Single Session Classes - UCONN Adult Learning Program
Personal Calendar
All ALP classes in January and February will be held on Zoom.

Single Session Classes

SSS-01 Pudd'nheads: Childhood in Colonial America - Zoom Teleconference
Ehris and Velya Urban, Authors * , 2/8 * 1:00-3:00

Pilgrim and Puritan colonists had children, and though it would be hard to tell from historical records, so did indigenous families and enslaved Africans. This program examines the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The presentation explores birthing and childrearing practices, parenting, children's health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage.
SSS-02* Bob Steele, Icon of CT Broadcasting - Seabury Chapel
Paul Hensler, Author * , 2/15 * 10:00-12:00

For more than sixty years, Bob Steele was the radio voice of Southern New England, entertaining listeners of WTIC AM with his wit, humor and inimitable style. Paul Houser has published a book of this legend from his mid-western roots to capturing the nation's highest market share and being inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame. This talk will be fascinating to all who listened to Bob over the years as well as those who wish to hear about this Connecticut icon. Size Limit: 50
SSS-03 Greatest Hits in CT Archaeology - Zoom Teleconference
Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist * , 2/17 * 10:00-12:00

Nick Bellatoni will present some of the fascinating projects he has worked on, including criminal forensic investigations, early Native American sites, colonial farmsteads, historic cemeteries and industrial mills, "vampires," the plane crash of Lt. Eugene Bradley (after whom Bradley Airport is named), and the repatriations of Henry Opukaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk, among others. Significant archaeological sites from Avon, including the old Cider Mill, Derrin House and the Brian Jones Site, will be discussed, as well as how the Avon Land Trust can help reserve archaeological sites within the community.
SSS-04* ESPN - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
James Bates, MGO * , 3/16 * 10:00-12:00

The Evolution of Sports Television and the Founding of ESPN: James Bates spent his career in sports television and has been a part of its growth and development into the economic driver of the sports industry as we know it today. The course, in part one will discuss the founding of ESPN, which has its roots at UCONN. He was employee #14. In addition he will trace the evolution of regional sports as well. The second part will focus on the economics of how it all works and comes together for the industry. Size Limit: 50
SSS-05* Opera CT: Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI (The Clowns) - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
Doris Kosloff, Artistic Director, Opera CT * , 3/30 * 10:00-12:00

Opera Connecticut will be staging Ruggero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci (The Clowns) in April, and Artistic Director Doris Lang Kosloff will lead a single-session class in which she will discuss the composer and this opera which made him immediately famous. This opera is a prime example of the "verismo" style, which became popular around the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century. It features lower-class characters for the first time on the opera stage. Doris will discuss the opera and its composer and its place in the repertoire, and introduce us to the music we will hear when we attend the performance. Size Limit: 50
SSS-06 Criminal Law - Zoom Teleconference
Kimball Hunt, Attorney (Retired) * , 4/20 * 10:00-12:00

Anecdotal Review of Connecticut Criminal Law - in the Vernacular Kim will use 5 or so cases from his past career to illustrate various aspects of what is meant by Criminal Practices.
SSS-07* Building the Panama Canal - Zoom and In-Person Heritage Hall
Richard Woodring, Professor of Civil Engineerng, Emeritus * , 4/21 * 10:00-12:00

The building of the Panama Canal was a feat of engineering and historic event. In this lecture we will cover the history and construction of the canal, as well as, expansion and upgrading to the canal through thru the years. Size Limit: 50
SSS-08 Trolleys, innovation, and urban development - Zoom Teleconference
Tom Laurenson, Professional Developer * , 4/26 * 10:00-12:00

The modern trolley was a Connecticut innovation which transformed the transport environment in many cities, leading to the suburban development which would be reinforced by the automobile. Trolley technology was also applied in other arenas, and is still developing.
SSS-09 New England Identity through the History of Objects - Zoom Teleconference
James Golden, Director of Interpretation, Historic Deerfield * , 4/27 * 10:00-12:00

SSS-09 New England Identity through the History of Objects
SSS-10 Deep-Sea Exploration Technology - Zoom Teleconference
Brennan Phillips, Asst. Professor, Ocean Engineering * , 5/4 * 10:00-12:00

SSS-10 Deep-Sea Exploration Technology
SSS-11* RailRoad Bridge Research - Seabury Chapel
David Jacobs, PhD in Civil Engineering * , 5/10 * 1:00-3:00

This will be a discussion of the larger problem of achieving higher speed trains in the United States in general, and on the Northeast Corridor in particular. The two issues, the bridges and higher speed trains, are very much intertwined with each other. Size Limit: 50
SSS-12* The Afghanistan Refugee Situation - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
Chris George, Executive Director fo Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services * , 5/24 * 10:00-12:00

Chris George will give an overview of the Afghanistan Refugee Situation with a focus on the refugee question with emphasis of how this is being handled in this state. There will be ample time for questions and comments. Size Limit: 50
SSS-13 Working My Way Thru a Male Dominated Industry - Zoom Teleconference
Anne Yolles, Sr. Vice President/ Finanical Advisor * , 6/1 * 10:00-12:00

Insight into the Financial industry through an incrediable women's 46-year journey navigating through a male dominated industry in which she specialized in banking.
SSS-14 CT Native American Communities: Past and Present - Zoom Teleconference
Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections * , 6/6 * 1:00-3:00

CT's indigenous communities have long, rich histories that extend back thousands of years. The stories of their evolution into complex tribal societies with sophisticated social and political traditions is still unknown to many Americans. This PowerPoint illustrated presentation will focus on how Indigenous communities coped with their constantly changing natural and social landscapes through a series of inventions, adaptations, and survival strategies. American Indian communities remain a vibrant part of Connecticut life today.