like myopia, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Effect on sleep disorders, and it’s contribution to the development of depression, memory loss, cognitive problems and overall well-being. You will fine tune your understanding of when to use blue blockers, the types of sunglasses most suited for various disorders, and the best time to go shopping in big box stores. Dr. Latif M. Hamed is an ophthalmologist in Ocala, Florida. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years
Marion County Birding - *BothSutton Wed, 11/2/22 41:30 PM3:30 PM $20.00
Larry Sutton will introduce you to Birding in Marion County with selected lectures from The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America.
Aging Trends - Top 5 Diseases - OnlineLossada Thu, 11/3/22 12:00 PM4:00 PM $5.00
Join Dr. Mery Lossada, Neurologist, Psychologist and Hospice of Marion County Chief Medical Officer as she talks about aging trends, life expectancies around the world and in the U.S. She will cover the top five diseases affecting older Americans, as well as provide tips to help stay healthy as we age.
Balance - OnlineJoranlien Fri, 11/4/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Ability to maintain your balance is important to seniors health and safety. This course covers the importance and main techniques for keeping your balance. The next course in this 2-course series includes the opportunity for live, in-person fall/balance screening.
Lucid Dreaming: Another Altered State of Reality - OnlinePallamary Tue, 11/15/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Explore the realms of dream states and learn how your dreams can affect your waking life. How does symbology affect dream interpretations? Is lucid dreaming different than precognitive dreams? What happens in the hypnogogic state just before you fall asleep? Learn how to keep a dream journal and have fun delving into your own subconscious universe.
Fall/Balance Screenings - *BothJoranlien Fri, 11/18/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
The students in the classroom will participate in the screening. Online students will learn what is involved in fall/balance screening.
Marion County Audubon Society - *BothSutton Wed, 12/7/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
Larry Sutton will introduce a representative of the Marion County Audubon Society and the opportunities for onsite birding it provides.

History and Geography

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
The Real History of Pirates - OnlineBunker Mon, 8/29/22 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Most of our knowledge of piracy comes from pop-culture portrayals in literature and film. The truth is, we actually have very little reliable, first-hand information about pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries. You will learn what inspires piracy in spite of its hardships, what attempts were made to control them, & why it still flourishes today. In The Real History of Pirates, will be looking at world history from a new point of view, realizing that much of what you have learned could be viewed through a more accurate, post-imperialistic filter.
The Republic of Turkey - *BothDiPiero Mon, 9/12/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
The Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental parliamentary republic in Eurasia, mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. It is also a member of NATO and in the process of joining the European Union. Turkey has been in the news quite often in recent months. This presentation will help you better understand Turkey’s impact on the region and on world events and why Turkey behaves the way it does.
War Brides - *BothHoward Mon, 9/19/22 210:00 AM12:00 PM $10.00
Sometimes a book, a song, or a place resonates with you because of a connection to your own life experiences. The book is a 1988 work, War Brides of World WAR II; the song is Sentimental Journey; and the location is, of all places, Oshkosh, WI. The instructor will explain who these brides (and grooms) were, and tie them to the WWII and Japanese Cultures courses offered recently.
Wars During & After the Cold War - Vietnam - OnlineHolloran Fri, 9/30/22 210:00 AM12:00 PM $10.00
This course provides an overview of the main period of U.S. combat operations in Vietnam during the Johnson and Nixon Administrations. Earlier phases of the two Vietnam Wars were included in the Summer Term Cold War Series. This course and others in the Wars During & After the Cold War series draws partly on lectures from War in the Modern World by Professor David Stone, an instructor for The Great Courses. It also includes videos drawn from a variety of internet sources.
The History of Ocala with the Historic Ocala Preservation Society - *BothKerley Tue, 10/11/22 110:30 AM12:00 PM $3.75
Are you curious why inhabits came to this region of Florida more than 10,000 years ago? Whether you were born here in Marion County, or if you are new to the area, you will enjoy learning about the history of Ocala by viewing fascinating photos of our past during this course. The presentation will focus mostly on the past 150 years, and includes a PowerPoint of slides and a video highlighting Ocala's four historic districts.
Historian Jon Meacham - A Look Back, A Look Now, A Look Ahead... - OnlineFitos Wed, 10/12/22 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Join me for a look back at our history as perspective to where we are today and perhaps a direction for the future through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning biographer/historian JON MEACHAM. We will explore his older works such as AMERICAN GOSPEL, along with his more recent works – HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON: JOHN LEWIS AND THE POWER OF HOPE and THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS… And conclude with a fascinating look at THE SONGS OF AMERICA – a collaboration with country music icon Tim McGraw.
Wars During & After the Cold War - In Middle East - OnlineHolloran Fri, 10/14/22 410:00 AM12:00 PM $20.00
Starting with the Israeli Arab War in 1948 the Middle East have been the loci of many different conflicts up through 2021 among a wide variety of combatants. This course and others in the Wars During & After the Cold War series draws partly on lectures from War in the Modern World by Professor David Stone, an instructor for The Great Courses. It also includes videos drawn from a variety of internet sources.
Russian Hybrid Warfare and Its Implications for NATO and the U.S. - *BothDiPiero Mon, 10/17/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
Russia has been employing hybrid warfare against her neighbors (most notably Ukraine), Western Europe, NATO and the United States. This presentation will look at what hybrid warfare consists of and how Russia is using it to achieve her strategic goals. Through the Kremlin's use of a hybrid strategy, Russia now poses an alarming security threat to NATO and to the U.S.
Not A Tourist; Fifteen Years In Portugal - *BothBerra Tue, 10/25/22 21:30 PM3:30 PM $10.00
In this course I will be sharing some of the experiences encountered during total immersion in another culture. Such concerns as grocery shopping, buying a car (or a house) and dealing with tax authorities, along with the language issue, are all part of that great adventure.
Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life and Culture 2 - OnlineKelly Thu, 10/27/22 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
China is a baffling unknown puzzle. Although I traveled in a large area of China, I only scratched the surface of comprehending the culture and history. The classes are both chronological and thematic. This fall will consider history and culture as it impacts China today. The spring classes will take up the modern history from the fall of the Empire to the country today. Join me as we take this exciting journey.
O Canadian Rockies! - *BothKelly Tue, 11/8/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
The Canadian Rockies have captivated hearts and minds, challenged the daring, and fired imaginations.Come with me on this adventure. We will begin in Calgary and Dinosaur Valley, travel to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump on the way to Waterton as we cross the Montana border for Glacier National Park. Back in Canada we will travel to Banff and Jasper as we see magical lakes and mountains. You will experience a trek in the Ice Explorer Buggy on the ice field atop to Athabasca Glacier.
Operation Fundamental Justice: Detainee Operations – The Story Behind the Headlines - *BothDiPiero Mon, 11/14/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
In the early months of the war in Afghanistan, there was an uprising by Taliban and al Qaeda detainees that escalated into one of the bloodiest engagements of the war. CIA and military leaders wanted a safe, secure place to interrogate high value detainees for intelligence. It was decided that these detainees would be taken from Afghanistan and held at the US military facility at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. The resultant mission to transport detainees from Afghanistan to GTMO was born. This presentation will reveal how the operation came about and how it was carried out.
Wars During & After the Cold War - In Latin America - OnlineHolloran Fri, 11/18/22 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
Many of the conflicts in Latin America have been civil within countries. The United States became involved on one side or the other in these conflicts. The Cuban Missile Crisis was included in a Summer Term Cold War course, so it is not included. This course and others in the Wars During & After the Cold War series draws partly on lectures from War in the Modern World by Professor David Stone, an instructor for The Great Courses. It also includes videos drawn from a variety of internet sources.
Armchair Travel - Mysteries of West Florida - *BothKelly Tue, 11/29/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
Do you know that West Florida once stretched from Tallahassee though the panhandle through Alabama and Mobile across the Mississippi to Louisiana? The capital of West Florida was at St. Francis, Louisiana and lasted only two months. This presentations begins at Tallahassee and ends in LA. We will visit some of the features of the Florida Panhandle, West Florida Caverns, Ft. Pickens, Mobile Museum of History, and cross the Mississippi to St. Francisville, one time capital of West Florida. This is an interesting and unknown venture for Florida.
Incidents When All Out Nuclear War Almost Started - OnlineHolloran Wed, 11/30/22 310:00 AM12:00 PM $15.00
This course includes reruns of three videos from the Summer Term Cold War 3 course about incidents when all out nuclear war almost started. Students in that course considered these videos so important that they wanted to view them again and share them with others. Additional time is scheduled to provide time for discussion of the videos. The first video provides an overview of American and Soviet nuclear strategies during the Kennedy Administration. The second the Cuban Missile Crisis from American, Soviet and Cuban perspectives. The final video covers subsequent incidents when nuclear war almost stated by accident.
Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life and Culture 3 - *BothKelly Thu, 12/1/22 210:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
China is a baffling unknown puzzle. Although I traveled in a large area of China, I only scratched the surface of comprehending the culture and history. The classes are both chronological and thematic. This fall will consider history and culture as it impacts China today. The spring classes will take up the modern history from the fall of the Empire to the country today. Join me as we take this exciting journey.
Wars During & After the Cold War - In Europe - OnlineHolloran Fri, 12/2/22 310:00 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Prior to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, most wars in Europe since the end of World War II have been ethnic conflicts within or among close neighbors. In some one of the great powers took sides. This course and others in the Wars During & After the Cold War series draws partly on lectures from War in the Modern World by Professor David Stone, an instructor for The Great Courses. It also includes videos drawn from a variety of internet sources.
Traditions of Christmas - *BothKelly Wed, 12/14/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Many of the elements of Christmas that we take for granted today were not associated with the holiday until the Victorian era. For example: gift giving, trees, singing carols, Christmas dinner, and sending Christmas cards all came from Victorian Britain. This period also brought some unusual practices that we no longer partake in, such as a (surprisingly often violent) game school children would play, in which they would lock their teachers outside. Dive into the traditions we kept and those that fell to the wayside over the years.

Literature and Language

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Stories by John Steinbeck - *BothHull Mon, 10/24/22 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
Steinbeck-Nobel prize winner and one of the greats of American Literature-although many of his stories are centered around Monterey, there is a universality in his love of the soil, his championing of the common man, and his identifying with, and defense of, the underdog. We will read short stories from The Long Valley. The first week we will read The White Qual and The Snake with subsequent readings to be determined.
Literature by John Steinbeck and William Faulkner - *BothHull Mon, 11/28/22 210:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
We will read two greats of American literature, on Nov 28 Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily. On Dec 5 Nobel prize winner John Steinbecks novella Of Mice and Men. Faulkner is considered one of our greatest writers of southern literature. Steinbecks stories are centered around Monterey but there is a universality in his love of the soil, his championing of the common man and his identifying with, and defense of the underdog.

Science and Technology

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Science Book Reviews - OnlinePealer Tue, 9/6/22 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
During COVID quarantine, I read 2 very interesting new science books. During this class, I will tell you about the books, so you may find them worth your time to read. We will have time for you talk about the books you have been reading.
Life Maintenance and Extension - OnlineStephens Wed, 9/14/22 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
How can we live a long and heathy lives? This course will review how people in various parts of the world have lived such lives and major studies which have analyzed the physical and mental well-being of our oldest citizens. We will then review and evaluate a variety of technologies which are attempting to extend healthy longevity. They include modification of life styles, vaccines, programming of cellular changes, cryonics, and digitizing human memory and cognition.
It Only Takes One: Hurricane Information for Survival - *BothKilbride Tue, 9/27/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
People need more than the usual hurricane weather forecast to prepare, survive, and clean up the mess. Chris Kilbride* will walk us through helpful and detailed information so you can learn about preparing your home, landscape, food safety issues, and foods appropriate for a week without power. Organizing your important papers, tech tools, traveling issues, and more will also be covered. *UF/IFAS Professor Emeritus, Martin County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent
Science Surprises - OnlinePealer Tue, 10/4/22 110:00 AM11:30 AM $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!
Introduction to Geology - OnlineKim Fri, 10/7/22 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This course will cover geologic time scale. Topics include absolute dating, relative dating, five principles, evolution, etc. There will be several activities for the class.
The Iconic Concorde - *BothHoward Tue, 10/18/22 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
Do you have a favorite book, song, color, or car? The instructor has a favorite plane and would like to share fleeting memories of seeing, hearing and feeling its too short presence in the U.S. It is an SST, supersonic transport aircraft, now only seen in museums, like the Wright Brothers first flying machines. The instructor will offer a brief overview of its development, design characteristics, and safety record, along with such familiar names as Richard Branson, Gen Chuck Yeager, and the FAA.
Cosmology - The Birth, Life and Death of Our Universe - OnlineCheney Tue, 11/15/22 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Join us for a journey back in time to the beginning of our universe, where we will examine the evidence for the Big Bang and subsequent expansion of the universe. We will study the important concepts of inflation, dark matter and dark energy and the roles they played in structuring the early universe. This course will be based largely on the The Great Courses lecture series entitled The Big Bang and Beyond: Exploring the Early Universe. There are no prerequisites for the course, so all who are interested in understanding the birth of our universe are welcome.
Science Surprises - OnlinePealer Wed, 11/16/22 110:00 AM11:30 AM $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!

Special Event

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Visit by Mrs. Santa Claus - *BothKelly Thu, 12/15/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Mrs. Santa Claus might make a surprise visit if everyone behaves in class.
Your Holiday Music Party - *BothKelly Fri, 12/16/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Senior Learners have submitted their favorite holiday music. It is a balance of Religious and secular music-serious and fun. Join us for the party of music, food, and holiday merriment!

the Arts

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Watercolor in Nature - *BothCraggs Wed, 9/14/22 61:30 PM3:30 PM $30.00
This Watercolor In Nature course will feature a series called Florida Favorites. We will be working on six separate familiar botanicals. The main reason for working with florals is that it gives us the opportunity to explore close up, the many techniques our chosen medium has to offer. Our registered students will receive in the mail, a packet that will contain: A line drawing on watercolor paper, step by step instructions and a copy of our completed project.
For Love of Film: Comedies - In Room 107Smith Mon, 10/17/22 51:00 PM4:00 PM $25.00
Laughter is the best medicine. Join us in watching and discussing five classic comedy films. We will be viewing Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Americanization of Emily starring Julie Andrews and James Garner, Shanghai Noon starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. The film lineup could change due to availability of DVDs. Popcorn will be provided to enhance the viewing experience.
Where Do We Go From Here? Music and Art of the 21st Century - OnlineSatterfield Thu, 11/10/22 31:30 PM3:30 PM $15.00
Most music and art history textbooks stop their coverage in the late 1900s, with writers being unwilling or unable to predict what of music and art of today will be considered significant as the 21st Century progresses. This course explores music and art of the era we are currently living in, from neoclassic movements that look to the past to avant garde movements that look ahead to the future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about pioneering artists and musicians who are still alive and active today, and look at and listen to examples of their work.
For Love of Film: Holiday Movies - In Room 107Smith Mon, 11/28/22 31:00 PM4:00 PM $15.00
The holiday season is a good time for enjoying beloved Christmas Movies. Join us in watching and discussing three fan favorites: The Holiday starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black, Elf starring Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart and James Caan and Love Actually starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. The film lineup could change due to availability of DVDs. Popcorn will be provided to enhance the viewing experience.

Topical Issues

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Interviews with Local Authors: Exploring Their Writing & Their Journey - 1 - OnlinePealer Tue, 9/13/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Cash Pealer will interview our own Dr. Evelyn Kelly, author of medical textbooks. Each of the authors in this series will talk about the depth, breadth and scope of their writing. They will be asked to share their writing journey, how they began, what they have learned, where they are today and what they see for the future. There will be time for audience questions.
Interviews with Local Authors: Exploring Their Writing & Their Journey - 2 - OnlinePealer Tue, 9/20/22 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Cash Pealer will interview John Dunn, author of Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida. John was also one of our recent instructors. Each of the authors in this series will talk about the depth, breadth and scope of their writing. They will be asked to share their writing journey, how they began, what they have learned, where they are today and what they see for the future. There will be time for audience questions.
The Emerging New World (De)Order - OnlineCoffey Tue, 10/18/22 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
The Post-Cold War world order of US predominance is ending, and a new world order is emerging. We may call this a new world (De) Order to reflect major trends of de-population, de-democratization, de-carbonization, and de-globalization. The Post-Cold War years of "more", an unprecedented period of global peace and prosperity, is being transformed by rising US-China conflict, repercussions of Covid-19 pandemic, Russias invasion of Ukraine, growing political polarization and democratization within and among nations, a dramatic drop in population growth, and climate change. This class will discuss this emerging global (de) order and the major geopolitical changes underway.

*Senior Learners, Inc., sponsors events offered by non-profit organizations, such as the CF Foundation and its Appleton Museum, which the Board considers will be of interest to our students.

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