Single Sessions - Spring 2018
|SSS-01 Nursery Rhymes - What Do They Mean? - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Bob Ellis * , 1/31 * 10:00-12:00
We all grew up learning nursery rhymes - without really knowing what they meant. We passed them on to our kids - with the same lack of explanation. Many of those nursery rhymes meant something to the people living in times when communication was limited and freedom of speech was discouraged. Coded social and political commentaries in the form of rhymes sometimes provided a way of avoiding severe punishment. This class offers a look back into the history of popular nursery rhymes and a glimpse at the social, religious and ruling conditions of those times when the rhymes were created.
|SSS-02 Champion Debate Presentation II - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Ann Walsh Henderson, Executive Director, Westfield Academy of Debate, Model UN and Leadership * , 2/13 * 3:30-5:00
Westfield Academy of Debate and Model United Nations student debate - High School and Middle School students will present a debate in the format they use in competitions. They will know the topic beforehand, then debate both sides, with the possibility of audience participation. The process is explained by the debaters. This school was judged the top High School team in the world by the International Public Policy Forum and they represented America at the World High School Debate and Public Speaking competition.
|SSS-03 Voice and Voyage of Edwidge Danticat - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Seabury Heritage Hall * , 2/14 * 1:00-3:00
This lecture will be an introduction to the life and work of the Haitian-American author. Since her first publications Danticat has used her art and imagination to articulate the pain of others and to bear witness against the institutions and individuals behind their suffering. "Fierce and haunting," "clear-eyed and compassionate," "heart-breaking yet filled with healing magic"; these are typical of the glowing reviews her dozens of fiction and non-fiction works have received since the publication of her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory catapulted her into the ranks of America's most talented young writers.
|SSS-04 Principles of Sentencing - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Carl Schuman, Superior Court Judge * , 2/21 * 2:00-4:00
This course will address the goals of a criminal sentence and the factors both mandatory and discretionary that a sentencing judge should consider in arriving at the appropriate sentence.
|SSS-05 Traditional Usui Reiki Introduction - McAuley Meeting Room|
Cheryl Case, Traditional Usui Reiki Master * , 3/5 * 2:00-4:00
Traditional Usui Reiki is the original version of Reiki which is a healing technique that gives practitioners four attunements. This is the major difference between Traditional Reiki and other Reiki versions. This class will explore answers to questions such as: What is attunement, how does it work, what will I feel, when do I use it, who or what can I use it on, where do I put my hands, when does it stop? Amazing stories personally witnessed since 1999 will be related and discussed.giving further clarity to this amazing healing technique used in hospitals and nursing homes.
|SSS-06 Women as Engineers - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Paula Saaf, Professional Engineer * , 3/21 * 1:00-3:00
This class will explore finding the woman's place in the male-dominated field of mechanical engineering in the 1980's. Women who started college in the late 1970's early 1980's were often raised by mothers who divorced their husbands and insisted their daughters read Ms. and Ourselves magazines. This encouraged them to seek careers that allowed them the freedom to chose their own path.
|SSS-07 Temptresses Through the Ages - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Walter Mayo, Retired Attorney, Wesleyan University * , 4/3 * 10:00-12:00
Origins and evolution of the concept of the femme fatale, from classical, myth and biblical sources through literature and artistic representations, including opera, to 20th Century film noir and recent cinema. Continuation and update of Spring 2017 Operatic Femmes Fatales Course (curtailed by weather cancellation).
|SSS-08 The Politics of Prison Uprising - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Lee Bernstein, Professor of History * , 4/13 * 2:00-4:00
The political causes, goals and consequences of prison uprisings, illustrated by the 1971 Attica and 1983 Sing Sing uprisings. Particular reference will be made to the influence provided by the sharp increase in prison populations during and after 1980.
|SSS-09 Witch Hunting in CT River Valley 1647-1663 - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Richard Ross, Professor Emeritus Trinty College * , 4/18 * 10:00-12:00
This course offers a fresh assessment of the first outbreak of witch accusations, trials and executions in the CT River Valley. We will discuss the witchcraft trials before Salem and the reasons for the continued hunting that led to the executions of convicted witches up to 1663. After 1663 the hanging of witches ended in CT. We will discuss why these executions ceased and how the local communities resolved the continuing conflict over witchcraft accusations in the face of a progressive magistracy. In addition apotropaic magic will be examined with evidence linking some aspects to specific occupations.
|SSS-10 Taking Measure of Environmental Footprint II - Seabury Heritage Hall|
David Laiuppa, Certified Soil Scientist * , 5/7 * 10:00-12:00
The unaccounted presence of low frost weed, the unheard voice of the red salamander, the comings and goings of vernal pools, and the contamination and destruction of water courses - illustrate some of what is ignored, displaced, paved over, and otherwise corrupted in the promotion of expanding facilities for planes, trains, manufacturing, housing, and automobiles. This presentation will summarize the make up and relevance of environmental site planning and how the appropriate governance of federal, state, and local regulations can come up against the limitations of money, politics, and available person power.
|SSS-11 Early American Herb Gardens and Medicine - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Gordon Kenneson, Horticulturist * , 5/15 * 10:00-12:00
The course covers the history and practice of herbal medicine from the ancient civilizations to English Colonial America. The emphasis will be on herbs, practitioners of herbal medicine, physic gardens and more.