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Business and Society

What is the role of a business in today's society and what are its obligations to stakeholders other than its shareholders and investors? Traditionally firms are created to primarily serve shareholders, but over time we have seen the growing importance of social, environmental and community-based stakeholders. This course will discuss the changing role of business and the expectations of countries, communities and people. (Max 30)

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Creating Professional Looking Documents

Writing your memoir? Producing a newsletter? Sometimes how a document looks really matters. This class will immerse you in the extraordinary versatility of Microsoft Word®. Learn how to add headers/footers, number pages, insert tables and graphics, alphabetize lists and customize your "look" with fonts and design elements. The class will also share tips for working with long documents. Prerequisite: basic computer literacy. (Max 20)

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Elements of French Culture

Several topics pertaining to France and the French culture will be addressed in this wide-ranging class. Let's explore the Marais in Paris...the comedies of Moliere...the Sun King...French colonies...some not-to-miss streets in Paris. Did you know that France produces more than 400 distinct cheeses? (Max 20)

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Indian Cooking

Explore one of the world's classic cuisines - that of India. Foods prepared will be mostly vegetarian, using Indian spices and traditional Indian cooking methods. The instructor will emphasize preparing balanced meals. A food fee of $5 is due at the first class. (Max 15)

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Inspired by Matisse

While learning about the life and work of French artist Henri Matisse (regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century) students will be inspired to personally create one artwork each week. The artworks will be watercolor paintings, prints and cut paper collages. All materials will be supplied for a $5 fee. (Max 20)

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More Poetry Celebrations

A whole world of poetry exists for us to explore and celebrate. Everyone will contribute with their own poetry books and their own poems. Of course, the instructor will also provide poetry, in a variety of formats. Poems are meant to be heard, and we will be reading aloud much of the time. So many poems, so little time! Come join the celebration - this class is for everybody! (Max 30)

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Music and the Brain

A growing field of research uses empirical studies to test ideas about the role of music in human evolution. This Great Courses® series led by Prof. Aniruddh Patel will explore the relationship between music and emotion; how the brains of musicians differ from those of non-musicians; and even how listening to and making music can have measurable biological impacts on medical patients. (Max 25)

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Order in the Court: Best Courtroom Dramas

You won't feel at all guilty when viewing and then discussing the theme, characterization and plot of some courtroom films considered among the best in this genre. The films to be shown are: 12 Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Cousin Vinny, Philadelphia, The Rainmaker, and Runaway Jury. (Max 20)

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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 biographical look at the Texas icon Sam Houston, with emphasis on his tenure as Commanding General during the Texas Revolution.

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Tatting: Lace - Frivolite

Tatting can be defined as a hole surrounded by thread. Create elegant lace, a beautiful doily, a decorative holiday ball, or more, while learning this 250-year-old art. A video will be used to support your hands-on experience as will the instructor’s guidance. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor. (Max 8)

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The American Revolution

Based on his original research, the instructor will delve into our revolutionary history. The first 6-week session will cover the period from Bunker Hill to the French Intervention. The second 6-week session will focus on the revolutionary period in the Southern Colonies, from 1776 to Yorktown. Please enroll in one or both.

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The Enlightenment: Philosophy and Culture in 18th Century Europe

The intellectual revolution in Europe in the 18th century transformed the way people thought about the world and society. Known as "The Enlightenment", the movement emphasized reason rather than authority, humanitarianism, civil liberties, religious toleration and classical values. In addition to philosophy, we will explore the Enlightenment's influence on the art, music and literature of the age.

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The Japanese Internment in WW II

The US Military confined 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in "Internment Camps" during the second World War - approximately 90% of whom were US citizens. This course will explore life in the camps and the basic causes of how internment came about. This class will be just three weeks long. (Max 30)

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The Science of Generosity & Kindness

This class will review various ways people attempt to be helpful to others, and how generosity can allow us to grow and mature personally. The instructor will lecture on the psychological aspects of generosity and kindness (presenting commentaries by theorists) and on the research base that examines the biological, sociological and religious aspects of such acts, as well as the multiplicity of roles they play in our lives.

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