Seminars - Fall 2018
|FS-01 Hikes - Offsite TBA|
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 * 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-02 The Play's the Thing - Seabury The Britton|
Nancy Kramer * , 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 * 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.
|FS-03* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Media Room|
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 * 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
|FS-04 Greek and Roman Technology - Seabury Chapel|
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus * , 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, * 10:00-12:00
This course will expand your knowledge of Greek and Roman civilization with an in-depth study of the innovative technologies and feats of engineering. The lecturer uses models to help the student understand various structures and machines - created by the Greek and Roman engineers and architects. The course is based on Great Courses DVD program.
|FS-05 Dutch Masters - Seabury Chapel|
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 * 10:00-12:00
This will be the first of 3 semesters of an Art History course from DVDs of the 'The Great Courses' series presented by Professor William Kloss/Smithsonian Institution. This first semester will introduce Art and Society in 16th Century Netherlands; Dutch Portraits; Art in the significant artistic centers of Haarlem and Utrecht; and the works of Frans Hals. The 1st class of this semester will present the movie, 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'. A great start to a great series!
|FS-06 Ongoing Technological Revolution - Seabury Chapel|
John McClintock * , 10/2, 10/9 * 10:00-12:00
The continuing growth of data-driven initiatives, and broader use of artificial intelligence is now being regarded as a "Technological Revolution". Recent revelations that personal privacy is not being adequately protected and 'fake data' is being used to nudge us toward actions we might not otherwise take adds to the complexity. With the upcoming November elections, this is an appropriate time to update our awareness in this area.
|FS-07 Movie Buffs - Duncaster Meeting Room|
James Hanley, Co-President of Cinestudio * , 10/3, 11/7, 12/5 * 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-08* Short Stories - Seabury The Britton|
Carol Matzke * , 10/3, 11/7, 12/5 * 1:00-3:00
At each session we will discuss two short stories (copies of which participants will receive 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. Size Limit: 28
|FS-09 Connecticut Forum - Seabury Chapel|
Karen Will * , 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 * 9:30-12:00
We will view and discuss videos of three previously presented programs: Food for Thought (May 2009) Anthony Bourdain, Duff Goldman, Colin McEnroe and Alice Waters; Storytellers and the Stories They Tell (Nov. 2008) David Simon, Bob Edwards, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner; The American Dream - Going, Going, Gone (Feb. 2008) Laura Ingraham, Roland Fryer, Barbara Ehrenreich. Two potential extras: Talking Authors (May 2008) Alexander McCall Smith, Daniel Handler, Amy Tan; Saving the World - The Environment Wars, Poverty, Pandemics (Feb. 2007) Nicholas Kristoff, Cark Kent Ervin, Tim Robbins, Rory Kennedy.
|FS-10* The Poetry of Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) - Seabury Media Room|
Karl Mason * , 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 * 10:00-12:00
A reading of one of America's finest poets and translators - US Poet Laureate, winner of a National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes - followed by a discussion of his linguistic artistry, as well as themes and/or meanings that might be derived from his poetry. Size Limit: 20
|FS-11* Creative Nonfiction - Seabury Garden View Room|
Dorothy Sterpka, Adjunct Professor, CCSU * , 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 * 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-12 Portraits of a First-Century Jew - Seabury Chapel|
John Gettier, Retired Professor * , 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3 * 10:00-12:00
Each of the Gospels of the New Testament presents a unique portrayal of Jesus in his first-century context from a particular perspective. Even when common material is treated, the writers do so within their own understanding and as appropriate to their distinctive purposes for writing. This course will explore the special character of each gospel story its themes, its structure, and its delineation of the hero and so enhance an appreciation of the remarkable character of the individual Gospels.
|FS-13 How Do We Study Ourselves? - Seabury Chapel|
Noreen Channels, Professor of Sociology, Trinity College (Emeritus) * , 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 * 1:00-3:00
The "facts and findings" fill the news - opinion polls, scientific research, the U.S. Census and big data. But what lies behind these findings? Who participated? What questions were asked, and what behaviors observed? What assumptions and what procedures? With examples ranging from surveying your local congregation, to predicting literacy, to disentangling the effects of race and social class, this course - designed for laypersons - will focus on the various components of social science research. Offering help in understanding and assessing the conclusions derived from these studies this is not a "technical" or data analysis course and assumes no prior knowledge.
|FS-14 Did You get Enough of CT Forum? - McAuley Meeting Room|
Agnes Pier * , 11/20, 11/27 * 10:00-12:00
We will view and discuss videos of two previously conducted CT Forum programs: Religion in America 2016, Irshad Manji, Michael Gerson, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Jon Meacham; End of Civility? (Oct. 2010) Gina Barreca, Christopher Buckley, Stephen Carter, David Gergen.
|FS-15* American Women Poets - Seabury The Britton|
Don Werner, Author and Teacher * , 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 * 10:30-12:00
America's Women Poets in three sessions - ranging from Ann Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou, with Lowell, Millay, Parker, Moore and some others in the middle. Size Limit: 20