Liberal Arts


Are you ready for the new hurricane season? Yes, you've seen the list of supplies you need to have on hand. But what about possible evacuation if necessary? Where to go? How far? Whom to stay with? Hear speakers from the Emergency Management departments of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Feel at ease knowing you have all the information needed to prepare your individual plan and figure the best options for you.

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Anyone can learn the ins and outs of basket weaving and have fun doing it. Become familiar with these terms: twining, three-rod-wale, spokes and weavers, reed gauge, locking coils, crimping and more. You will start weaving on an 11-spoke base that is already assembled to get familiar with handling reed. Then you can progress to a 12-spoke creation. You will start and finish at least one basket. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet, or a swimsuit if you want to weave in the pool.

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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.
Airplane design, robots, even Velcro are examples of innovations drawn from discoveries in the natural world. Let's explore the field of Biomimetics, which applies underlying principles from the natural world to solve complex human problems. Each week, we'll consider a problem in nature, then discuss the actual applications designed by engineers. See how basic scientific research can ultimately result in new technologies and advances in fields such as engineering, medicine and science
See the gradual evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to questions of racial equality in its three most important relevant cases. We will examine the landmark Dred Scott (1857), Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. the Board of Education (1954) cases.
Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of seven films being presented Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.
Whether you take photos with your phone or prefer a camera, learn how to improve your images from an award-winning, globe-trotting photographer. Consider composition, framing and the end product, not computer photo manipulation. We will critique your own images, so bring samples of some of your favorites and some that failed. They can be prints or on your iPad or laptop.
This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced writers and teachers of writing. Swap tips on how writers can work on a computer more efficiently and creatively, collaborate with others and share feedback, all without buying new software. Come prepared to share tricks that have worked for you or make specific how-to requests from other experienced writers. Bring a thumb drive to class. SKILL LEVEL C in Microsoft Word required.
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. There will be an opportunity to practice your important "Conversations" with your family and physicians.
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 it's unique rhythms. You'll be dancing in your seat!
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.
Reboot your mental computer and restart refreshed and at peace in this one day, five-hour workshop. Through guided meditation and self-hypnosis exercises, learn simple techniques to quiet your mind, relax your body and eliminate stress. You will learn how to develop your own style of meditation to apply mindfulness in your everyday activities. Practice mindful walking, mindful eating and mindful listening. Sharon Stoll's harp music will accompany our mindful journey. Bring your own lunch.

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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.
Eugene Debs, who was born on the threshold of the Civil War and would die in the wake of World War I, was the face of the nascent U.S. labor movement and American Socialism. We will look at his life in the context of an American industrial revolution that would generate not only factories and machines, but also burgeoning cities, rapid immigration, robber barons, market-driven imperialists, nostalgic populists, reform-minded progressives and misguided social Darwinists.
"Fake News" was 2017's phrase of the year, and there's certainly no shortage of it during 2018! With the proliferation of sources offering "alternate facts," this course will help you learn how to identify "fake news" items when you see them, understand who created them, and why. Become a savvier media consumer! We will discuss current examples and timely material each week.
Many biological treasures wash up on Florida's beaches. Learn how to identify and classify common seashells, egg cases and exoskeletons in this hands-on, classroom-based course. Expand your understanding of the diversity of life on and beneath our sands.
Join a skilled artist and educator in this hands-on workshop. Meet several of the animals who call The Florida Aquarium home, and practice your drawing skills while learning about their special features and adaptations. No artistic experience necessary! Paper and pencils will be provided. Bring your own if you prefer.
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.

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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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Have you ever felt hopeless about having your voice heard by your elected officials? Learn how to have the impact you've always wanted. Practice writing and speaking to legislators and the media using the proven methods of RESULTS, a nonpartisan, international citizens lobby created to inspire the political and public will to end poverty. Enjoy the satisfaction of feedback from someone you never thought you could reach. Apply your new skills to any issue about which you feel passionate.

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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.

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It's 1891 and the elegant Tampa Bay Hotel reflects the opulence of turn-of-the-century America and the vision of rail mogul Henry B. Plant. Join curators and an architectural historian to explore conservation efforts to maintain this National Historic Landmark -- now the University of Tampa -- and its remaining original artifacts. Tour the building and study the public rooms, the stunning minarets and the adjacent Plant Park. Enjoy pictures of the restoration projects. Prepare for extensive walking.
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.
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.

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Deepen your understanding of Transcendentalism through studying entries in Emerson's journals. In his journals, Emerson reveals himself to be a very down-to-earth person: sometimes cranky, sometimes angry, sometimes insulted by criticism. Yet in this earthiness, it is possible to observe the development and maturity of his philosophy. Handouts will be provided. Optional text: Emerson in His Journals, by Joel Porte.
"There's nothing left to say about love; Shakespeare has said it best and first." Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, join us to explore the practical application of the bard's timeless wisdom to life and love in the 21st century. Allow the words of the master to expand and deepen our relationships with friends, family and loved ones. Follow the experiences of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet; then compare your experiences of the many types of love to theirs. Read, write, watch and discuss with fellow lovers of Shakespeare's most iconic characters.

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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 engage confidently in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.

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No need for a book -- we'll talk! Learn the present tense of the most useful verbs, as well as the vocabulary for numbers, colors and articles. Practice contractions and prepositions. Introduce yourself in Spanish. You will be ready to communicate if you visit a Spanish-speaking country and are eager to learn more about this romance language. A dictionary of your choice is required.

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Join this artistic collaboration to create unique artwork during a 1-day workshop. Explore different mediums and creative techniques to grow as a visual artist. Share your artistic journey with other makers and build your artistic network in the process!
Revisit the troubled Central American nation of Nicaragua in the 1960s to 1990; the Somoza regime, the opposition Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), and the Contras who waged war on the Sandinista government, aided by the Reagan administration. We'll consider the Iran-Contra affair and other foreign involvement, recalling the names that dominated the headlines: Reagan, North, Ortega, Somoza and many others. Finally, we'll assess Nicaragua's current situation.
Are you reluctant or even afraid to stand up and speak in front of a group? Learn to speak like a pro using mind mapping technology and storytelling. You may not even need your notes. Practice crafting your speech with stories and then deliver it informally to a group that you can be sure will be on your side.
Explore and discuss the paranormal while keeping at least one foot firmly planted on the ground. Participate in exercises in numerology, past life regression, psychometry and remote viewing. Realize your natural abilities in these areas and apply them to your everyday life. Learn to trust and use these abilities, taking the myths and mystery out of the paranormal.
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.
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.
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.

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Welcome to Florida, the "bellwether state." With races for Governor, U.S. Senate, state and federal representatives, ballot initiatives and changes to the state constitution, we can expect a long and complex ballot. As the state's largest media market, billions of dollars will be invested in Tampa Bay to narrow the field of candidates and influence your vote. Learn who is saying what (and why) and who is paying for it as we examine the stuff that is landing in our mailboxes and on local media.

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Carl Jung wrote, "What we are to our inward vision, and what man appears to be sub specie aeternitatis, can only be expressed by way of myth. Myth is more individual and expresses life more precisely than does science." Let's compare mythologist Joseph Campbell's book, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, with Jung's use of mythology to demonstrate the wide divide in their approaches to myth as a guide to self-discovery and personal growth.
A former U.S. Federal Prosecutor applies crime scene analysis methodology to unravel the mystery behind the image on one of the most unique and scientifically studied artifacts in human history, the Shroud of Turin. Is it the burial cloth of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, a medieval forgery or something else? Hear an overview of the latest forensic and scientific evidence to draw your own conclusion.
Gilbert and Sullivan produced hits such as The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore but it was their ludicrous spoof on the British legal system, Trial by Jury, that launched their careers. Join Opera Tampa Singers for an evening featuring this work as well as showcase hits including "Three Little Maids Are We", "Modern Major General" and "Poor Little Buttercup". In her lecture before the performance, Beryl Byles will highlight the influence of Gilbert and Sullivan on American musicals.
During the post-Cold War period, relationships among Russia, the U.S. and NATO have turned into a growing rivalry and confrontation over Russian expansionism. Now the unilateralist views of the new Trump administration cause uncertainty over responses and threats to security for the United States and NATO.

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Your family history is much more than a family tree. When and where did your ancestors live? Learn how to use timeline and mapping software to represent the story of your family visually, using online tools. See, then experience a different online tool each week, gaining hands-on experience using that tool as you create a visual representation of your family history.
Not a day goes by when we don't hear or read about a new way to maintain our health or a promising trial of new drugs or familiar vitamins. It's time to review the latest research about how to stay healthy as we age. Put your focus on physical and cognitive health, the benefits of staying active, and the role of strong relationships. Highlight the impact of ageist stereotypes and the importance of tuning them out.