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And the Best Picture Oscar Goes To...

Join us as we view and discuss six Oscar-winning films in terms of their plot, characterization and theme: The Stine (1973), Chariots of Fire (1981), Out of Africa (1985), Rain Man (1988), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), (Max 25)

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Are You Smarter than Your Smart Phone?

Join this beginners' guide to Android smartphones. Learn how to use your smartphone to assist you in everyday life, including how to use alarms, keep a calendar, write messages, and even send and receive emails on your phone.

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Blast Off! A Journey Through NASA History

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the historic moon landing, we will delve into the varied, and sometimes dramatic, history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Business Case Studies

We'll discuss case studies - the stories - of twelve famous businesses, six that enjoyed significant success and six that have ended or are ending in failure. Class discussion will focus on factors such as leadership, competitive strategy, and innovation that helped make the difference in "winning and losing." Companies such as Disney, Microsoft and Sears will be included.

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Finding the Truth in Political Ads

Politicians are sold to us using the same techniques used to sell laundry soap. Just in time for the coming political season, learn how we all are manipulated using propaganda hidden in slick political ads, how to spot and overcome the deception, and how to find the actual facts for yourself. (Max 30)

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Goddesses: Mythologies and Personalities

This class will be a mash-up of classical mythology, archetypical psychology, anthropology and more in a sprightly look at goddess archetypes across cultures. For fun, we'll spend some time with Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen's goddesses in Every Woman/Goddesses in Older woman books as well.

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Introduction to Texas History

this class will share a sharply-focused discussion of life in "Mexican Texas" between 1831 and 1836, starting with the migration of pioneers from the United States; continuing with politics in the settlements, events leading to the Battle of the Alamo, and a glimpse of the Runaway Scrape; and ending with Texas as a Republic. The instructor has based the class on archival documents and will present this remarkable snapshot of Texas history from a first-families' perspective.

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King vs Parliament: The English Civil War (1642-1660)

In 1642, in resistance to King Charles I's efforts to establish royal absolutism, Parliament formed an army, led by the fervent Puritan Oliver Cromwell, to defend parliamentary liberties. After defeating the royalists and executing the King, Parliament attempted to rule without a monarch. The resulting chaos led to a Puritan dictatorship and then, in 1660, to the monarchy's restoration. We'll examine issues and key figures on both sides and reflect on this period's influence on English history up to the present day.

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Make an Impression!

In this hands-on course, each week you will learn about a different impressionist artist (Monet, Degas, Cassatt), and post-impressionist artist (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne) through DVDs and discussion. Then, you will use watercolors, pastels and oil pastels to create an artwork in the style of the artist. The instructor will supply all materials for a $5 fee. (Max 20)

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Medicine: A Few Milestones

Join a wide-ranging discussion about six historic medical milestones: A brief history of military medicine; the history of breast cancer; the history of the enema; medicine in the Bible; the death of three Henrys (Henry II, III, and IV); and a short history of syphilis. (Max 25)

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Planning for the Inevitable: A Guide for Baby Boomers

So much can happen in a moment - a fall or illness - that suddenly requires quick actions involving finances, legal authority, a new living arrangement, or a home sale. The solution: have a plan. This class will cover senior living options, family-focused resources for care management, legal and financial issues, and downsizing/selling a home and setting up a new home. (The 2nd 6-week class is a repeat of the first; sign up for just one.)

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Sam Houston - A Biographical Sketch

This course is a brief biography of Sam Houston, emphasizing his tenure as Commanding General during the Texas Revolution.

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The Story of India

This course will illuminate the rich 10,000 year history of India, the richness and diversity of its people, cultures and landscapes, as well as the continuing relevance of its ideas, as engagingly chronicled in the 2007 BBC documentary series by historian Michael Wood.

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