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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Finance and Economics

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Understanding Life and Viatical SettlementsWoolfe Thu, 1/14/21 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
These settlements can provide additional lifestyle funding solutions for seniors in their retirement years. We will share some history and real life examples of how to locate this asset that is most often hidden from view. A 2015 report from the National Institute on Retirement Security confirmed that many Americans are ill-prepared for retirement.

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.
Everything You Need to Know About Long Term CareWoolfe Thu, 1/7/21 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
Everything You Need to Know About Long Term Care is for those who want to explore options for what has been called: The greatest unfunded liability in America. People explore long term care for many reasons. Some don’t want to use their assets to pay for care. Others do not want to burden their families, or don’t want to go on Medicaid. Long Term Care plans may not be appropriate for everyone, so exploring all options is what this course covers.
An Introduction to Infectious Diseases IIIPutzeys Mon, 1/11/21 310:30 AM11:30 AM $7.50
This course is the third in a series led Dr. Roberto Putzeys, a retired radiation oncologist. In this course and the earlier courses in the series, Dr. Putzeys will be supplementing the lectures of Professor Barry Fox, M.D., from The Great Courses: An Introduction to Infectious Diseases.
Death, Dying, & the Afterlife 2Bunker Tue, 2/2/21 410:00 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 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.
Cooking with VegetablesPatterson Thu, 2/25/21 310:00 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Eat your vegetables is one of the best pieces of advice we can receive. How we eat our vegetables is often a challenge. During three class sessions, our Senior Learners will explore a selection of The Great Courses: Everyday Gourmet series, Cooking with Vegetables. Look forward to learning about new and tasty techniques for preparing a healthy selection of vegetables.
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
Great Tours of France 1Kelly Thu, 1/7/21 210:30 AM11:30 AM $5.00
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 first course of three visits what remains of France prior to the Revolution.
The Mongols of Yesterday, Today and TomorrowHolloran Fri, 1/8/21 610:00 AM12:00 PM $30.00
This course will continue with the lectures by Professor Craig Benjamin from The Mongols. It starts with the conquests of the grandsons of Chingis Khan. It then describes subsequent Mongol Rule from Russia and Persia in the West and China in the East. Our own Dr. Donna Robinson will share stories, pictures and videos from a month-long National Geographic Expedition. They traveled horseback with one of the last Mongol nomadic families living a way of life mostly unchanged since the times of the Mongol Empire. She will also provide her view of the subjection of the Mongol people by their southern and northern neighbors prior to it recently becoming a modern, independent democratic nation.
Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance 3Howard Thu, 1/21/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
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 this 3rd course, there will be 4 classes: January 21 – Apprentice to Partner and First Commission; January 28 – A New Kind of Portrait and Early Madonnas; February 4 – Milan and At Court; February 11 – Leo and the Ladies and The Vitruvian Man.
Great Tours of France 2Kelly Thu, 1/28/21 310:30 AM11:30 AM $7.50
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 second course of three visits Paris - The City of Lights.
History 1215 European HeadlinesHautanen Mon, 2/1/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Join us in exploring the top stories from European history around the year 1215 CE, the Magna Carta and the Fourth Lateran Council. These major happenings had enormous impacts on the European world and beyond. The course will use video lectures from a Great Courses series taught by Professor Dorsey Armstrong.
Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance 4Howard Thu, 2/18/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This series is based on the Great Courses program, Leonardo Da Vinci and the High Renaissance. We will watch 2 lectures in each session. For this 4th course, there will be 4 class sessions: February 18 – The Colossus and the Last Supper; February 25 – Mantua, d’Estes & Venice and Return to Florence; March 4 - the Mona Lisa and Raphael & Leonardo; March 11 - Milan & Rome and the Painting Manifesto.
The Great American Read: To Kill a MockingbirdSullivan Fri, 3/5/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
This was the second most beloved book from the PBS Great American Read and it can be considered an example of Southern Gothic or as a bildungsroman. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Consider including in your research Harper Lee's first draft of it, Go Set a Watchman, and/or enjoy the famous movie with Gregory Peck. 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.
Forgotten Killer: The 1918 Flu PandemicShaw Fri, 3/12/21 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
In just over a year, the 1918 influenza pandemic killed 675,000 Americans—more than all US battle deaths in WW I, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam combined. Global death estimates range from 50-100 million. Where did the flu start? How did it spread across the world? How did Americans cope? What were the repercussions for America and the world? These and related issues are the focus of this presentation/discussion.
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
What Is Up in the Sahel? Terrorism in West Africa Shaw Fri, 3/26/21 11:30 PM3:30 PM $5.00
In October 2017, the combat deaths of four US soldiers in Niger, a country in the western Sahel, shocked the American public. Their deaths were the product of an upsurge of terrorism in Niger and other sahelian countries—Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Mali. What caused this increase? What are the prospects for squashing terrorist organizations, like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Islamic State, and similar entities in the Sahel? Please join us for a look at the security dynamics in a complex and unfamiliar area.
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 WalesDavis 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.
Italy and the Italians Among UsKelly Thu, 4/29/21 110:30 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.
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.
Romania and the Romanians Among UsKelly Thu, 5/6/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
Bucharest, the capital of Romania, was once known as the Paris of the East. It was the culture center of the Slavic world. But the sad history created conditions in which many Romanians - especially Ashkenazi Jews - left the country. There are many Romanians among us - mostly in New York, California, Florida, and spread throughout the country. I will take you to this interesting country that I have visited twice. We will also go to that mysterious place called Transylvania - you may even meet Dracula.

Literature and Language

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
The Great American Read: Harry Potter and the SorcererSullivan Fri, 1/29/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Selected as the most beloved book by the participants of the PBS Great American Read, this Harry Potter offers us a great example of the fantasy genre of literature. JK Rowling conceived her major character during a four hour delay on a train ride to London. Let us either revisit or get to know Harry and his friends and enemies through their magical adventures. 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.
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 HieroglyphsHolloran 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
Language and the Mind 2Holloran Tue, 1/5/21 51:30 PM3:00 PM $18.75
This course continues one from Fall Term, but remains open for new students. Modern technology has permitted new insights into how the mind processes language. So we now know much more about why children easily learn even the most complex of native languages, but 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.
Apple Watch: Helpful and Healthful Tips Kilbride Wed, 1/6/21 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
From choices in purchasing to using your new Apple Watch as an FDA Class 2 medical device, we will walk through many Apple Watch features which could assist you in your everyday living and help you keep track of your health.
Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way IICheney Fri, 1/8/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
This course continues from Fall Term, but is still open to new students. 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.
Science SurprisesPealer Wed, 1/13/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
For biology enthusiasts, this series of courses will be whatever videos, articles, websites I have found interesting. It is sort of an in-person blog instead of an online blog!
Tech TopicsDavis Thu, 1/21/21 110:00 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.
Science Biographies - HumboldtPealer Tue, 2/9/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous scientist of the early 19th century; he was a rock star. But we have not learned much about him until now. This course is based on the biography: The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. It was a recent best seller and has generated new interest and many exhibits and documentaries about him which we will sample.
Science of Energy-Resources and Power Explained 1Crawford Tue, 2/16/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This is the first 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.
Modern Times - 2021 Stephens Wed, 2/17/21 42:00 PM3:30 PM $15.00
This is the tenth in a series of courses which examines current and projected technologies expected to have a profound influence on our world and our society over the next few decades. In these sessions we will take a look at how several classes of technologies have evolved and how they are expected to change life in the next few decades. We will treat several categories in this course including: Communication and Computing, Medicine, and Aerospace Technologies. We will also track the success of our predictions for technological breakthroughs during the last decade. We will consider the personal, social, economic and political ramifications of each new technology being reviewed.
Tech TopicsDavis Thu, 2/18/21 110:00 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.
Science Biographies - Stephen Hawking - His Life and PhysicsHolloran Fri, 2/19/21 210:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
This course will summarize the life of Stephen Hawking that was severely impacted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). His co-author and fellow theoretical physicist, Leonard Mlodinow, provided a detailed description of how Hawking survived ALS so long and thrived as a physicist in the book: Stephen Hawking A Memoir of Friendship and Physics. We will also explore ground breaking work Hawking did in cosmology and black holes. Information about his contributions to physics will be drawn from several of his best selling books, starting with his first, A Brief History of Time and the two books that Mlodinow co-authored.
Science Biographies - Oliver SacksPealer Fri, 3/5/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
Oliver Sacks wrote an autobiography of his youth: Uncle Tungsten. In it he tells about his large family of scientists and how he grew to love chemistry while growing up under the difficult circumstances of WWII London. Oliver Sacks grew up to be a famous neurobiologist who wrote many popular books, for example, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He recently died. This course focuses only on his childhood-middle school years.
The Science of Information 1 - The Basic ConceptsHolloran Fri, 3/12/21 610:30 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.
Science SurprisesPealer Wed, 3/24/21 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
For biology enthusiasts, this series of courses will be whatever videos, articles, websites I have found interesting. It is sort of an in-person blog instead of an online blog!
Tech TopicsDavis Thu, 3/25/21 110:00 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.
How a Series of Microscope Inventions Revealed the Microscopic WorldPealer Thu, 4/15/21 41:30 PM2:30 PM $10.00
In this course we will see how our ability to observe the microscopic world increased with the invention of a series of microscopes. In parallel we will see what the microscopes of increasing power revealed in the microscopic world unseen by our naked eyes. This course draws on resources from the internet and my years of teaching high school science courses.
String Theories - What Are They Good For?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 - BiologicalHolloran 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.
Science SurprisesPealer Wed, 5/5/21 110:00 AM11:00 AM $2.50
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
FREE 2021 Spring Term KickoffHautanen Mon, 1/4/21 110:00 AM11:30 AM $0.00
Members, current students and prospective students will have a virtual opportunity to learn more about the Spring Term courses from the instructors.

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!
Watercolor in Nature 1Craggs Wed, 1/6/21 61:30 PM3:30 PM $30.00
This course concentrates on our Florida Favorites, commonly called Song Birds. They are found in our yards all over the State. We will be emphasizing color and texture in their natural settings
Learning Without Limits: Musicians and Artists Who Overcame...Satterfield Fri, 2/5/21 41:30 PM3:30 PM $20.00
This course will explore musicians who overcame obstacles to succeed in their field. These obstacles include physical limitations, racial discrimination, and religious persecution. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of inspirational musicians like Beethoven, Bedrich Smetana, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Gabriel Faure, who composed musical masterpieces even after losing their hearing; Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, and Wynton Marsalis, who succeeded despite racial barriers of their time; and Ernest Bloch and numerous Jewish composers whose music was silenced with the rise of Nazism.
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 Thu, 4/1/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $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.
In Search of El GrecoKelly Thu, 4/8/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
Our bus stopped on a pinnacle overlooking the city of Toledo, Spain. We were told this view is the inspiration of one of the most famous landscape paintings of all times - View over Toledo. It was then inspiring to visit the Museum and see this painting - by a Greek with a very long name. His comrades shortened it to El Greco - meaning "the Greek." Born on the Isle of Crete, which was ruled by Venice, he made his way to Spain and claimed Toledo as his hometown. There, he developed a unique style of expressionism and cubism.
In Search of Andy WarholKelly Thu, 4/15/21 110:30 AM11:30 AM $2.50
Have you ever thought that a can of tomato soup can be exciting? What about it as a subject for great art? This movement of pop art may leave some people snickering or scratching their heads- huh? But for Andy, a very sickly young boy, such objects became very interesting. At school, he showed so much interest in art and drawing that his teachers suggested he take weekend classes at the nearby Carnegie Museum of Art. He later studied art and design at Carnegie Institute of Art - and there became known for an unusual art style. I will take you to his museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, and we will take a look at some of his designs that may make you take a look at what is important and what is not important in life.

Topical Issues

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Great Decisions 2021 - 1Coffey Wed, 1/20/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Great Decisions is a nonpartisan education program on the 8 major foreign policy challenges currently facing Americans. We will consider the following challenges in this course: 1) Global supply chains and national security; 2) Persian Gulf security; 3) Brexit and the European Union; and 4) Struggles over the melting Arctic. The remaining challenges will be considered in the next course. Each Zoom class will overview the topic and have class discussion and view 1/2 hour video on each topic. Participants are encouraged, but required, to purchase the Great Decisions 2021 book (about $35) at the Foreign Policy Association (www.fpa.org) or Amazon.com. Lecture notes will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.
Great Decisions 2021 - 2Coffey Wed, 2/17/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Great Decisions is a nonpartisan education program on the remaining 4 major foreign policy challenges currently facing Americans: 5) China’s role in Africa; 6) The Korean Peninsula; 7) Roles of international organizations in a global pandemic; 8) The End of Globalization? Each Zoom class will overview the topic and have class discussion and view 1/2 hour video on each topic. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to purchase the Great Decisions 2021 book (about $35) at the Foreign Policy Association (www.fpa.org) or Amazon.com. Lecture notes will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.

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