Liberal Arts


At the age of 80, after her husband died of Alzheimer's, Jan Roberts hit the road for a 13,000-mile journey, interviewing and filming "change makers" across the country. Hear stories of some of those change makers including the Cleveland economist who started one of the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the country and the people of Olympia, Washington who built a village for the homeless.
Brew, bottle, taste and judge beer from start to finish. We'll use some simple equipment and an easy-to-follow recipe to make our own beer. Along the way we'll explore local and online resources for this widely popular new activity. Just imagine, you could have your own Oktoberfest any time of year!
Explore the little known and uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to defy the Nazis and save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness by Christians, Muslims, groups, villages and virtually all of Denmark. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then ask: "If people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today?"
Gloria and Jack Logsdon will give an overview of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture that opened in Washington, DC in 2016. It is the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African American life. Gloria and Jack Logsdon bring their experiences as leaders in the civil rights movement to guide us on this journey through a unique museum.
Peek behind the scenes as The Florida Orchestra rehearses Brahm's Symphony No. 1 and other masterworks 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 guest conductor Gemma New in a Q & A format during the break or immediately following the rehearsal.
Go behind the scenes of a Florida Orchestra rehearsal at the Straz. See and hear how symphonic masterworks -- Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain -- come together in advance of weekend performances. The morning will include a backstage tour, interactive presentation and a surprise guest presenter, followed by the rehearsal.
From a bullied, insecure 14-year-old contemplating suicide to TV spokesperson alongside Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, John Carleo knows that nothing in our lives need hold us back. He will inspire you to believe that we are all born to win, no matter our age or past experiences.John Corleo, a well-known fitness spokesperson, co-owns a fitness studio that includes dance instruction in the wellness programs. He operated a dance studio in Pittsburgh for decades before moving to Florida.
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.
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.
The island nation of Cuba has had an influence on music out of proportion to its size. With west African and Spanish roots, Cuban music is rich in rhythm, emotion and religion. Savor the musical flavors of the island. Sample the traditional music of Cuba with live and recorded performances, introduce yourself to renowned Cuban composers and see some of the percussive instruments that help give this music its unique rhythms. You'll be dancing in your seat!
The Middle East, located at the crossroads of continents, is home to the world's earliest civilizations, the birthplace of major world religions and contains critical natural resources. All this makes it ripe for exploitation, colonization and a clash of cultures that has endured for millennia. It also helps explain our fascination with the region. Explore the diversity of cultures that characterizes the Middle East as you consider its attractions, cultures, food and languages.
Enhance your quality of life and have fun learning some new moves: a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%! The physical, mental and social benefits of dancing are greater than with most other activities. You'll find learning both line and couples dances is fun and easy, no partner needed. Classes may be videoed.
The number of U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled over the last 20 years. An estimated 30.3 million U.S. adults have diabetes, but 1 in 4 of them are unaware of their condition. Join board-certified endocrinologist Dr. Archani Swami to learn more about diabetes, risk factors and healthy habits for diabetes prevention.
What is DNA? How is DNA-based life first created? Could there be DNA-based life elsewhere in the universe? Why does life evolve? What does DNA have to do with spirituality? This course explains DNA's place in "Big History" and will help prepare you to think about how DNA has made you become who you are. The 40-page illustrated text, Big History's DNA, forms the basis of this course and will be provided.
How do you find the most up-to-date health information to help you make informed healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones? According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of adults in the U.S. have searched online for health-related information in the last year. Sometimes online searching results in inaccurate information. Join Jacyln Castek, Manager of Tampa General Hospital's Library Service and Angie Novak, Medical Librarian, and learn how to evaluate websites for quality, credibility and reliability.
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 National Mah Jongg League card in large print.
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, care robots, 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.
Are you ready to write longer-form fiction, memoir, the chapter of a novel, or a narrative essay? Learn to love revision, give and receive supportive feedback. Meet every other week for instruction and review, then write and revise at home at your own pace. With support from your peers and the instructor, develop a five-to-ten-page story in six weeks. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
Have you heard about the benefits of meditation (better sleep, improved health, less stress) but don't know how to start? Learn to weave meditation and relaxation into your daily life. In each session, do a brief warmup stretch, settle into a comfortable position (seated or reclined), and practice a meditation technique with the instructor's guidance. Then have some time at the end to talk about your experience. Leave with instructions for guided meditations so you can practice between sessions.
Who hasn't been buffeted by life's storms and wondered how to go on? Motivational speaker Avi Davidson is a University of South Florida student working on a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare. He will narrate the journey resulting from a life-altering trauma he suffered as a teenager.
If you ever played the flute and have any type of flute (recorder, piccolo, kena, native American flute, etc.) in the back of your closet, grab it and start those lungs, fingers and brains working, just for fun. The instructor will provide music or you can bring your own: she requires only that you be able to read musical notation. No matter how long it's been since up picked up your instrument, or if you prefer just to listen and appreciate the music, you are welcome!
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.
Demographics, water, energy, and climate change will have a major impact on the U.S. and its role in the world, no matter who is president or which party controls Congress. Will the U.S. recognize and adapt to the challenges? We will examine the effects of protracted conflicts on our foreign military policies and consider strategy options, focusing on our policy on Syria and the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
Join our lively band of book lovers for spirited discussions of literary and philosophical texts using the "Shared Inquiry" method. Assess ideas about each text in terms of modern culture and your experience. Read plays by Shakespeare, Sophocles and Wilde; short stories by selected female authors, D.H.Lawrence, and James Joyce as well as four great sonnets. Required text ($30) will be supplied after registration by the moderator.

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Read and discuss literary and philosophical texts from an anthology. Organized around the Socratic "shared inquiry" method of discussion, participants interpret and evaluate the meanings and ideas of classic works from the 'Western Canon.' Readings will include Sophocles, Freud, Kafka, Goethe, Kant, Flaubert, Hume and the Bible (Old Testament). Required text is Great Books Reading and Discussion Program Series Five ($28.95), available through the Great Books Foundation or the instructor.

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Join Rev. Wayne Maberry, Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Tampa General Hospital, for a lecture on advance directives. By planning ahead, you can create written instructions about your future medical care in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes. This lecture focuses on a brief history of advance directives, the benefits of having an advance directive and provides you with an opportunity to complete an advance directive.
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.
Where do you start when designing a landscape for your Florida Home? What are the challenges and what design principles can help you with this process? Join landscape designer Laurie Potier-Brown for an introductory talk to start you on your design path. Brown has designed for corporations, private clients and for the City of Tampa.
The more you know about basic bidding and playing techniques, the more you will enjoy bridge. The instructor, a master point earner, has taught bridge for 20 years and employs an interactive teaching method that makes the game easier to improve as well as more enjoyable.
Learn about this lovely art form. Eleanor Pigman will discuss and demonstrate the process of bead embroidery, including business logistics, marketing, and the joy of being an artist. Follow her journey from watercolor artist to creator of stunning bead embroidery as she "tries to create the impossible" using unconventional techniques. She holds a master's degree in art therapy and received a Congressional honor for "Keeping Hope Alive Through Art."
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.
Continue to learn practical vocabulary and just enough grammar to have conversations without getting bogged down. If you didn't take Conversational Italian I, but have a background in foreign languages, join us. We'll continue with the same book Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way by Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., Fourth Edition. Book includes an MP3 CD with 4 hours of audio. ($29.99)

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Jamaican music, highly influential in world music and culture, is foundational to many popular music genres. It is calypso and reggae, but it is also so much more, derived from its African and island roots. Lasana Bandelé, prolific Jamaican multimedia artist and performer, will share highlights of his country's music and culture in this preview to his April OLLI-USF course.
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.
Life-Stories Sharing offers an entertaining and dynamic program that combines storytelling, watching short videos, and lively discussions. Share your life experiences and learn from the experiences of others. Two meetings will be devoted to "The Greatest Generation," and two will be devoted to "Gadgets Then and Now." It is a wonderful opportunity to reminisce, learn, and chat in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

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Attention, intermediate Mah Jongg players: join us to improve your skills and learn more strategies for both offensive and defensive play. You will become a better contender by matching your wits and aptitude against experienced players. We'll provide a 2018 National Mah Jongg League card.
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.
Do you have a story to tell but struggle to put words on paper? Join other writers who want to begin again and explore new ways to succeed. Build confidence writing short pieces in fiction, essay, memoir, or writing for others. Meet every other week for instruction and practice in class, then write and revise at home at your own pace. With full support, develop a three-to-four-page story under 1,000 words in six weeks. We share our work through email and a private Facebook group, so a computer is essential.
Treat yourself to Johann Strauss II's sparkling Die Fledermaus this holiday season. The Waltz King's second most celebrated and popular work (after The Blue Danube Waltz), Fledermaus is an intoxicating, melodious and exuberant romp, laced with mistaken identities, flirtation at a masked ball, elegant frivolities, confusions of all kinds and of course, captivating music. The overture is one of the most popular ever written, with five of the operetta's best tunes woven into the framework. Performance is preceded by an insightful lecture by our own Beryl Byles.

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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).
A director once noted that literature and film seem like two different languages. Many times literature and film do not mirror one another or even address the same themes. One example of this is protagonist Randle McMurphy in Ken Kesey's novel and Jack Nicholson's role in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Each, however, is an important work of art in its own right. We'll discuss both the novel and film, alternating between them in class as we analyze each work.

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If you've always wanted to be the perfect host or hostess for a party in your home or your favorite restaurant, look no more. This course emphasizes practical arrangements and etiquette for parties you've always imagined: afternoon teas, wine tastings and more. Bring your own ideas and requests. You will be ready to present a short plan for your upcoming perfect party.

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Celebrate the magic and poetry of classical piano music in this combination lecture and recital. Explore the evolving art of piano music as composers seek to express more moods and experiences on the instrument. Hear something familiar in the new and something new in the familiar. Ask questions and make comments during the half-hour lecture, then enjoy the recital by the instructor, a classically trained pianist.

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In every mid-term election since the Civil War, the president's party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and 2 in the Senate. In the upcoming 2018 midterm election, Democrats need only 24 seats to flip the House and two to take the Senate. The road to the White House starts now, in earnest! If you thought "Decision 2016" was intriguing, raucous and surprising, then join fellow political enthusiasts for this political discussion forum.

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According to Twain, "The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo." From the rise of Rome through the Renaissance to WWII, Italy has captured the imagination of millions. Join Robert James Connors as he reflects on 20 years of travel in Italy and the impact of its long history on our modern culture. Robert James Connors is a former journalist and Secretary/Director of the Lake Wales Museum. He attended Webber College and Barry University before studying art and history in Europe.
The closeness between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stems from their early history, going back to the beginning of the First World War. Explore the key decisions that brought about their close relationship and ultimately the successful culmination of World War II.

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Russia once again looms large in American politics. The world is facing a combative and assertive Russia, as initial hopes for democracy and reform have collapsed. This class will look at how post-Soviet Russia got from there to here: we will explore the rise of populist nationalism in Russia and its relationship to populism in the west. Finally, we will examine the dominance of Putin as Russia has transitioned from dictatorship and back again.
Discover what scientists are learning about our incredibly beautiful, potentially deadly, and largely unknown universe. Cybersecurity: it is a threat to lose sleep over? Evolution: you have a lot more "relatives" than you ever dreamt about. Be astonished with what makes our bodies human. Take a peek at archaeological discoveries on earth, under the sea, and from outer space. Explore some "Weird Science" to decide if UFO's and Bigfoot are myths, delusions or something ... real.
Shakespeare's plays and poems have inspired a wide variety of classic and symphonic music, from operas by Verdi and Gounod to concert overtures by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. During this conversation, we will explore some of the best-known pieces inspired by Shakespeare, as well as a few lesser-known but amazing masterworks.
Explore the process of creating colorful art using tiny, tiny beads. The instructor, a self-taught working artist, embroiders on felt using traditional and non-traditional stitches to create a unique sculpture effect. Try it for yourself in a hands-on session! Discuss techniques in bead embroidery and hear ideas for mixed media. Consider turning art into a business.
How is Tampa connected to "The Twist"? Who was Colonel Leslie MacDill? Join Tampa Bay History Center's docents as they delve deeper into Tampa's exciting history. Topics will include Tampa's Jewish history, Tampa in the 1890's, Tampa's Gasparilla and its connection to New Orleans. Hear a selection of Tampa's lesser-known and fascinating stories.

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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.
How does a dream become a reality? Just do it! Through photos, stories, maps and other documents, join me in reliving my rich experience of walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the Way of St. James. My destination: the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino has been a pilgrimage route since the ninth century.
There's more to the Irish than wearing green and marching on St. Patrick's Day. Examine the origins of Irish migration, the history of Irish people, their American descendants and the interactions between the Irish at home and abroad. The principal themes we'll explore include migration and settlement, race and gender, politics, nationalism and, encompassing all of these, the evolution of ethnic identity. Join us to find out just who the Irish are.
Follow the candidates, the issues, and the media coverage as the 2018 election period roars to a frenetic finish. Using real-time examples, learn how media biases &emdash; some subtle, some overt &emdash; shape your image of certain candidates, and study how candidates manipulate the media to influence your choices on Election Day. For our final class (the Monday after the election), discuss your personal choices, the validity of polling, and what the winning candidates did to succeed.

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Embark on a cosmic journey as we explore our amazing universe, starting in our own Solar System then traveling deeper into space. 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.

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Join us in unraveling the intertwined themes of love, sex and betrayal in three plays: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster; The Way of the World by William Congreve; and M.Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Please read The Duchess of Malfi by the first class meeting. Required Texts: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, Plume, October 1993 ($11.39); The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, Dover Thrift Edition, February 1999 ($3.00); The Way of the World by William Congreve, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2018 ($3.99).

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Consider the impact of this administration's economic policies on deficits and the national debt by reviewing the U.S. attempt to operate central banks and the establishment of the Federal Reserve. Understand how the Fed operates, controls interest rates and the money supply, and the management of the national debt. In addition, we examine other institutions such as the Social Security Trust Fund. Finally, we will see if the assets of the federal government are being managed in a way that allow us to continually increase our national debt.

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Trace the origins of Turkish people starting with their migration from mid-Asia to Anatolia and then examine the impact of converting to Islam, the subsequent Ottoman Empire and the rise of the modern Turkish Republic. Gain insights from Dr. Ahmet Colak, from Trabzon, Turkey into the distinctive Turkish culture and the unique geopolitical role of the Turks in bridging the East and the West
Coming together is never easy, whether as individuals or nations. Even core values, such as universal human rights, can spark disagreements among nations with differing philosophies and cultures. Difficulties establishing common action among member-states have shadowed UNESCO from its origin. But it is possible to achieve a "thin agreement" across cultures to bridge great divides. Explore UNESCO with Spiro Hamilothoris, a USF student of philosophy pursuing an MA in Social and Political Thought.
HIV, Herpes, Influenza, Ebola, West Nile Fever, Dengue and infections endemic to Florida - all are viruses. What is it about their structure that leads us to label them this way? How do they interact with the body to cause disease? How does the human body combat viruses? How can we use what we have learned to get viruses to work for us? Enlarge your understanding and dispel a few myths.
Travel back in time and discover the causes of the unrest in medieval England that led to the battles between the Yorkists (white rose) and Lancastrians (red rose). Get to know the individuals involved, the battles they fought and the causes for which they died.
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 $125; a list of required supplies will be provided upon registration.

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David Baldacci observed that mystery novels "put the balance back in life. Evil is punished and the good guys win after solving the puzzle." Explore the appeal of the mystery/suspense novel by reading two novels rich in suspense. Required texts available online: The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware Gallery/Scout Reprint edition 2017 ($16 or less) and The Jefferson Key, by Steve Berry, Ballantine Books 2011 (mass market paperback, less than $10).

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Patricia Hampl has described memoir as the "tango between memory and imagination." Into this dance, we invite the reader to become our partner in discovering the "hidden narrative" of our past. During this highly interactive workshop, we act as both writers and readers, identifying techniques to engage the reader's interest and trust. Specifically, we will explore the relationship of plot, conflict, character, and arresting detail to find ways to move your life into story. Expect surprises.

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