Liberal Arts


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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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"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.

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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.
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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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