Multi-Session Classes - UCONN Adult Learning Program
Personal Calendar
FS-04 Paintings and Politics: Pre and Early Italian Renaissance,originally scheduled for October 7 and 14, has been changed to Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 13. Class will be held 1-3 in the Seabury Chapel. FSS-03 Wheeler v. Remington, originally scheduled for October 4, has been changed to November 9 to accommodate Atty. Koskoff's court schedule. Class will be held 1-3 on Zoom.

Multi-Session Classes

FS-01 Hikes - Offsite Other
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 9/23, 10/7, 10/14 * 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 no additional fee to take this class.
FS-02 America's Founding Fathers - Zoom Teleconference
Jack Gregory, ALP Member * , 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, * 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 Great Courses DVD course will broaden your perspective on both the American Revolution and the details in the founding of our country.
FS-03 Movie Buffs - Zoom Teleconference
James Hanley, Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 10/6, 11/3, 12/1 * 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 the 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-04 Paintings and Politics: Pre and Early Italian Renaissance - Seabury Chapel
Rhea Higgins, Professor Art History University of Hartford * , 12/6, 12/13 * 1:00-3:00

In 14th and 15th century Italy, the rise of new civic powers, primarily in Sienna and Florence, challenged the traditional modes of religious art. Both subject matter and styles of painting began to change. An excellent example of this is the wall mural of Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "The Effects of Good and Bad Government" in the city hall of Sienna (the Palazzo Pubblico). These new art styles created the path directly into the Early and High Renaissance. We will study 14th century artists Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti brothers and, for 15th century, Gentile da Fabriano, and Masaccio, ending with Botticelli's "Birth of Venus."
FS-05 Twelve Great Sonnets by Twelve Great Poets - Seabury Heritage Hall
Don Werner, ALP Member * , 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 * 1:00-3:00

The Sonnet is the most common and powerful form of poetry. This course will present 12 great Sonnets by 12 Sonneteers from Shakespeare to Frost. We will also discuss their lives as well as their classic poems.
FS-06 Housing and the Unhoused Among Us - Zoom and In-Person Chapel
Sara Wilson, Director of Development and Communications, Journey Home * , 11/8, 11/15 * 1:00-3:00

Hartford has made major progress in creating new pathways to homes for those who would otherwise be unhoused. We'll look at the challenges and opportunities created by these issues and the progress made through a coalition of agencies that collaborate on multiple approaches which together are making a difference.
FS-07 The World of Stand-Up Comedy - Seabury Heritage Hall
Bob Ellis, ALP Member * , 10/13, 10/20 * 10:00-12:00

A sequel to the previous "Comedy, Comics and Comedians" series, this is a brief review of the evolution and business of stand-up comedy followed by an extensive look at the various styles of stand-up comics, from Joan Rivers to George Carlin to John Mulaney. It's a PowerPoint supported presentation with many downloaded videos of actual performances to illustrate the styles. Educational? Yes, and it comes with a guarantee to make you laugh.
FS-08* Appreciating Poetic Usages Of Language-AM Class - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 * 10:00-12:00

A 4-day careful read of a wide range and variety of writings from the expository to free verse to controlled poetic usage to examine the linguistic strategies used which separate what we might call the prosaic or everyday uses of language from the poetic. Size Limit: 25
FS-09* Appreciating Poetic Usages Of Language-PM Class - Seabury Media Room
Karl Mason * , 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 * 1:00-3:00

A 4-day careful read of a wide range and variety of writings from the expository to free verse to controlled poetic usage to examine the linguistic strategies used which separate what we might call the prosaic or everyday uses of language from the poetic. Size Limit: 25
FS-10 America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era - Zoom Teleconference
Jared Day, PhD * , 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 * 1:00-3:00

This set of 3 lectures examines a range of individuals and issues relating to the US Civil War and its aftermath. From notable politicians such as Abraham Lincoln to military leaders such as Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee, we will explore social, political and military aspects of how the war unfolded and reached its close at Appomattox in 1865.
FS-11* Tales, Trails, and Treats - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jane Newpeck * , 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, * 10:00-12:00

This program is for people who love poetry, people who don't "get" it - the curious, the resigned, the hopeful. . . Some poets you know, some poets you may not; some poems use sophisticated literary devices, and some use plain English. We'll read Tales (poems that tell a story), Trials (poems that grapple with issues) and Treats (poems that delight). The range of topics and styles is vast from Shelley's "Ozymandias" to Dickey's "The Bee" to Wakeman's "Love in Brooklyn." I hope you come to share the joy in poetry that I do. Size Limit: 10
FS-12 Neonatology - Zoom Teleconference
Victor Herson, MD * , 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 * 10:00-12:00

Three lectures on neonatology as follows: 1) Trends in infant mortality: national, international. Why doesthe U.S. fare so poorly? 2) Ethical challenges at the edge of viability 3) Respiratory distress in prematureinfants: a modern medicine triumph.
FS-13 The Amistad Incident and its Reverberations - Zoom Teleconference
Davida Crabtree, Rev. Crabtree * , 11/14, 11/21 * 10:00-12:00

We will tell the story of The Amistad Incident, with an emphasis on lesser known facts about its people and the results of Connecticans' resistance to slavery through their support of the Mendi. The presentations will be illustrated by art and portraits that have come down to us in the over 180 years since. Implications for life today will be offered.
FS-14* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt, Author * , 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, * 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-15 Uncommon Women: Six Composers, 900yrs - Seabury Chapel
Howard Sprout * , 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 * 10:00-12:00

Six women composers from the 12th through the 21st centuries. We will look at these composers in the contexts of their own times, and we will take a stab at the "who, what, when, where, and why" and listen to examples of each composer's music.
FS-16 What Were They Thinking?! - Seabury Chapel
Tom Gworek, ALP Member * , 12/7, 12/14 * 1:00-3:00

The birth of abstract art. Between 1865 and 1915 the visual arts went through the biggest revolution in Western History, to the delight of some and the chagrin of many. How and why did art go from depicting everyday objects, landscapes, people, animals and sacred scenes to completely abstract creations filled with color and line but no meaning to the viewer? The first session of this program will delve into how this occurred in the artist's own words as we try to understand "what they were thinking" when they went down this path. The second session will follow the path of these new conceptions as we see how they developed from their inception.