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

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

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Health and Better Living

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are 1Bunker Wed, 5/12/21 710:30 AM12:00 PM $26.25
Avoid costly mistakes when traveling abroad, This course is the first in a series of two courses based on one of The Great Courses. It should help anyone, traveling as a tourist or business person, to navigate other cultures. It is important to understand how people in other cultures live, so your traveling experience would be gratifying at the same time avoiding common mistakes. Learn how to mingle so you do not look like sore-thumb. Again your input from past experiences are most welcome.
History of Baseball 1Hautanen Fri, 5/14/21 51:30 PM3:00 PM $18.75
Let us take a fun look at the history of the US national pastime. This course, the first in a series of 3 courses. will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime with Instructor Bruce Markusen, plus other fun videos. Also we will have lots of discussion about the current state of the game and our favorite teams too.
Beer Review and History - 1Hautanen Thu, 5/20/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
Forget about the wheel or sliced bread. Learning to make beer was one of the greatest advances of human history. This is the first of 3 courses that will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Everyday Guide to Beer by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles W. Bamforth. We will also see other fun videos plus stories from the instructors own time as a beer brewing hobbyist.
Beer Review and History 2Hautanen Thu, 6/17/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
Forget about the wheel or sliced bread. Learning to make beer was one of the greatest advances of human history. This is the second of three courses that will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Everyday Guide to Beer by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles W. Bamforth. We will also see other fun videos plus stories from the instructors own time as a beer brewing hobbyist.
History of Baseball 2Hautanen Fri, 6/18/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Let us take a fun look at the history of the US national pastime. This course, the second in a series of 3 courses, will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime with Instructor Bruce Markusen, plus other fun videos. Also we will have lots of discussion about the current state of the game and our favorite teams too.
Logic Puzzles and other Brain TeasersHautanen Wed, 6/30/21 610:30 AM12:00 PM $22.50
Another bit of lighthearted fun for the summer. Challenge your brain powers with a discussion of logic puzzles and other mind benders. The course will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Mathematical Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles, taught by Professor Jason Rosenhouse. The instructor, a retired electrical and computer engineer, will include samples he actually used to test candidates in interviews. We will also see some TED talks and other similar interesting lectures from the internet. Can you think outside the box?
Summertime and the Cooking is EasyPatterson Mon, 7/12/21 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
Summer is here. Keep cooking simple and keep the kitchen cool. This course includes plans for seasonal cooking, simple techniques for tasty and nutrient-rich meals, and strategies to cook once, eat twice, and then repurpose the left-overs for a third meal. Learn to prepare soups and a variety of entrees to warm-up or eat chilled. Explore a variety of ingredients to use in more than one recipe.
Hearing Aid Technology Rosier Tue, 7/13/21 11:00 PM3:00 PM $5.00
An in depth update on what is new in hearing aid technology and how artificial intelligence is being used in hearing and other medical devices today.
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are 2Bunker Mon, 8/2/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Avoid costly mistakes when traveling abroad. This course is the second in a series of two courses based on one of The Great Courses. It should help anyone, traveling as a tourist or business person, to navigate other cultures. It is important to understand how people in other cultures live, so your traveling experience would be gratifying at the same time avoiding common mistakes. Learn how to mingle so you do not look like sore-thumb. Again your input from past experiences are most welcome.
History of Baseball 3Hautanen Fri, 8/6/21 31:30 PM3:00 PM $11.25
Let us take a fun look at the history of the US national pastime. This course, the third in a series of 3 courses, will use video lectures from a Great Courses series Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime with Instructor Bruce Markusen, plus other fun videos. Also we will have lots of discussion about the current state of the game and our favorite teams too.

History and Geography

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Irish HistoryHolloran M Tue, 5/11/21 21:30 PM3:00 PM $7.50
Marianne Holloran, whose great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland provides an overview of Irish History. The Course begins in Pre-Celtic Ireland visiting ancient burial sites and the legendary Hill of Tara. On to St. Patrick (who was not even Irish) and the monasteries and Churches of the medieval period. King Henry VIII brought the Reformation to Ireland and 300 years of English Protestant Rule. Finally, the Easter rising in 1916 and the subsequent civil war made the Republic of Ireland a reality.
Tour of England 1Kelly Thu, 5/13/21 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
Come with me for another great tour - this time to England. We will visit places and areas deserving your attention, taking in some details of their history and anecdotes about people we might have heard of but really did not know. Certain themes are sustained throughout the course. One is the development of political stability, as a constitutional monarchy displaced the absolute monarchy of the Tudors and early Stuarts in the revolutions of the 17th century. A second theme is the diversity of regional characteristics, which are reflected in strong local accents and an intense loyalty to particular localities. A third theme is the influence of powerful personalities, such as Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. We will also look at modern England. This course is in the same vane as the tour of France. I do hope to do others- such as a tour of Spain, tour of Italy, and maybe even Russia.
World War II - Prior to Our EntryHolloran B Fri, 5/14/21 810:30 AM12:00 PM $30.00
This course is the second course in a planned series of 4 courses. It starts with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. It then provides a chronological review of the War in Europe and China. It ends just before Pearl Harbor. More information about the series is at: SeniorLearners.org/WorldWarII/.
Understanding the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil)Coffey Tue, 5/18/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
The purpose of this class is to provide an understanding of the four countries in the Southern Cone of South America (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil). We will explain their distinctiveness, disappointments, and promising global prospects. The Southern Cone is the most prosperous area of South America. Relative to the U.S., it is 23% larger, has 16% fewer people but only 22% of the GDP. Thus, has the room and resources to grow and prosper, but has generally underperformed both its potential and expectations. 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.
Unsung Polish Heroes of WWIIHautanen Mon, 5/24/21 110:30 AM12:00 PM $3.75
This course is a bit of more serious summer fare, using lectures from the excellent Great Courses series Unsung Heroes of World War II: Europe by Historian Lynne Olson. We will view and discuss two lectures relating to Polish heroes. Poland is often the forgotten ally of the fight against the Axis, but we will see in this course significant contributions made by Polish pilots and codebreakers. These lectures supplement the lectures about the start of World War II in that course.
Great Tours of the Republic of IrelandHolloran M Tue, 5/25/21 41:30 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Marianne Holloran, whose great grandparents emigrated from Ireland, takes you on a tour of the Republic of Ireland. We will start in Dublin and then proceed southwest to Cork, finally turning north along the Atlantic Coast. The course is based primarily on lectures from one of the Great Courses: Great Tours of Ireland by Professor Marc Connor, President of Sklidmore College. A few of Rick Steves’ programs will be amusing, as well.
Tour of England 2Kelly Thu, 6/17/21 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
Come with me for another great tour - this time to England. We will visit places and areas deserving your attention, taking in some details of their history and anecdotes about people we might have heard of but really did not know. Certain themes are sustained throughout the course. One is the development of political stability, as a constitutional monarchy displaced the absolute monarchy of the Tudors and early Stuarts in the revolutions of the 17th century. A second theme is the diversity of regional characteristics, which are reflected in strong local accents and an intense loyalty to particular localities. A third theme is the influence of powerful personalities, such as Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. We will also look at modern England. This course is in the same vane as the tour of France. I do hope to do others- such as a tour of Spain, tour of Italy, and maybe even Russia.
Three Miami Ladies - A Lasting LegacyPatterson Tue, 7/6/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
This class will blend the stories and accomplishments of long-time friends, Mae Knight Clark, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and Jeanne Lee Latham - as I knew them. The ladies are gone now and I want to share the story of the ways in which they impacted the greater American culture, Miami and one late-comer to Miami (me) who had the good fortune to call them my friends.
Tour of England 3Kelly Thu, 7/8/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
Come with me for another great tour - this time to England. We will visit places and areas deserving your attention, taking in some details of their history and anecdotes about people we might have heard of but really did not know. Certain themes are sustained throughout the course. One is the development of political stability, as a constitutional monarchy displaced the absolute monarchy of the Tudors and early Stuarts in the revolutions of the 17th century. A second theme is the diversity of regional characteristics, which are reflected in strong local accents and an intense loyalty to particular localities. A third theme is the influence of powerful personalities, such as Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. We will also look at modern England. This course is in the same vane as the tour of France. I do hope to do others- such as a tour of Spain, tour of Italy, and maybe even Russia.
World War II - Our First Two YearsHolloran B Fri, 7/9/21 810:30 AM12:00 PM $30.00
This course is the third course in a planned series of 4 courses. It starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends on December 31, 1943. That attack led to the declaration of war against Japan. The German declaration of war on the US brought the United States into the conflict on the side of Great Britain and the Commonwealth nations. During the next six months Japan and Germany achieved their maximum penetration in the Soviet Union and the Pacific. Then the Allies gradually regained the offensive and started retaking lost territory. More information about the series is at: SeniorLearners.org/WorldWarII/.
Touring Northern Ireland and the Irish Among UsKelly Thu, 8/5/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
After touring the Republic of Ireland, we are going to look at the other Ireland - called Northern Ireland. This part of the country has recently opened up for tourism after so many years of conflict and struggle. Basically, two provinces in the north of the island, Northern Ireland (capital Belfast) has a beautiful countryside and intriguing history. I will tell you the story of how King James I wanted to get rid of pesky Scots and others who did not agree with him and sent them to a forlorn part of Ireland - which no one wanted. These people were eager and industrious, and many of them became the foundation of America in the colonial and revolutionary period. We will also look at some of the cultural giants - W.B. Yeats and James Joyce - some Irish music and traditions.

Literature and Language

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Shakespeare: How to Read and Understand 1Kelly Mon, 5/10/21 210:30 AM12:00 PM $7.50
The Ocala Civic Theatre recently presented a play- I Hate Hamlet. It was a comedy. Maybe you feel the same way about Shakespeare in general or remember the days when, in order to understand what was going on, you had to use Lamb’s Simple Version or Cliff Notes. The fact is that although the world honors and encourages us to read Shakespeare, his plays are difficult, demanding, and even strange. This course seeks to make Shakespeare understandable to the general reader. It starts with a simple premise: Shakespeare actually teaches us how to understand his plays. He gives us clues and tools at every step of the way that can help us unlock the mysteries of his art. Come with me to explore this new approach presented by an excellent Great Course instructor, whose aim is to help you read and understand Shakespeare. We will gather the tools for understanding comedy, tragedy, and the history plays. I will supplement the classes with my experiences at Stratford-on-Avon and my own research into the bard.
The Great American Read 1Sullivan Thu, 5/13/21 11:30 PM3:00 PM $3.75
This course continues with our survey of books selected from the PBS national survey, The Great American Read. Our first selection is #41 on the list. It is Amy Tan's "Joy Luck Club," a story of the complex relationships between immigrant Chinese mothers and their Americanized daughters. Digging deeper into the text, according to Amy Tan, it is the story of emotions that we all feel about love and hope, and mothers and obligations and responsibilities. At the end of each of these sessions, our group will select the next book to be read from the list of 100 favorites.
Egyptian Hieroglyphs in Tombs and TemplesHolloran B Mon, 6/7/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
This course is the second in a series of two courses that started with the Spring Term course: Egyptian Hieroglyphs. That course focused: 1) on how Egyptian hieroglyphs were deciphered and 2) how they function as a writing system; and the historical context in which they were developed and used. This course focuses on translation of hieroglyphic writings commonly seen in ancient Egyptian Tombs and Temples.
Hemingway-The Man and His Art IHull Mon, 6/7/21 41:30 PM3:00 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) will be the organizing principle beginning with his youth at Indian Camp and culminating with the novella, The Old man and the Sea at the end of the second course Fall Term. Viewing Ken Burns' recent PBS documentary would be helpful in understanding Hemingway and his works. Note: PDF copies of the short stories to be read prior to each class will be available for download by registered students.
The Great American Read 2Sullivan Thu, 6/10/21 11:30 PM3:00 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.
Shakespeare: How to Read and Understand 2Kelly Tue, 6/15/21 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
The Ocala Civic Theatre recently presented a play- I Hate Hamlet. It was a comedy. Maybe you feel the same way about Shakespeare in general or remember the days when, in order to understand what was going on, you had to use Lamb’s Simple Version or Cliff Notes. The fact is that although the world honors and encourages us to read Shakespeare, his plays are difficult, demanding, and even strange. This course seeks to make Shakespeare understandable to the general reader. It starts with a simple premise: Shakespeare actually teaches us how to understand his plays. He gives us clues and tools at every step of the way that can help us unlock the mysteries of his art. Come with me to explore this new approach presented by an excellent Great Course instructor, whose aim is to help you read and understand Shakespeare. We will gather the tools for understanding comedy, tragedy, and the history plays. I will supplement the classes with my experiences at Stratford-on-Avon and my own research into the bard.
The Great American Read 3Sullivan Thu, 7/8/21 11:30 PM3:00 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.
Shakespeare: How to Read and Understand 3Kelly Tue, 7/13/21 310:30 AM12:00 PM $11.25
The Ocala Civic Theatre recently presented a play- I Hate Hamlet. It was a comedy. Maybe you feel the same way about Shakespeare in general or remember the days when, in order to understand what was going on, you had to use Lamb’s Simple Version or Cliff Notes. The fact is that although the world honors and encourages us to read Shakespeare, his plays are difficult, demanding, and even strange. This course seeks to make Shakespeare understandable to the general reader. It starts with a simple premise: Shakespeare actually teaches us how to understand his plays. He gives us clues and tools at every step of the way that can help us unlock the mysteries of his art. Come with me to explore this new approach presented by an excellent Great Course instructor, whose aim is to help you read and understand Shakespeare. We will gather the tools for understanding comedy, tragedy, and the history plays. I will supplement the classes with my experiences at Stratford-on-Avon and my own research into the bard.
Shakespeare: How to Read and Understand 4Kelly Tue, 8/3/21 410:30 AM12:00 PM $15.00
The Ocala Civic Theatre recently presented a play- I Hate Hamlet. It was a comedy. Maybe you feel the same way about Shakespeare in general or remember the days when, in order to understand what was going on, you had to use Lamb’s Simple Version or Cliff Notes. The fact is that although the world honors and encourages us to read Shakespeare, his plays are difficult, demanding, and even strange. This course seeks to make Shakespeare understandable to the general reader. It starts with a simple premise: Shakespeare actually teaches us how to understand his plays. He gives us clues and tools at every step of the way that can help us unlock the mysteries of his art. Come with me to explore this new approach presented by an excellent Great Course instructor, whose aim is to help you read and understand Shakespeare. We will gather the tools for understanding comedy, tragedy, and the history plays. I will supplement the classes with my experiences at Stratford-on-Avon and my own research into the bard.
The Great American Read 4Sullivan Thu, 8/26/21 11:30 PM3:00 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.

Science and Technology

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
For the Love of PlantsPealer Wed, 6/23/21 51:30 PM2:30 PM $12.50
This class will begin with the wonder of photosynthesis! Then we will study the evolution of various types of plants from mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Among other resources, we will use Introduction to Botany by Great Courses. The instructor will draw on her 40 years of teaching biology.
Science SurprisesPealer Tue, 7/6/21 110:30 AM11:30 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 Fall Term Kickoff and Senior Learners, Inc., Annual MeetingHautanen Fri, 8/27/21 11:30 PM3:00 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 may need to be held online using Zoom. After the short Board Meeting the Fall Term instructors will introduce themselves and their courses.

the Arts

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
For Love of Film: Potpourri 1 Smith Mon, 5/10/21 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, 5/12/21 61:00 PM3:00 PM $30.00
This series will emphasize simple landscapes. Our focus will be on the artistic interpretation of our favorite Florida trees.
For Love of Film: Potpourri 2Smith Mon, 7/12/21 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!
Shiver Me Timbers: Sea Chanteys, Prison Songs, and Work Songs, Oh My!Satterfield Fri, 7/16/21 31:30 PM3:30 PM $15.00
This course will examine the stories behind popular sea chanteys, prison songs, and worksongs known in America and abroad. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how these catchy melodies became a part of our folk music culture.
Free Acrylics OrientationThomas Thu, 7/22/21 11:00 PM2:00 PM $0.00
During this one-hour session, we will have an opportunity to discuss various acrylic paints (opaque versus translucent), drying time, choosing and care of brushes, mediums, paper and development of a working process.
The Craft of Acrylics Painting Skills BuildingThomas Thu, 7/29/21 41:30 PM3:30 PM $20.00
Welcome to The Craft of Acrylics Painting Skills Building Sessions. In keeping with methods and techniques to help improve your drawing and painting skills, the practice exercises are developed to highlight and explore specific techniques used to apply acrylic paint as a wash, glazing to create color variation and tonal values, opaque layering and massing to paint generalized shapes using bold loose strokes to create compositions – and of course everything else.

*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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