Senior Learners, Inc.<br/>Online Course Catalog for 2021-Spring Term

Senior Learners, Inc.
Online Course Catalog for 2021-Spring Term

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Health and Better Living

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Death, Dying, & the Afterlife 1Bunker Tue, 1/5/21 410:00 AM11:30 AM $15.00
Everyone dies, nobody is immortal. It is the one thing that we will all experience, which at the same time, may give us anxiety and many sleepless nights. If we do not think about it, we think it may not come. In an effort to better prepare us for the unavoidable, this course is the first in a series of three courses. It is based on lectures from one of the The Great Courses of the same title. The courses in the series will be complemented by some appropriate TED Talks, which may help allay our fears. The more we know about a subject, the better prepared we are to confront it. Participation is strongly encouraged by sharing personal experiences of a beloved departed friend or family member and how it has impacted our lives.
How Digital Technology Shapes Us IPutzeys Mon, 2/8/21 610:30 AM11:30 AM $15.00
This course is the first in a series led by Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. The 24 lectures are in the two courses are by Dr. D. Viskontas. This course provides a synthesis of various aspects of brain science, computer science, psychology, ethics evolution and art, to give much needed information on how society is being affected profoundly by advances in digital technology.
Death, Dying, & the Afterlife 3Bunker Tue, 3/2/21 410:00 AM11:30 AM $15.00
Everyone dies, nobody is immortal. It is the one thing that we will all experience, which at the same time, may give us anxiety and many sleepless nights. If we do not think about it, we think it may not come. In an effort to better prepare us for the unavoidable, this course is the first in a series of three courses. It is based on lectures from one of the The Great Courses of the same title. The courses in the series will be complemented by some appropriate TED Talks, which may help allay our fears. The more we know about a subject, the better prepared we are to confront it. Participation is strongly encouraged by sharing personal experiences of a beloved departed friend or family member and how it has impacted our lives.
How Digital Technology Shapes Us IIPutzeys Mon, 3/29/21 610:30 AM11:30 AM $15.00
This course is second in a series led by Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. The 24 lectures are in the two courses are by Dr. D. Viskontas. This course provides a synthesis of various aspects of brain science, computer science, psychology, ethics evolution and art, to give much needed information on how society is being affected profoundly by advances in digital technology.
Death, Dying, & the Afterlife 4Bunker Tue, 4/6/21 410:00 AM11:30 AM $15.00
Everyone dies, nobody is immortal. It is the one thing that we will all experience, which at the same time, may give us anxiety and many sleepless nights. If we do not think about it, we think it may not come. In an effort to better prepare us for the unavoidable, this course is the second in a series of three courses. It is based on lectures from one of the The Great Courses of the same title. The courses in the series will be complimented by some appropriate Ted Talks, which may help allay our fears. The more we know about a subject, the better prepared we are to confront it. Participation is strongly encouraged by sharing personal experiences of a beloved departed friend or family member and how it has impacted our lives.

History and Geography

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance 5Howard Thu, 3/25/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
This series is based on the Great Courses program, Leonardo Da Vinci and the High Renaissance. We will watch 2 lectures in each class and have time for some discussion. For the 5th course there will be 3 class sessions: April 1 – Medici’s in Rome and the High Renaissance Art; April 8 – Renaissance Man; April 15 – End of an Era and Legacies
History 1215 Africa America AsiaHautanen Mon, 3/29/21 61:30 PM3:00 PM $22.50
This course will take a wide sample of what was happening outside Europe around the year 1215 CE. Fascinating cultures and empires flourished on other continents too. Mongols, Mixtec, Mississippians and more. The course will use video lectures from multiple Great Courses series taught by Professor Dorsey Armstrong, and Professor Edwin Barnhart.
Explore the History and Scenery of WalesPealer Wed, 3/31/21 21:00 PM2:30 PM $7.50
This course draws on lectures by Professor Patrick Allitt in The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales. These lectures will be supplemented with a variety of contemporary videos and travel information. Take a virtual tour in a canal boat from Ellesmere to Llangollen. Learn how to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!
Great Tours of France 3Kelly Fri, 4/9/21 41:30 PM2:30 PM $10.00
France! No other country embodies the idea of the good life in our imaginations quite like France. From food to fashion, from public spaces to private homes, the French are famous for seeking out and enjoying the very best. Did you know that there are only 5 major cities in France? The rest is beautiful countryside chock full of history. I have been to different parts of France three times, but still, there is so much I have not seen. So I invite you to join me on this virtual tour. We will use several of the Great Courses videos for our base information and then supplement with what both you and I have experienced. Vive la France! This final course of three takes you to the other four major cities in France and through the countryside.
The Prelude to World War IIB Holloran Thu, 4/15/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
The Prelude to World War II is the first course a series of about 12 courses: A Comprehensive, Chronological History of World War II. Go to https://seniorleanrers.org/WWII for information about the complete series. This course starts with the treaties that ended World War I and the Great Depression. They set the stage for the diplomatic and military actions that led to the normally recognized start of World War II on September 1, 1939. Of course, hostilities in Ethiopia, Manchuria and China had started several years earlier.
Food, Threshing Machines and Grist Mills in 1930-40Beers Thu, 4/29/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
How my family lived through the Depression 1930-1940. Farming was a lot different then and I will try to be entertaining and share my few memories about what was going on in Europe.
Churchill's Relationships with FDR and StalinHautanen Tue, 5/4/21 110:30 AM12:00 PM $3.75
For those who just cannot get enough, one more session on the great man Winston Churchill. The course will use video lectures from a Great Courses series taught by Professor Michael Shelden, illuminating Winston Churchill’s relationships with Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.
Italy and the Italians Among UsKelly Thu, 5/6/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
What can one say about the great country of Italy-except that it only became a real country in 1871? Before then it was an interesting collection of powerful city states- such as Venice, Florence, Milan, etc. The contributions of Italy to world culture are amazing and overwhelming. I have visited Italy three times - in different parts of the country - so I will take you overland to see some of these cities and the Italian countryside. But why then did so many citizens from this land immigrate to the USA. Beginning in 1870 to 1920 floods of people from Italy arrived on our shores. They were the poor and disenfranchised; many became successful. Here are some of the names of companies you may know founded by Italian immigrants from Italy: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Progresso, Planters Peanuts, Contadina, Chef Boyardee, Italian Swiss Colony wines and Jacuzzi.

Literature and Language

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
The Great American Read: Pride and PrejudiceSullivan Fri, 4/2/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Coming in on the PBS Great American Read as the third most beloved book, Jane Austen's classic work is a novel of manners. She initially wrote it anonymously because of the social mores of her time. Writing a novel was not considered appropriate for a woman to do in the late 1700s. Did you know that reading this book was prescribed as an antidote to the horrors of both WWI and WWII? After reading this book, try one of the many movies that have been made based upon it. You are encouraged to do as much or as little research on the novels/authors as you wish and to bring what you learn to our class. The class size is limited to 12 to allow participation by all its members.
Egyptian HieroglyphsB Holloran Wed, 4/14/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Ancient Egyptian civilization is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating chapters in human history. While remnants of the culture like temples, obelisks, and sarcophagi continue to mystify us, their true meaning was only unlocked after the hieroglyphs were deciphered. So this course focuses: 1) on how Egyptian hieroglyphs were deciphered; 2) how they function as a writing system; and the historical context in which they were developed and used. It is based in part on lectures about Ancient Egypt and its writing system from various courses by The Great Courses. Additional resources will be drawn from the internet and books about Ancient Egypt Bob has acquired over the years.
The Great American Read: 1984Sullivan Fri, 5/7/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
It is considered one of the best dystopian/science fiction novels of all time and it ranked sixth on the PBS Great American Read list. Many of the situations we encounter in our daily lives were foreshawdowed by Orwell and he would recognize them. This book provides a foundation for a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of governments around the globe. As with many of the books on this list, a movie is available for your viewing. You are encouraged to do as much or as little research on the novels/authors as you wish and to bring what you learn to our class. The class size is limited to 12 to allow participation by all its members.

Science and Technology

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
The Science of Information 1 - Its BeginningsB Holloran Fri, 3/5/21 710:30 AM12:00 PM $22.50
Generating, transporting storing and securing of information are central to every aspect of our daily lives in the 21st Century. This course is the first in a series of courses about the theoretical underpinnings of these processes. It is based in part on lectures from one of The Great Courses by Professor Benjamin Schumacher: The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes. In this course we will focus on: 1) the initial development of information theory; 2) its basic concepts; and 3) the theories that establish the requirements and limitations associated with transporting, storing and securing our information.
Science of Energy-Resources and Power Explained 2Crawford Tue, 3/23/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This is the second course in a series of two that provide an overview of how we obtain and utilize energy, past, present and future. Presented by Professor Wysession from the Great Courses.
Tech TopicsDavis Wed, 3/24/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Tech Topics are online workshops that include short presentations, tutorials, tech tips, and answers to your technology questions. Send questions in advance to improve your chance of getting useful answers! Or bring them to the online workshop -- we will do our best. Think of these sessions like meeting casually in a coffee house.
String Theories - What Are They Good For?B Holloran Tue, 4/20/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
The details of the various String Theories will not be meaningful to anyone without a PhD in theoretical physics or the mathematics of Calami-You Manifolds. We will focus on those aspects that do not require these advanced degrees: (1) its history, including when, who and why its initial use as a potential solution to understanding the nuclei of atoms was abandoned; (2) its later application as a means of unifying the quantum realm and gravity, which failed; (3) the theoretical breakthrough by a couple of physicists who persevered; and (4) the vast army of physicists who are still working on it without any experimental validation. Resources will be provided for those who want a more detailed understanding of the concepts that underly it.
Tech TopicsDavis Thu, 4/22/21 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
Tech Topics are online workshops that include short presentations, tutorials, tech tips, and answers to your technology questions. Send questions in advance to improve your chance of getting useful answers! Or bring them to the online workshop -- we will do our best. Think of these sessions like meeting casually in a coffee house.
The Science of Information 2 - BiologicalB Holloran Fri, 4/30/21 210:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
Generating, transporting and securing of information are central to every aspect of our daily lives in the 21st Century. This course is the second and last courses about the theoretical underpinnings of these processes. It is based in part on lectures from one of The Great Courses by Professor Benjamin Schumacher: The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes. In this course we will focus on how information is stored, replicated and transported in living organisms. It turns out that DNA has been demonstrated to be a far more efficient medium for storing digital information than any conventional storage technology.
Using the Apple Pages AppDavis Wed, 5/5/21 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
This workshop will explore the basic features of Pages, the Apple word processor and page layout application. Pages is available in every Apple Mac, iPad, iPhone, and in iCloud. While optimized for the Mac, Microsoft PC users can use the iCloud version of Pages. The workshop will cover Pages essentials and focus on using formatting tools to work with text, tables, and images. These tools are the same in other Apple productivity apps, including Numbers and Keynote. So, what you learn here will give you a head start on learning these other apps.

Special Event

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
FREE 2021 Summer Term KickoffHautanen Thu, 5/6/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $0.00
Members, current students and prospective students will have a virtual opportunity to learn more about the Summer Term courses from the instructors.Please do not contact CF personnel about any Senior Learners, Inc. courses. Senior Learners, Inc. is independent of CF. We have the use of a classroom and support the CF Foundation with donations. If you have any questions about our courses or operations, please contact us: info@SeniorLearners.org, (352) 239–8780.

the Arts

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
For Love of Film: PotpourriSmith Mon, 1/4/21 31:00 PM2:00 PM $7.50
Join us for For Love Of Film: Potpourri. Based on the book club model, the assigned movies will be discussed using prepared questions at the beginning of each class. The next film will be introduced at the end of the hour followed by a film short. I will be selecting well reviewed movies that are free to Amazon Prime members. You will need to provide your own popcorn and brownies for the class. See you at the movies!
For Love of Film: PotpourriSmith Mon, 3/1/21 31:00 PM2:00 PM $7.50
Join us for For Love Of Film: Potpourri. Based on the book club model, the assigned movies will be discussed using prepared questions at the beginning of each class. The next film will be introduced at the end of the hour followed by a film short. I will be selecting well reviewed movies that are free to Amazon Prime members. You will need to provide your own popcorn and brownies for the class. See you at the movies!
Watercolor in Nature 2Craggs Wed, 3/24/21 610:00 AM12:00 PM $30.00
We will continue our study of beautiful Florida birds, but we will expand our view into the larger species commonly found around more aquatic settings. Some of these birds have more exotic colors and plumage. Again we will emphasize both color and texture.
In Search of Pablo PicassoKelly Fri, 3/26/21 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
Sometimes - a painting will evoke emotions and strong responses. That is the way I felt when I presented the painting Guernica to a group of students. The painting in black and white depicts the aftermath of the Nazi bombing of the town Guernica, Spain in 1937. They became engrossed in this work - that is probably the most famous painting in the world. So in this session we will look at the life of Picasso - whose father was also a painter and artist. Pablo’s first words were piz piz , which meant he wanted a pencil (in Spanish lapiz means pencil) to draw.

Topical Issues

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
America and the World: Dollars, Diplomacy, Democracy and DestinyCoffey Thu, 3/25/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
In the past century, since the decline of the British Empire, the US has had the most influence on the world’s dollars, diplomacy, democracy, and destiny. This class will explore the past relationship of US to the world and its economic, diplomatic, and political influence and then the prospects of the US destiny or purpose in the future under the new Biden administration. This zoom class will focus one class on each facet: dollars, diplomacy, democracy, and destiny. The lectures will draw heavily upon the new book: Robert Zoellick, America in the World. Zoellick has served as Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Trade Representative, and President of the World Bank and now is now a Senior Fellow at Harvard. Lectures will be presented live via Zoom with time reserved for discussion. Presentations will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.

*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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IMPORTANT Please do not contact CF personnel about any Senior Learners, Inc. courses. Senior Learners, Inc. is independent of CF. We have the use of a classroom and support the CF Foundation with donations. If you have any questions about our courses or operations, please contact us: info@SeniorLearners.org, (352) 239–8780.

NOTE: The views of our instructors and students are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Senior Learners, Inc. This position is also true for videos, handouts, and other instructional materials used in our courses, and for events that we may sponsor in conjunction with other non-profit organizations.