Seminars - Fall 2020 - UCONN Adult Learning Program
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The FSS-08 "Legacy of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper" presentation scheduled for December 1st has been cancelled.

Seminars - Fall 2020

FS-01 America after the Cold War - Zoom Teleconference
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus * , 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, * 10:00-12:00

This course covers the history of the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall through to the election of President Trump. The fall of the "Wall" and the demise of the Soviet Union ushered in a new period that many felt would be smooth sailing. It did not work out that way with many new challenges and upheavals. This course will relive those years, many of turmoil, through DVD's preceded by comments from Dr. Woodring followed by questions and comments from the audience.
FS-02* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt and Kathy Carle * , 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, * 1:00-3:00

This is a discussion group for both the beginner and the more experienced writer. The spectrum of creative writing: essay, fiction, memoir, poetry, free verse - commonly involves guided reflection. Issues of trust, motivation, privacy, habit, goal, structure and quality entwine to both hamper and clarify the beckoning impulse, enticed by discoveries in 'creativity'. Reflection offers vast reprieve for much that causes us to grieve. Size Limit: 15
FS-03 Hikes - Offsite TBA
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 10/14, 10/16, 10/28, 10/30, 11/11, 11/13, * 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. In the light of the pandemic CDC/State guidelines there have been scheduled 3 additional dates (previous Wednesdays) to accommodate social distancing, if necessary.
FS-04 The Amazing Women of CT's History - Zoom Teleconference
Davida Crabtree, Reverend Doctor * , 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, * 1:00-2:30

CT's heritage is filled with stories of amazing women from colonial times to the present. We'll celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with this retrospective told as biography.
FS-05 Toni Morrison: The First and Final Novels - Zoom Teleconference
Jane Barstow, Professor Emerita, University of Hartford * , 10/27, 10/29 * 1:00-2:30

A comparison of "The Bluest Eye" and "God Help the Child" can highlight Toni Morrison's most enduring themes. Of special interest is how "beauty," one of the most destructive ideas according to Morrison, oppresses her protagonists. The Breedlove's embrace of their perceived ugliness, the Bridewells' horror at the "Sudanese" blackness of their baby; the Hollywood icons Shirley Temple and Jean Harlow, the Black is Beautiful movement, and African American cosmetic industries provide important cultural context. Beauty is the Beast in these novels. But there is also artistic beauty to consider as it transcends ugly realities and reaches toward the sublime.
FS-06 Beethoven's Symphony - Zoom Teleconference
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24 * 10:00-12:00

Howard Sprout is excited to propose the course "Haydn to Heroics: Beethoven Symphonies 1- 4" for this 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. This course will discuss the life and times of Ludwig Van Beethoven from 1800 through 1806. This was a period of profound life changes for Beethoven and tectonic political changes in Europe. These four symphonies are Beethoven's reaction to these changes. Howard plans to break each symphony's presentation into four sections - one section for each movement. Each section will have a pre-recorded video segment accompanied with time for discussion "face-to-face" via Zoom.
FS-07 Artists, Rogues, Game-Changers and Rebels - Zoom Teleconference
Leo Pigaty, Accomplished Lecturer * , 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 * 10:00-12:00

This is about the great painters of art history. The first lecture features two classic rogues - Caravaggio and Gauguin - and how their roguish behavior sometimes overshadowed their accomplishments. The second lecture features Whistler and how his eccentricities influenced his art. The third lecture addresses great painters of the last 700 years and identifies the game-changers, evolutionists and rebels of art history. The course is original content developed by the lecturer using a wide variety of information sources.