SLI Course Catalog for 2020 Summer Term

Senior Learners, Inc., Online Course Catalog for 2020-Summer Term

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Health and Better Living

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills IIPutzeys Mon, 7/6/20 410:00 AM11:00 AM $10.00
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking skills Discover the science of cognitive biases and critical thinking and become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life. This course includes additional lectures in course from The Great Courses.
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills IIIPutzeys Mon, 8/3/20 410:00 AM11:00 AM $10.00
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking skills Discover the science of cognitive biases and critical thinking and become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life. This course includes additional lectures in course from The Great Courses.
Understanding Dementia Care LeBlanc Wed, 8/19/20 12:00 PM4:00 PM $5.00
Gary Joseph LeBlanc, CDCS Dementia Communication Specialist and Author will present the A - Zs on dementia-related disease, positive ways to improve communication, how to manage dementia behaviors and provide the best standards of care.
The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste GreatPatterson Tue, 8/4/20 31:00 PM3:00 PM $15.00
Learn to make healthy meals that taste absolutely amazing with this short course created by the renowned Culinary Institute of America. This course focuses on cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavor. Shopping lists for ingredients are included, but the proportions will be up to you! Throughout the course, the class is encouraged to taste and experiment in their own kitchens. The goal is to become confident, competent cooks who can produce healthy, tasty and visually appealing homemade meals.
Your Deceptive MindPutzeys Mon, 6/8/20 410:00 AM11:00 AM $0.00
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking skills Discover the science of cognitive biases and critical thinking and become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

History and Geography

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Sweden and the Swedes among UsKelly Wed, 7/8/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
Sweden is a fascinating country and has been one of the great powerhouses throughout the ages, but in the 1800s large areas of the country experienced famine causing major migration to the United States. I will begin this session with my first experience with Swedish culture- and a trip to Minnesota at Christmas with a roommate. I will focus on some of the contributions of these immigrants to the US and then take you on my two excursions into the old country. First, I will go across the narrow bay where Knonborg or Hamlet’s castle. My second extended trip is through Gothenburg and overland. We will visit the home of Alfred Nobel, the bank famous for the Stockholm syndrome, and even may visit an Ikea factory. Sweden today will be discussed.
Norway and the Norwegians among UsKelly Wed, 7/22/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
We will begin our tour of Norway at Lillehammer, and I will tell you of my first experience on a ski lift. This overland trip passes through country, towns, and villages. When we comment, hey- look at that waterfall, the guide says- you ain’t seen nothing (sic) yet. We will spend time in Bergen and the home of Edvard Grieg, composer of the beautiful Peer Gynt Suite. We will also talk about trolls and Viking lore. The capital of Norway is Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace Prize. Briefly we will discuss Norwegians in America- and that a Swede and Norwegian should never marry- huh?
OH! Savannah!Kelly Wed, 8/5/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
Savannah may be a little hot in the summer time, but it is still one of the most fascinating cities in the South. It was saved from the wrath of Sherman’s army because a group of city officials told them if they would spare their town, they would not resist. So today, you can see 22 parks, many antebellum mansions, as well as homes of famous people, such as Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Eating is a great Savannah tradition. I will tell you about some of the best places to go. After that, you may want to visit the pirate museum or even experience Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Understanding the modern world (quickly): Essential questions - Part ICoffey Wed, 7/8/20 410:30 AM12:00 PM $10.00
The modern world, beginning around 1900, has been shaken and shaped by geopolitical surprises such as the conflicts and unification in Europe, collapse of the Soviet Union, and Covid-19pandemic being the latest. Covid-19 crisis is a shocking reminder of interconnections and unexpected turning points of our modern world. These four lectures are Part I to be followed by Part II. Lectures will be presented live via Zoom with up to a half hour afterwards reserved for further discussion. Presentations will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.
Understanding the modern world (quickly): Essential questions - Part IICoffey Wed, 8/5/20 410:30 AM12:00 PM $10.00
The modern world, beginning around 1900, has been shaken and shaped by geopolitical surprises such as the rise of China and 9/11 attack. Covid-19 crisis is a shocking reminder of the multiplicity of interconnections and turning points of our modern world. These four lectures are Part II four lectures, that explore essential questions about world geopolitics: Why is Middle East so anti-West? Why are emerging nations still submerged? Why is India finally rising? Will China oust America? Lectures will be presented live via Zoom with up to a half hour afterwards reserved for further discussion. Presentations will be emailed in advance and posted on coffeynotes.com.
Life and Death in Pompeii Part 3Crawford Wed, 6/3/20 41:00 PM2:00 PM $0.00
Life and Death in Pompeii is taught by Professor Steven L. Tuck, Ph.D. of Miami (Ohio) University. This 3-week course follows on the previous course. It will cover its Etruscan and Samnite periods prior to Roman occupancy. He will discuss many aspects of life in Pompeii, and its natural history and geography, all preserved in the volcanic catastrophe in 79 A.D. Dr. Crawford will supplement the course videos with personal insights from prior visits to Pompeii. No more than 2 lectures each week from The Great Courses will be viewed. The lectures in this course can also be viewed on televisions with streaming capabilities, tablets and computers on The Great Courses Plus subscription service.
Winston Churchill - The Early YearsHautanen Tue, 7/7/20 41:00 PM2:00 PM $10.00
Join us for a look at one of the most fascinating and influential people of the last few centuries. This course will focus on his family background and his formative years. One of Churchill's great many famous quotes follows; It was a nation and race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. It was not luck. Let us see what made Churchill the right one to give the roar, using select lectures from The Great Courses and other sources.

Literature and Language

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Intermediate Spanish 106Nelson Fri, 6/12/20 41:30 PM3:30 PM $20.00
Some previous knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and grammar is preferred to join this class. Communicative and contextualized vocabulary and grammar are presented in a visual manner with partner activities, interviews and conversation. Short readings will be included and students are able to use their Spanish in every day situations.
Introductory Spanish INelson Fri, 7/10/20 81:30 PM3:30 PM $40.00
An introduction to Spanish. If you have taken Spanish classes in school, traveled to Spanish speaking countries or never had Spanish before, this is a great introductory course for you. We will start with basic introductions and use thematic vocabulary to talk about everyday situations, ordering food in a restaurant and bargain shopping at a local market. The classes will be conducted on zoom. There will be lots of visuals and practice for you to follow and complete on your own.

Philosophies and History of Religions

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Introduction to BuddhismHunt Tue, 8/25/20 110:00 AM12:00 PM $5.00
While most Westerners are familiar to varying degrees in the Abrahamic religions, relatively few are knowledgeable as to the fundamentals of Buddhism and founder, Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Do Buddhists regard the Buddha as Christians regard Jesus? Where was he born and what were the significant events in his life? How did the Buddha become enlightened? What are the fundamentals of Buddhist thought?

Science and Technology

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Galileo Part IIPealer Tue, 8/4/20 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
My Science Biography courses will describe aspects of the lives of scientists based on one biography about each that has appealed to me. This is the second course on Galileo based on the biography, Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel. It covers his writing the Dialogue, his Inquisition and his final years. I am also planning courses on the following scientists: Maria Sybilla Merian based on biographies by Kim Todd and Joyce Sidman; E.O. Wilson based on his autobiography; Alexander von Humboldt based on a biography by Andrea Wulf; Richard Feynman based on some of his life as told to Ralph Leighton; and Oliver Sacks based on his autobiography
Zoom Workshop For InstructorsDavis Wed, 7/15/20 11:00 PM2:30 PM $0.00
This workshop will provide tips for instructors learning to use our Zoom meeting software. We will demonstrate how to use various Zoom tools and features needed to deliver your courses. There will be ample time to answer questions that you might have. If you have specific questions or topics that you would like discussed, send them in advance to Phil (davistech@gmail.com). A link to download a copy of Guidelines for Instructors will be provided prior to the workshop.
Tech TopicsDavis Tue, 7/7/20 210:00 AM11:00 AM $5.00
Tech Topics may include short presentations about hardware and software, tutorials, and Zoom tips. It is like meeting in a coffee house. Come to talk about your computer problems. You may get answers, you may not! Ah well, that is life.
Tech TopicsDavis Tue, 7/21/20 210:00 AM11:00 AM $5.00
Tech Topics may include short presentations about hardware and software, tutorials, and Zoom tips. It is like meeting in a coffee house. Come to talk about your computer problems. You may get answers, you may not! Ah well, that is life.
Tech TopicsDavis Tue, 8/11/20 210:00 AM11:00 AM $5.00
Tech Topics may include short presentations about hardware and software, tutorials, and Zoom tips. It is like meeting in a coffee house. Come to talk about your computer problems. You may get answers, you may not! Ah well, that is life.
Update on Investigations of Black HolesHolloran Fri, 6/26/20 210:00 AM11:30 AM $0.00
This course will provide an update of the investigation of Black Holes. Professor Sean Carroll and his wife will summarize the recently identified paradoxes that are changing the way Black Holes are understood. The first image of a Black Hole is of the Supermassive Black Hole, M87* located at the center of the gargantuan elliptical galaxy Messier 87. It is 53 million light-years (318 quintillion miles) away. Recent theoretical research has led to new understandings of the nature of Black Hole Event Horizons. Theoretical analysis of Black Holes might lead to unifying Quantum Mechanics and the spacetime of the General Theory of Relativity of Albert Einstein. In the next course Professor Caroll will introduce us to context for understanding Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Links to multiple video and printed online resources are provided for those who want to learn more about Black Holes and the physics associated with them.
Science SurprisesPealer Thu, 7/16/20 110:00 AM11:00 AM $3.75
For biology enthusiasts, this monthly class will be whatever videos, articles, websites I have found interesting. It is sort of an in-person blog instead of an online blog!
Science BiographiesPealer Thu, 7/9/20 110:00 AM11:30 AM $3.75
My Science Biography courses will describe aspects of the lives of scientists based on one biography about each that has appealed to me. The first course will be about the early life of Galileo Galilei based on a biography (Galileo’s Daughter) by Dava Sobel. There will be a later course on the last part of his life including the Inquisition. I am also planning courses on the following scientists: Maria Sybilla Merian based on biographies by Kim Todd and Joyce Sidman; E.O. Wilson based on his autobiography; Alexander von Humboldt based on a biography by Andrea Wulf; Richard Feynman based on some of his life as told to Ralph Leighton; and Oliver Sacks based on his autobiography of his childhood.
The Evidence for Dark Matter and EnergyHolloran Fri, 7/10/20 810:00 AM11:30 AM $30.00
Science does not know what 95% if the matter and energy in the Universe is. Only 5% is made of the atoms and electromagnetic energy we understand. 25% has been labelled Dark Matter, because all we can see is its effect of its gravity. 70% has been labelled Dark Energy because it does not have a particle nature. This course will review the evidence for Dark Matter and Energy primarily using lectures from Professor Sean Carrol in his Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe published by The Great Courses. Very little new has been learned about what Dark Matter and Energy are since the course was issued in 2007. So, internet sources will address the state of ongoing research.

Special Event

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
Sampler of The Great Courses Across All 8 Categories of Senior Learners CoursesHolloran Tue, 6/9/20 41:30 PM3:00 PM $0.00
Each day we will watch one lecture from two of The Great Courses the class choose. During the four weeks each of the eight categories of courses offered by Senior Learners will be represented. (History and Geography; Health and Better Living; Literature and Language; The Arts; Science and Technology; Topical Issues; Philosophy and History of Religion; and Finance and Economics) The class will select from among several options, the two courses to be sampled in the next class. In addition to gauging the level of interest in the individual courses. We will work hard to find instructors to lead the courses with the highest levels of interest.

the Arts

TitleInstructor FirstWeeks StartsEndsFee
France: In Search of Claude MonetKelly Wed, 8/12/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
In 1888, Claude Monet bought a house on two acres and called it Giverny. He became passionate about nature and his style of impressionism evolved to show it. The house and gardens are now a must-see tourist destination for a visit to France. Born in Paris, but rejected by the artists of his time, he searched to find himself in many countries, including serving in the French Foreign Legion. In this presentation, we will look at his life and love of nature. He loved nature so much that he developed a floating art gallery in a boat to be able to paint nature in its own setting-not from a studio in a house.
Paris: In Search of Mary CassattKelly Wed, 8/26/20 11:30 PM2:30 PM $2.50
A woman painter in 1868? No way! Mary, the daughter of a wealthy banker, enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was disgusted with the narrow-mindedness and nastiness of the male students and faculty. Even her own father said he would rather see her dead than become an artist. So she left her native Pennsylvania and moved to Pairs. Her first painting, The Mandolin Player, was shown in a prestigious salon and caught the eye of Edgar Degas. He influenced her into trying the new and exciting style of impressionism. Mary holds a unique place among American artists both as a female painter and impressionist.
How to View and Appreciate Great Movies ISullivan Mon, 8/3/20 41:00 PM2:30 PM $15.00
Are you interested in viewing movies with a more critical eye? Professor Eric Williams of Ohio University has prepared a series of lectures for the Great Courses we will be watching together online. This course is the first in a series of three. Its lectures explore storytelling and screenwriting, how genres work in the filmmaking world, how directors and screenwriters build tension and thematic ideas in their films, and how the entire production crew collaborates on a unified vision.
Watercolors on a BudgetCraggs Thu, 7/23/20 610:00 AM12:00 PM $30.00
This class has a dual purpose. The first is to learn to mix your entire palette from the three primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow. This is described as a limited palette. The second is to learn how to save money while cultivating your own passion for doing your art work. A good thing to remember is that the Old Masters painted with a limited palette. After you register and prior to the first class you will receive a supply list and other information to get you started.
The Craft of Drawing - The Basic Foundation PrinciplesThomas Thu, 8/6/20 41:00 PM3:00 PM $20.00
The Drawing Foundation Session will introduce the basic principles, methods and technique to help you teach yourself to draw realistically. Each week will provide an overview of, and preliminary exercises that combine sketching and rendering in graphite pencil. The exercises are developed to establish a foundation that will allow you to expand at your own pace. You will explore the very basic concepts of line quality, shapes, tone-building, light and shade, and the use of lines to create texture. Your understanding of the materials and basic principles is the first place to start; being armed with these tools of understanding and techniques will allow you to draw anything you want. Materials: Sketch paper, or copy paper, or news print; graphite pencil or charcoal pencil – eraser optional.
The Women Behind the Art and MusicSatterfield Thu, 7/9/20 31:00 PM3:00 PM $15.00
This course will explore visionary women who created masterworks in art and music during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of these pioneering women, as well as look at examples of their art and listen to recordings or their music.
Monday Movie Club 3Smith Mon, 6/8/20 41:00 PM2:00 PM $0.00
Join us for our Monday Movie Club. Based on the book club model, the assigned movie will be discussed using prepared questions at the beginning of each class and the next film introduced at the end of the hour. I will mostly be selecting movies that are free to Amazon Prime members, many of which are recent. You will need to provide your own popcorn and brownies for the class. See you at the movies!
For Love of Film: Potpourri 1Smith Mon, 7/6/20 41:00 PM2:00 PM $10.00
Join us for For Love Of Film: Potpourri 1. Based on the book club model, the assigned movie will be discussed using prepared questions at the beginning of each class and the next film introduced at the end of the hour. I will mostly be selecting movies that are free to Amazon Prime members, many of which are recent. You will need to provide your own popcorn and brownies for the class. See you at the movies!
The Craft of Drawing Four Part Series - Introduction Session - An Art School ExperienceThomas Thu, 7/30/20 11:00 PM3:00 PM $0.00
Hello! And Welcome to The Craft of Drawing – An Art School Experience; this complimentary two-hour introduction to drawing provides a platform to introduce the Craft of Drawing a four part drawing series beginning August 6th at 1:00 each Thursday. We will have an opportunity to discuss at length the tools and materials needed to complete the exercises, different methods of transferring your drawing, and other baseline principles needed to get started; each session is developed to provide a systematic approach to help you teach yourself to draw at your own pace. The intro session highlight best practices for sharpening your pencil and how to best hold your pencil to accomplish specific strokes for making flat and graded tones, plus setting up your work area to being your creative progression. Drawing is a process not a product. Materials: none. The materials list and other drawing templates handouts will be provided to all registered participants by-way-of email as a doc. word and adobe. pdf file format document.

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