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"Telling" Stories: Creating Identity, Finding Meaning

Pack your imagination and your sense of inquiry and gather round a virtual campfire. There we shall explore ancestral stories of identity - the myths, legends, fables and folktales that answer fundamental questions of identity: Who are we and why are we here? Instructor will provide course materials of selected tales from across cultures. Light the fires of imagination...meet our beginnings.

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A "Devil of a Whipping" - Revolutionary War in the Southern Colonies

This class uses research to dig into the animosity (even outright hatred) between colonies in the South. We'll consider Lord Cornwallis' attempts to hold Southern colonies for Great Britain. Lectures will culminate with a deep look into the battles at King's Mountain, Cowpen, Guilford Courthouse, up to York Town. Sources for this class include the book of the same name, west Point archived records, and archeological works housed at the University of North Carolina.

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Basic Jewelry Making

In this introductory course, you'll learn to use basic jewelry tools and techniques to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You'll gain confidence to design, craft and enjoy creating gifts, plus you'll learn about your own talents! A $5 material fee will be collected during the first class. (Max 18)

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Breads of the Americas

Explore the bread traditions of the western hemisphere - from Canadian sticky buns to New England colonial anadama bread. Then we'll travel south through Central America, and journey even further south to where native sweet potatoes and yucca produce memorable South American breads. There's a class food fee of $8. (Max 22)

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Cooking For Better Health - The Mediterranean Way

The health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet will be discussed as students observe and taste the preparation of a Mediterranean dish each week. A $12 fee for foods/ingredients is due at the first of class. (Max 15)

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Egypt Through the Eyes of the Great Pharaohs

If all that you know about the Egyptian Pharaohs came from watching "The Ten Commandments" movie or visiting Tutankhamen's exhibit in a museum back in the 70's, join the instructor in a journey to learn about King Narmer, Hatsheput and Cleopatra. Egyptologist and Professor of Philosophy Bob Brier will lead us in his Great Courses® lectures.

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Flowers and Wraps

Impress friends & family with elegant flower arrangements & wrapped gifts. In this class, you'll learn to do basic flower arrangements, adorn packages & tie the perfect bow. Wrap it up, jazz it up & gift it - at prices you can afford. $10 floral supply fee.

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Introduction to the Ukulele (Continued)

The second six weeks of the term has a different instructor, but learning the ukulele remains fun and entertaining. Bring your ukulele and enthusiasm! (Max 20)

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Iran: A History

From the ancient Persian Empire to modern Iran, we will study the history of this fascinating land. We will analyze the Persian resistance to the Arab invasion, the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, and the great medieval and early-modern empires. We will focus on modern Iran, with the impact of western imperialism and two world wars; the rule of the Shahs; the 1979 Revolution; and the Islamic Republic of Iran's theocratic government, the role of women and its position in world affairs.

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Moving Out of That Too-Big House

Are you contemplating a home sale and a move, or helping a loved one to do so? This 3-week class will talk about the current "hot" real estate market; what you need to know about inspections, repairs and upgrades; and tips on decluttering, downsizing and planning a less-stressful move.

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Pictures from My Trip

ALIRians often travel, and to locales near and far, exotic and historic, beautiful and touching. Each week, individual student presenters will share pictures they have taken (i.e., no copyright materials). The instructor can assist in putting your pictures into a PowerPoint® presentation or onto a stick drive. Suggestions on length and number of pictures to be shown will be determined in advance.

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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. Attending the first two sessions is critical. (Max 10)

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The 1936 Texas Centennial: Creating Texas Identity

The 1936 Texas Centennial was an elaborate state-wide celebration commemorated by more than 1300 objects - monuments, statues, 700+ historical and grave markers, 250 country highway markers as well as dedicated museum and exposition items. Many were lost or neglected, so in 2008 a group led by instructor Sarah Reveley spent 5 years locating and documenting all of them. Join her as she traces the discoveries of this "monumental" effort. (you can review her website/Facebook page "The Neglected Texas Centennial" for additional details).

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The Aging Brain

Growing older may be inevitable, but mental decline is not. Find out what science has to say about how our brains change over time. This course will utilize the respected Great Courses® series led by Dr. Thad Polk, along with additional materials from the instructor and class discussion.

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The Enigma of the Human Condition

This class will evaluate humans and the mysteries of existence. Topics covered: genetic uniqueness and evolution; variability through interactions with the environment; interaction of mind, body and soul; roles of thought, emotions, memory and social testing. John has a Ph.D in Neuropsychology and has taught at the university level as well as ALIR. Maximum enrollment: 30

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Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works (Part 2)

Crime is as old as human society. So is the use of evidence, witnesses and reason to solve crimes. But how accurate are fictional portrayals of crime investigations? This Great Courses® series presents engrossing scientific details which are far more than a lesson in how popular detective dramas get it wrong. This class will cover the final 12 lectures of the series.

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Women and Wealth: Taking Control of Your Financial Well-Being

Financial needs continue throughout one's life, but the planning journey is typically different for men and women - a longer lifespan, a lifestyle that can be in and out of the workforce, and lower lifetime earnings are a few reasons why. Every woman needs to be informed and involved in her own finances. In addition to financial planning, we will cover topics such as real estate, personal property, estate planning and the financial challenges that may come with life transitions.

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Women in Aviation: Pioneers in Flight to Explorers in Space

Since the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903, women have made significant contributions to aviation. Look beyond Amelia to the WASPs, whose secret WW2 missions kept planes flying; to san Antonio's Stinson sisters; Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license; from Harriet Quimby's rickety plane to Sally Ride's space shuttle. We will conclude the class with a trip to Stinson Field's Texas Air Museum.

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