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A History of Hitler's Empire

This Great Courses® class featuring Dr. Thomas Childers traces the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and his Nationalist Socialist Party. Lectures explore how Hitler and the Nazis came to power in a highly-educated, industrially-developed Western nation. The second key focus is on how the Nazis were able to establish a totalitarian regime in such a short time, hurling the world into a devastating war.

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Impressionism, Part I

This course opens up rich perspectives on 19th century European civilization through an encounter with daring and sublime works by artists such as Renoir, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh. Students will hear lectures, participate in discussions, and view projected pictures as well as a Great Courses® class led by Dr. Richard Bratell.

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"I Feel Like Singing": The Joy of Broadway Musicals

Believe it or not, Broadway musicals have a 200-year-old history! We will be using Great Courses® program taught by Dr. Bill Messenger. But since we can't cover all his lectures, our class will also delve into the local musical theater scene. Each session will include a brief sharing of our personal memories of favorite musicals or performances.

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A Brief History of Mexico

After a quick consideration of prehistoric times, this class will review the most important pre-Columbian civilizations in Mexico, then focus on the Spanish conquest and its personalities. We'll cover 300+ years of colonial rule, followed by independence and the tragic events of the 19th century. The class will conclude with the 20th century Mexican Revolution and its on-going impact in politics, social life, and contemporary culture.

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Abolitionists, Underground Railroad, and Forced Labor

Study the heroic abolitionists who turned a movement against slavery into a force that changed the nation. We will use a variety of video sources to better appreciate the efforts of strong personalities like Frederick Douglas, Angelina Grimké, William Still and William Lloyd Garrison – people who risked their lives to promote freedom for slaves in America!

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Acrylic Painting

Designed for beginning acrylic painters, students will learn a variety of techniques that can be used to create individual subjects as well as in-class subjects. Learn to mix most colors from the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. A $5 fee is due at the first class, when a new supply list will also be provided. Maximum 20 students.

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ALIR Initial Course

Initial registration fee.

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ALIR Instructor Course

This is only for ALIR instructors.

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ALIR Membership Fee

A $10 membership fee is payable to ALIR by check or cash only at the time of registration.

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ALIR New Members for Email Use Only

This is for email purposes.

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America's National Parks, Part 2

Our National Parks offer profound lessons for anyone who loves, history, geology and nature. This course provides in-depth insights, intriguing perspectives, and little known facts about these treasured places that you won't find simply by driving or hiking through them. Even if you missed Part 1, you'll enjoy this Great Courses® journey led by Ford Cochran of National Geographic Expeditions.

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Appreciating Opera

Opera as a performing art has been with us for about 600 years. Why has it remained successful while other musical forms have been long forgotten? To answer this question, we will view and compare performances of "Lucia di Lammermoor" (Donizetti), "Carmen" (Bizet), "Madame Butterfly" (Puccini), "Tosca" (Puccini), "La Bohème" (Puccini), and "Nabucco" (Verdi). Maximum 25 students.

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Art Through the Ages, Part 2

This Great Courses® survey, led by Professor Ori Soltes, is a broad study of Western visual art designed to familiarize you with its basic history, acquaint you with major artists and styles and provide you with a foundation for deeper explorations. This term continues the series, concluding with the startling perspectives of post-modern painting.

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Basic Watercolor

Discover the fun and immediacy of watercolor! While students of all levels are welcome, instruction is offered for beginners. A supply list will be available on the first day of class, but bring the paints and brushes you already have (if you have none, we'll furnish them for the first lesson). The 11:00AM class is a repeat of the 9:30AM class. Maximum 20 students.

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Battle of the Alamo: The Rest of the Story

The story of this iconic battle is well-known, so instead this class will focus on people and events rarely found in the history books. Along the way, we will separate myth from historical reality, taking advantage of the instructor’s decades-long research and experience as an Alamo docent.

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Beginning Calligraphy

This class introduces the skills needed to craft beautiful lettering, and this term we will concentrate on the Gothic Script A $5 paper fee is requested, and pens etc. may be purchased from the instructor. (Note: While this class is not recommended for left-handed students, it's not impossible for them!) Maximum 18 students.

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Beginning Line Dance

If you have no background in line dancing (or any kind of dancing!),if you have two left feet, or even if you are just a bit shy - this course is for you! It's so much fun you won't realize you're getting physical as well as mental exercise. Maximum 30 students.

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Beginning Spanish

Learn and practice basic communication skills and vocabulary in Spanish. We will speak about foods, asking for and giving directions, action words, likes/dislikes, etc. The main goal is simple communication. No book is required; handouts will be provided.

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Beginning Ukulele

Let us introduce you to the ukulele – you will have fun while learning at least four basic chords for playing more than 100 recognizable songs. Music theory will also be introduced. You'll need a ukulele tuned to G,C,E,A, and electric tuner, a music stand, and a 3-ring 8x11 binder for holding handouts. No one will be excluded, and students may also attend the intermediate class for additional practice. Maximum 18 students.

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Beginning Zen Painting

Enjoy living in the present with Asian style brush painting, and develop your artistic talent in this mindful way. Each week new subject forms are introduced for painting on notecards and bookmarks, and on rice paper for gift wrap. A $5 fee is requested; basic painting materials may be purchased in class. Maximum 22 students.

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Beginnings of Judaism: Exodus

Let's continue our study of the Torah by reading the book of Exodus, and watching some related films and videos also. Each week, handouts (and perhaps a quiz!) will help review the prior discussion. Bibles are provided but feel free to bring your own. Emphasis is on reading the whole, dramatic Exodus story aloud - and all faiths are welcome to the discussion. Maximum 30 students.

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Black Holes, Tides, Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

Of all nature's forces, gravity is the strangest yet also the most familiar. The study of gravity unites everyday phenomena with the marvels of astrophysics - it affects things around us but it also affects things billions miles away. These Great Courses® lectures by Dr. Benjamin Schumacher provide a wide-ranging view of gravity and its relation to matter, time and energy.

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Brain Games

This interactive class will introduce a variety of puzzles that help diminish due to brain aging - working memory, processing speed, executive functioning, and attention to detail. These exercises may help keep the brain young, and they can be fun too! Students will need to bring a notepad or notebook and pencil/pen.

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Catholicism

Join Bishop Robert Barron's video journey to more than 50 locations in 16 countries in celebration of the Catholic faith and history. Be illuminated by viewing and learning more about the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global religion that claims more than one billion people as followers. Class will include time for questions and discussion.

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Celebrating Poetry: Bring on the Poems!

Everyone will bring poems: favorite poems, old poems, new poems, your poems, food poems, science poems, animal poems, silly poems, and more. You bring yours, the instructor will bring lots of books to choose from, and we'll enjoy the pleasure and joy of reading, listening and sharing. Celebrate poetry together!

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Computer Applications

Learn the latest Microsoft® Office programs: Word® (create letters, signs, formatting, outlines, envelopes, etc.), Excel® (understand spreadsheets, workbooks, charts, graphs, formulas/functions, etc.); and PowerPoint® (create slide presentations, designs, transitions, animation, music, automated shows, etc.). Maximum 20 students.

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Computer Workshop

Workshop time will be allocated for computer questions. Topics include the latest Microsoft® applications, accessories, email, editing, and best practices. We’ll also discuss computer security, preventative maintenance, optimizing your online experience, saving and organizing your work, and digital photography. Maximum 20 students.

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Continuing Zen Painting

Continue the pleasure of this mindful way of painting on notecards, bookmarks, or rice paper for gift wrap. This fall, we will concentrate on the various styles of chrysanthemums. Prior experience with Asian painting is required. A $5 paper fee is requested at the beginning of the term. Maximum 22 students.

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Contract Bridge: A Refresher

This is a refresher class on American Contract Bridge, also known as Goren's "Point Count Bidding System". We'll review basic bidding and responses between partners, useful conventions, and key "laws" of contract bridge. Students should bring a 3-ring notebook to hold notes and the course primer. Maximum 20 students.

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Conversational Spanish

This is a course for Spanish speakers, so some knowledge and fluency is required. The course is structured around conversations between the instructor and students. We'll discuss a variety of subjects, including the cultural arts, literature, and history, as well as daily events in students' lives. Maximum 20 students.

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Conversations in African-American Studies

This class will view three films concerning the heroics of Thurgood Marshall, the trials and tribulations of the Freedom Riders, and even the Black Panthers - all to stimulate conversation and to provide context for the instructor to share her personal experiences and reactions to those people and those times. The course's objective is to gain new perspectives about ourselves and our society. Maximum 30 students.

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Conversations with a Psychologist

Participate in conversations regarding the experience of being human, connecting thoughts and feelings from an existential/phenomenological perspective. Maximum 30 students.

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Daily Life in the Ancient World, Part 1

This course focuses on the lives of anonymous people who are usually ignored in traditional historical accounts, but who are no less important in influencing the flow of events. Using a Great Courses® series taught by Dr. Robert Garland, we’ll explore the daily lives of ordinary, yet often quite heroic, citizens of ancient Egypt and Greece. Maximum 25 students.

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Dancing for Exercise

This class will be a rhythmic and fun total body cardio workout. We'll learn aerobic dance movements set to a variety of upbeat Latin, contemporary and country music favorites. Wear comfortable workout clothes and walking shoes, bring water and a hand towel. Maximum 30 students.

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Dead Sea Scrolls

This class is a comprehensive study of the Dead sea Scrolls and their contents, based on the Great Courses® series led by Dr. Gary Rendsburg. The scrolls' writing will be analyzed the backdrop of known history, and also against the backdrop of relevant content contained in the King James Bible.

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Dutch Art in the 1600s

Painting in the Netherlands in the 1600s was marked by explosive artistic accomplishments reflecting vast societal changes. This course will explore the golden age of Dutch art from 1568 to the time of Johannes Vermeer. The Great Courses® video Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt, taught by Dr. William Kloss, will be foundational to our study. Maximum 30 students

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Easy Jewelry Making

In this introductory course, you'll learn to use basic jewelry tools and techniques to create your own necklaces, bracelets and earrings, plus a floating lanyard. A $5 material fee collected during the first class will cover fasteners, wire, and crimps. Students will supply their own beads and should bring a placemat-sized cloth for their work area. Small pliers help! Maximum 10 students.

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Editorials

Students are to bring Editorials from local papers, national papers, or international papers for group discussion.

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Epic Saga of the Normans: A People Above the Norm

This class introduces the most famous Norman, William the Conqueror, as well as his ancestors the Vikings, and explores one of history's most world-changing events: the conquest of England and the subsequent melding of two languages, Anglo-Saxon and Norman French. The instructor's distinctive cultural-linguistic approach will expand and deepen a short Great Courses® segment. Class participation will be strongly encouraged.

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Essays and Short Stories in Spanish

Students will read and discuss short stories and essays written by authors of the Spanish-speaking world. The class will be conducted in Spanish. We will use the book "Lecturas Avanzadas", Spanish A.P. Reader by Elisabeth Giulianelli, ISBN 1-56765-483-5.

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Film Appreciation: The 16th Annual Jewish Film Festival

We will view 12 films shown earlier this year during the Annual Jewish Film Festival. They are: "Germans and Jews"; "Remember"; "Mr. Gaga"; "On the Map"; "In Search of Israeli Cuisine"; "Baba Joon"; Who's Gonna Love Me Know?"; "Wounded Land"; "Rabin In His Own Words"; "Fanny's Journey"; "The Women's Balcony" and "Jewish Blind Date". Maximum 30 students.

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From Roman Order to Barbarian Chaos, Part I

Rome was first to unify Europe in 27 B.C. With a naval battle at Actium, Octavius, Julius Caesar's nephew, became the first emperor of Rome, This course traces the evolution of the first union of Europe and the development of a unified Western Europe. Roads, naval power, a common language and a universal religion by 400 A.D. have contributed to the essence of Europe to this day.

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Gentle Mat Yoga

This class will use gentle yoga poses while practicing breathing techniques to calm body and mind while adding balance and strength. Please bring your own mat, a block and a yoga strap, all readily available at many retailers. The ability to get up and down from the mat is essential. Maximum 25 students.

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German

This course in elementary conversational German will include pronunciation, phonetics, vocabulary building, grammar, and "Deutsche Volkslieder. We'll use the book "German Made Simple" by Dr. Arnold Leitner (IBSN 0-7679-1860-6).

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Gnosticism

This course covers the theology, sacred writings, and outstanding figures of the Gnostic movements. Beginning with the 1945 discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices, Dr. David Brakke explains in his Great Courses® lectures how the ideas contained in this and other more recently discovered documents have influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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How The Earth Was Made, Part 2

This course is a continuation of the well-regarded History Channel series that reveals the physical processes which have shaped some of the world’s best-known locations and geological phenomena. Just some of the geographical phenomena covered have been responsible for forming Death Valley, Vesuvius, the Sahara Desert, and Yosemite! (You can enjoy Part 2 without having attended Part 1.)

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Intermediate French

We'll continue using Annie Hemingway's book "Ultimate French: Beginner Intermediate” (ISBN 978-1-4000-0963-3) used in the Spring 2017 semester. Students who didn't attend this class are still welcome as long as they have had previous French courses. Additional handouts will emphasize grammar and speaking. To use French as much as possible, we'll keep brief daily journals, read French on the internet, etc. Maximum 15 students.

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Intermediate Ukulele

Intermediate students will learn additional chords and be introduced to four scales on the fretboard to enhance their skills. Music theory will be interspersed throughout the class. Please bring your ukulele tuned to G,C,E,A, an electric tuner, a music stand, and a 3-ring 8x11 binder (plastic sleeves optional) for holding handouts. You may also attend the beginning class for additional practice and reinforcement. Maximum 18 students.

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Introduction to Basic Computer Skills

If you're new to the computer, this class is for you. We will go at a slow pace and repeat as needed. Students will learn computer basics in a hands-on setting, including how to use a mouse and keyboard. No need for typing skills...and there are NO dumb questions! Maximum 20 students.

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Introduction to Clogging (Percussive Dance)

How does experiencing great exercise, relieving stress and having fun sound? Instructors are part of the fire on the Mountain Cloggers group, but will SLOW DOWN and share basic steps in this fun, easy-paced class. No partner is needed, nor is any dancing experience, and people with two left feet are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that slide. Even if you don't come in with a smile, you'll have one when you leave!

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Introduction to Cognitive Theory

This class introduces the basic concepts of cognitive theory. We'll learn about the origins of its basic tenets, the link between thoughts and emotions, and restructuring irrational thoughts. Maximum 30 students

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iPad® Basics and More

Now that you own one of Apple's popular tablets, how can you get the most out of it? This is an innovative, hands-on class for beginning iPad® users. We will go at a slow pace and repeat as needed. Maximum 20 students.

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Jesus and His Jewish Influences, Part 1

This course explores Israeli's history from 1200 B.C. to the first century A.D., and shows how Jesus' life and teachings were shaped by Jewish heritage. Discussions will be supported by a Great Courses® video, led by Dr. Jodi Magness. The second half of the course will be offered in the spring.

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Juggling

Juggling is a great party trick, but did you know that studies at Oxford University have shown that mastering this skill enhances the brain connections that process and store visual information? So... let’s juggle and become smarter! There’s a $5 fee for bean bags. Maximum 14 students.

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Landscape Photography

This class will focus on everyone’s favorite photographic subject – the landscape! Learn how to think and shoot in the landscape and in the cityscape. Tricks, techniques, equipment and destinations will be discussed. Maximum 30 students.

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Memoir Writing

Everyone has an unique story worth telling. Join our memoir class to write and share yours.

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Mindful Living

We will discuss and practice a variety of ways – including meditation – to help improve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. We will learn to let go of fears, worries and regrets by freeing ourselves from the enslavement of our minds. Topics will include self-mastery, stress management, and living peacefully and in harmony with the way things are. Eckhart Tolle’s books are often cited.

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Mixed Media

We will work with various media, including watercolor, acrylic, collage, etc. We will also explore how various techniques can be used to enhance your artwork. Some art experience is useful, but is not required - this is an opportunity to be creative with all forms of art! Maximum 20 students.

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Myth Buster: Goya

Take an in-depth plunge into Goya's artistic, political and personal life, led by two experienced art educators.

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Oh, My! Operetta!

Explore the musical genre of operetta, the bridge between opera and musical theatre. Led by the instructor along with Maria Cedillo, we will view several productions on DVD and discuss the composers, music, dialog and staging.

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Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides

At times humorous, adventurous, and violent, this novel has continued to draw readers for 31 years. Come find out why. We will be using The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (ISBN 978-0-553-38154-2), available at AbeBooks.com. Please arrive ready to discuss the Prologue plus Chapters 1-3 by the first class meeting. Maximum 20 students.

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Post-WWII U.S. History (1945-1968)

This course will cover major political events following World War II. Beginning with the presidency of Harry Truman, who had to deal with immediate post-war problems, the course continues with the election of Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. Moreover, there will be full coverage of the political reforms of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

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Russia Under Putin and U.S./Russian Post-Cold War Relations

This course will examine Putin's rise to power, his leadership style, political/economic events shaping his reign, and policies and actions which demonstrates his handling of international affairs, including Russia's aggressive stance towards breakaway countries such as Ukraine and Georgia. The relationship between Russia and U.S. administrations since the end of the Cold War until the present will be examined as well.

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Short Stories

We will read and discuss short stories featuring writers from around the world. As before, our class environment is congenial; no formal background in literature is required. We will use the anthology "The World’s Great Short Stories", edited by James Daley (ISBN 13:978-0-486-44716-2, or 10-0-486-44716-2). The instructor will send an e-mail with story selections and dates before the first class meets. Maximum 30 students.

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Sister Wendy, Art Critic

Look at art and learn the stories behind the work through the eyes of the beloved and well-known TV art critic, Sister Wendy Beckett. We'll discover fresh meanings from the stained glass windows at King's College in Cambridge illustrating the Passion of the Christ. We'll also look at art related to the Virgin Mary as well as art focused on Christmas, both subjects of books by Sister Wendy. Maximum 26 students.

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Social Dancing

Tired of "sitting this one out" every single time? Well, squirm in your chair no more! We'll cover a variety of dances to fit many social settings. Imagine, no more waiting for that slow song so you can shuffle about in one spot! No experience is necessary, and no partner required (yes ladies, there are plenty of men).

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Socrates Café

Inspired by the book "Socrates Café" by Christopher Phillips, this class discusses and delves into philosophical and life questions (e.g. what is truth?). This is not a lecture class on philosophy; students are encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives on the question of the day.

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Southeast Asia

This course will cover the history, culture and current affairs of countries in this area - a region of great diversity, strategic importance, and endless fascination. Starting with a regional overview, the class will briefly discuss the countries of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and The Philippines.

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Story Time: Reading and Discussing the Gospels

In this class we'll read aloud and discuss the Gospels, starting with the first, Matthew. We'll take our time; there's no rush. Expect a weekly handout reviewing what was read and perhaps even a quiz or two. Bring your own Bible, or one will be provided. Your background is not important; all are welcome. Maximum 30 students.

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Sudden Events That Changed History

Sometimes an occurrence in the space of a moment changes the world forever. This Great Courses® program taught by Dr. Robert Garland focuses on key historical events from the ancient and medieval worlds - the moment when a leader has an illuminating revelation, for instance, or when the tide of history changes quickly and dramatically.

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Tatting: Lace - Frivolite

Tatting’s best definition: 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 $14 materials fee is payable to the instructor. Attending the first two sessions is critical. Maximum 14 students.

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That's Debatable!

Never before has society become so polarized. Listening to other viewpoints and thinking through issues can bridge our differences. Each week we will be presented with a hypothetical situation and break into groups to present a point of view. We'll discover that what once second bland and white may actually be several shades of grey.

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The American Dust Bowl

The American Dust Bowl was one of the largest man-made disasters in American history. This course will examine its environmental causes, its effect on the American people, and future implications, as America (as well as Texas) deals with a looming water crisis that's predicted to arrive by mid-century in the American West.

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The Art of Quilting

This term, this long-running ALIR course will be focused on applique quilting. We will touch on different techniques and tools. Each student will choose a pattern of their own. Contact the instructor for details or with questions at janicesgarden@att.net.

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The History of the Supreme Court, Part I

Get a bench-side view of the inner workings of America's high court and, courtesy of Great Courses® lecturer Dr. Peter Irons, learn more about the often brilliant and sometimes frustrating history of this powerful judicial institution. The instructor will interject contrasting opinions for discussion. This course will continue in the spring.

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The Lost Art of Cooking

Chef Instructor Bill Briwa from the Culinary Institute of American will introduce a subject each class with a short, hands-on Great Courses® video. Then we will discuss cooking - all the things you thought you knew, forgot, and will learn. Perfect for the Everyday Gourmet or basic cooks. While "fun with food" is our motto, this is not a class that serves food at the end! (The good news: no food fee.)

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The Power of the Portrait

Explore how portraits can help us gain insights into different societies, and how artists and subjects interact with one another and their cultural environment. This art history course about portraiture, ranging from the 15th to the 21st century, will inform, connect, and inspire.

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The Psychology and Science of Anger

This class will look at the many complex components of anger, including the causes and expressions of anger, and its relationships with pain, grief, hostility, stress, and individual differences. Both theorists(i.e. Seneca , Freud) and clinical science research will be reviewed, as will current theories on controlling and managing this emotion.

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The Real Ulysses S. Grant

This course will examine the personal and professional life of Grant, including his childhood, West Point, Mexican war days, marriage, and promotion to top Union General. His Presidency, world tour, memoirs and last days will also be covered. Video material from PBS and American Experience will be used, as will the “Untold Story” about the significance of Grant’s victories in the Civil War. Maximum 20 students.

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The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization

Join us for a close examination of the fate of the Mayans, led by Great Courses® Professor Edwin Banhart. This class will cover the civilization from the Olmec period to the full flowering of the Maya, and then explore elements of the culture's fall.

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Theater in a Circle

This class is an opportunity to think creatively and outside the box – and to feel the electricity as you become your own star! Enjoy Readers Theater, improvisations, story building and theater games and exercises. Let your imagination and natural talent run wild as you find the artistic, theatrical child within. Maximum 20 students.

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Three Secrets to a Lifestyle of Wellness

Anyone who wants to feel good, live a balanced life, and stay active as they age will find this class to be a rewarding experience. We will explore how balance, mindfulness and vitality-filled foods will bring more joy and health into our lives.

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Through Georgia's Eyes

American painter Georgia O"Keeffe viewed the world in a unique way. Learn about her life and her work, and create six art works inspired by her vision. Students will use pastel and watercolor to create an artwork each week: Flowers, skies, bones, landscapes, and shells ( all favorite O'Keeffe subjects). A $5 supply fee payable at the first class will cover all materials.

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Turning Points in Modern History

This survey course examines critical incidents of the past 600 years which deeply shaped modern history, including the Columbian Exchange (1492); the American Experiment (1787); Darwin's "Origin of the Species" (1859); motion pictures (1896); and social media (ongoing!).Class discussion will follow the Great Courses® lectures on this topic by Dr. Vegas Linlevvicius.

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Understanding Personal Finance: Risks and Opportunities

This long-running favorite has informed many ALIRians by providing practical ideas to address some of the personal finance issues, risks, opportunities, and decisions that face us as seniors. Discussions will include understanding credit, insurance and investment risk, practical budgeting suggestions, tax planning, vehicle leasing/purchasing strategies, and investment planning, all supported by the instructor's decades of financial expertise.

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Victorian England: A Cultural History

19th century England was a time of great social change, as landowning aristocrats were challenged by a rising industrial middle class, and working classes shifted from rural agriculture to urban factories. Shaped both by secular Utilitarianism and fervent Evangelicalism, the period’s contrasting belief systems combined to form the rigid “Victorian” moral code. We explore how art, architecture, literature and even sports reflect this intriguing, diverse world.

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What in the World is Going On?

This discussion will be led in turn by Anita Beizer, Janet Alyn, Maxine Cohen, or Mel Kanninen, who will select a topic and provide background materials. The aim is to become better informed and to have an opportunity to vent about what could be a watershed time in our nation's history.

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Wine Regions of France

Travel to the wine regions of France to study the wine, food and culture. Maximum 30 students.

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Women of the Indian Subcontinent

This course focuses on the daily circumstances faced by women of the Indian subcontinent, both at home and abroad. Please read "Arranged Marriage", a collection of short stories by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, before class (ISBN 13:978-038548350). We will also read and discuss books "Water" and "Cracking India" by Bapsi Sidhwa, and "The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar. Maximum 20 students.

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Words/Images: Changing Minds, Changing History

Artistic expression - whether words, images, texture, color, or sound - has power. Combines with purpose, these 'elements' can change history. Examining newsprint, legal postings, film clips, posters, cartoons, music, and selected literature from the 1930s and WWII, we will explore the power of persuasion developed by Axis and Allied nations and assess the legacy of such expression.

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Writers Workshop I

Do you have a memoir, a novel or poem that needs writing? Do you want to get your thoughts on paper? Learn the ins and outs of writing through hands-on practice. Explore techniques to get ideas on paper; investigate story structure, characterization, dialogue, use of descriptive language and scene making in various genres. Maximum 25 students.

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Writers Workshop II

Designed for those who write on their own, this workshop will focus on revision and editing and will meet in a critique group setting. Maximum 20 workshop participants.

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Writing Poetry

We will be a community of readers and writers of poetry, sharing our poetry with each other and critiquing in positive and thoughtful ways.

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Writing Short Stories

If you've ever wanted to write fiction, this is a good place to start. With an eye on publication, we'll focus on honing short fiction writing skills: story idea development, scene construction, character development, setting, dialogue, plotting, and markets for both literary and genre fiction. The class will consist of both lectures and in-class writing, plus pointers to supplemental reading. Bring a pencil and lots of paper.

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