Multi-Session Classes - UCONN Adult Learning Program
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Multi-Session Classes

SS-01* Mary Cassatt: American artist, modern woman - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
Rhea Higgins, Professor of Art History, University of Hartford * , 1/28, 2/4 * 10:00-12:00

Mary Cassatt a 19th-century American artist living in Paris, started her career during the most radical art movement: Impressionism. Cassatt created new art styles of her own using methods of printmaking inspired by Japanese techniques. Also, her huge mural "Modern Woman", displayed at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, connected her to the political and social women's movements of the 19th and early 20th c. We will examine Cassatt's art, asking in what ways her portrayals of women were not only innovative but radical; and how she worked the existing social systems to become "someone, and not something." Size Limit: 50
SS-02 The Boiling Republic - Zoom Teleconference
Jared Day, Ph.D. * , 1/28, 2/4 * 1:00-3:00

The Boiling Republic: The Coming of the Civil War, Part 1 and Part 2 -- This pair of lectures discusses the origins and buildup to the American Civil War covering the time period 1848 to 1861. It examines the interaction of slavery, states' rights, and the free-soil movement as critical foundation stones for this conflict and explores many of the key political figures of this era including presidents such as Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan and emerging notables such as Stephen Douglas, and, of course, Abraham Lincoln.
SS-03* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt, Author * , 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, * 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-04* Winston Churchill and Statesmanship - Seabury Heritage Hall
Joe Soja, ALP Member * , 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 * 10:00-12:00

Winston Churchill and Statesmanship DVD sessions followed by discussion. Topics: 1. Why study Churchill? 2. Problem of modern war. 3. A strategy of modern politics. 4. Problem of modern politics. 5. Churchill's plan for freedom. 6. What does Churchill teach us about our time? Size Limit: 50
SS-05 The Great Courses America's Founding Fathers - Zoom Teleconference
Jack Gregory, ALP Members * , 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, * 10:00-12:00

An in depth look at the many individuals who contributed to the founding of the United States. From the good guys like George Washington, John Marshall, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton to the chief of the American scoundrels, Aaron Burr. This course will broaden your perspective on both the American Revolution and the details in the founding of our country.
SS-06 Movie Buffs - Zoom Teleconference
James Hanley, Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 3/3, 4/7, 5/5 * 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.
SS-07* Crashes and Crises: History of Financial Disasters - Seabury Heritage Hall
Lynn Scull and Tom Gworek, ALP Members * , 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, * 10:00-12:00

This is a second section of a history of financial disasters such as market crashes, economic crises, economic panics and financial scandals, which have happened in history. It explains how and why they happened. It includes the 1929 stock market crash, the depression, German hyperinflation in the 1920s, the dot com bubble, the subprime debt problem, the Savings and Loan crises, the Orange County bankruptcy, and other financial disasters. The lecturure is Professor Connel Fullenkamp, a professor of the Practice of Economics, at Duke University. Size Limit: 50
SS-08* Mahler Symphonies - Seabury Chapel
Howard Sprout, Soloist * , 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 * 10:00-12:00

Mahler's First Titan and Second Resurrection Symphonies -- These two symphanies combined to form a story of epic proportions from the first glimmers of spring as the earth creates life anew to Mahler's depiction of the physical resurrection of the body, which shows the earth giving up her bounty as life arises in a radically different way. Size Limit: 50
SS-09* Macbeth - Seabury Chapel
Milla Riggio, Professor of English, Trinity College * , 3/31 * Movie 10:00 - 12:00-Discussion 1:00 - 3:00

Movie, lecture and group discussion on Shakespeare's Macbeth. The course will be an all-day program with a viewing of Macbeth DVD/Video in the morning. There will then be a one hour lunch break; participants will return after lunch for the lecture and group discussion. Macbeth Summary: Three witches tell the Scottish general Macbeth that he will be King of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king, becomes the new king, and kills more people out of paranoia. Civil war erupts to overthrow Macbeth, resulting in more death. Size Limit: 50
SS-10* Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change - Seabury Chapel
Richard Woodring, ALP Members * , 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 * 10:00-12:00

Will renewable energy sources be able to meet the challenges necessary for reducing CO2 resulting from burning fossil fuels contributing to climate change? This course will discuss competitive analysis of technologies available today: solar,wind,nuclear (large vs modular)coal,natural gas. Speaker will discuss latest developments and progress that nuclear energy has made, including small modular units. Size Limit: 50
SS-11 Hikes - Offsite
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/22, 5/6, 5/27 * 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. There is an additional fee to offset ALP's insurance cost for this program.
SS-12* India: The land of Wonders - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
Nitra Mitra, PH D, Anthropologist * , 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 * 10:30-12:00

This 5 week course will introduce and explore all that is India. It will include the rich history, culture, customs and traditions. It will also discuss the multi spoken languages, ethnics groups, their religion and spirituality found through-out India. Size Limit: 30
SS-13* Comic Verse - Seabury Chapel
Don Werner, Author * , 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 * 10:00-12:00

A presentation of comic poetry from the middle ages to the present. From Medieval Monks through Chaucer, Pope, W.S. Gilbert, Dorothy Parker, T.S. Eliot and Ogden Nash, an examination and discussion of comic verse. Size Limit: 45