Single Session Classes - UCONN Adult Learning Program
** Latest Course Changes: FSS-07 From Author's Words to Directors Views CANCELLED...... Mussolini Lecture by Borden Painter RESCHEDULED: Nov. 30 @ 9:30am- 12pm and Dec. 14 @ 10am- 12pm ... See "Registration" for Details

Single Session Classes

FSS-01 Atlanta and the Civil War: Freedom in the Fog of War - Seabury Chapel
Jeffrey Ogbar, Ph.D. Professor of History, Uconn * , 2-Oct * 2:00-3:30

This lecture will explore the role of Atlanta in the Civil War as a site of critical importance to both sides of the conflict. The city, while one of the most anti-black cities on earth, during the war became home to a powerful black man who became one of the wealthiest in the city. In fact, the mayor requested that this man, Robert Webster, join him when he surrendered the city to Union troops in 1864. Much of this talk is drawn from my forthcoming (9/23) book, "America’s Black Capital: How African Americans Remade Atlanta in the Shadow of the Confederacy" Copies available.
FSS-02* History of Silk - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jane Barstow, Ph.D. English and Women's Studies Professor Emerita, University of Hartford * , 9-Oct * 10:30-12:00

Since antiquity the silk trade has facilitated an extraordinary exchange of ideas and cultural practices, led to the development of important cities, and spurred technological innovation. In more modern times, silk production was used to develop economies in Europe and colonial America. Even today, silk continues to have political significance and to maintain its allure. This lecture will highlight key moments in the history of silk from its discovery in imperial China to its contemporary role in celebrity events with an emphasis on its historical significance in a global economy. Size Limit: 25
FSS-03 A Historical Journey Through Song: Irish Emigration - Seabury Chapel
Dorothea Hast and Stanley Scott, Ph. D., Master of Music (MM) * , 11-Oct * 1:00-3:00

In this seminar, we'll introduce you to the basics of Irish traditional music and then discuss the rich song tradition that serves as a window into Irish history. Our primary focus will be on emigration songs-- those songs that document the experiences of immigrants crossing the Atlantic beginning in the late 1700s. Through a combination of lecture, performance and group singing, we'll touch upon songs from different time periods up to the late twentieth century. We'll also explore how historic themes are refashioned and reimagined in contemporary performance practice.
FSS-04 A hop, skip and jump to four Scottish Islands - Seabury Chapel
Tom Laurenson, Outreach Coordinator at Shoreline Trolley Museum * , 8-Nov * 1:00-3:00

Featuring four Scottish islands with significant history in terms of religion, warfare, mystery, location, follies and fiction.
FSS-05 Aquatic Invasive Species in Connecticut - Seabury Heritage Hall
Rhea Drozdenko, River Steward in CT, Connecticut River Conservancy * , 14-Nov * 10:00-12:00

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native. They outcompete native species, leading to the destruction of natural habitat and interference with recreational boating and fishing. Rhea Drozdenko, River Steward in CT, will identify common plants like water chestnut and hydrilla. Her presentation will discuss current mitigation, spread prevention, and removal tactics of invasives. Stewardship involves a deeper understanding of how to make an effective difference in the fight against these non-native invasives.
FSS-06 Native American Archaeological Sites in Connecticut - Zoom Teleconference
Nick Bellantoni, CT State Archaeologist Emeritus * , 15-Nov * 10:00-12:00

The former CT State Archaeologist will present a slide show discussing Native American archaeological sites in the Greater Hartford area with special emphasis on settlements in Bloomfield, Windsor Locks and Windsor among others. We will trace 12,000 years of adaptation by Indigenous Peoples from the earliest habitation and into the Colonial Period.
FSS-07 From Author's Words to Directors Views CANCELLED - Seabury Heritage Hall
Martha Reingold, Author, Poet * , 27-Nov * 1:00-4:00

We will view the thriller "Absolute Power", the book by David Baldacci and the film by Clint Eastwood. Lots of time to read the book ahead of time. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
FSS-08 History of Hartford Basketball - Seabury Heritage Hall
Howard Greenblat, Author * , 28-Nov * 10:00-12:00

Based on the books "Oh,What a Move!" and The Johnny Egan Story.
FSS-09 Hydroponic Gardening - Zoom Teleconference
Skylah Miller, Student * , 1-Dec * 9:30-11:30

In this class we will learn the ins and outs of hydroponics. The class will learn the concepts to create their own hydroponics, while doing so they will learn different aspects such as (but not limited to) the relationship between water and plants, hydroponics impact on the environment, and difficulties with hydroponics.
FSS-10 Open Water Long Distance Swims - In-Person Heritage Hall
Martin McMahon, Preseneter, Long Distance Swimmer * , 5-Dec * 10:00-12:00

Discussion on the planning, training and execution of a world class marathon swim. Swims will include The English Channel, Manhattan Island, Catalina Channel and Alcatraz, which the presenter has completed. The presenter holds the record for the longest time between the first swim and last in the trifecta of marathon swims. The presenter has also prepared for and successfully completed an Ice Mile-- the 57th person in the world to do so.
FSS-11 Celiac Disease - Seabury Heritage Hall
Dr. George Wu, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Uconn * , 8-Dec * 2:00-4:00

Celiac disease is caused by an allergy to peptides derived from gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Consumption of gluten results in peptide-induced stimulation of white blood cells to attack the inner lining of the small intestine causing decreased absorption of nutrients. Symptoms include diarrhea, gas, and weight loss and anemia from malabsorption. Treatment consists of avoidance of foods containing gluten. Corticosteroids may help in refractory cases. Celiac patients have an increased risk of developing lymphoma.
FSS-12 The Life and Magic of Harry Houdini - Zoom Teleconference
Mallory Howard, Assistant Curator, Mark Twain House and Museum * , 12-Dec * 10:00-12:00

Harry Houdini is without a doubt one of the most fascinating figures of the early 20th century. He was a star of the stage and screen, and one of the most entertaining performers in the world, yet most people are not as familiar with his private life and the stories behind his astonishing magic. Whether he was debunking spiritualists, battling from the inside of a sea monster, or attempting to make it as an aviator, his life story is anything but dull.