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A History of Hitler's Empire

This Great Courses® series wil review the elements in German history that contributed to Adolph Hitler and the Nationalist Socialist Party (NSDAP) assuming power and to the establishment of a totalitarian regime that ultimately led to a devastating world war, costing countless lives.

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African-American History

Join the instructor for a survey of African-American history in the U.S. Various media will be shared, including The African Americans, Slavery by Another Name, and Freedom Summer, interspersed with class discussions.

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Aging and Disability

Aging and disability: The fear. The reality. The challenge. What does getting old really mean? Is life more, or less, fun as we get older? Why? How do we deal with aging and disability in ourselves, and in others? How has it changed our lifestyle? Our relationships? Our attitude? How does society deal with aging and disability? What can we do? This class will be a conversation with students sharing experiences, opinions and suggestions.

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Algebra Appreciation

This class - intended for people who didn't do well in math during their school days - will discuss major topics in algebra. The basics will be covered, along with real-life examples showing where the concepts are put to use. After taking the course you should be better prepared for, and more confident about, additional math studies. (Max 20)

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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 New Members for Email Use Only

This is for email purposes.

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Art and Architecture of the Kingdoms of New Spain, Peru & Brazil

Using the resources of this respected scholar's personal archive, this class will be an illustrated overview of the architecture, as well as the myriad artistic and cultural expressions, found throughout lbero-America. The instructor will focus on hybridized regional styles, which range in time from the medieval to the new-classical eras.

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Bartlett & Burckhardt: The Italian Renaissance

The acclaimed professor and author Kenneth Bartlett bases this Great Courses® exploration of the Italian Renaissance on Jacob Burckhardt's 1860 book/essay entitled "The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy." Using this as his source material, Bartlett and the instructor will take the class on a journey through the Renaissance's beginnings in Italy through to the mid-16th century, comparing and contrasting as we go.

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Beginning Genealogy

Focusing on beginning research in genealogy, we'll exchange information and share ways to research your family tree. Please bring a pencil with a good eraser along with a notebook or binder to keep handouts in. (Max 20)

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Beginning Line Dance

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

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Bette Davis: Films for/about Women

With the larger-than-life presence of Bette Davis as our lodestar, this class will view and discuss The Letter (1940), Jezebel (1938), Dark Victory (1939), Now, Voyager (1942) and The Little Foxes (1941).

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Brain Gamez

Don't forget everything you learned in spring! Stretch your brain this summer with a class that will engage your mind with activities that involve memory, multi-tasking, attention to detail, processing, and verbal skills you can sharpen. Speaking of sharpening bring pencil/pen and paper to class. (Max 25)

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Come Fly with Me

Fly along to different countries via Hollywood movies, to the lands where each film was based and filmed. We will also enjoy a dish of regional food representing that country during the "intermission." (Max 22)

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Decorative AKIM Handwriting

AKIM handwriting is different and fun to use as a change. We will use products like place cards, bookmarks and note cards, for which a $2 paper fee will be charged. (Max 18)

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Digital Photography and Graphic Arts

This class will focus on: using your digital camera, organizing your photos and creating fun projects using your photos, including cards, calendars and signs. Basic computer literacy is necessary to get the most from this class. (Max 20)

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Documentaries for Doubters

Think you don't like documentaries? You might be surprised - "docs" can pack a powerful punch. Do you know the story behind the real horse whisperer, for instance? Want to expand your mind and open your heart? We'll view new documentaries each week.

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Editorials

Students bring editorials from local papers, national papers, or international papers for group discussion. (Max 20)

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Falls Prevention: A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning, evidence-based program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fears of falling and to increase activity levels. You'll learn how to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, ways to reduce falls risks, and exercises to increase strength and balance. (Max 20)

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Finding Reliable Health Information Online

This hands-on class will focus on defining and improving your health literacy. You will learn how to evaluate online health information for quality and authority. The instructor, a retired UTHSC librarian, will discuss multiple reliable online sources for general health information as well as for information about alternative and complementary therapies. (Max 15)

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Good Ol' Summertime Sing-Along

We will provide the words for all of the oldies-but-goodies songs we fondly remember. You may sing along, hum, whistle or just listen. (Max 30)

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How the Celts Saved Britain

This short course will examine the beginnings of Great Britain - from Roman Britannia, to Ireland and Scotland, and back to Anglo-Saxon Britain. British TV presenter Dan Snow reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion in the first millennium; he also discusses and compares Irish and Roman Catholicism. You'll be given time for small group discussions. (Max 25)

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Intermediate Spanish

This continues our intermediate study of Spanish. The focus will be on grammar, with extensive student participation. The class will use the book Easy Spanish - Step by Step by Barbara Bregstein (ISBN 978-0-07-146338-6); it would be helpful to bring the book to the first class (either edition is fine). (Max 20)

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Intermediate/Advanced Spanish: Fluency in Everyday Conversations

Have you (probably as a non-native speaker) studied Spanish over the years, but never progressed to your desired level of proficiency? If you understand, speak, read and/or write some Spanish, but lack correct verb forms, vocabulary and fluency, this course is for you. We'll use Spanish Conversation (Practice Makes Perfect) by Jean Yates (ISBN 978-1-259-58636-10). Get over the hump and advance to the next level! (Max 20)

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Investigating American Presidents

The U.S. presidency has been called the most powerful job in the world. What limits are there on presidential power? How do we keep such awesome authority in check, and who do we trust to shoulder this responsibility? Based on Great Courses® lectures by Paul Rosenzweig, we will cover and discuss such subjects as the history of presidential investigations, the separation of powers, the role of independent counsels, pardons and impeachment. NOTE: First class will be on June 18 due to instructor schedule.

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iPad Adventures

Let's dig into the use of our iPads! This interactive class is not for beginners; some basic knowledge of the iPad is required. Some of the adventures we'll go on together will constellate around email, entertainment and communication. Please bring your iPad with you. (Max 20)

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Juggling

Juggling is a great party trick, but did you know that studies at Oxford 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. (Max 10)

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Knitting in the Round

This class is for those who already know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. You will learn basic techniques for knitting in the round, including: joining and securing stitches at the beginning, using one circular needle, using two circular needles, and using double-pointed needles. Further information about projects and supplies will be emailed to registered students before class begins. (Max 15)

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Masters of Photography

Utilizing the DVD "Masters of Photography-The Art & Craft of the National Geographic Photographers," this class will share and discuss award-winning photography in the categories of Adventure. Wildlife, Landscape and Nature, Color and Light, and Storytelling. (20)

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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 and live in a mindful state; topics include self-mastery, stress management, and living in harmony with the way things are. Eckart Tolle’s books are often cited.

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Mixed Media Art

We will explore the use of collage and image transfer techniques in combination with various artistic media to create abstract and representational works. All experience levels are welcome. A voluntary $5.00 supply fee is suggested and additional supply suggestions will be given in class. (Max 20)

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Mountain Dancing (American Folk Dance)

Focusing on figures which don't require a partner, we will learn the Ball of Yarn, Shoefly Swing, Nine Pins, Birdie in the Cage and other dances. Figures come from Irish ceilidh, contra, smooth mountain, and clog dancing. We use a basic step (1,2,3) or a simple walking step. Remember: "You can learn to dance if you can count to three (walk, walk, walk)!"

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Mysteries of the Inexplicable Universe

Everything we now know about the universe has stemmed from scientists who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. We'll hear from two Great Courses® lecturers: Neil deGrasse Tyson will take us to the frontiers of the known and unknown universe to examine tantalizing questions being addressed by today's top scientists. And Dan Hooper will examine how the work of Albert Einstein helped answer some of those questions.

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Olmecs: The Mother Culture of Mesoamerica

From 1500 to 400 BCE, the Olmecs created a knowledge base of religion, politics, calendars, writing and more that served as a foundation for the Mesoamerica cultures which followed. This class will be a survey of the Olmecs' history and contributions.

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Oral Storytelling

Everyone has stories that should be handed down. Telling your stories is a great way to carry on family history and bonding - and to simply open up conversation. this class will help you think about your life stories and learn how to tell them so that they become memorable to you, your family and your friends. We'll reference TED Talks Storytelling - 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks (ISBN 9781 50750 3003), although it is not required. (Max 15)

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Part Two: The New Testament

This is the second part of the Great Courses® lecture series by Bart Ehrman. Each class will include a 30-minute lecture, some related bible study, and a short, appropriate clip from a movie about Jesus. Bibles are provided, as are weekly handouts. Don't worry if you missed Part One; all are welcome! (Max 32)

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Privilege: Life's Not Fair

Privilege is defined as a right or immunity available to a particular group or individual. We can't live our lives according to the golden rule prescribed by most religions and ethical systems without considering the advantages (and disadvantages) of privilege that we and others experience daily. This class will include discussion, podcasts and videos to examine whether we're wasting human capital by ignoring the effects of privilege based on wealth, citizen status, whiteness, attractiveness, maleness, cisgender and more.

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Sign Language

Ever watch deaf people sign to each other? Here's your chance to learn this fascinating language. We'll learn the alphabet and how to count. We'll also develop enough vocabulary for basic communication. (Max 20)

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Socrates Café

Inspired by the book Socrates Café by Christopher Phillips, the class discusses and delves into philosophical questions of life (e.g. what is truth?). It 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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Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions

This Great Courses® series led by Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan delves into the history and secrets of tequila, cognac, whiskey, cordials and more. We'll travel the world to watch on-location tastings, hear from industry experts, learn about the production processes, and - yes - discover insider tips and techniques for tasting, mixing and shopping for spirits.

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Summer of Swing

Come dance away the summer doldrums! Both new and experienced dancers are welcome. We'll be rocking and bopping to both familiar, and not so familiar, tunes. You'll learn all you need, and have fun, too.

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Surprise Me!

A favorite ALIR instructor will surprise you each week with a new and intriguing topic, be it a video, a group discussion, a game, or maybe even an unexpected guest. This class's only guarantee is that each gathering will surprise - and delight - you!

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That Melancholy Dane: Hamlet, Performance and Interpretation

Think you know Hamlet? This course will consider Shakespeare's most famous five-act tragedy. We will watch selections from various performances on DVD. We will also read, analyze and discuss various interpretations, including some controversial theories about what the author may have been up to.

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The Ascent of Money

This 2009 PBS series written and produced by Niall Ferguson examines the ascent of money, proposing that financial history is the essential back story behind all history. He documents the roots of money by examining conquests and warfare, the impact of natural disasters and the growth of the insurance industry, hedge funds, and the meteoric real estate market of the 20th century.

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The Blue Zones: Lifestyle Tips for Longevity

The Blue Zones are those areas of the world where people naturally live a high quality of life well into their old age - many, in fact, past the age of 100. Come join us to explore these areas and find out their secrets! What are the tips and recommendation for our own lifestyle? (30)

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The Decade That Changed the US - and the World

Events that happened during the remarkable decade of 1960-1970 will be the subjects of our review, aided by DVD commentaries. We'll follow up with discussions of the events' relevance and impact.

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The Evolution of English (Part 2)

Experts detail the 1500-year history of the English Language in this video series ("Athena"), which will serve as a springboard for class discussions. These authorities, along with our own linguistic-expert instructor, will show how diverse forces - from Beowulf to the Bible, from Shakespeare to American slang - shaped our modern language. Class contributions of word origins will be welcome!

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Today's Global Economy

This class will examine globalization's effects on countries, firms and people. We'll explore how the past 25 years of trade agreements like NAFTA have changed the rules and affected US jobs and wages. Discussions will examine global business strategies including exporting, importing and foreign investment. Emphasis will be placed on the global crude oil and automotive industries, as well as US/China trade and the outlook for global economic growth. (Max 30)

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Traditional Cooking from Spain

Each week, we'll prepare a traditional dish from different regions of Spain. If you like to cook, this class is for you. A food fee of $20 is due on the first class.

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What's Happening to the Mall?

The retail landscape is changing dramatically. Formerly successful retail business models struggle to survive as newer business models experience striking success. Amazon, digital marketing, and an internet where you can buy anything from anywhere (and get it in two days) have changed retailing's rules. We'll cover the history of U.S. retailing since the end of WWII, its current status, and where it could be heading. Who will be the winners and losers? (Max 30)

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Yoga for Flexibility

This gentle approach to yoga is less intense, non-strenuous and slow-paced. You will do well-measured stretches and range of motion exercises that will equally strengthen and stretch you, increasing your flexibility. Repair those muscles that need love! (Max 30)

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Zen Painting: Lily

For continuing Zen painters, this class will cover three styles of lily flowers, one each week. A $2 paper fee is requested to cover note cards and envelopes; other basic materials may be purchased from the instructor. (Max 22)

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