Liberal Arts


In 1900, the population of the United States was 75 million. In 1901, America had the first transatlantic radio signal, President McKinley was assassinated and the British Empire was the superpower of the world. In 1905, Einstein proposed his theory of relativity. Then two years later, the Second Hague Conference established the Ten Rules of War. Fifty years and two world wars later, the United States and the Soviet Union had become the superpowers of the world.

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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 diverse individuals. 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?"
On April 17, 1961 over 1,000 armed, trained Cubans stormed ashore at the Bahía de Cochinos in Cuba. The battle that followed would go down in infamy as the "Bay of Pigs Invasion." Why did it fail? Was the CIA's planning saddled with wishful thinking instead of proper intelligence and planning? Were the Cubans, better known as Assault Brigade 2506, betrayed by the Kennedy administration? Through lecture, we'll dissect what happened from planning, to politics and execution.
From a bullied, insecure 14-year-old contemplating suicide to a 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. Carleo, a well-known fitness spokesperson, operated a dance studio in Pittsburgh for decades before moving to Florida.
Join USF professor emerita Susan Northcutt, PhD Political Science, for a review of the shape-changing politics of Brexit: the 2016 referendum, the negotiations with the European Union and within Parliament, the outcomes in 2019.
Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of seven films being presented on 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.

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Explore uncharted territory, terreno sconosciuto, with no need for your passport. Expect conversation, listening and reading comprehension. And yes, grammar too. Hope you kept your required text: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way, 4th ed., by Danesi ($29.99).

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This two-week class focuses on the rich history of Cuba, current U.S.-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.
The Middle East, located at the crossroads of continents, is the home of the world's earliest civilizations and the birthplace of major world religions. It also contains critical natural resources. For these reasons, it is 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.

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Do you own annuities and other insurance products that are not maximizing your investment? Have you been considering investments but need more information on the subject? Have your goals changed? If you want to review your options with facts, not sales, this is the class for you. Understanding the pros and cons of various annuity methods will help you to decide how to maximize your investment potential. The current economy, interest rates, markets,insurance, income investments and bonds will all be covered. Discover the profitable benefits of goal-based financial planning.
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.
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.
"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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Coral reefs around the globe are in serious jeopardy. They are under attack from numerous natural and man-made threats, and The Florida Aquarium is determined to keep them alive. First, we will watch the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral as a discussion starter for an in-depth study of coral. Find out about The Florida Aquarium's coral restoration work, and how it hopes to save some of the endangered species. Learn what you can do to help save one of Florida's most valuable natural assets.
Summer in Florida is sea turtle season. Although sea turtles are present year-round, summer is when they coexist with us along our shorelines. Sea turtles are most vulnerable during nesting season, when they need our help most! Through lecture and hands-on activities, learn about the species of sea turtles that live in Florida, understand their nesting process, and discover how turtles and nests are protected. We'll also learn about The Florida Aquarium's sea turtle rehabilitation program.
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 designed specifically 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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The Greeks combined mind and spirit for the first time in the ancient world. This new approach led to the importance of individual freedom, a system of government that honored the individual, an appreciation of the value of play, and the pursuit of beauty and truth. Greek mythology provides a body of truths that continues to resonate in modern-day culture. Follow the advice of Socrates that "an unexamined life is not worth living" and explore how the Greek ideal continues to inform and inspire us today.
Have you ever felt that your doctor is too busy staring at the computer and typing to actually look at you? Informatics is a rapidly growing field using data and technology to improve human health and the delivery of healthcare. Retired nurse Diana Dechichio, who is board certified in Nursing Informatics, will address the significance of the field and what is happening in patient-doctor relations.

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No dieting, minimal exercise. Too good to be true? No! Learn how to be healthier than you were in your 30s, 40s and 50s. Discover which diets can adversely affect your health and which foods can keep you healthier, more energized. Identify the herbs, spices and foods to battle inflammation, deal with blood pressure, cholesterol and even hormonal issues. Understand how to incorporate minimal exercise into your lifestyle. You will be able to invent a healthy eating plan for yourself even if you lead a busy life.

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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. New and returning participants all welcome!
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.
"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 with theirs. Read, write, watch and discuss with fellow lovers of Shakespeare's most iconic characters.
!Hola! Begin to dabble in the language spoken by 2 1/2 million Floridians and 42 million Americans. Learn the basics in the traditional manner, with greetings and practical dialogs. The focus will be on pronunciation and learning cognates. No text needed for this brief course; we'll use instructor presentations, handouts, and more. We hope to entice you to continue your conversational journey.
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 to enable you to arrive at your own conclusions about global warming and climate change. You also will be able to engage confidently in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
Join Dr. Christopher Boulton, award-winning independent filmmaker and associate professor of communication at the University of Tampa for a screening and discussion of Life After Life, his poignant, surprising, and at times hilarious documentary about older women overcoming physical and mental challenges to express themselves through modern dance. Click here for preview. Stay after the screening for the optional Q&A and a chance to meet the stars of the film. NOTE: this program is in the evening from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.
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.

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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!
On a hot, humid carnival night in Madrid, the people gather to celebrate the miracles of La Virgen, the famed statue and centerpiece of Paloma Street. This religious revelry includes the cast of characters found in Madrid at the turn of the 19th century - the fashionable young girls, a bevy of lecherous tradesmen, barkeeps and well-educated laborers. Friends, lovers, strangers and devotees collide in this steamy mix of Spanish-style music. The Opera Tampa Singers perform Tomás Bretón's zarzuela La Verbena de la Paloma along with Spanish dancing, flamenco guitar and other tantalizing surprises. The pre-performance lecture, "Experience Classic Spain in Song and Dance" delivered by our own Beryl Byles.
Explore Latin America, the vast and varied Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of the western hemisphere, where struggles for domination and empire played out over millennia. Explore the region's history, starting with the earliest peoples to migrate and settle there, and continuing with the Europeans, who later captured and colonized the continent. Witness the extraordinary intellectual and military events that ultimately forged the nations of Central and South America.

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Interested in exploring your creativity using acrylic paints? Whether you're a beginner or experienced artist, explore composition and styles. Learn about mixing colors and different ways to use acrylics. Hear about the tools you need. Complete two canvases: the first will be a simple landscape, where you learn different techniques. The second will be a landscape of your choice. The instructor will share her experiences as a professional artist. Materials list provided on registration; approximate cost $50.

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Join us as we continue to follow the Politics of the 2020 Election in this quick summer refresher. Keep up with the candidates, the issues and the trends as we build toward November 3, 2020.
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.
Malaysia boasts about its white sand beaches, limestone outcrops, tropical rainforest and delicious cuisine. But learn more. It's a federal constitutional monarchy, a developing nation of 30 million people with a rich multi-ethnic culture and a complex history. A founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the country is a former British colony and remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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Build your strength and endurance through fun movements. Stretch, lift, breathe and practice balance in a series of standing exercises designed to help you improve your posture, reduce your risk for falls, and even improve your bone density. Invest in your health in a personalized and medically supervised non-gym atmosphere.
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 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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If you ever have found yourself confused about Medicare, you are not alone. Join Angela Birdsong of Bankers Life/Colonial Penn to find out what all those parts mean and how to choose. You will learn about each part of Medicare including how to select the best Part D drug plan. You will also learn the difference between a supplement plan (Medigap) and an Advantage plan (Part C). Ask questions and you may win a door prize! Birdsong has spent the past three years as a health and life insurance agent where she helps baby boomers and retirees transition into Medicare.
Iguaz Falls, located where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet, is made up of over 200 falls and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the world's best places to see butterflies. Dr. William Cooper, former professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and program director of environmental engineering at the National Science Foundation, has studied the butterflies of Iguaz Falls for several years. Share his "experience of a lifetime."
Examine Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as individuals and as the great power couple of the first half of the 20th century. Review their ancestry and childhood, their separate journeys to adulthood, their marriage, and their political partnership.
The Middle East is frequently in the news, but many of us lack the background to put that news into context. Obtain that background from a person who has lived and studied many years in the region. After learning about the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, we will consider the economy, particularly the oil market, along with the political issues that preoccupy the states in this region.

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Social responsibility is an ethical component addressing the role of individuals and corporate entities in relationship to society. It proposes that there is an obligation to act for the benefit of society. What are the personal and social effects of social responsibility? As we consider these questions, we'll also accentuate actions that we can take up in our own communities.
Libraries have experienced profound changes in recent years, but they still are centers of information ... if you know how to access it. Jo Combs, who has her Master's degree in Library and Information Services from USF and is a Supervisory Librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, will discuss these changes and demonstrate how convenient it is for you to use your local library.
Women rarely appear as actors in histories of Nazi Germany: men figure prominently in Hitler's army, and the women we hear of are wives and lovers. Yet the women were half of the German system of dominance and genocide, even as they were degraded thoroughly by the National Socialist Party. Why did women sign up by the thousands in this overtly misogynist movement? Examine the Third Reich's family policies and depiction of ideal womanhood; as we learn the consequences of those policies on women's lives.