Liberal Arts


Share a trip down memory lane as you revisit history-making events such as the Vietnam and Arab-Israeli wars, the first heart transplant, the Apollo 1 tragedy, Camelot, the Detroit riots, the women's lib and civil rights movements. Bring your stories about where you were when RFK and MLK were assassinated. Remember your reaction to the Beatles, David Bowie, and the first Super Bowl. Contribute your own experiences before you forget!
This free, hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of shaping your idea into a class suitable for any adult audience. Focus will be on course development, preparation and delivery. Understand how adults learn and what OLLI-USF resources are available to you. Learn how to prepare presentations, manage groups and get your ideas across in an entertaining yet effective manner. Practice and feedback sessions will help you gain confidence and improve your course. Bring ideas for what you might teach.

Who are those brave men and women walking next to politicians and presidential candidates? What else do they do? Join Special Agent Michael Horn for a discussion of the origin, history, and development of the U.S. Secret Service. He will begin with the inception of the Secret Service and continue through the evolution of its protective and investigative missions in the modern era.
Deepen your knowledge of these topics: the origination of stock options and how institutional investors fit them into their portfolios, technical and fundamental analysis, and how economists use economic models to try to project market movements. This course is a sequel to Economics of Modern Investing, but that is not a prerequisite. No specific financial products are discussed or sold.
How would you like to own and operate your own ham radio station? First, you'll learn basic radio technology and operating principles so you can pass an exam for an FCC license that allows you to operate on radio frequencies known as "amateur bands." Once licensed, you can use a ham radio to talk across town, around the world and in space, and provide assistance during times of need.
Speak up! But say it in Spanish, please. We will focus on vocabulary useful for travel in Spanish-speaking countries, plus the grammar, reading and writing skills to facilitate your conversations. Required text: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Wald & Thatcher, $29.99.
The fun continues in this second-level course. Learn about the chord melody style of playing, flat picking, chord shapes and the use of the capo by learning and playing lots of songs. Prerequisite: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Part I

We'll have more fun with the dulcimer in this third level course. Learn about the arpeggiated style of playing and how to incorporate it with chord melody style, refining flat picking, finger picking and Aolian Mode. We'll learn this as we play lots of songs. Prerequisite: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Parts I and II
Peek behind the scenes as The Florida Orchestra rehearses Schubert's Symphony No. 5 before weekend performances. Meet at the side stage door of the Straz Center for a brief backstage tour and pre-rehearsal talk in the lobby. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with cellist and guest conductor Lynn Harrell in a Q & A format during the break or immediately following the rehearsal.
What kinds of speech and expression are protected by the First Amendment? Where--or should--we draw the boundary between church and state? How do we balance the rights of an accused against the protection of citizens and the needs of law enforcement? In an age of intrusive technology, is there still a meaningful right to privacy? Join in a thoughtful discussion of critical civil liberties issues.
Balance, connect and harmonize the hemispheres of the brain with this gentle technique that uses different hand positions and that can improve memory. It's a proven way to increase brain capacity, focus, and concentration. You will be able to feel relaxed, yet alert. Please bring a mat to lie on, as we will be outside.
In this chair-assisted yoga class, learn to align gentle movements with your breath, aiding flexibility, balance, stress relief and relaxation. Participants will become familiar with poses and simple stretches that can be incorporated into daily life. The course includes breathing and meditation techniques that support all areas of the body and contribute to a better night's sleep. All yoga equipment will be provided.
Indulge your fascination with gems and jewelry as you examine their value in today's marketplace. That item lying hidden in a jewelry box could be tomorrow's treasure.
The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. What does "freedom" mean? What counts as religion? Who gets to "assemble" undisturbed? Have you ever felt aggrieved and tried to ask the government for help? Join in the conversation about our prized freedom of speech in this lecture and discussion course.
China and the U.S. have a complex and sometimes difficult relationship. We tend to forget that the two countries and their peoples collaborated and became friends during World War II. For example, the First American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941, composed of pilots from the U.S. Army Air Corps, Navy and Marine Corps, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, defended China against Japanese forces. Explore memories of this past friendship, drawn from the instructor's fieldwork in China.
We will look at the growth of civil society during the Yeltsin years and early Putin years. We will discuss the involvement of the US Agency for International Development in supporting Russian civil society and examine the increasing limitations placed on international support by President Putin. We will look at how Russia's civil society organizations are faring as a result. Finally, we will consider what the current state of Russian society portends for the future.

Enthusiastic beginner or experienced writer? With full support, create a new piece of writing: short fiction, memoir, the chapter of a novel, or a narrative essay. Meet with other dedicated writers every other week for instruction; the next week, write and revise at home at your own pace. Discuss work-in-progress in small groups with encouraging feedback and one-on-one coaching. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
People often express the desire to have some control over the conditions of their end stage of life. But laws can make these decisions confusing and difficult. Learn about the pertinent Florida laws and to what degree they permit people to take control of their end of life experience. We will discuss current state of Florida forms, including advance directives, designation of a healthcare surrogate and living wills.
Continue learning to speak German with a focus on frequently used verbs and phrases. Increase your skill in grammar as well as vocabulary. If you did not take the introductory class but have a basic familiarity with the language, you may enjoy stretching yourself with this course. Required text: Easy German Step-by-Step by Ed Swick, $16.00
Lloyd's of London rates working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Even the smallest mistake can result in an accident. You need to keep your head on a swivel, trust others and understand the danger when working on a carrier's flight deck. Coordination and precision are key. Learn about both the perceived chaos and the well-thought-out system behind deck operations.
Continue practicing speaking Italian in this third level course. Say ciao to some grammar and insights into the people and culture of l'Italia Bella. If you did not take the first or second level Italian courses with us but have a solid understanding of Italian, you may want to try this as long as you are willing to put in extra effort. Required text: Italian Now!, Level 1, by Marcel Danesi, PhD, $18.99.
Afraid to start writing? Develop a deeper understanding of the writer's craft. We will cover essential components of creative writing such as setting, conflict, plot, characters and dialogue. Upon completion of the course, you should be better equipped to begin the process of writing your own work. Begin your own adventure as a writer with the advice of a seasoned pro.
This course will focus on the issues faced by law enforcement, the courts and corrections in dealing with the crime problem, using lecture and discussion along with games and an in-class murder mystery. In order to see crime and justice up close and in action, we may tour the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab, visit an area shooting range, view a weekend first-appearance court hearing and visit the Orient Road jail.
A need for better understanding of East-West cultural differences has surfaced along with the increasing pace of globalization. Explore the traditional and modern values of the Chinese people in three significant phases of life: the college entrance exam, marriage customs and aging. The goal: to increase mutual understanding by comparing the lives of ordinary Chinese and Americans in these and other challenging areas.
This two-week class focuses on the rich history of Cuba, current US-Cuban relations, and the future of the island nation. Join Rudy Fernandez to explore Cuban history, economy, and culture with insights gained from many trips to the island his family knew so well.
For more than a century, the Italian Club has represented the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Italians in Tampa. Let the authentic aromas and tastes of traditional Italian cooking fill your senses as these Italian Club cooks prepare a holiday feast in their beautiful club building in Ybor City. Over the course of four weeks, enjoy an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert in convivial surroundings with a rich history. There is a $25 materials fee for this course, payable to the Italian Club at the first class meeting.
Your only limitations on discovering Tampa Bay are the amount of time you have and the money you want to spend. This course will cover museums, attractions, restaurants, theaters, parks, and yearly events, including the large nearby attractions such as Busch Gardens. We will tour a local attraction.
During Napoleon III's reign in France and following the European revolutionary activity of 1848, hundreds of exiles, representing the tumultuous worlds of politics and the arts, fled to the English Channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey. These Proscrits' writing and advocacy of causes while in exile is a fascinating tale.
Learn how to play the exciting game of Mah Jongg, a game of Chinese origin with American National Mah Jongg League Inc. rules. Learn how the game is played and achieve proficiency in the basics. Four players play at each game. Two additional players rotate between playing in turn and observing. Mah Jongg is a game which teaches players how to overcome rigid thinking by changing the goal in the midst of play. We'll provide you a 2017 National Mah Jongg League card in large print.
Over the last 100 years, the process of dying has evolved from an event commonly occurring at home to one that mostly occurs in the sterility of an institution. Learn what you can do to die according to your wishes and what rights you have relative to physician-assisted death. Explore the impact of palliative care and hospice on the end of life, and look at the spiritual aspects from the point of view of patient and family.
Economists used to have a pretty good idea about the policy implications of a Republican or Democratic administration. The Trump era, however, defies neat categories and requires us to re-think the implications and impact of this administration's policies. Consider, along with a trained economist, the potential economic outcomes of Trump's policies towards: international trade; immigration; environment; tax reform; infrastructure; national debt and health care.
This course presents a fun, concise overview of the financial markets. We will discuss the history and basics of investing, tax and estate planning and the fundamentals of managing your own investment portfolio. Learn about the forces that influence market direction while challenging conventional Wall Street wisdom. Update your understanding of tax and estate laws in order to help you prepare for April 15th. Learn ways to protect and preserve your wealth for you and your beneficiaries. No specific financial products are discussed or sold.
Aging in place, at home, is how most of us would prefer to live out our days. Learn about emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, voice-activated devices and telemedicine, which hold great promise to improve the aging experience and to keep you in your home for as long as possible. Learn how to discern quality service and value in this marketplace. Explore the tools and insights you need to make informed choices for you, your caregivers and your loved ones.
Watch, laugh at and discuss three much loved British comedies of the mid-twentieth century. In The Lavender Hill Mob with Alec Guinness, amateur bank robbers do almost everything right. Tight Little Island shows the tribulations of a Scottish island cut off from its whiskey source during World War II. And don't forget Tom Jones,, the great Henry Fielding novel adapted brilliantly for film starring Albert Finney and Susannah York.
Take an armchair trip through Old World wine regions such as Champagne, Burgundy and Tuscany. Gain insight into wine production and independent travel. Explore the sites, history, culture and food of these iconic regions and pick up ideas on how to get the most out of your vacation. Find out from an experienced instructor why wine regions make excellent travel destinations.
Explore special places in Hillsborough County that highlight unique environmental features such as flood water retention, uncommon listed plants, wetlands restoration or paleontology. Leisurely hikes of up to two miles will allow you to see these special places up close: entry and parking fees of between $2-$5 may apply.

Note: class meetings will run into the early afternoon when the group goes on field trips.

Wetlands, Bays and Beaches, Coral Reef, and Ocean Commotion: the galleries of The Florida Aquarium are teeming with fish, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and plants. You'll explore all of this with a knowledgeable tour guide. Did you ever wonder how we feed our huge sand tiger sharks? Or how we get alligators to sit still for a medical check-up? In a four-week "deep dive" into science, behind-the-scenes experiences, animal encounters, and a lot of fun along the way, you'll encounter a side of the Aquarium few get to see, so bring your camera and your curiosity!
What do fossils tell us about the ecologies of the past, about evolution, and about our place as humans in the world? Paleontology incorporates knowledge from biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and even computer science to help us understand the processes that have led to the origination and eventual disappearance of organisms since life began. Learn about the specifics and scope of this fascinating field from the Florida Aquarium's resident paleontologist.
While the Aquarium is a great destination for families, tourists, students and other diverse audiences to visit, it is also a not-for-profit mission-based organization conducting research, leading conservation efforts and collaborating internationally to protect wildlife, wild places and even our own backyard of Tampa Bay. Learn about the Aquarium's three main conservation foci: sea turtles, sand tiger sharks and coral while meeting some of the biologists, veterinary staff and educators who help to achieve the Aquarium's vision to protect and restore our blue planet.
Pay tribute to Florida's forgotten heroes: the names of some adorn highways and landmarks while others broke barriers. Meet Alexander Darnes, who rose from slave to physician; uncover the story of Frank Adamo, hero of the Bataan death march; meet Mary Lou Baker, who kept the legislative home fires burning during World War II, and Marjorie Carr, zoologist and environmental activist. Learn how they helped shape the Florida we live in today.
Recipe for understanding foreign policy issues of the day: read a little background material in advance, view expert testimony in class, discuss. Great Decisions 2018 topics include: the waning of Pax Americana?; Russia's foreign policy; China and America: the new geopolitical equation; media and foreign policy; U.S. global engagement and the military; South Africa's fragile democracy; global health: progress and challenges. Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, ($30).
He was born 150 years ago, designed hundreds of structures over his 70-year career, and was recognized in 1991 as the "greatest American architect of all time." Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's most significant work from the earliest Prairie designs to the last Usonian buildings, in both the residential and commercial arenas. Ten of his creations were nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Start with Stonehenge. Check out architectural gems such as the Colosseum, lovely Gothic cathedrals, a Venetian country house and a grand English estate. Then travel to the wild curves of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. By the time we're done, you will be able to tell your friends which world-famous architectural masterpiece is the granddaddy of the U.S. Capitol building.
Nurture your inner playfulness, draw on spontaneity, and get even more creative! We may re-envision famous movie plots, eavesdrop on a wolf's conversation from Little Red Riding Hood, or follow Alice down the rabbit hole. Bring a pen and be prepared to have fun.
In this class, we will examine General Douglas MacArthur's life with a focus on his service record in World Wars I and II and his leadership in the Korean War so that his legacy doesn't fade away just yet.
Those little green peas on your dinner plate? They were key to understanding genetics. A chain of fascinating discoveries and rediscoveries form the basis for the discovery of DNA, and the modern science of Genomics. Examine the impact of the Human Genome Project and how it has affected evolution and even human migration. Explore the role of Genomics in revolutionizing medicine and witness the ways in which science now approaches human health, behavior and disease.
You've heard about the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation -- now it's time to do it! The gentle poses you will practice are specifically designed to stretch muscles, strengthen bones, and bring flexibility to the joints. Yoga helps improve body posture, ease of movement and balance. Mindfulness and meditation help relieve stress, relax the body, and quiet the mind. Get ready to improve your health while also having fun.
Become a more informed traveler as well as a better citizen in this overview of the geology of different areas of the United States. Learn about glaciers, springs and wells, earthquakes, hot spots, mountain making, volcanism, sedimentation and other geological processes. We'll discuss travel planning and what to bring to make your travels more rewarding so you can better appreciate the geological features you'll find along the way.
Does opera intimidate you? Be afraid no more! Learn where opera began, how it developed, who are the major composers. Consider the types of opera and voices, the terminology, the etiquette and the way that it has often reflected current trends in society. Opera places unique demands on the human instrument of voice. Observe the vocalizing that prepares a singer and watch an interview with a current-day performer. You will be totally prepared for Opera Tampa.
At a time when "fake news" and "alternative facts" are household words, you need to know how to identify news slanted to serve a particular agenda or invented simply to make a buck. Increasingly, it is in our national interest that citizens be able to discern the difference: this class will give you the tools to sort through the "noise" and make informed rational judgments.
Join lively discussions of literary and philosophical texts using the "shared inquiry" method.Interpret meanings and ideas as part of a moderator-led group and assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your personal experience and modern culture. Readings include works ranging from Seneca, Bacon and Locke to Twain, Thomas Mann, Jane Addams and Deborah Eisenberg. Text: Great Conversations 6 ($24.95 plus shipping)
Discuss literary and philosophical texts using the shared inquiry" approach. Interpret ideas and meanings in response to questions posed by the moderator. Assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your experience and modern culture. Interact with fellow group members by raising additional questions. We'll discuss works by Shakespeare, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Locke and Kate Chopin among others. You may participate even if you did not attend Part I Required text: Great Books Reading and Discussion program, Series Two ($33.95).
Since Socrates suggested that "an unexamined life is not worth living," in this class, we will explore the implications of the choices made by several gods and goddesses to learn what they have to teach us today. Greek ideals of individual freedom, government, beauty and truth resonate with us today. Let us discover what ancient Greek mythology has to show us about the way we live now.

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No dieting, minimal exercise. Too good to be true? No! Learn how to be even healthier than you were in your 30s and 40s. Discover which diets can adversely affect your health. Hear which herbs, spices and foods can help battle inflammation and deal with blood pressure and hormonal issues. Understand how to incorporate a minimal amount of exercise into your lifestyle. You will be able to invent a healthy eating plan for yourself even if you lead a busy life, thus looking and feeling better than ever.
Make writer's block a thing of the past and activate the creative side of your brain in this workshop that combines Laughter Yoga and writing. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced writer, experience the benefits Laughter Yoga brings to your writing?.and your health! Each class will start with a short session of Laughter Yoga followed by free writing based on prompts. You will have the opportunity to share your writing (not required). Let your creativity flow!
Develop an eye for the inherently dynamic nature of beaches and an appreciation for how beach processes influence beach life - human, plant, and animal. Experience Caladesi Island, a world-famous destination, and take one of the few remaining opportunities to see a natural West Florida barrier island in action. Meet some of our local beach stewards. Explore the island's unique natural and human history plus some of its possible futures. Class includes guest speakers and a field trip to Caladesi Island ($14 plus small entry fee for park)
Do humans have a meaningful role in the Universe? And if so, what is that role? To try to answer that question, you'll examine evidence supporting the latest theories of space and time, and cosmological and biological evolution. You'll even ponder the meaning of meaning! Your goal will be to try to fit humanity into the current picture of reality, and consider if humans have a meaningful role.
Practice makes perfect! Or at least, better. With some lecture and sample hands, keep playing the style of bridge that you may have learned in the beginning OLLI class or elsewhere. Study more principles of this popular game. Master conventions such as Stayman, Blackwood, negative doubles and transfers. There's plenty of time for questions--and plenty of answers will be forthcoming.
Imagine being the spouse of a career foreign service officer, interacting with dignitaries, officials or visiting scholars in economics, politics, literature, history or world affairs. Relive the experiences of one American diplomat's spouse with 38 years' experience in Thailand, Laos, Korea, Austria, Burma, Philippines and Japan. Journey into the extensive preparations required of an American diplomat's spouse and the delicate balance required to be effective in this role.
Try your hand at thinking and speaking only in German! Master the sounds of the alphabet, word order of sentences and phrases for travel. Instructional methods include the use of proven-effective flashcards for rapid vocabulary acquisition, and learning from sources such as German poetry, folk songs, literature and works of art. Memorizing poetry and singing folk songs is optional! Required text is Easy German Step-by-Step, by Swick, $16.

Learn about accepted, nonpolitical scientific information regarding the relationship of fossil fuel energy utilization to greenhouse gas formation and by association, to global warming. We will examine and challenge the facts, the data and the models, enabling you to arrive at your own conclusions about global warming and climate change. You will also be able to confidently engage in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
How did Irish republicanism evolve from the ideals of the United Irishmen in the 1790s to the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922? This period saw multiple uprisings and campaigns of violence against British rule by Irish rebels at home and abroad. As the cause of Irish freedom was embraced by Irish-American immigrants at least as intensely as Irishmen and women back home, the role of Irish America will be an essential aspect of the course.
Seize the opportunity to learn more about the world's second largest monotheistic religion, which has about 6 million adherents in the U.S. Learn the basic tenets of Islam, its articles of faith and practice, and dispel common misconceptions. We'll discuss some social, historic, and legal aspects of the faith, with emphasis given to women in Islam, terrorism and Islamophobia. Gain an appreciation for the contributions Islam has made to the modern world.
This course will be a friendly gathering of people who enjoy considering newsworthy events together. We invite you to join our talented communicators as we engage in discussions on the pressing topics of our time. Class participation is an integral part of this course: you will be invited to help select several topics and your opinions are welcome. We will identify current issues, consider them in all their complexity, and then move on to consider possible solutions. Topics will range from domestic to foreign affairs as well as Florida-specific and women's issues.
Welcome to the most advanced (to date) Italian course and to OLLI's Italian "famiglia." Discuss all things Italian as we encompass much more than just language. If you are reasonably comfortable speaking the language and know basic grammar, this course is for you. You should be able to conjugate regular verbs in all three conjugations in the present indicative, present perfect, imperfect and future tenses and in the imperative mood. Required text: Italian Now! Level 1, by Marcel Danesi, PhD, $18.99.
Learn the best tools and resources needed to help identify birds and what field marks to look for when identifying birds. We will spend three classes in the field practicing our newly learned skills and using those tools. Finally, we will spend our last class at one of the top birding spots in Florida--Fort De Soto--looking for seasonal migrants. We also will learn about "citizen science" projects and conservation issues regarding Florida birds. Note: class meetings are at varied locations and may require long walks. Field trips may be an hour's drive: expect class meetings will run into the afternoons.
We have approximately 100,000 military and civilians on the Korean Peninsula today plus countless Americans who are married to Koreans living permanently in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). American presidents since Clinton have declared a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable. Draw more informed conclusions about the reality of the U.S. vulnerability and available options.
This course will allow you to learn more about a topic of great personal significance--you! You will listen to and read published and unpublished life stories; then you will begin work on writing your own. The sessions will focus on childhood, family history, relationships, children, work (volunteer or paid), and personal sorrows and victories. This popular course is for beginners interested in turning their memories into family heirlooms or even works of art! This class is limited in size, so register early.
See the relationship of the Emancipation Proclamation to earlier congressional acts and learn why the constitutional protection of "property" was not an issue. Get a brief but global look at the 2017 immigration executive orders and why constitutional protections are an issue.

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The uncertain economy makes it challenging for the retired investor to generate needed income. Today's markets present challenges--interest rate and credit risks in particular--that should be considered when evaluating investments. We will discuss the realities of investing for retirement income in a low interest rate world and how the current economic environment can affect investments. This workshop will educate investors, not sell investment products.
What seemed a "boys' book" in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a glimpse into what really took place on Huck and Jim's journey down the Mississippi River. Far from being a "boy's book" or a racist novel, the work is an attack on racial inequality. Explore how Twain used humor in his writing to portray inequality - even on the raft. Required text:Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Dover Thrift Edition, 1st edition ($5.40) available at the USF bookstore (813-974-5026) or online.
Through class discussions and experiential exercises, learn how to create a more conscious relationship using mindfulness practices. Designed to promote deeper, more intimate communication, learn how to make any relationship work by learning to understand each other. Individuals at any stage of a relationship are welcome.
Move beyond the skills you developed in the OLLI beginning mountain dulcimer course. Explore several pieces of music in depth, master new songs and learn new techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. Once registered, you will receive information on purchasing music for the course (approximately $10-15). Prerequisite: Completion of beginning OLLI course or experience playing the mountain dulcimer.
Join us for a series of lectures by Tampa Audubon experts followed by a one-hour field trip walk. Develop an understanding of how to access and enjoy some of the unique features of the great outdoors of Hillsborough County. Topics include: introduction to birding, native plants, wildlife of the park, wetlands, bluebirds and boxes, birds of prey, wildlife habitats, herons and egrets, and Hillsborough's natural areas. A $25 additional fee is paid at the first class meeting. Park entry fee $2.
The earth has a lot to teach us, if we can only learn how to look. In this course, we'll walk nature trails to learn what the earth has to teach us through close observation of its plant and animal life. Explore the healing power of nature through the eyes of Thoreau, Muir and Stalking Wolf.
As Congress gears up for a possible sea change in our health care system, learn about what to look for in the marketplace, how to evaluate insurance options and negotiate your claims. It's more than finding the correct provider. Consider having your own advocacy tool kit and get a jump start on what could happen in 2018.

The instructor will provide timely information and many resource handouts to help you evaluate your best options.

How can you keep your gray matter bright? What are some other approaches in addition to stimulating activities such as dancing, puzzles and video games? Explore recent research on brain plasticity and brain functioning enhancement as we age. Discuss hands-on demonstrations of two therapies that have been successful with traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, attention and concentration, language processing and motor control.
If you are a "cat-lover," do you limit yourself to house cats? How about the other 39 kinds of cats in the world, like tigers, cougars, panthers, etc? There are as many as 10,000 privately owned tigers in America, as well as many other wild cats who are "pets." Learn how this came about plus many amazing facts about these beautiful predators.

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Experience three dazzling musicals (The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Waitress) with reserved balcony seating at a very special price! Exclusive to group registrants, themed lectures by Dr. Lauren Murray, Music Department Chair at Patel Conservatory, Audrey Siegler, Theater Department Managing Director for the Patel Conservatory and Suzanne Livesay, Straz Center VP of Education, will precede these Tuesday evening performances. Register before February 2..
Experience three classic operas (Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's MacBeth) with reserved balcony seating at a very special price! Exclusive to group registrants, Beryl Byles' lectures provide background and context and will precede these Sunday matinee performances. Register before January 16.
The OLLI Singers! is a community chorus with two rules: have fun and learn to sing well. When in doubt, see rule number one. This chorus is open to any level of singer. If you are an experienced chorister, we can use gentle mentors. We will perform several pieces for various audiences in the community during some class meetings. New singers may either borrow music from the instructor or purchase it (approximately $20).
This study group is geared to the politics/government enthusiast who desires to join in on spirited, fact-based and, civil discourse concerning issues leading up to "Decision 2018" and "Decision 2020."
Discuss the notion that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience on earth, perhaps not for the last time. Share your ideas about the nature of spirit, human and animal existence and intermediate states between lives from different religious and scientific perspectives. Learn about advance care directives, living wills and hospice. Consider funeral arrangements for yourself, loved ones, and even pets. Take this opportunity to articulate your honest thoughts about death and the afterlife.
Resiliency, also known as adaptive coping, is a skill associated with higher quality of life and longevity in seniors. Because it is a skill and not a static personality trait, it can be strengthened like a muscle. And like the muscles that help reach physical goals, resilience can help you achieve your goals for well-being. Discuss the research on resilience and discover another key to satisfaction in those "golden years."
Discover what scientists are learning about our incredibly beautiful but potentially deadly universe. Visit the strange worlds of relativity and quantum mechanics. Find out what you did not learn at school about dinosaurs. Be astonished with what makes our bodies human. Take a peek at archaeological discoveries on earth under the sea, from outer space and explore weird science to decide if UFOs and Bigfoot are delusions or real.
We continue our journey into the light of consciousness as we explore deeper states of mind, concentrating on unraveling and letting go of pre-programmed patterns and behaviors on the pathway to uncovering peace of mind. Self-Hypnosis techniques will be utilized to enhance meditation and healing. Sharon Stoll, Certified Harp Practitioner, will play and share insights on therapeutic music and meditation.
Explore past conditioning and the unconscious barriers that limit us from being fully present and at peace in this advanced course. We will bring awareness to ego attachment, which can be the cause of unnecessary suffering, anger, sadness and fear. Ongoing students can develop their own style of self-hypnotherapy and mindfulness. Sharon Stoll, Certified Harp Practitioner will play at each class meeting and share insights on therapeutic music and meditation.
Explore the issue of social inequality and why it is so ubiquitous. When measuring equality, how does social change occur? Most often, social inequality is based on differences in wealth, sex or race/ethnicity, or some combination of these. Examine the prevalence, consequences and justification of each of these in a search for answers to one of the most troubling topics of our times.
How can the arts, particularly literature, take us on the human journey into the heart of tough social issues including globalization, exploitation, racial violence, "justice" as enacted by legal systems, immigration and racism? Little Bee by Chris Cleave and The Chamber by John Grisham explore difficult subjects through the lives of fictional characters. Read both books ahead of class then join our thought-provoking discussions.
Behind the Iron Curtain, despite threats of exile, imprisonment and execution, great works of literature and film were created by daring thinkers. From Chekhov to Gorky, from Jewish writers under Stalin to Ukrainian poets, from Soviet film to Russian science fiction, find out what Russians and Ukrainians have long known: great pressure creates great diamonds. Explore the diamonds of Cold War Soviet literature.
Enjoy lively discussions of poems diverse in style and structure from Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke, Tampa Poet Laureate James Tokley (also Hillsborough Poet Laureate), and from award-winning Tampa Bay poets including Silvia Curbelo, Gianna Russo, Erica Dawson and USF's Jay Hopler. Materials will be provided
Who would have thought Tampa possessed such a rich and fascinating history, reaching back some 14,000 years? Join Tampa Bay History Center docents, members of the museum's History Krewe, to explore some of the significant events that impacted Tampa and helped shape it into the city we know today. Topics included in eight presentations: Tampa's first people, the Seminole Indians, Cigar City (Ybor City), the Spanish-American War, the history of Hyde Park, the history of Gasparilla and more.
Get to know Tampa's neighborhoods from the experts! Hear historians and real insiders' stories about our oldest neighborhoods, including Seminole Heights, Bayshore, South Tampa, Sulphur Springs, Port Tampa City, Davis Islands, West Tampa, Central Avenue and Temple Terrace. Each neighborhood will have an informed, passionate presenter who will assist Rodney Kite-Powell, including Fred Hearns, Manny Leto, Norma Robinson, Jan Simpson, Susan Elbare, Leitha Bowles and E.J. Salcines.
Discover the more than 1000 animals at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, their habits and habitats. Experienced guides will lead you through unique areas of the zoo each week, including Safari Africa, Asian Gardens and the Lykes Florida Wildlife Center. Explore ways to preserve and protect endangered species and environments in the zoo and in the wild. You will be standing and walking for up to two hours. Zoo pass ($33) or membership required.
This beginner to intermediate course offers a set of 17 gentle movements that exercise the whole physiology including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. These movements help the mind return to stillness, clarity and wisdom and the body to become balanced, relaxed and healthy. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Participants should wear sneakers or athletic shoes and comfortable clothing that permits movement.
What's happening in China? The answer--a lot every hour, every day, every week. This class will track the social, economic, and political happenings in China the week before each class meeting with an eye toward a robust class discussion.
Enjoy classic British sitcoms? If you watched Are You Being Served?, As Time Goes By, or Keeping Up Appearances, then you may relish the six light novels E. F. Benson wrote about middle class Brits in the 1920s and '30s. These books, twice dramatized for the BBC, have remained perennial favorites among Brits. We'll provide electronic versions of all six novels in large-print for reading on your iPad, tablet or laptop to inform our discussions and keep you smiling.
Compare two great works of literature with their film adaptations: Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Explore the evolution of characters by the forces that impact their lives, the choices they make and the influence of dark passions. Consider the reliability of the narrator. Read Frankenstein before the first meeting and Great Expectations before the third. No specific version required. Film versions will be shown in weeks two and four.
Compare the impact of two literary works with their film adaptations: Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Discuss how the main characters are restricted by rules of conformity and attitudes toward mental illness. How do they challenge social norms and what are the consequences? Read The Razor's Edge before our first meeting and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest before the third. No specific version required. Films will be shown in weeks two and four.
Since 9/11, the United States has waged a "War on Terror" with varying degrees of success. In this course, we'll examine the history of terrorist organizations; the strengths and weaknesses of terror as a tactic; the differences between al-Qaeda and ISIS and the threat they pose to the U.S.; review the successes and failures of U.S. efforts to deal with the proliferation of terrorist groups; and, discuss U.S. strategy and tactics in the war on terror.
Billions of dollars will be spent in 2018 by national and local political advertisers to grab your attention, your support, and ultimately, your vote. Billions more will be spent to influence the way candidates and their campaign platforms are portrayed in news coverage across the spectrum, from the New York Times to Fox News to local newspapers and radio stations, and even micro-geographic blogs.The combination of congressional and gubernatorial elections makes this a critical year for Florida and national politics, and we'll be analyzing the action as the races begin to heat up!
Embark on a six-week cosmic journey as we explore our amazing universe. Enjoy stunning cosmic images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope as we travel 14 billion years into the past to learn about the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe. Along the way, we will encounter fascinating objects such as supernovas, neutron stars and black holes. Our journey ends with the most mysterious stuff in the universe: dark matter and dark energy.
The state of American politics and government has never been more dysfunctional and perilous since the founding. Is our republic at risk? Learn about the issues and join in the discussion! Focus in on current issues, events, and controversies in government and politics that occupy the news the week before each class meeting.
Combine the advantages of physical and mental fitness exercises to produce exceptional fun and enhanced health. Both instructors have worked with older adults for many years. They are experts on how to age successfully. They will demonstrate the exercises and you will enjoy practicing them!
Learn about the three types of DNA testing used in genetic genealogy research and how the results can be used to determine recent family lineage and historic migrations of the human race. We'll discuss case studies and an overview of the National Geographic Genographic Project and world population haplogroups. You are encouraged to bring your DNA test results sheets to class, including haplogroup assignments and marker values.
Add more spice, adventure, and satisfaction to your life. Whether your bucket list includes writing a book, painting, learning a new language or taking that trip of a lifetime, you can get outside your comfort zone and create your dream. If volunteering calls to you, learn how to mentor young people using your unique skills and life experiences.
Take a look at the buildings in our environment. Then enjoy the theory, history and discussions in this course to become an even more discerning observer of our surroundings. Required text: Visual Reference Guides ARCHITECTURE, by Jonathan Glancey (2010 edition). Used copies available online.
FDR signed the Social Security Act in 1935. LBJ's Great Society created Medicare and Medicaid. Follow the history of these now-complicated laws and regulations. See how they are administered. Examine eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income and review retirement, disability and widows' benefits. Hear the latest information on Medicare, the various Medicare programs, and proposals relative to their expansion.
Where did the so-called "alt right" come from? How did white supremacy and white nationalism start in our country? These movements and ideologies are not just Southern holdovers from the Civil War, but go back to the earliest days of U.S. history. Learn about this history and the political, economic and theological underpinnings of white supremacy in our nation.
Read out loud and share informally some of the most beautiful and moving poetry in the English language. Discuss Thomas's turbulent life and artistic process. To enhance the depth of the voices Thomas created, engage in oral readings of his works in the Readers Theater format. Selections will include classic single poems "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and "Under Milk Wood."
This follow-up to our Watercolor: Through New Eyes course introduces new exercises to help you experience the joy of color and expand upon the motifs of your earlier class assignments. Learn about exciting variables and effects that are unique to this art form and apply the lessons learned to your own compositions. Prerequisite is Watercolor: Through New Eyes
Learn basic watercolor techniques in this hands-on course. We will discuss tools, brushes and paper as we experience the properties of paint, color and composition to help you create your own work. Beginner through intermediate water colorists welcome. Initial cost of materials and supplies is approximately $100; a list of required supplies will be provided upon registration.
Are you so familiar with the "made in China" label that you don't even notice it anymore? Explore the role of U.S. manufacturing and look at data and personal stories of the current major transition in our national economy. Discuss the impact on GDP, trade, employment, unions, and manufacturing capacity. With some assigned reading for background, note the impact of technology and examine how American manufacturing competes on the global stage.
Want to play a greater role in your own healthcare? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations for and against a number of routine testing procedures including the controversial use of PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) to screen for prostate cancer. Discover the process which is followed in developing evidence-based recommendations for various cancers and major chronic diseases, and make up your own mind!
"William Faulkner wrote books of psychological drama and emotional depth...often using a stream of consciousness approach." Through group discussions, explore the development of the American novel, Faulkner's life and the influences that helped shape his themes and style. Complete the reading assignments before class so that we can focus on discussion in class. Required text: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, Vintage 1990 ($10 or less)
Stop and smell the grapes! Enhance your wine-tasting experience, revive the classic tradition of toasting and gain tips for organizing parties. Priscilla's "the right way to easy wine enjoyment" concept combines etiquette with wine basics. Join us for an interactive, practical and fun wine experience, including an insider wine purchasing tip to save you money. Then practice what you've learned as we finish with a single bottle wine tasting and light hors d'oeuvres.
Come to a peaceful, comfortable studio where you will learn to integrate yoga into your wellness routine. We will build on your past yoga experience by addressing your individual questions and incorporating your goals into the overall program. Our focus will be on standing posture and moving from one posture to another. Stretch, breathe and meditate your way to increased health!
For centuries, dreams have guided the actions of individuals, clans and communities. Our nighttime dreams provide a link to the unconscious world and thus can inform our daytime consciousness with a wealth of insights, direction and perspective. This course provides tools for remembering, examining and recording your dreams and an opportunity to voluntarily share them with others.