Seminars - Spring 2020 - UCONN Adult Learning Program
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Seminars - Spring 2020

SS-01 Manet, Monet and the Impressionists - Seabury Chapel
Rhea Higgins, Professor of Art History, U. of Hartford, Wesleyan Institute of Life Long Learning * , 1/29, 2/5 * 1:30-3:00

The 1848 movement of Realism was initiated by Gustave Courbet and furthered by Manet, Monet and other Impressionists. They challenged perceptions of what to paint but also how to paint. How did this emerging school of artists strive to express "modernity"? How would this affect sales in the new capitalist markets? What are the lasting influences from this European art; on harmony and natural vision? Our course will conclude with Monet's huge murals of the Nympheas (Water Lillies-1923) in addressing these questions.
SS-02 Industrial Revolution II - Seabury Chapel
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus * , 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, * 10:00-12:00

This Course is a continuation of our series of lectures in the Fall describing the social, political and technological changes taking place in England. Our study will move to Europe and America. We will study the contributions of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Master Engineer, Eli Whitney, De Lesseps, Eiffel, Rockefeller, and Carnegie. One lecture will describe how Poets and Novelists responded to industrialization.
SS-03* Poetic Metrics - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 * 10:00-12:00

We will examine a wide range and variety of poetic styles and attempt to determine what qualities (metrics) distinguish from the mediocre to the superb in poetry and to what degree these benchmarks apply to the poetry that falls between these polarities. Given the heteronormalized cultural climate in which we live today, this examination will more than likely provide a perplexing if not a daunting challenge. Size Limit: 16
SS-04* Creative Writing POSTPONED - Seabury Garden View Room
Kim Hunt and Kathy Carle * , 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, * 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
SS-05 Movie Buffs CANCELLED - Duncaster Meeting Room
James Hanley, Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 3/4, 4/1, 5/6 * 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-06 Comedy, Comedians and Comics POSTPONED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Bob Ellis * , 3/10, 3/17 * 9:30-12:00

This program will cover all aspects of comedy from the political satire of Aristophanes (450 BC) to the slapstick of the Three Stooges to the one-liners of Henny Youngman to the improvisations of Robin Williams with lots of trivia thrown in about the men and women who made us laugh. Act I: Aristophanes through Vaudeville; Act II: Silent Movies and Radio. Acts III and IV (Talkies/TV and A Study of Styles) will be offered in the fall semester. Attendees are encouraged but not required to bring a favorite joke to share.
SS-07 The Amazing Women of CT's History POSTPONED - McAuley Meeting Room
Davida Crabtree, Reverend Doctor * , 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 * 10:00-12:00

CT's heritage is filled with stories of amazing women from colonial times to the present. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with this retrospective told as biography.
SS-08* Reading Beloved Together POSTPONED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jane Barstow, Professor Emerita, University of Hartford * , 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 * 10:30-12:00

Appreciation of Toni Morrison's magnificent achievement requires the contributions of as many readers and perspectives as possible. We begin with a review of the personal and artistic apprenticeship that prepared Morrison to write Beloved and a close reading of its first 60 pages. We next focus on the novel's dramatic core: the reincarnated Beloved's relationships with Sethe, Paul D, and Denver in the context of slavery's most horrific scars and a community's efforts at healing. Finally, we will consider where Morrison finds hope, even humor in the tragic tale she tells, and the novel's lasting significance as understood by all readers. Size Limit: 20
SS-09 Resurrection! - Part 2: Mahler's 2nd Symphony POSTPONED - Seabury Chapel
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 * 10:00-12:00

Spring semester will be "Part Two: Mahler's Second Symphony" and will be three sessions. I'm fascinated by how and why Handel and Mahler wrote these two works about resurrection. Handel was a devout Anglican, Mahler was a Jew, converted to Catholicism, and struggled with religion his whole life. Similarities and differences abound!
SS-10* Writing Your Memoirs POSTPONED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Leta Marks, Former Professor of Literature, University of Hartford * , 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 * 1:00-3:00

Each week we write short memoirs, bring them to the group to read, and delight in hearing one another. 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. Everyone has a story about their life to tell for future generations to read. Size Limit: 25
SS-11* Buddhism Today CANCELLED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Ellison Findly, Professor of Religion, Trinity * , 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 * 3:00-5:00

An exploration of the views of Buddhism, with its message of transitoriness, suffering, and the human habit of desire. The adaptability of Buddhist practice has helped its movement worldwide, as well as its openness to modernity. We will investigate such questions as; what about monasticism in the US? How does the practice of visualizing "anger" or "pride" address today's consumer world? And are we really able to submit to the ego-restricting stick of the Zen master? Social Buddhism today brings us face to face with responding to HIV in Southeast Asia, inmates in American prisons, and Buddhist ethics of wealth. Size Limit: 15
SS-12 The Play's the Thing CANCELLED - Seabury The Britton
Nancy Kramer * , 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 * 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-13 Urban Ambles CANCELLED - Offsite TBA
Libbie Merrow * , 4/17, 5/1, 5/15 * 9:30-12:00

Easy walks with time to look and learn along the way. We will visit Bushnell Park, with guided tours of the famous ancient trees, the Solders and Sailors' Arch and the State Capitol. Another walk will be along Riverside Park East, after a short Orientation by the Park Ranger. And we will explore the campus of Loomis Chaffee School then walk along the Farmington River. We will car pool from Seabury or you can meet us at the sites. These Ambles are designed to be enjoyed by all, with any level of physical fitness.
SS-14 Hikes CANCELLED - Offsite TBA
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 5/29 * 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. The final hike could be either 5/22 or 5/29 and will be determined in May.
SS-15 The Immigrant Experience on Film CANCELLED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Martha Reingold, Presenter * , 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 * 1:00-4:00

Each film in this series deals with a different ethnic group that emigrated to America. Some films depict historical events, while others address current immigration dilemmas. We willll get a glimpse of the reasons people come here, their struggle to gain entry, and how they have adapted to their new home. This is a timely subject. Why do people come to America? What are their expectations? Are they welcome? Is America still the "Melting Pot" we once boasted about? We'll view each film, and after a short coffee break, there will be a discussion that's bound to be a lively one.