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

FS-01 Comedy, Comedians and Comics - Zoom Teleconference
Bob Ellis, ALP Member * , 9/22, 9/29 * 9:30-12:00

This is a continuation of the PowerPoint supported program presented in the spring that covered the history of comedy from ancient Greece through vaudeville, silent movies and radio. This semester, we will cover the funny movies that starred American and British comedians and follow up with a look at TV, from the early days of Lucy and Uncle Milty up through today's sitcoms. Both sessions include many downloaded videos and much trivia about the people who made us laugh.
FS-02 Hikes - Offsite Other
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 9/24, 10/1, 10/22 * 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.
FS-03* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt, Author * , 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, * 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-04 Gwendolyn Brooks and Adrienne Rich: Poetry in Black and White - Zoom Teleconference
Jane Barstow, Prof Emerita, University of Hartford * , 11/9, 11/16 * 10:30-12:00

ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR SEPT 28 AND OCT 5. This an introduction to the lives and works of two of the most prolific and celebrated poets of the 20th century, Gwendolyn Brooks and Adrienne Rich. In careers that spanned decades, both experimented with a wide variety of poetic forms and spoke to a diversity of audiences. Each successfully combined the personal and political into poetry of enormous power and beauty. We will consider representative poems from the different stages of their careers in appreciation of the artistry with which they address issues of race, class, gender and also the emotional complexity of human relationships.
FS-05* Herbs and Spice: Culinary Uses and Health Benefits - Zoom Teleconference
Nita Mitra, PH. D. of Anthropology * , 9/30, 10/7 * 10:00-12:00

This course will introduce the origin and history of herbs and spices since the beginning of time. Discuss the culinary uses of numerous herbs and spices, their health benefits, and the positive effects on cognition and mood they can promote. Especially, when and how the spices and herbs are used while cooking to impart flavor, aroma and stimulating the appetite. Size Limit: 20
FS-06 Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague - Zoom Teleconference
Jack Gregory and Tom Gworek, ALP Co-Chairs * , 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 * 10:00-12:00

We will continue our study of the most deadly disease outbreak in history by examining the cultural, religious, governmental, and the economic effects of the Plague that killed over 200,000,000 people in the 14th century. The Black Death was so devastating that it changed the course of history over hundreds of years, as it raged on and off throughout the world until a cure was found in the 20th century.
FS-07 The Amazing Women of Connecticut's History - Zoom Teleconference
Davida Crabtree, Reverend Doctor * , 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 * 10:30-12:00

FS-07 The Amazing Women of Connecticut's History
FS-08 AI- Artificial Intelligence - Zoom Teleconference
Wendell Wallach, Scholar at Yale * , 11/4, 11/11 * 10:00-12:00

This session will examine some fundamental questions around AI. What is AI and why is there so much attention on it? What is machine learning? How do we distinguish between hype and real-world usage of AI? Our second session will further explore ideas like: What challenges are real or speculative? What are the principles of AI Ethics? Can AI systems make moral decisions? What are lethal autonomous weapons systems? Are laws and regulations needed to maximize benefits of AI and minimize potential harms and undesired societal impacts?
FS-09 Crashes and Crises: History of Financial Disasters - Zoom Teleconference
Lynn Scull and Tom Gworek, ALP Members * , 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, * 10:00-12:00

This is a Great Courses DVD program. It presents a history of financial disasters such as market crashes, economic crises, economic panics and financial scandals, which have happened in history since the Tulip bubble in 1636. 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 actions of Charles Ponzi, 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.
FS-10 The Art of the Wadsworth - Zoom Teleconference
Leo Pigaty, Docent * , 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 * 1:00-3:00

This course will consist of three lectures examining selected artworks in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Selections will include landscape, seascape, portraiture and sculpture. We will see artworks with hidden messages. We will interpret paintings with content ranging from the real to the abstract. Selected masterpieces will represent most of the major art movements from Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism and just about everything in between.
FS-11 Movie Buffs - Zoom Teleconference
James Hanley, Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 11/19, 12/3, 12/17 * 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-12 Beethoven's Symphonies - Zoom Teleconference
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 * 10:00-12:00

Beethoven’s Symphonies series ends with his 7th, 8th, and 9th as the 250th anniversary of his birth comes to a close. The 7th was an unqualified success. The second movement so well received the audience demanded a reprise. His 8th is the shortest most "classically classical" of all the symphonies. Then "Ode to Joy", the 9th was longer, larger, and louder than any of the previous eight. The span of this work is immense, starting with chaos built from silence, ending with the triumphant ode to joy taken from a poem Beethoven had running through his head for 40 years!