Please refer to our "Changes to Class Schedule" page under the ALP NEWS tab for a list of all changes to our curriculum for the spring semester. Unless otherwise noted, re-scheduled classes will be held in the same place and time as originally scheduled.
Single Sessions -Spring 2019
|SSS-01 Thomas Cole: American Landscape Romantic - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Rhea Higgins, Professor of Art History, U of Hartford, Wesleyan Institute of Life Long Learning * , 1/31 * 1:00-3:00
Thomas Cole is America's most important landscape artist of the early 19th c. His romantic and sublime works not only celebrated the beautiful and awesome power of nature but also connected viewers of that time to their sense of place and nation. The questions we will raise are: why landscapes at this particular time? To what extent did the drastic economic and political changes brought on by the industrial revolution directly or indirectly influence Cole's decision to paint what he chose to paint?
|SSS-02 When Thailand Mourns - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Catherine and Christopher Brooks, Authors * , 2/5 * 1:00-3:00
Traveling from gilded shrines to majestic Buddhas, while delving into lush tropical gardens and ancient ruins, the Brookses captured on film an exotic Thailand few visitors see. All the while, overshadowing their exploration of elephant habitats, floating markets, savory street food, and relics of the Khmer empire, Siam was a nation in the act of mourning its newly deceased King Bhumibol.
|SSS-03 The Three Ages of Exploration, 1400-Present - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Michael Robinson, Professor of History * , 2/6 * 1:00-3:00
In the 1400's, Iberian mariners began sailing the dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, exploration has transformed the many cultures of the globe. Historians William Goetzmann and Stephen Pyne have identified three different eras of exploration. This course will describe major expeditionary events, discuss Goetzmann and Pyne's thesis, and consider the direction of exploration in the 21st century.
|SSS-04 Human Races: The Perspective from Anthropology - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Michael Park, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, CCSU * , 3/20 * 10:00-12:00
Scientific evidence, from many areas, shows that races do not exist within the human species on a biological level. Race for humans is a social/cultural/historical construct. And yet, the issue will not go away. This presentation will go over the evidence for these statements, using all the latest data from genetics, evolutionary theory, and cultural anthropology.
|SSS-05 Risks from Fatty Liver; Travel in Turkey - Seabury Heritage Hall|
George and Kathy Wu, Professors of Medicine * , 2/14 * 2:00-4:00
The Doctors Wu continue to spotlight the clandestine and little understood ongoing lethal warfare we are routinely beset by but recognize only through the haze of abstruse medical labels. The Doctors Wu (husband and wife research team) have spent their careers tracking and exposing the wiles of these pathogens. The depth of their clinical research has been substantiated through international travels, enhancing deeper perspective of the environments, that play inadvertent host to the various forms of life-threatening malaise. The topic for this presentation will be fatty liver in the destination of Turkey.
|SSS-06 Wildlife and Connecticut's Changing Landscape CANCELLED|
, Feb 19 *
CANCELLED; WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED FOR SPRING SEMESTER, 2020. The program includes a presentation that describes how changes in Connecticut's landscape over the past 400 hundred years have impacted wildlife. Beautiful wildlife photos highlight the presentation. Participants can handle wildlife pelts, skulls and tracks, and (if they want) test their knowledge of the characteristics and habits of CT wildlife.
|SSS-07 Seriously Satchmo CANCELLED|
, Mar 28 *
CANCELLED; MAY BE RE-SCHEDULED FOR FALL SEMESTER, 2020. A look at one of the world's most important and influential musician in American history. Born into poverty Louis's career, as a vocalist and trumpet player, spanned from the advent of radio through film into television. From his earliest recordings in the 1920s, he came to have a number one record in 1964, and after he died charted perhaps his most well-known and beloved recording "What a Wonderful World". Louis came to be one of the world's most beloved musician/entertainer, opening up doors for racial equality within the industry.
|SSS-08 Life and Work of Pedro E Guerrero - McAuley Meeting Room|
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 4/8 * 10:30-12:00
Discover the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero, a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary international photography career. Using an exclusive interview with Guerrero along with his stunning images, the program explores his collaborations with three of the most iconic American Artists of the 20th century; architect Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
|SSS-09 A Baroque Musical Salon - Seabury Chapel|
Walter Mayo, Past ALP presenter * , 4/9 * 10:00-12:00
Live music of the Baroque period performed on harpsichord, violin, viola da gamba, recorder and flute, with introductory commentary including possible slides, video and discussion.
|SSS-10 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Ellen Thomas, Clinical Social Worker * , 5/9 * 10:00-12:00
We will watch "Being Mortal", a documentary that explores the hopes of patients facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, who care for them. It is the story of physician Atul Gawande. By sharing these stories from the perspective of both physicians, patients and families, the documentary sheds new light on how our system - so often focused on cure - neglects the important healing conversations that need to happen so that a person's true priorities can be known and honored at the end. Ellen Thomas will facilitate the conversation at the end of the screening.
|SSS-11 FISA Court: What is it? - Seabury Heritage Hall|
James G Carr, Sr. U.S. District Court Judge * , 5/14 * 10:00-12:00
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) will be explained by United States District Judge Carr, a former member of the FISA court. He will present an overview of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the FISC.
|SSS-12 Making History: Connecticut's Local Museums - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Bill Hosley, Public Historian and Preservationist * , 5/22 * 10:00-12:00
Community-based museums offer inspirational experiences, are evocative teaching tools, and provide a refuge for local knowledge like few things left in our culture. This session will showcase the variety and diversity of content, storylines and presentation styles at the local level. It reminds us that the quality of biodiversity, so important to life, is no less important to the survival of the civic spirit. Most local museums are small. No two are alike. They collect. They preserve, present and offer public programs. They are a civic miracle and a tool of untapped potential for transforming public engagement with history.
|SSS-13 Path of the Soul - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Barbara M. Hardie, Director of Angel Connections * , 5/21 * 1:00-2:30
While on the Other Side, before we incarnate to a physical body, we go through a detailed process of mapping out what we are going to do during each lifetime. This workshop follows the cycle of life/death/rebirth. We choose the other souls who will be in our life in order to help us learn our Life Lessons, Balance Karma and grow to higher spiritual levels. You will learn why bad things happen to good people and how you can create a stress-free life. Experience a Life Review Meditation to determine if you are following your path.
|CLASSES CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER|
, 2/12 *