UCONN Adult Learning Program - Seminars - Spring 2019
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Ellen Castaldini's "SSS-06 Wildlife in Connecticut" is cancelled and will be rescheduled for Spring 2020. Chris Coulter's "SSS-07 Seriously Satchmo" is cancelled and will hopefully be postponed to the end of the term. It may be rescheduled to Fall 2019.

Seminars - Spring 2019


SS-01 Greek and Roman Technology II - Seabury Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineerng, Emeritus * , 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, * 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.
SS-02* Creative Writing - Seabury Garden View Room
Kathy Carle and Kim Hunt * , 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 * 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-03 Climate Change-Contributing Factors and Solutions - McAuley Meeting Room
Samantha Dynowski and Martha Klein, State Director and State Chair, Sierre Club * , 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 * 10:00-12:00

SS-03 Climate Change-Contributing Factors and Solutions
SS-04 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You, Ludwig - Seabury Heritage Hall
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 * 10:00-12:00

Beethoven's 9th Symphony - with a brief biography of Beethoven, then individual sessions for each movement, with the fourth movement getting two sessions. The 9th Symphony is a whole lot more than just "Ode to Joy" in the fourth movement and Howard will share his excitement about this amazing piece.
SS-05 Dutch Masters II: The Age of Rembrandt - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ruthanne Hartzheim * , 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 * 10:00-12:00

This will be the second of 3 semesters of an Art History course from DVDs of the 'The Great Courses' series presented by Professor William Kloss, Smithsonian Institution.
SS-06* Writing Your Memoirs - Seabury Heritage Hall
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 * 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-07* Epics, Anyone? - Seabury The Britton
Jane Newpeck, Teacher * , 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 * 1:00-3:00

Discussion of three ancient writings reflecting their worlds that helped shape ours. Get ready for adventure, monsters, goddesses, preternatural powers, and heroic caritas (love for all; charity). Gilgamesh: begin the adventure, defining the hero, setting the task. Beowulf: battling the enemy or theat, 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
SS-08 Movie Buffs - Duncaster Meeting Room
James Hanley, Co-Director * , 3/7, 4/4, 5/2 * 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.
SS-09 The Play's the Thing - Seabury Hearthside Parlor
Nancy Kramer * , 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 * 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.
SS-10 Peace Corps -- Early Days - Seabury Heritage Hall
Stephen Zwerling, Lowell Fewster, Hugh and Kate McLean * , 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 * 10:00-12:00

Four ALP members, all with connections to the early days (1962-69) of the Peace Crops in Nigeria, will tell about their experience as well as reflect on the meaning of the Peace Corps and similar undertakings during those years. Community development, teaching, giving birth and mothering are the enterprises engaged in, along with learning the very different culture and context. Pictures and artifacts will illustrate the varied accounts of the four: Lowell Fewster, Hugh and Kate McLean and Steve Zwerling.
SS-11 From Authors' Words to Directors' Visions - Seabury Heritage Hall
Martha Reingold, Film Presenter * , 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8 * 1:00-4:00

A film based on a book will be shown at each class. We will discuss the differences between the two: Was the movie true to the book? Worse? Better? 1) Book - Washington Square: Movie - "The Heiress"; 2) Book - Chocolat: Movie - "Chocolat"; 3) Book - Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont: Movie - "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont"; 4) Book - The Reader: Movie - "The Reader".
SS-12 Connecticut Forum - Seabury Heritage Hall
Karen Will and Bob Hewey * , 4/3, 4/17, 5/1 * 1:00-3:30

We will view and discuss videos of three previously presented programs: Taking on Race and Racism (2015), Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (2017), State of Journalism and the News (2018).
SS-13 America's Songbook/Great American Singers - Seabury Heritage Hall
Russell Salk * , 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 * 1:00-2:30

Spend the time listening to some great music. We'll hear lots of outstanding performances of standards, known as the Great American Songbook. You probably know the names George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Russ will introduce you to a whole world of composers and lyricists beyond that. Among the greats that you will hear are Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Frankie Laine, with some Big Band, Broadway, and breezy jazz thrown into the mix. There will be some surprises, and lesser-known artists who deserve better! This will be a great time for all who attend.
SS-14* Psychological Perspectives on Hamlet - Seabury Heritage Hall
Stephen Bank, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University (retired) * , 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 * 10:00-12:00

We will examine Shakespeare's Hamlet applying insights from psychoanalysis to understand deeper motivations of the principal characters. The complex relationships between various pairs and triads of characters will be discussed in light of research on family dynamics. Recommended films to be watched before taking this course: "Hamlet" starring Kenneth Branaugh in color, the uncut version 4 hours 15 minutes. "Hamlet" starring Mel Gibson black and white, abridged 2 hours. Size Limit: 15
SS-15* Five 20th Century Laureates - Seabury The Britton
Don Werner, Author/Teacher * , 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 * 10:00-12:00

Five Twentieth-Century Laureates and a Shouldabe: Close reading of the poems of Robert Pinsky, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Howard Nemerov, and John Updike. Size Limit: 20
SS-16 Hikes - Offsite TBA
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/19, 5/3, 5/17 * 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.