Liberal Arts


Like it or not, the 2020 campaign will start early in 2019. Join our OLLI group of pundits as we look at the early candidates, the predominant issues that will shape the next election and the ideological biases that affect the news reporting. Democrats, Independents, Republicans, liberals and conservatives are all welcome to politely engage in this civil discussion.
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.
We take in the world and understand it through the information conveyed by our senses. Let's examine what we know and think we know about the senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and vision. We'll do this in an interdisciplinary fashion, considering art, literature, evolution, anatomy and physiology, both normal and abnormal. Starting by reviewing what we learned in school, we'll finish up by considering recent advances in our understanding of the sensory systems.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all "I can only draw stick people" artists. Yes, YOU! Learn the basic secrets used in drawing and painting, not only shells but just about anything. Mistakes? We love 'em. So, don't wait. Ignite that creative spark that is uniquely yours! Learn about design, color mixing and the use of shading and overlapping to make a 3D painting. The instructor will distribute art supplies at the first class (Cost $50.00 payable to the instructor at the first class).
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.
For two years, American diplomatic engagement in Africa has been sorely lacking. China, however, has been making concerted efforts to exert economic, diplomatic, and strategic influence over the continent. It has promoted its own system as a more appropriate model for African governance and development which many African leaders find appealing. Others are skeptical and characterize it as "the new colonialism." Examine the conflicting interests of the great powers and African reactions. Consider the likely impact of this competition on the future of Africa and the world as a whole.
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?"
Explore uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then consider: if people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today? You need not have taken the earlier course to enjoy this one.
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.
Do you recognize any of these names: Vivaldi, Bach, Caravaggio, Rubens, Bernini? Ever marvel over the palace at Versailles? Meet the composers, artists, writers and architects who left their mark on this period of history. Understand the importance of patronage and learn to identify the ornate styles of art and architecture that swept through Europe more than 400 years ago.
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, Thatcher & Hammett, $29.99.
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.
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.
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.
Our lifestyle habits, good and bad, run deep; but healthy choices help balance our lives. In this faith-based course, discover how to take charge of your life emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Learn the eight principles of optimal health: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal, Outlook and Nutrition. Expect slide presentations, discussions and some homework.
Robots may well be the future of aging independently and at home. Develop the experience and knowledge to be an informed consumer of care robots. They can help us comply with medication schedules, keep to physical exercise routines, provide emotional support, companionship, and more. Learn about the types of care robots available and the pros and cons of these devices through brief lectures, discussion and hands-on experience with robot pets and a robot companion named Vector.
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. Optional text: Easy German Step-by-Step by Ed Swick, $16.00
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: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way, 4th ed., by Danesi, $29.99.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Florida gardening comes with special challenges -- and opportunities. Climate, soil, location and personal preferences are all variables to consider in your home's landscape, which can add to or detract from its market value. Learn basic design principles and elements; conduct a site analysis, discover Florida-friendly landscape materials and planting principles. With field trips to inspire you, create a landscape design for your home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hands-on science isn't just for kids! Ever wonder what plankton actually look like? Or why beach sand varies from place to place? Step into The Florida Aquarium's Carol J. & Barney Barnett Learning Center and find out! In this recently opened, immersive and interactive learning and research center, you'll utilize various lab techniques to study comparative anatomy, animal classification, sedimentology, and more.
Monsters have long captured the human imagination. Do they exist only in myth, urban legend or science fiction? Explore the real origins and history behind many of these beasts including Chupacabra, the Americas' "goat-sucker," Scotland's Loch Ness Monster and dragons of the world. In this lecture and discussion-based course we will explore why stories of these creatures persist to this day.
Behind the care of every sea creature is an enormous amount of science. How do we make sure the water is "just right" for sensitive seahorses? How do we create the perfect balance of water chemistry, light, and temperature for corals to thrive? Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, refresh your memory about some basic scientific principles and see how they are used in the care and maintenance of fish and other aquatic life as you enjoy behind-the-scenes visits!
What do Harry Bosch and Doc Ford have in common? Both iconic detectives are the creations of Florida novelists Randy Wayne White and Tampa resident Michael Connelly. We'll start by exploring Doc Ford's time in Central America and on Sanibel Island in White's Sanibel Flats. Then, meet Harry Bosch in his first outing in Connelly's The Black Echo. Read the novels before coming to class to consider how setting is more than a backdrop with these novels.
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!
Be a part of the world's largest discussion program on world affairs, organized by the Foreign Policy Association. The 2019 topics include: refugees and global migration; the Middle East; nuclear negotiations; the rise of populism; U.S.-China trade; India and its neighbors; cyber conflicts and geopolitics; the state of the State Department and diplomacy. Read a 10-page briefing, view expert testimony on the week's topic, discuss. Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, ($30).
Get out your tie dye, your peace signs, your fringe vests - and most of all, your vinyl! It's time to honor Bob Dylan, one of the true geniuses of folk/blues/rock/gospel music. Listen to his music from 1962 to the present and put it into the context of his life and times. Come ready to sing, dance, clap your hands and stomp your feet as we celebrate a true American treasure, a 2016 Nobel Prize winner, an icon of the music of the Great American Songbook.
In four short novels (novellas), make the acquaintance of these unforgettable characters: Mrs. Dalloway, Bartleby, Gustav Aschenbach, and a French woman reminiscing about her lover in colonial Vietnam. Explore these novellas and gain expertise in analyzing character development, narrative styles and literary devices used to convey atmosphere and meaning. Develop an appreciation for the precision, clarity and subtlety of this little-known literary form -- and these indelible characters. Please read Mrs Dalloway before the first class. Required texts: Mrs Dalloway by Virginai Woolf Benediction Classics 2017 ($5.99); The Lover by Marguerite Duras Pantheon Books 1998 ($12.68); Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville Dover Thrift edition ($3.29)Death in Veniceby Thomas Mann Dover Thrift Edition ($2.50)
His life spanned more than nine decades and his creativity ranged from the early Prairie style to the Usonian houses he created for urban settings. In 1991, Wright was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." Hear stories of his personal life and look at many of his most stunning structures that were never built.
New York sports writer Red Smith once observed, "Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." We don't use typewriters anymore, but popular local author Roy Peter Clark writes "?the world is a storehouse of writing ideas. As you gain proficiency with each tool, and then fluency, the art of writing will make you...a better person." Explore these tools and free the writer within. Required text: Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark ($15.99). Optional: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg ($14.95).
If you've always wondered about what your family ancestors were like, this course is for you. Get started on your genealogical path and learn the basics: how to find sources, handy websites and programs, the puzzles of DNA, and other tips and tricks.
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.
Opera is a feast for eye and ear, combining music, theater, lavish costumes and sets. Learn where opera began, how it developed, its variations and its major composers. Consider the types of opera and voices, the terminology, opera etiquette and the way that it reflects current trends in society. Opera places unique demands on the human instrument: observe how singers vocalize to prepare and enjoy brief performances by local singers. You will be ready to enjoy Opera Tampa's season.
Discussions about universal human rights and democracy can get very personal and emotional. These themes seem to touch the core of our individual history, our values and culture. When the conversation is expanded to the international community, the difficulties to reaching an agreement multiply. Is the recognition of universal human rights irreconcilable with respect for particular cultures? Required readings are mostly from essays by UNESCO members and are available online.
Using the "Shared Inquiry" method of civil discourse, our lively band of bibliophiles discusses a broad variety of classic literary and philosophical works, featuring Rousseau, Shakespeare, Aristotle, American Short Stories, Lawrence and Joyce. Required texts will be supplied after registration by the moderator ($15 for returners from Fall 18 Great Books, $30 for new registrants).
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 Nietzsche, Aristotle, Plato, Henry Adams and Virginia Woolf, Dante's Inferno and King Lear Required text is Great Books Reading and Discussion Program Series Five ($28.95), available through the the instructor.
Do you enjoy the style of buildings influenced by Bauhaus? In celebration of the Bauhaus School of Architecture's 100th year, trace the founding of Bauhaus in Germany through its political travails and demise at the hands of the Nazis. Explore sources of inspiration for the Bauhaus, ranging from Zoroastrianism to architects and painters including Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee. Consider the Bauhaus legacy in the US.
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.
Call it clutter, hoarding, or being a pack rat, but some people do struggle with having too much "stuff" and not being able to get rid of it. You might be curious about how a home can become like the incredibly overcrowded houses on TV. Or you might want some solid suggestions on how to organize your own living space. If your possessions own you rather than the other way around, learn some skills to lighten your life.
The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 began a war that lasted nearly four years, created by far the bloodiest theater in World War II. The renowned eastern front was characterized by unprecedented ferocity, wholesale destruction, mass deportations, and immense loss of life due to combat, starvation, exposure, disease, and massacres. We will engage in the debate over who deserves the credit and blame for the largest military confrontation in history.
Relationships help us feel connected to others and contribute to our health and well-being. At times, building healthy, balanced relationships presents a challenge due to various factors. Understanding these factors can help you create and maintain strong relationships with friends, family and partners. Feed your relationships in this lecture and discussion course and experience a greater sense of satisfaction and connection with others.

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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.

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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."
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! Optional 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 engage confidently in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
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: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way, 4th ed., by Danesi, $29.99.
Bob Marley's reggae music is known and loved internationally. But how much do you know about Jamaican history, culture, the music and its African origins? Explore the history of Jamaican music, its themes of social issues, love and peace with Lasana Bandele, a recording artist. Review the influences of ska and rocksteady and the Jamaican contribution to world-wide music and culture.
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.
Here's a chance to learn and practice the fundamentals of resistance training, core strength and stability, and functional balance for ease in movement in daily activities. The instructor will demonstrate proper form and technique, and you will be able to practice and improve under her watchful eye. You will use resistance equipment and your body weight in the exercises.
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.
A follow-up course for participants of Life Story Writing I. Explore new methods to add depth and color to your stories about people, places and even objects from your past. You will need to access information about your great grandparents through family bibles, genealogy research or oral history. Think about the contrast between your life and theirs and how your life is influenced by their struggles and successes.

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The Zentangle(®) Art Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns to create abstract art. Think of it as yoga for the mind. Create beautiful hand-drawn images with no prior drawing experience necessary. Increase focus, creativity and artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. With about $10 in art supplies, leave class meetings feeling that anything is possible--one stroke at a time.
In this course, participants will be invited to think about their own memoirs by writing and sharing brief pieces in the style of several authors. Often these short pieces encourage writers to continue their reflections and to read further about the craft. Texts range from Dorothy Day's The Long Loneliness, to Jamaica Kincaid's Girl, Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, and John Edgar Wideman's Brothers and Keepers.
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.
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.
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.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. The pre-show lecture provides context for the performance.Fee: $67 * Tue., 1/15 * 6:30 p.m. lecture - 7:30 p.m. curtain * Morsani Hall * STRAZ-David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

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The unholy drought is over. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns after a 14-year absence. The original Bad Boys of Abridgment squished all 37 plays, plus a few sonnets to boot, into a 90-minute time-lapse performance of some of the greatest theatre of all time. This season, Jobsite dusts off the Chuck Taylors, dons the doublets and delivers a fair number of pratfalls, terrible puns, mis-readings and madcap capers for this chaotic, comprehensive dash through The Bard's greatest hits. Pre-show lecture by David Jenkins, artistic director of Jobsite and one of the three performers of the production.Fee: $31.50 * Sun., 3/24 * 3:00 p.m. pre-show lecture, 4:00 p.m. curtain * Shimberg Theater * STRAZ-David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts * 192XOSTSE0971
Experience two glorious, classic operas (Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Puccini's La Boheme all for one very special price! Beryl Byles' lectures are exclusive to OLLI-USF and will provide background and context preceding these Sunday matinee performances. Register before February 13.
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).
See the enigma of India from snake charmers to call centers. You will achieve an overview of its history, culture, problems and relations with the USA. Is it an emerging power or a failing state? Business opportunity or ecological disaster?
Buddhism is not a rationale for self-indulgence in "inner peace" nor is it some kind of otherworldly asceticism. It offers guidance for living wisely in our present condition with wisdom and compassion.Buddha taught for 45 years, actively relieving the suffering of rich and poor alike, until his death at 80. We will examine the life of the great Buddhist king Ashoka as a model of wise and compassionate political authority.
What are the ingredients that constitute a "Great" poem? What is the difference between good poetry and great poetry? And why do we relegate some poems to the category of mediocre,or worse? Choosing a different theme each week, we will read and discuss poems and decide on their ratings.
Hamilton broke new ground with its rapped lyrics and casting of non-white actors as our founding fathers. It has enraptured critics, delighted audiences and turned a generation onto American history. Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and librettist Lin-Manuel Miranda and his source material. Discover the significance of this award-winning musical and what makes it so special.
Join Margaret Miller for a brief history and tour of Graphicstudio, an art and education collaborative between artists and staff at USF. The tour will include discussion of some groundbreaking works by leading artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Los Carpinteros. The talk will be followed by a printing demonstration.
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.
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."
Are scientists depicted in film part of the "real world" or part of some other idealistic, altruistic, or Machiavellian reality? Are they inspirational visionaries absorbed with the drama of discovery? Or are they power seekers leading society toward death and destruction? Discuss these themes as you view movie clips. Ponder how societal fears about technology affect moviegoers' perceptions, and how scientists actually practice their craft compared to how their activities are presented in film.
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.
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.
The very human need for love and intimacy does not fade with age. Now that women and men are living on average about 20 years longer than a generation ago, there are individual physical and psychological changes to which we must adapt. We'll discuss sexuality in the "golden years" along with appropriate hormonal management. Learn how both women and men can, individually and together, prepare for and help insure a good life in the years to come.
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.
Imagine you live in Europe in the 1920s...and you will experience the Surrealist movement in literature, art, music and elsewhere in the culture. In this course, compare two famous members of the movement: Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. They are both known for their Surrealist creations, but they are very different in their approaches.
The 2018 midterm elections are finally over and Florida politics will never be the same. Examine some big questions including, "what's different now," "why," and, "where do we go from here?" with the perspective of hindsight, and while it is still fresh in memory. Join others in thoughtful analysis and discussion to help you make sense of the tumultuous recent past, as we gird our loins in preparation for the 2020 elections.
We will begin when Tampa did, in 1528, and will journey together into the 21st century. Learn about the disparate groups of immigrants, pioneers and settlers who forged our city's history, then take a four-hour bus tour through Tampa's memorable historic neighborhoods. Hear stories of the people, places and events that brought us to the present day. There is a $35 fee payable by check at the first class to cover the cost of the bus tour.
Indulge in significant snippets of Tampa's glorious but spicy history from the Timucuan's struggles with giant armadillos to the efforts of Jeff Vinik to renovate Tampa's downtown. Survey the events illustrating "Tampa's compassion, intergenerational generosity, delayed transportation efforts and its world class entrepreneurship."
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.
With this series, investigate trends in Europe from the 1870s until World War I, a vital era which produced movements and ideologies that would shape the modern world. Imperialism, Socialism, Marxism, Pan-Slavism and Modernism in the Arts proved to be an explosive mixture.
What are the implications of the Trump administration's management of the federal budget and its impact on the national debt? Take a high level view (no equations!) of these issues in macroeconomics. The Federal Reserve, who manages the nation's money supply, is taking steps to address that debt which is affecting interest rates and prices. Learn more about how the Fed operates, and about tariffs, international trade, and the impact of the Social Security (and Medicare) trust funds running out.
The settlement of the American West is a story of mythical proportions that has captivated generations of Americans. Maybe you can recall childhood visions of a cowboy or cowgirl that brought law and order to a restless, violent, adventurous territory. Or perhaps you fantasized through Hollywood depictions of cattle barons, range riders, Indians and homesteaders. Often missing, however, is the social-economic-technological-political dynamics of the changing frontier. This class will focus on the milieus of the American West from a socio-historical perspective. Among the topics explored are Manifest Destiny, the Pony Express, the transcontinental railroad, the Trail of Tears, the California Gold Rush, cowboys and cattle.
Writer Neil Gaiman observed, "A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick --a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart." Join us to examine the literary elements of the short story genre utilizing a variety of 20th and 21st century short stories and authors including Hemingway, Faulkner and O'Connor. Discover some 21st century authors who are taking the short story genre to new levels. No textbook required, stories online or copies provided by instructor.
Explore one of English history's most enduring mysteries: who put to death the two young sons of King Edward IV? Were they put to death? Was their uncle King Richard III their executioner (as Shakespeare suggested), or their savior? We will review all of the possibilities, and the current, ongoing effort to find the answer to this mystery -- the 'Missing Princes Project' -- will be presented in this two-part lecture.
Western conceptions of Africa and African culture are often determined by movies and books not written by Africans themselves. Compare and contrast western conceptions, beliefs and customs with those of Africans to gain a deeper understanding of similarities and uniqueness. The basis of class discussions will be Chinua Achebe's masterpiece of world literature, Things Fall Apart ($13, required) about the cataclysmic encounter between Africans and European colonialists.
BYOD -- bring your own dog to this class and learn how to teach your pet fun tricks such as sit pretty, take a nap, spin, hop, weave, fetch, find it, roll over and many others. Behaviors such as sit, stay, and come are basic commands that can be reinforced in class. If your dog doesn't play well with others, you will be able to practice with the instructor's dogs.
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

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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.
Like a few other friends and allies of the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prompts controversy. It is clearly not a democracy, but neither is it a police state or a one-man dictatorship. What are its guiding principles? Learn about the country from an OLLI member who served four years there as a senior US diplomat.
Urinary Incontinence or the involuntary loss of urine from the bladder may affect anyone but is very prevalent in the older community. Women are about five times more likely than men to experience this problem. It can be a result of aging, childbearing, diseases of the nervous system, or associated with other dysfunctions of the urinary bladder. Learn about bladder leakage, its symptoms and incidences; the diagnostic tests and treatment options available.
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.
Learn useful expressions/vocabulary for everyday conversation while engaging in interactive activities in and outside the classroom. Each class session will be tailored to meet your individual language goal. Come join the Monday evening fiesta! Suggested textbook: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Wald & Thatcher, $29.99.
Over 50 million consumers in the U.S. and up to 100 million worldwide will use voice assistants in 2018. These devices will play a major role in healthcare and patient education. Explore their strengths and limitations, the companies developing smart devices, then consider how voice-activated devices are being used in clinical trials and senior settings. Interact with two market leaders, the Amazon Echo Show and the Lenovo Smart Display (with Google Assistant).
How does it feel to return to several battlefields after 50 years? Using personal photos and descriptions of events, as well as stories of other combat veterans, Fred Tomasello Jr. will share his feelings on returning to the place where significant emotional events shaped his life and how it felt to meet his "enemies" face-to-face in an atmosphere of forgiveness and respect. You will have the opportunity to buy his book, Walking Wounded: Memoir of a Combat Veteran.
Virtual reality (VR), an immersive experience, is used for diversion therapy as well as a growing number of clinical applications like pain management. Examine the clinical utility of VR in both acute and long-term care settings, and consider its contraindications. Learn about the leading VR vendors, then explore links on your own. Experiment with several VR viewers including Oculus Go by Facebook. Engage in VR experiences yourself and for your loved ones.
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.
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.
An in-depth review of his heritage, his lifestyle, his history and the worldwide stage where he roamed and roared. An overview of his times, his numerous books and speeches, and his position at large across the 90 years of his amazing life and travels before the Jet Age and beyond.
On September 3, 1939, at the beginning of World War II, a U-boat torpedoed the first British ship sunk by Germany in the war -- a passenger liner named Athenia. Today, few people know of this tragic event despite its historic significance. Lecturer Thomas Sanger conducted several years of research and interviewed international survivors of the attack as well as descendants of survivors to write Without Warning, a novel based on actual people and events that brings this tragedy to life.
Frank Lloyd Wright was 70 years old when he started designing buildings for Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Over the next 20 years, 12 structures were built to fulfill his vision of buildings rising "out of the ground and into the light." Note the large Water Dome, the shaded Esplanades, stunning chapels and a theater in the round. Study this largest single site collection of Wright's work and then visit the campus.
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.
Discover the more than 1000 animals at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 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 ($34.95) or membership required.