UCONN Adult Learning Program - Seminars - Spring 2018
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Seminars - Spring 2018


SS-01 Choral Music of Johannes Brahms: Sampler - Seabury Heritage Hall
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 * 10:00-12:00

This course features several of the choral works of Brahms, including some of his earliest published works, the "Liebeslieder Walzer" (Opus 52) and, of course, the great oratorio "Ein deutsches Requiem". We will seek to answer such questions as: Who was Brahms really? What music influenced Brahms' composing style? What is a hemiola, anyway? There will be lots of listening, and word-for-word English translations will help us explore Brahms' mastery of setting text to music.
SS-02 Great Structures of the World II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, Drexel University * , 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 3/22 * 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. This Course is a continuation of the Fall 2017 course.
SS-03* Together to Music - Seabury Community Activity Studio
Debbie and Dan Feingold * , 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 * 2:30-4:00

This is International Folk Dance for seniors, but WAIT! Please do NOT think "dance". No partners, no competition, no stress. Think of a fun game of follow-the-leader in simple, repeating patterns to appealing music from many cultures. Studies show that regular folk dancing improves both short and long-term memory. It also improves balance and strengthens legs and ankles. But the pleasure comes from the music and feeling in sync with the group, enjoying movement that is a bit challenging but ultimately comfortable and fun. Shoes with soles neither slippery nor sticky recommended; no high heels! Size Limit: 25
SS-04* The Play's the Thing - Seabury Garden View Room
Nancy Kramer * , 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 * 1:00-3:30

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-05 Health Across the World and Travelogue - Seabury Heritage Hall
George and Kathy Wu, Professors of Medicine * , 2/16, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1 * 2:00-4:00

Dr Wu's series of five lectures will shine a spotlight on the clandestine and little understood ongoing lethal warfare we are routinely beset by but recognize only through the haze of perplexing medical labels like "hemochromatosis" (liver disease). 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 inadvertant host to the various forms of life threatening ailments.
SS-06* Three Irish Poets: Yeats, Hughes, Heaney - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 * 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 linguistic virtues, their themes and meanings as applicable or not. Size Limit: 23
SS-07 20th Century Artists II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 * 10:00-12:00

A continuation of the Fall 2017 class with DVD presentations of 20th Century Artists to include such artists as Edward Hopper, Rene Magritte, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
SS-08* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Garden View Room
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 * 1:00-3:00

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. Size Limit: 25
SS-09 Movie Buffs - Duncaster Meeting Room
James Hanley, Co-President of Cinestudio * , 3/22, 4/12, 5/10 * 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.
SS-10 Caribbean Stars: Vodou, Judaism, Rastafari - The McAuley Auditorium
Leslie Desmangles, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College * , 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 * 2:00-4:00

The Caribbean is one of the ethnically and culturally diverse regions of the world. Its history is unique because of the immigration of diverse peoples from all parts of the world, some as early as the 16th century. Each of these people has contributed its own religious beliefs and practices to the cultures of the region. This course examines prominent religions in the Caribbean. These include: Vodou (Voodoo), Santeria, Hinduism, Rastafari and Sephardic Judaism. Special attention will be given to their contributions to the cultural and socio-economic aspects of the region and their current influences on the United States.
SS-11 Big Data II - Seabury Heritage Hall
John McClintock * , 3/29, 4/5 * 10:00-12:00

Big Data and "data analysis" may not be part of your every day 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 program is a continuation of the Fall course examining how data impacts our lives every day.
SS-12* Creative Nonfiction - Seabury Garden View Room
Dorothy Sterpka, Adjunct Professor, CCSU * , 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 * 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
SS-13 George Orwell's 1984: It's Relevancy Today - Duncaster Meeting Room
Ketti Marks, Retired NYC Teacher * , 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 * 1:00-3:00

On January 24, 2017, George Orwell's 1984 became a best-seller after Kelllyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, Trump's first press secretary, made statements eerily reminiscent of Oceania, the dystopian world created by Orwell. This class will focus on how Oceania maintained control of its people through violence as well as through the rhetorical manifestations of its official language, Newspeak. It will also offer current examples of authoritarianism in government, and the dangers posed by flouting or disparaging such democratic principles as freedom of the press, the separation of powers, peaceful protest, and civil rights.
SS-14* Robert Frost's Best Most Provocative Poems - Seabury Media Room
Don Werner, Teacher and Author * , 4/11, 4/25, 5/9 * 10:00-12:00

SS-14* Robert Frost's Best Most Provocative Poems
SS-15 Hikes - Offsite TBA
Kevin Gough and Jim Trail, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/20, 5/5, 5/18 * 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.
SS-16 Ancient Craft: Hand-Weaving Enriches Lives - Seabury Heritage Hall
Hillary Swaim, Executive Director to the Weaving Center * , 4/24, 5/1 * 10:00-12:00

This class will describe how the craft of hand-weaving can be used to enrich lives. Specifically, the talk will use the example of a program at the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center that teaches hand-weaving to area residents who are blind, visually-impaired, or senior in age. Attendees will learn why weaving is gratifying for our community members. The week after the lecture, we will convene at the Hartford Artisans Weaving Studio to experience weaving in action, and hear directly from the weavers. Attendees will be encouraged to try their hand at weaving during the 40 Woodland Street tour.
SS-17 Urban Walks - Offsite TBA
Libbie Merrow * , 4/27, 5/11, 5/25 * 9:30-12:00

There will be three strolls , guided tours along especially interesting, beautiful roads in Hartford. The first will feature the tulips and trees of Elizabeth Park ; the second will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, a classic 19th century site; lastly we will walk along the Connecticut river, through the Lincoln Sculptures to East Hartford. If you can walk a mile, you can drive these strolls. They are suppose to be accessible as well as educational. $5 charge at Cedar Hill. Car pools available.
SS-18* Short Stories - Seabury Media Room
Carol Matzke * , 5/2, 5/30 * 1:00-3:00

At each session we will discuss two short stories (copies of which participants will receive approximately one 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. Size Limit: 28