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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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Acrylic Painting

In this beginning acrylic painting class, students will learn multiple techniques, the rules of linear and aerial perspective, and basic still life and landscape composition. (Max 20)

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Advanced Spanish Literature

This class, conducted in Spanish, will read and discuss short stories and essays written by leading authors of the Spanish-speaking world. We will use the book Exploraciones en Literatura (ISBN #9780 8442 7659 5) to focus on comprehension, communication and literary appreciation. (Max 20)

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ALIR Initial Course

Initial registration fee.

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ALIR Around the World

The class will enable ALIRians to share their experiences growing up in another country. Investigate the current geo-political status of various countries, then hear the speaker of the week describe their experiences.

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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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Ancient Technology

The ancient civilizations were remarkably innovative and creative using simple tools to create lasting structures. This course will investigate early examples of inventions and technology developed by Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Chinese inventors/engineers and the effect on their civilizations. We will view the Great Courses® DVD "Understanding Greek and Roman Technology" supplemented by articles from "Ancient Inventions" by P. James and N. Thorpe and "A History of Mechanical Engineering" by A.F. Burstall.

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Art History 101

Forget Sister Wendy...forget Simon Schama...forget the video lectures - study art our way! We will start in prehistory and wander forward in time via a path of art masterpieces. Judy Sobré does the history; Gladys Koranek unravels the mysteries of how things were made. (Max 33)

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Bad Boys of the Bible

A Bible study class, enhanced by the showing of movie clips, of just a few of the "steamy" males (or good but flawed Biblical characters), who had a faltering moment: Satan, Judas, Haman, King David, Peter, Absalom, Jonah, King Herod, Goliath of Gath, Saul of Tarsus, the Pharaoh and the anti-Christ are on the syllabus.

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Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer"

Barbara Kingsolver's fifth novel has been called "a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature and nature itself". Amid the mountains and farms of Appalachia, the three strands of characters crisscross each other and ultimately merge; the novel's chapters are entitled "Predators", "Moth Love" and "Old Chestnuts". The book is available at the library or wherever you buy books; the instructor will be using the 2000 Harper Collins edition.

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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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Basic Watercolor

Discover the fun of watercolor! Students of all levels are welcome, and instruction is offered for beginners. Bring any paints and brushes you already have (if you have none, we'll furnish them for the first lesson). A supply list will be available. The 11:00am class is a repeat of the 9:30am class. (Max 20)

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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 Computer

If you're new to the computer, or want to review fundamentals, this class is for you. 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! (Max 20)

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Beginning Genealogy

Focusing on beginning research in genealogy, we'll exchange information and share ways to research your family tree. A computer is helpful, but not necessary to bring to class. To get started, it's helpful to know family names (maiden for women), dates of birth and death of grandparents and greatgrands. Being a member of Ancestry.com would be great but not necessary. (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 course 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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Beginning Spanish

Take this opportunity to learn basic communication skills in Spanish. This class will cover basic vocabulary with real-world application - foods, actions, clothing, etc. (Max 30)

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Beginnings of Judaism (Part 1)

Each class will include a 30-minute Great Courses® video lecture, followed by a 30-minute reading and a class discussion. Handouts that contain extra reading sources will accompany each video. This Fall class will include the first 12 lectures; next term will include the second half of the videos. (Max 30)

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Books vs Movies: Hitch a Ride with Alfred's Adaptations

This class will read - hopefully before the first meeting - Daphne Du Maurier's book "Jamaica Inn", any edition. After discussing that story, we will watch Alfred Hitchcock's very unfaithful film version, focusing on the changes made and why. We'll also study a great story by Winston Graham and then perform an "autopsy" of what Hitchcock concocted from it!

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Brain Games

This course will use a variety of engaging games to exercise our brains as we work on long-term memory, working memory, attention to detail, processing speed, and other brain functions. The class is strictly interactive - students need paper and pencil. (Max 25)

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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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Charles Goodnight, Texan

Learn about the iconic life of Charles Goodnight (1836-1929) - Texas ranger, trail master, cattleman who introduced new breeds into longhorn herds, rancher, Indian fighter, friend of Quanah Parker and teddy Roosevelt.

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Clogging (Percussive Dance)

Want some great exercise, stress relief and lots of fun? The instructor, part of the "Fire on the Mountain Cloggers" group, will SLOW DOWN and share basic steps and fun figures with you in this easy class. No partner is needed. People with two left feet are welcome; no experience necessary. Wear shoes that slide. Even if you don't bring your smile with you, you'll have it when you leave!

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Computer Applications

Learn the latest Microsoft® Office programs, including Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint®. Specifically, we'll cover word processing (creating documents); spreadsheets (creating budgets and calculations); and presentations (designing classroom lessons and photo shows). (Max 20)

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Continuing Ballroom Dancing

This ballroom class is for anyone interested in improving their dance skills. You will acquire new steps and improve your skill and style. We'll cover Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, Rumba, ChaCha, Merengue and Salsa and more. No dance partner required.

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Contract Bridge 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. (Max 20)

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Conversational Spanish

Some knowledge of Spanish is required. We will have conversations between students and the instructor about Mexican history, culture, and literature. Minimal grammar will be offered, as the goal is to improve the students' ability to converse in Spanish. (Max 20)

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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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Creating Oral Histories

We all have oral stories that should be handed down. Telling your stories is a great of carrying on family history, of bonding, or of opening up a conversation. This class will help you think about your life stories and explain them for maximum effect so that they become memorable to you and your family or friends.

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Daily Life in the Middle Ages

Based on the Teaching Company DVD "The Other Side of History", this course focuses on what life was like for Medieval period people as an Anglo-Saxon, a Viking raider, a Crusader, a knight, or a pilgrim. the lectures by Dr. Robert Garland will be supplemented by additional material from the instructor's research.

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Digital Photography and Graphic Arts

Areas we'll focus on include: Using your digital camera, organizing your photos and creating fun projects using your photos, including greeting cards, calendars and signs. We'll also learn some fundamentals of PowerPoint® and Publisher®. Basic computer literacy is necessary to get the most from this class. (Max 20)

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Editorials

In this long-running class, students bring editorials from local, national, international newspaper and magazine publications for group discussion. (Max 20)

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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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Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life (Part 1)

Our world is full of engineering marvels, and this Great Courses® class explores the fascinating buildings, devices and public utilities that we use every day. Expertly explained by Dr. Stephen Ressler of the US Military Academy, this term's class will cover structures, energy, transportation and utilities (with the final lectures covered in a future 6-week class). The instructor will email a handout with discussion points, links to suggested readings and recommended search terms before each class.

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Film Appreciation: The Films of Cary Grant

Enjoy a wide range of Cary Grant films, from some of his comedies to his more serious films. (Max 40)

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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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Folk & Country Guitar

This intimate class will learn 3- and 4-chord progressions in the key of G. Students must have am electronic tuner and commit to practicing out of class. (Max 10)

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Food: A Cultural Culinary History (Part 2)

This class continues our exploration of the globalization and fusion of cuisines. The Great Courses® lectures by Dr. Ken Albala bring us to the present day in tracing the fascinating relationship between food and human history.

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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. (Max 25)

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Gothic Calligraphy

This is a dramatic script which requires practice yet is commensurately rewarding. A $5 paper projects fee is requested and pens etc. may be purchased from the instructor. Calligraphy is not recommended for left-handed people, but not impossible when very motivated. (Max 15)

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Great Trials of World History

From Socrates in ancient Athens and Thomas More in Henry VIII's England, to the horrific Salem Witch Trials and the dramatic Scopes "Monkey" Trial, you'll discover what a wide variety of trials throughout history can teach us about ourselves and our society. Dr. Douglas Linder poses ideas in this Great Courses® series that can help strengthen your appreciation for the how the US legal system attempts to resolve conflict in a peaceful, thoughtful and correct manner.

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History of England: 1066-1665

This course covers English history from the Norman Conquest of 1066 through the English Civil war and after. In addition, the course will cover England's many accomplishments in self-government and law, and will take note of England's influence on American history.

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How The Earth Was Made (Part 1)

We will view videos from the well-regarded History Channel series that reveals the physical processes that have shaped some of the world's best-known locations and geological phenomena. The videos will not be repeats of those shown in the Fall 2017 course.

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I'm on YouTube, Now What?

YouTube is a free video sharing website that makes it easy to watch online videos. Join in exploring the most popular video site on the web today. (Max 20)

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Intermediate German

As an intermediate course, this class will focus on pronunciation, phonetics, vocabulary building, grammar and Deutsche Volkslieder. We will use the book "German Made Simple" by Dr. Arnold Leitner (ISBN 0-7679-1860-6) available from online booksellers. (Max 20)

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Introduction to Asian and SE Asian Cooking

Learn to cook Asian dishes, including some simple Indian, Japanese, Thai and fusion cuisine. Add excitement and a new dimension to your cooking, avoid high restaurant prices for Asian cuisine and ...impress your friends! We'll learn where to shop for ingredients, plan country-specific meals, cook one or more of the dishes, and complement it with side dishes. Students will share a full lunch, contributing $10 each week for the ingredients. (Max 12; note early start time)

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Introduction to Paleontology

If history on a geological scale intrigues you, then this visually-stunning Great Courses® series, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian, will open new doors onto the 4.54 billion-year history of our world. Because of the volume of material to be covered, this will be primarily a viewing class with limited discussion time.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

An introduction to yang style Tai Chi movements to benefit our balance and flexibility. Tai Chi is a slow-moving meditation practice to help us connect mind and body, reduce stress and feel great. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and light tennis shoes.

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Introduction to the Ukulele

The ukulele is the easiest stringed instrument to play. Join us and have fun learning 3-4 basic chords, along with hundreds of songs. If you already have a ukulele, bring it. But if not, don't buy one before you come to class; we can help you select the ukulele that best suits your needs. (Max 20)

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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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Introductory Italian II

In this continuation of the Level I class, we will study the present tense of irregular verbs and the present perfect tense, while increasing our Italian vocabulary. The class will use the book "Italian All-in-One for Dummies (ISBN - 13:978-1 118 510605), available from online booksellers such as Amazon. This class is meant for students with prior experience studying/reading Italian.

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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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Jerusalem: Myth and Reality

By tracing the religious and political changes that have shaped the City of Jerusalem through the ages, we will come to better understand the city's meaning to mythologies, religions and cultures and its role in forming humanity's beliefs.

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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. (Max 12)

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Lost Children

Judaism, Christianity and Islam have always stressed that orphans should be taken care of. Yet many young children and orphans continue to live in difficult and often inhumane conditions. Students in this class will read three books and watch two movies that focus on the plight of children caught in systems that were supposed to protect them. The class reading list will be available to registered students before the term begins. (Max 12)

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Lost Christianities: Early Forms of Christianity

In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, Christians held a wide range of differing ideas about Christian faith and practice. This course, a series of Great Courses® lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, will explore the rich diversity of Christian churches in those early centuries.

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Maya Mysteries

The focus of this class is the Great Courses® series "Maya to Aztec - Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed", delivered with enthusiasm by a professor who has spent much time at archeological field digs and who is also the Director of the Maya Exploration Center. His lectures will be supplemented by input from the instructor's extensive experience in scholarly exploration of the Maya. (Max 30)

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Meet Matisse

Learning about the life and work of French artist Henri Matisse, regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century, will inspire students to create one art work each week - tempera paintings, prints and cut paper collages. Materials will be supplied for a $5 fee. (Max 26)

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Memoir Writing

Everyone has an unique story to tell. Join our memoir class to be inspired to write and share your own.

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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 include self-mastery, stress management, and living peacefully and in harmony with the way things are. Echart Tolle’s books are often cited.

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Mixed Media

Students interested in exploring various artistic media – watercolor, acrylic, collage, pastels, etc. – are welcome, regardless of previous experience or skill level. Our focus will be on investigating techniques to combine media to enhance your abstract or representational creative works. (Max 20)

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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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Outsmart Yourself: Brain-based Strategies

This class applies the knowledge of cognitive systems to a wide variety of topics: procrastination, bad habits, dieting, sleep, phobias, depression, creativity, multitasking, anger and the aging brain. Dr. Peter M. Vishton of William and Mary leads the Great Courses® lectures; there will be a time for class discussion as well.

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Pastels

This class is for anyone interested in learning how to use pastels - sticks of pure brilliant pigment, not colored chalk - to create works of art. We'll discuss color, composition, contrast, proportion and mood, and explore various surfaces, techniques and styles. Discover the artist that lives in you - no experience required! Supply list will be available on the first day of class. (Max 18)

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Pat Conroy's "The Great Santini"

Hey, Conroy fans! Would you like to know more about Conroy's background and the "terrible house" that influenced so much of his writings? Come join the class and learn about the Great Santini in this biographical novel. (Max 20)

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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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Political Thrillers

Together we will view and discuss the content and characterizations of sic classic films: "The Manchurian Candidate", "7 Days in May", "All the President's Men", "The Post", "Thirteen Days" and "State of Play". (Max 20)

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Pompeii

Using history and archaeology, Dr. Steven Tuck uncovers the layers of history of Pompeii, beginning with its Etruscan, Greek and samite origins. The daily life of a female slave, the wool industry, the vineyards, gladiator advertisements, geological conditions - all (and much more) are detailed. The Great Courses® lectures also trace Roman art and architecture, the city's destruction, and its archaeological re-discovery.

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Russia: 1985 to 2018

This class will use video from the history Channel and other material to cover contemporary events in Russia, beginning with Gorbachev's presidency and ending with the current day situation. Relations between Russia and the United States will be an integral part of the curriculum.

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Sing-Along

We sing all the "oldies but goodies" songs we all remember. We'll supply the lyrics, you may come to sing, whistle, hum or just listen. Shower singers are welcome. (Max20)

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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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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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Stretch and Strength

Are you interested in being fit and flexible? This class is for you! We will focus on dynamic and static stretching while integrating strength, balance, core and coordination exercises into the mix. Class will take place primarily on a floor mat; we will be standing, sitting, on all fours, and lying prone, supine, and on our sides at times. Don’t forget your yoga mat. Let’s strrrreeetch!

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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 African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This class will chronicle the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent to the presidency of Barack Obama, using as its basis the award-winning PBS series based on the book by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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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 Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders

Stock experts trot out the same clichés: You can't beat the market...diversify your portfolio...invest for the long-term. While this is fine advice for the average investor, history shows that there have been investors (such as Warren Buffett) who used the right combination of methods for their era to build up impressive fortunes. This Great Courses® uses biographies to illustrate methods successfully used by diverse investors.

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The Art of Quilting

This long-running ALIR course will continue its focus 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. (Max 30)

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The Celtic World

Druids, King Arthur, Riverdance - "Celtic" is more than the name of a Basketball team. A lot more. Learn about one of the world's great civilizations and its lasting influences with Dr. Jennifer Paxton in a Great Courses® lecture series.

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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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The Private Life of a Masterpiece

Let's examine the full - and quite fascinating - stories behind ten famous works of art. This PBS video series will delve into how each masterpiece came to be created, how each one influenced other artists and other works, and how each came to have a life of its own in the modern world.

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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. (Max 20)

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The Remarkable Science behind Ancient Astronomy

Those ancient astronomers weren't just star-gazing, they used the skies to craft a world view of the earth's place in the universe. This Great Courses® series covers early astronomers from many cultures from thousands of years BC to 1600 AD, from Stonehenge to the seeds of modern astrophysics.

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The Science of Flight

It IS rocket science - as well as the fundamentals of lift, gliding, aerodynamics, aircraft design, helicopters, jets and much more in this wide-ranging course about flight. James Gregory, an aerospace engineering professor at Ohio State, in partnership with curators at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, examines two dozen aspects of flight in engaging and informative videos. The instructor will call on his related personal air and space experiences as well

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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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Travel to Medieval European Cities - Now!

Tucked away within the landscapes of Europe are a remarkable range of beautifully preserved medieval cities and towns. We will travel, via lectures and the wonderful images in a Great Courses® video presented by Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, to Medieval cities that are time capsules of history which you can still visit today. Prague, Dubrovnik and Bruege are on our itinerary, time permitting.

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Turning Points in American History (Part I)

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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Unexpected Economics Interactions

this is not your typical course in economics. This Great Courses® class with Professor Timothy Taylor includes discussions such as selection of our spouses; raising our children; how we make important decisions about politics, religion and lifestyle; and the interactions of personal choice, motivation and perceived outcome-the very heart of economics.

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What the Heck is Going On?

A moderator du jour will select a relevant topic and provide background information to spark an informed interaction among the class.

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What's Funny?

What makes us laugh? This class will examine the history of humor, the role it plays in our lives, and how to use it most effectively. Studies show that laughter can change our brains and heal our bodies; the psychology of humor is now a serious research topic. Various types of humor - physical/slapstick, self-deprecating, wit or wordplay, topical, anecdotal, observational, parody, jokes and deadpan - will be discussed and shared. Class participation is required!

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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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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, with lunch. (Max 20)

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Writing Poetry

We will write, read and analyze poetry in a friendly atmosphere. (Max 15)

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Zen Painting

This class will combine new with continuing students for learning and practicing this mindful way of self-expression. We will paint products such as notecards or gift wrap, using a different subject each week - a few basic strokes for flowers, to many stroked landscapes. A $5 paper fee is requested, other basic material may be purchased from the instructor. (Max 22)

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