UCONN Adult Learning Program - Seminars - Fall 2017
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"Big Data" has been changed from a six session course to four. There will be no classes on December 11th and 18th. PLEASE CHECK "ALP NEWS" FOR ALL SCHEDULE CHANGES TO OUR FALL CURRICULUM.

Seminars - Fall 2017

FS-01 20th Century Artists - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 * 10:30-12:00

This is Part I of a two semester course. This semester will be introduced by the biography of Peggy Guggenheim, a major player in 20th Century Art and will be followed by 6 individual presentations of artists such as Duchamp, Magritte, and Miro.
FS-02 Hikes - Offsite
Kevin Gough and Jim Trail, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 9/22, 10/20, 11/17 * 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-03* The Play's the Thing - Seabury Hearthside Parlor
Nancy Kramer * , 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 * 1:00-3:00

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
FS-04 Great Structures of the World - Seabury Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 * 10:00-12:00

This course is a marvelous learning experience that takes you around the world and reveals the stories behind the most famous bridges, churches, skyscrapers, towers, and other structures from thousands of years of history.
FS-05 Movie Buffs - Duncaster Meeting Room
James Hanley, Co-President of Cinestudio * , 10/5, 11/9, 12/7 * 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.
FS-06* Short Stories - Seabury Media Room
Carol Matzke * , 10/10, 11/14, 12/12 * 1:00-3:00

At each session we will discuss two short stories (copies of which will be given to you approximately 1 month before the class). A brief background of each author will be given preceding our discussion. Suggestions from participants for stories to be discussed will be welcomed.
FS-07 River Critters and River's Flow and Change - Seabury Heritage Hall
Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, CT River Conservancy * , 10/12, 10/26 * 10:00-12:00

What's a Healthy River? What do the critters have to say about it? How does a river flow and change? What does changing climate have to do with that? The Executive Director, CT River Conservancy, will lead two engaging conversations about the river's biology and hydrology, how our contemporary understanding of river health and cleanliness is fundamentally changing how we make decisions regarding our use, protection, and enjoyment of our rivers. Come listen and engage in a lively presentation about the river's migratory fish, algae, bugs and how they and a river's physical characteristics relate to a changed climate.
FS-08* Creative Nonfiction - Seabury Garden View Room
Dorothy Sterpka, Adjunct Professor, CCSU * , 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 * 1:00-3:00

Size Limit: 15 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.
FS-09* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Garden View Room
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 * 1:00-3:00

Size Limit: 25 Each week we write short memoirs, bring them to the group to read, and delight in hearing one another's stories. 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.
FS-10* Three Irish Poets: Yeats, Hughes, Heaney - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 * 10:00-12:00

A reading of the 3 poets: William Butler Yeats, Ted Hughes, and Seamus Heaney, with examination and discussion of their technique, their linquistic virtues, their themes and meanings as applicable or not. Size Limit: 20
FS-11 Secret Societies and Global Conspiracy II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 * 1:00-3:00

A continuation of the Spring, 2017 class with DVD presentations of the origins of known secret societies. Each class will also have discussions of various historical conspiracy theories. Examples: 9/11; Roswell; Pearl Harbor; Disappearance of Amelia Earhart; Oklahoma Bombing; and many more.
FS-12 Connecticut Forum - McAuley Meeting Room
Karen Will * , 11/2, 11/30, 12/14 * 10:00-12:00

We will view and discuss videos of three previously conducted CT Forum programs: The Glorious Mysterious Brain -- exploring thoughts, memory, health, science, and more, from 2/25/11; The Changing Role of Religion -- in our culture, our politics, and our lives, from 9/29/16; A Conversation Between Alan Alda and Jason Reitman -- reflections on TV, film, art and life, from 5/6/17. Even if you attended the last one, it's worth hearing again.
FS-13 Heroes and Heroines in Biblical Tradition - Seabury Heritage Hall
John Gettier, Professor, Trinity College * , 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5 * 10:00-12:00

The values of a culture and people, their dreams and fears, are best understood in the stories about revered men and women. They are remembered as having struggled, whether succeeding or failing, as representing models for emulation and guidance through the dilemmas of life. This course will focus upon prominent figures of ancient Israel (such as Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Moses, Deborah, David) and upon their stories as presented in the Hebrew Bible to discern the distinctive character of what is heroic in the biblical tradition, particularly in comparison and contrast to other stories of the ancient Near East.
FS-14 Big Data: Data Analytics and Transformation - Seabury Heritage Hall
John McClintock * , 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4 * 10:00-12:00

Classes originally scheduled for December 11th and 18th will not be held. "Big Data" and "data analysis" may not be part of your everyday life or routine. Yet, there are ample examples of how "big data" and its use are truly changing our world and impacting us as individuals. This course is structured to raise awareness of how nations, corporations, even non-profits are leveraging "data" to further their strategies and goals. While the presentations will focus on Big Data, we also will discuss data at an individual level. Evolving technology and techniques can help you with analysis and decision making in your personal lives.