UCONN Adult Learning Program - Seminars - Fall 2019
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Seminars - Fall 2019


FS-01 Silent Sentry: Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower - McAuley Meeting Room
Jared Day, Doctor * , 9/17, 9/24 * 10:00-12:00

This lecture will focus on the life and times of one of America's most consequential (but routinely underestimated) recent presidents. Following decades of bureaucratic obscurity in the US military, Eisenhower emerged in the 1940s as a war hero and key architect for US victory in Europe. Ascending to the presidency in 1953, his calm, removed, self-effacing governing style masked a hard-driving, hands-on executive whose skepticism and military knowledge guided America through a formative period of the Cold War and one with deep long-term consequences for America's reputation and leadership role in the world from the 1950s to our own time.
FS-02 Music Fundamentals Make Music Therapy Effective - Seabury Chapel
Douglas Johnson, Professor of Music, Trinty College * , 9/18, 9/25 * 1:30-3:00

Are there properties native to music itself that empower music experiences in a music-therapeutic partnership? Established in 1945 as a profession in the US, music therapy today encompasses work and persons of all ages, at every stage of life. Within an individualized treatment plan, musical choices continuously inform music therapy interventions. These choices are based on observing pulse and breath, and the effects of rhythms, tones, tempo, dynamics range, timbre, form, sounds and silence. This course offers students ways to experience fundamental aspects of music, the basis of its healing potential.
FS-03 Industrial Revolution - Seabury Chapel
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, * 10:00-12:00

This course covers the emergence of the Industrial Revolution in 18th-century Britain and the spread of its inventions and ideas to the United States, seeking to show how and why this great modern transformation occurred. From the steam engine to the horseless carriage, the rise of the factory to the role of immigrant labor, the course provides insight not only into the historical period but also into the birth of modern life and work.
FS-04 Four Greatest Baseball Movies - Seabury Heritage Hall
Don Werner * , 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 * 1:00-3:00

The title says it all! Come to watch and learn about one man's choice of the four greatest baseball movies.
FS-05 Hikes - Offsite
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 9/27, 10/11, 10/25 * 9:30-12:00

We will visit hiking trails within a 20-mile radius of Bloomfield which have been recommended for their natural beauty, historical significance, flora and fauna, or other unique characteristics. Carpooling will often be suggested. Participants should be able to walk 2 1/2 to 3 miles over uneven terrain.
FS-06 Dutch Masters III: Age of Rembrandt - Seabury Chapel
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 * 10:00-12:00

This will be the 3rd semester of an Art History course of DVDs from the 'The Great Courses' series presented by Professor William Kloss, Smithsonian Institution.
FS-07* Creative Writing - Seabury Garden View Room
Kim Hunt and Kathy Carle * , 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, * 1:00-3:00

We will use free writing, meditation, and creative writing techniques to express our creativity in memoirs, stories, poems, and essays. Through this activity we will find self-knowledge that can transform us."Now write! Nonfiction", Sherry Ellis's compilation of exercises, as well as models from other sources, will be used. Size Limit: 15
FS-08 Cyber Security and Cyber-vulneribility - Seabury Chapel
John McClintock * , 10/15, 10/22 * 10:00-12:00

Day 1: Update on the main forces driving global cyber security issues. Day 2: Personal pointers on coping with cyber-vulnerbility.
FS-09 Movie Buffs - Duncaster Meeting Room
James Hanley, Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 10/16, 11/20, 12/18 * 10:30-12:00

Do you ever wonder which movies are really worth your time, or what you should be looking for in a film? This is your opportunity to hear what others think and to listen to a very knowledgeable expert who provides insight into films and film industry - people and technology. Movies discussed can be viewed at any theater or in the comfort of your own home on TV or other sources. You will also usually find the films playing at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College where parking is available after hours, Saturdays and Sundays all day.
FS-10 Kabbala Basics - Intro to Jewish Mysticism - Seabury Heritage Hall
Shaya Gopin, Rabbi * , 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 * 1:00-2:30

Jewish mysticism offers unparalleled insight into the mysteries of life. The course will explore divine energy within creation and the soul in each of us. Participants will become acquainted with the terminology and concepts of the Kabbala and Chassidism. This series will lead you on a journey through the spiritual worlds, the purpose of creation and our souls. Various ancient texts are used.
FS-11 Reigning Cats and Dogs - Seabury Heritage Hall
Martha Reingold, Film Presentor * , 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 * 1:00-4:00

Each movie in this series features one of our favorite pets, a cat or a dog. The films are: "The Best in Show" featuring a host of dogs and their competitive owners, "Bell, Book and Candle" with a witch's familiar up to her best tricks, "The Accidental Tourist" where our hero's pet changes the course of his life, and "CATS" the hit musical finally on film (if available).
FS-12* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Heritage Hall
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 * 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. Everyone has a story about their life to tell for future generations to read. Size Limit: 25
FS-13* Epics, Anyone? - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jane Newpeck, Teacher * , 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 * 10:00-12:00

Repeated course from the Spring. Discussion of three ancient writings reflecting the worlds that helped shape ours. Get ready for adventure, monsters, goddesses, preternatural powers, and heroic caritas (love for all). Gilgamesh: defining the hero, setting the task. Beowulf: battling the enemy or threat, demonstration of the hero's strength(s). Odyssey: return of the hero to the community, place of the hero in the community. What epic qualities, if any, do we require in our heroes today? Why do we still read the ancient epics? Does the definition of the hero shift from one poem to another? Why or why not? Size Limit: 25
FS-14* Poetic Metrics - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 * 10:00-12:00

We will examine a wide range and variety of poetic styles and attempt to determine what qualities (metrics) distinguish from the mediocre to the superb in poetry and to what degree these benchmarks apply to the poetry that falls between these polarities. Given the heteronormalized cultural climate in which we live today, this examination will more than likely provide a perplexing if not a daunting challenge. Size Limit: 20
FS-15 King Lear - Seabury Heritage Hall
Milla Reggio, Professor of English, Trinity College * , 11/14, 11/14 * 10:00-3:30

Lecture and group discussion on Shakespeare's King Lear. The course will be an all-day program with a viewing of King Lear DVD/Video in the morning. There will then be a one and half hour lunch break; participants will return after lunch for the lecture and group discussion. King Lear is Shakespeare's most powerful study of aging - focusing on a man who acts rashly as he retires from his kingship, and then is treated horribly by two of his daughters, while the Duke of Gloucester is deceived and abused by his son. Both are redeemed by a loving child.
FS-16 The Play's the Thing - Seabury The Britton
Nancy Kramer * , 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9 * 1:00-3:00

We will be reading two plays. No acting skills are required. The first play will be an original sequel to "Hamlet" written by last year's presenter of "Psychological Perspectives on Hamlet", Dr. Stephen Bank. The presenter will give some information about the author, and then togethers we will read the play and discuss it.
FS-17 Resurrection! Two views: Handel and Mahler - Seabury Chapel
Howard Sprout * , 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 * 10:00-12:00

Fall semester will be Part One: Handel's "Messiah" and will be four sessions. (By the way, 2019 is the 260th anniversary of Handel's death in 1759) Spring semester will be Part Two: "Mahler's Second Symphony" and will be five sessions. I'm fascinated by how and why Handel and Mahler wrote these two works about resurrection. Handel was a devout Anglican, Mahler was a Jew, converted to Catholicism, and struggled with religion his whole life. Similarities and differences abound!