UCONN Adult Learning Program - Seminars - Spring 2016
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Seminars - Spring 2016


SS-01 Industrial Revolution II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10 * 10:00-12:00

This course is a continuation of our series of lectures from the Fall describing the social, political and technological changes taking place in England. Our study will move to Europe and America. We will study the contributions of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Master Engineer, Eli Whitney, De Lesseps, Eiffel, Rockefeller, and Carnegie. One lecture will describe how poets and novelists responded to industrialization.
SS-02 What it Means to be Human - Seabury Heritage Hall
Michael Park, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, CCSU * , 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1 * 10:00-12:00

An Anthropological Perspective - An examination of the evolution and behavior of the human sprcies. Sessions: 1. The Strangest of the Primates; 2. How We Stood Upright and Got these Big Brains; 3. What is Culture and How Do We Study It?; 4. Putting it All Together: Race, Sex and Aggression.
SS-03* Short Stories - Seabury Media Room
Carol Matzke * , 2/9, 3/8, 4/5 * 1:00-3:00

At each session we will discuss two short stories (copies of which you will be given approximately 1 month before class). We will also learn about the authors. Size Limit: 28
SS-04* Movie Buffs - Duncaster 4th Floor Conference Rm
James Hanley * , 2/10, 3/9, 4/6 * 10:30-12:00

Participants view films at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College or elsewhere, at a time of their choosing, and then discuss them in class with the knowledgeable director of Cinestudio. Size Limit: 15
SS-05* Creative Writing - Seabury Garden View Room
Dorothy Sterpka * , 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 * 1:00-3:00

This semester we will experiment with techniques of indirect inspiration. We will use Now write! Nonfiction, Sherry Ellis's compilation of exercises, as well as models from other sources, to help us write nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or memoirs. Size Limit: 15
SS-06 Heroes and Legends - Duncaster Meeting Room
Jim Yaeger, Professor Emeritus, UCONN Health Center * , 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20 * 1:00-3:00

Over the history of human story telling, millions of heroes and heroines have been described, but only a handful survive as immortal characters, inspiring imitations, remakes and responses. In this series of video lectures, Cambridge University-educated Professor of Humanities Thomas Shippey analyzes the reasons for this impact. His style is informative and amusing as he covers heroes from Odysseus through Robinson Crusoe to Harry Potter and Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
SS-07* Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4 * 10:00-12:00

The Canterbury Tales, a new verse translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's tales by Sheila Fisher (Trinity College, Hartford); New York: WW Norton, 2011, available at Amazon at reasonable prices. Using select tales we will emphasize Dr. Fisher's observations as a guide to understanding and appreciation of this seminal work in English literature. Size Limit: 20
SS-08 Everyday Engineering - Seabury Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 3/11, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 5/6, 5/13 * 1:00-3:00

Our world is filled with engineering marvels. This course will explore the workings of the fascinating buildings, devices, and public utilities that we use almost every minute of the day. The lectures will be given by Professor Steven Ressler who will use models he has built to support his lectures.
SS-09* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Garden View Room
Leta Marks * , 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12 * 1:00-3:00

Each week we write short memoirs, bring them to the group to read, and delight in hearing one another. You too can come and participate in writing, talking about good writing, and giving/receiving positive, constructive conversation about your piece so we all feel energized to write more. Size Limit: 15
SS-10 U.S. and Middle East II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Pete Cruikshank * , 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14 * 10:00-12:00

These 30 minute lectures examine U.S. relations with the nations of the Middle East from 1914 to 9/11. They cover the growing involvement of the U.S. in the affairs of countries in the Middle East. They discuss the difficulty the U.S. has experienced balancing diverse, and sometimes conflicting, interests in the Middle East, and the rising antagonism between the Americans and Middle Easterners.
SS-11* The Great Unknown Pianists - Seabury Media Room
Donald L Shapiro, MD * , 3/17, 3/24 * 1:00-3:00

Presenter will select recorded music (on CD) from performances of four pianists and give some biographical information. Size Limit: 30
SS-12 Masterworks of American Art II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 * 10:00-12:00

This 24-lecture course will explore the remarkable history of American art from its origins in the colonial past until shortly before the First World War. American art was from the beginning independent, innovative and at times, rebellious. The language of the painter, no less than that of the writer, had to be reinvented and move beyond received knowledge. Videos by Great Courses lecturer, William Kloss, will be used as well as some field trips to the New Britain Museum of American Art.
SS-13* The Play's the Thing - Seabury Center for Spirituality
Nancy Kramer * , 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 5/2 * 1:00-2:45

We will be reading two plays. No acting skills are required. The presenter will give some information about the author, and then together we will read the play and discuss it. Size Limit: 15
SS-14 The Soul of India - McAuley TBA
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 * 2:00-3:30

India defies every attempt at definition. You run out of ink or paint before you can even begin to describe her. Take the landscape. There are jungles straight out of Rudyard Kipling, deserts to make Lawrence of Arabia weep with envy, the highest mountains in the world, tropical beaches, fading colonial hill stations and crowded cities. With more than 1 billion people, thousands of languages and, almost every religion known to man, it has mixed itself into one vast and unruly democracy the largest in the world. There will be 6 presentations covering this vast and unique world. See driving and parking directions for McAuley under HELP YOU tab.
SS-15 Hikes - Offsite
Betty/Richard Carlson * , 4/15, 5/13 * 9:30-12:00

Explorations of interesting sites in our area. Participants should be able to walk three or four miles over uneven terrain. Details are communicated by e-mail a week in advance of these two spring hikes.
SS-16 A Guide to the Universe II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Charles Hardersen, Retired Aerospace Engineer * , 4/21, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 * 10:00-12:00

The purpose of the course is to show the great strides made in understanding the universe and stimulate a general interest in Astronomy. There are 18 video lectures of about 30 minutes for the Fall and Spring sessions. Two will be shown at each session. There will be opportunities for field trips as well as for occasional use of the Seabury telescope.
SS-17* Connecticut Forum - Seabury Heritage Hall
Bob Ellis * , 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 * 10:00-12:00

Despite the loss of the original moderator, Helen Lansberg, this class will be presented as scheduled. Viewing and discussing three programs: 4/27 - DEBATING OUR BROKEN POLITICAL SYSTEM (What's Wrong and How To Fix It) - Charles Blow, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rowe, and John Dankowski; 5/04 - EXPLORERS AND ADVENTURERS (Pushing the Limits of Human Potential) - Alison Stewart, Diana Nyad, and Paul Nicklen; and 5/11 - THE NEXT BIG THING (Cutting Edge Technology and Innovations that Will Change Our Lives) - Joi Ito, Fareed Zakaria, and Virginia Heffer. Class Size Limit: 70