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

SS-01 Matisse and Picasso: Friendship, Rivalry, Art - Zoom Teleconference
Rhea Higgins, Professor, Art History, U of Hartford, Wesleyan Institute Life Long Learning * , 1/21, 1/28 * 1:00-2:30

Matisse and Picasso are considered today the most widely recognized artists of the 20th century. In their careers, they both managed to produce monumental bodies of work as well as develop visions of artistic expression with astonishing concepts that strained the conventions of art criticism. Each painted with differing priorities: Matisse emphasizing color, and Picasso form. Just ten years apart in age, they became both friends and rivals, competing and challenging one another but also inspiring one another artistically. We will examine their early works to later ones, stressing their innovations with what each considered their personal vision.
SS-02 Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague - Zoom Teleconference
Jack Gregory and Tom Gworek, ALP Co-Chairs * , 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, * 10:00-12:00

So you think COVID-19 is disrupting your life! Let us look at a tragedy far more devastating to the then known world. It will be fascinating to compare the plague of the 14th century with the present situation. If one thinks that things could not be worse than they are today, a few sessions of this program will show how terrible a pandemic can truly be. Enough similarities exist between the two eras to be fascinating but the differences are much wider and disturbing. Great Courses DVD
SS-03* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt * , 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, * 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 Industrial Revolution III - Zoom Teleconference
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineering Emeritus, Drexel University * , 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, * 10:00-12:00

This course is a continuation of our series of lectures in the Fall of 2019 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-05 Comedy, Comedians and Comics - Zoom Teleconference
Bob Ellis * , 2/10, 2/17 * 9:30-12:00

This five-part PowerPoint supported 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. Part 1: Aristophanes through Vaudeville; Part 2: Silent Movies and Radio. Parts 3 - 5 (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-06 Journal Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Jane Newpeck, English teacher * , 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, * 10:00-12:00

We will learn about structuring a journal to each person's desires and some helpful hints to add flavor. Members will try questions, allusion, memory, quotation, emotional impact and incident impact in adding interest and flow to their writing. We will read and critique a sample of each other's writing in an effort to incorporate the above interest points.
SS-07 Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground - Zoom Teleconference
Kathy Hermes, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University * , 3/10, 3/17 * 10:00-12:00

For the first session the presenter will explain the Ancient Burying Ground project and discuss the history of Native, African, and African-American people in Hartford in the colonial period. For the second session she will do a workshop on how to do research in Native and African-American history in the Connecticut records. The course will be based on the website
SS-08 Macbeth - Zoom Teleconference
Milla Riggio, Professor of English, Trinity College * , 3/18 * 10:00-3:30

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 and half 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.
SS-09* Hinduism: Basis of Science and Spirituality - Zoom Teleconference
Nibedita Mitra, Doctor of Anthropology * , 3/24, 3/31 * 10:00-12:00

This course will cover the history of Hinduism, one of the oldest religions of the world, association of Veda/Vedic knowledge, its scientific basis, core beliefs and practices, yoga/meditation and Ayurveda. Size Limit: 10
SS-10* Native American Perspectives - Zoom Teleconference
Jane Newpeck, English teacher * , 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28 * 10:00-12:00

In an effort to destroy stereotypes we will look at three key times for American Indians as seen through their eyes. We will explore the first contact with Europeans, the rise and influence of the American Indian movement and the contemporary renaissance of the Indian nations. We hope to gain a new understanding of Indian difficulties through hearing their own words in films and speech. Topics will include, Before the Mayflower, Pequot War, American Indian Movement and Contemporary Indian Situations. Ample time will be allowed to encourage discussion and questions. Size Limit: 25
SS-11* Reading 'Beloved' Together - Zoom Teleconference
Jane Barstow, Professor Emerita, University of Hartford * , 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 * 10:30-11:30

Appreciation of Toni Morrison's magnificent achievement requires contributions from 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 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-12 Beethoven's Symphonies - Zoom Teleconference
Howard Sprout, Baritone Soloist * , 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 * 10:00-12:00

We continue to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by looking at his 4th, 5th, and 6th symphonies. British conductor John Eliot Gardiner says that as Beethoven wrote his 4th Symphony he was "composing for the ages." The opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony is probably the most famous passage in musical repertoire. It was the motivation for allied forces on D-Day. We also explore its ties to the French revolution. The 6th symphony breaks from the classical notion of "symphony." It has five movements and each has a title that directs the audience toward specific scenes in the countryside.
SS-13 Hikes - Offsite TBA
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/23, 5/7, 5/21 * 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. In the light of the pandemic CDC/State guidelines we will schedule 3 additional dates (previous Wednesday or Thursday) to accommodate social distancing, if necessary.
SS-14* Citizens, Arm Yourself (against Fake News) - Zoom Teleconference
Susan Campbell, Distinguished Lecturer, Univ. of New Haven * , 5/13, 5/20 * 10:00-12:00

Just a few years ago we talked about being in an information age. Now we are in a misinformation age, and in order to move effectively through the world, we need to be able to separate the falsehoods from the truth. Size Limit: 30
SS-15 An Introduction to Islam in America - Zoom Teleconference
Terry Schmitt, Retired Executive Director, Interreligious Understanding * , 5/18, 5/25 * 1:00-3:00

We will explore the basic tenets of Islam as an introduction to the religion, including a bit of history as well as current organizational structure. Then we will explore some of the experiences of Muslims in America today, with both opportunities and difficulties discussed. Questions and answers will be an important part of the course.
SS-16 Idylls of Imagination: American Landscape Painting - Zoom Teleconference
Richard Friswell, Director, Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning * , 5/19, 5/26 * 1:00-3:00

For the first 200 years of American history, landscape painting was held in low regard. Tastes ran toward European genres with their rich history of castle ruins. It was not until the early 19th century, as the US came into its own as a nation and westward expansion discovered new vistas, that our unique features of forest, mountain and sea became noteworthy. A carefully-crafted, romantic-era vision of America became foundational for shaping a national identity - one that could offer authentication for 'who we are' and one that would be reshaped by events like the Civil War, industrialization and modernism.