Liberal Arts


In 1950, when the population of the United States was 152 million, the Korean War began. The three-year conflict brought United States Air Force and Navy troops to the peninsula. Fifty years passed and the United States population had grown to 282 million. During that half-century, President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate, the Euro currency was introduced as a competitive tool to the dollar, and the Dow Jones Average passed 10,000 for the first time. Each class will study a decade with emphasis on two to three major events. Students will be asked to participate using their own experience or research.
Share a trip down memory lane as you revisit history-making events such as the Vietnam and Arab-Israeli wars, the first heart transplant, the Apollo 1 tragedy, Camelot, the Detroit riots, the women's lib and civil rights movements. Bring your stories about where you were when RFK and MLK were assassinated. Remember your reaction to the Beatles, David Bowie, and the first Super Bowl. Contribute your own experiences before you forget!
No local region has a more diverse economy than Tampa Bay's.The Port of Tampa houses $14 billion in industry and is a "designated foreign trade zone." Our $12 billion phosphate industry dominates the entire market. MacDill Air Force Base's $3.14 billion economy supports 20,000 workers. Our airport and cruise industry bring in more tourists every year. Our sports economy also is a growth industry. How did we get here? This class will condense the business statistics to lead you to explore our beautiful Tampa Bay area with new eyes.
Review, dissect and discuss Campaign 2020 with political analyst and commentator Rich Kennedy. What lessons did we learn? Which pollsters got it right? What did the election reveal about the American people and our contemporary culture?
Explore the spread of diseases across the globe in historical context. Learn the science behind the transmission of infectious diseases and the varied responses of historical peoples to them. This analysis will help us to better contextualize the current pandemic in which we find ourselves.
Wolfgang Mozart: one of the greatest classical composers. Stephen Foster: famous songwriter of the 19th century. Al Jolson: once dubbed the world's greatest entertainer. Irving Berlin: considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. And Elvis, the King of Rock n' Roll. Journey through their lives with many music and video clips for your enjoyment.

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Easter Island in the South Pacific, the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador and Machu Picchu in Peru - join Bruce Gobioff for a fascinating armchair-travel experience of these exotic locations. Submerse yourself in the region's history, geography and teeming wildlife: an enchanting exploration which includes the instructor's personal photos, stories and videos from numerous trips.
You may not be able to travel right now, but you can still see the world by exploring maps from prehistoric times to the present. See primitive maps carved in stone and world maps that constantly changed as knowledge of the globe expanded. View portolan charts (books of sailing directions). Learn about global positioning system (GPS) mapping. Study influential cartographers, the parts that make up a map, ghost marks, and maps in art and advertising. You will view more than 200 maps during this trip.
Keep it simple, make it fun. That applies to strategies for healthy living and coping with the issues of our time, such as stress, toxins and processed foods. Sugar seems to be everywhere. It adversely affects our bodies and can lead to inflammation and disease. Discover how to eliminate sugar from your diet. Simplify the struggle against high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Learn which foods help us thrive. Hear how to tap your natural energy and thrive from this moment forward.
A 1939 Gallup Poll revealed that 65% of Americans felt that Germany's persecution of Jews was mostly or entirely the fault of the Jews. What was going on in this country to elicit such a feeling and how did America act - or not - to confront the Nazi menace in Europe and in America? Eye-opening and little known facts and video evidence make this issue all the more fascinating and provocative.
Take a virtual tour of the bottom of the world. Explore the history, geography and wildlife of Antarctica and gain an appreciation of its pristine beauty. The instructor will supplement the discussion with personal photos, videos and stories from his trips to one of the world's most amazing places.
There is a common misconception in the public that bacteria and viruses act the same when it comes to disease. In some cases they are contracted the same way, but are needed to be treated differently because of their molecular basis. Because of their differences the immune system also reacts differently due to these different types of infections. Learn the difference between bacteria and viruses when it comes to disease and treatment.
Do you enjoy the style of buildings influenced by Bauhaus? 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, Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee. Consider the worldwide legacy of Bauhaus.

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Who says you can't have it all? Hone your complete range of bridge skills in this two-for-the-price-of-one course. Each week, the first hour focuses on beginners and the basics: point counts, play of the hand and defense. The second hour brings intermediate and advanced skills such as bidding techniques, conventions and the importance of defensive signals. Attend both hours if you wish.
Black holes are one of the most feared, fascinating and misunderstood objects in our known universe. Planets and even stars may go into them but nothing, not even light, comes out. In 2019, we got our first look at a real Black Hole. And in 2015, gravity waves were detected and measured, confirming Einstein's 100-year-old prediction. We'll look at black holes' equally dangerous cosmic cousins: do these strange objects pose a threat to us?
Clostridium difficile, commonly called C. diff, is a bacteria that lives in our intestines and in our environment. C. diff can at times turn into a lethal pathogen, with more than a half-million infections per year in the United States, many of those in older adults. We'll explore the risk factors that allow for disease development and what makes this pathogen turn deadly.
While some might view the proliferation of smartphone self-portraits as yet another narcissistic indulgence of Generation Z, moral panics around photography trace back to the invention and development of camera technology. Reality TV scholar Dr. Paul Hillier will present a brief history of representation that locates the modern selfie as part of a long-standing cultural practice.
Tampa Bay History Center's historians, Rodney Kite-Powell and Brad Massey, will chronicle how U.S. policymakers transformed Florida into an anti-Soviet fortress after World War II. The course will feature maps, photos, and artifacts from the Tampa Bay History Center's collection.
Expand your vocabulary and add phrases that will enhance your visits to French-speaking countries in this subsequent course to OLLI's Beginning Conversational French. You should be familiar with basic French. We will also employ the Pimsleur audio materials that are located in the library or can be downloaded from Audible. Continuons à être amis!
Are you a lover of foreign languages who would like to learn a new one? A lover of opera or music? So much music terminology is Italian. Or maybe you just want to try something beyond your comfort zone. Studies show that learning a language is an excellent way to boost cognitive abilities while lessening the likelihood of brain aging deterioration. Conversational Italian I is just what you need. We'll be using a book that will get you speaking right away. There's a CD, too, that will help with pronunciation. Come join the fun. Required text: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way by Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., Fourth Edition. Book includes an MP3 CD with 4 hours of audio ($29.99).
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).
Cosmology is the study of the Universe as a whole. It attempts to answer questions on the origin, evolution and eventual fate of the Universe. Travel 14 billion years back in time to the Big Bang and see how the Universe has evolved from an extremely hot and dense state to the cold and sparsely populated Universe of stars and galaxies we see today. We will encounter fascinating objects such as black holes, dark matter and dark energy, the most mysterious stuff in the Universe.
Learn about and discuss the bewildering array of topics that generate ethical questions in our culture: the anti-vaxxer movement, women's issues, end of life, transgender and LGBTQ, electronic management of controlled substances, and use and legalization of CBD medical marijuana. Share personal experiences if you wish.
Nations use cyberwarfare to interfere in elections, evade sanctions, steal information, disrupt weapons tests, conduct sabotage, and disrupt a society's essential services. Criminals increasingly use the tools of cyberwarfare to disrupt the lives of innocent and unwary citizens. Learn how to recognize and defend yourself from it.
In spite of the hopes of the Founding Fathers, the process of electing a president has rarely occurred without controversy. Reaching back to the era of Jefferson and Hamilton, we will examine how contests often took an intensely partisan, dramatic, and sometimes violent turn. We'll explore the role of the Electoral Eollege and popular balloting in shaping our evolving democracy.
Dinosaurs ruled this earth for 135 million years and were one of the most successful species ever to live. In contrast, we Homo Sapiens have been here for a mere 250,000 years. Our knowledge of dinosaurs has exploded over the last fifty years as we keep discovering new species. Join us and learn how Jurassic Park got it so wrong!
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 44-page illustrated text, The Cosmos, DNA and Humanity, 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.
What does it take for the Florida Aquarium's animals to thrive? They need more than food, water and space. It takes close attention to their eating habits and behavior, as well as some ingenuity, to devise improvements in animal habitats and care. Explore animal care and enrichment through varied training methods and experience a hands-on animal project. From habitat design, to animal nutrition and animal rescue cases, explore how the Aquarium is providing care to animals big and small.
Many biological treasures wash up on Florida's beaches. Learn how to identify and classify common seashells, egg cases and exoskeletons. Expand your understanding of the diversity of life on and beneath our sands.
Discover the amazing world of turtles, lizards, snakes, and crocodilians. Investigate why a legless lizard isn't just called a snake. Find out if all reptiles lay eggs. Understand how to distinguish between alligators and crocodiles. Identify which species of reptiles are found in the Tampa Bay area and where you might see them. Learn all of this and so much more in this engaging class all about reptiles.
Tampa Bay is an amazing place to explore by land and by sea! We'll venture from the hardwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, covering a multitude of habitats found in between. We'll cover key characteristics of each habitat, learn which animals call them home, and discover new local habitats to visit.
What are the critical foreign policy issues facing the US and the world today? Join Mohsen Milani, USF's premier foreign policy expert, for in-depth analysis including a focus on US-Iranian relations.
Representations of crime and justice are abundant in today's media landscape. We turn to popular televised dramas, films, documentaries and even podcasts to be entertained by tales of crime. What messages do we take away? Explore these media images to understand how they impact our perceptions, fears and behavior.
When new drugs come on the market we see advertisements that tell us to "Ask your doctor whether you are right for ..." The process that brings a product from an idea to a prescription designed to meet your medical need is long and highly regulated. We'll explore a little of the history and process of pharmaceutical research and discuss current events related to clinical trials.
Each new technology brings with it an associated set of physiological ailments, from the "aeroplane gaze" to "text neck." Media historian Patrick Ellis zooms in on this perennial phenomenon, focusing in particular on the arrival of airplanes in the skies above major cities in 1909. That's when many ordinary citizens caught their first glimpse of these strange new machines. What can their reactions to a new technology tell us about our own such responses now?
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 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.
Although many of the wonderful altruists who rescued Jews during the Holocaust were adults, there were an astonishing number of brave young people who similarly risked their lives to save Jews and obstruct Nazis. These unknown stories of courageous teens are a testament to the power of youthful idealism and goodness. Learn about these courageous youths and be inspired.
Serious readers welcome! Join our lively, civil discussions of works from various literary genres: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, John Cheever's short stories including The Five Forty-Eight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Twain's Roughing It. Texts about $20, available from the Instructor after registration.
Serious readers welcome! Join our lively, civil discussions of works from various literary genres:Eliot'sThe Wasteland, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler OR A Doll's House, selections from Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Woolf'sA Room of One's Own. Texts about $10, available from the Instructor after registration.
Join a national discussion on world affairs organized by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. 2021 topics include: Supply Chains and National Security; the Persian Gulf; Brexit; Struggles Over the Melting Arctic; China in Africa; the Korean peninsula; International Organizations in a Global Pandemic, and more. View expert testimony on the week's topic, followed by discussion based on the assigned reading. Required readings are in Great Decisions Briefing Book 2021 ($32) available online for purchase.
View the film on your own, then zoom into film specialist Harriet Deer's interactive class, featuring her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of important movies. Death in Venice the critically acclaimed 1973 adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella, directed masterfully by Luchino Visconti and starring Dirk Bogarde.
View the film on your own, then zoom into film specialist Harriet Deer's interactive class. Featuring her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick's 1971 view of a dystopian Britain starred Malcolm McDowell and was one of two films released theatrically with an X rating to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
View the film on your own, then zoom into film specialist Harriet Deer's interactive class. Featuring her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of Slapshot, the 1977 American sports comedy directed by George Roy Hill and written by Nancy Dowd. Paul Newman considered Slap Shot his one of his favorite major roles and said he had more fun making this movie than any other.
View the film on your own, then zoom into film specialist Harriet Deer's interactive class. Featuring her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of The Way We Were, Sidney Pollack's 1973 classic romantic drama. Featuring Marvin Hamlisch's award-winning music, the film about politically-mismatched lovers stars Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford.
Learn the causes and pathophysiology of heart attacks and strokes. What are the early warning signs and symptoms? What should you ask your doctor? How can you modify your lifestyle to help prevent heart disease?Benjamin Mena, MD, has been Chief of Medicine at three hospitals. He is a Board Member at Memorial Hospital and a volunteer in their diabetes support group.
As America honors the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, explore the stories of women in the antiquities collection of the Tampa Museum of Art. Join the curators as they highlight the roles of ancient women from Aphrodite and Athena to Amazon warriors and everyday females. These women are depicted as goddesses, heroines, mythological characters, and the commonplace figures who add to "herstory."
Few historic homes survive in Florida today, but Chinsegut Hill in Hernando County, one of the remaining pre-Civil War plantation sites, endures. This property once was occupied by Native Americans and later by four white owners and their enslaved workers. Eventually, the federal government took possession. Hear all about Chinsegut's fascinating history and the new partnership that will allow its cultural offerings to be enjoyed by visitors.
Grab your popcorn and join us for an interactive session exploring the language of cinema. Through film clips and lively discussion glimpse into the mind of the director as he or she uses style, image, and artistry to move us through the power of story. Whether you are a casual film viewer or a seasoned movie buff, "zoom" on over for an hour of cinematic fun! Lou Kaloger, MA, was vice president of a Florida advertising agency before his second career as a pastor of Tampa Covenant Church.
Join Fulvia Fiorani on a journey from our own cosmic backyard to the far reaches of space and time. In the last 30 years, the Hubble Telescope has shown us stunning and iconic images and helped us rewrite our knowledge of the universe. Fiorani holds a master's degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, she taught physics at the United States Naval Academy as her last active duty assignment.
As commercial radio celebrates 100 years of broadcasting, it's time to to take a look back at the people and programs that have helped radio evolve into the nation's most popular entertainment medium. Learn how radio has grown from one AM broadcast station in 1920 to more than 15,000 stations across the U.S. today as we examine the formative years of radio -- how stations were assigned, marketed, and programmed during the first half of the 20th century.
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!
Judge Schudson knows how judges really make their decisions. He brings us behind the bench to probe judicial minds analyzing actual trials and sentencing - of abortion protesters, murderers, sex predators, white supremacists and others. He takes us into chambers to hear judges forging appellate decisions about life and death, corporate crime, multimillion-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights. Most significantly, he exposes the financial, political, personal, and professional pressures threatening judicial integrity as never before.
What do you envisage when you think about your living arrangements in future years? Explore the option of intentional communities where members often hold common values and choose to set up a community together. These communities include co-housing, co-ops, residential land trusts, ecovillages and more: hear examples from an experienced architect. Take a journey of self-discovery by completing a series of self-assessment exercises at home: then come to class and discuss what you have learned about yourself and your preferences. Required text: Your Quest for Home, A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years by Marianne Kilkenny, $24.94 available online.
Want to visit a Russian-speaking country? Don't know more than how to say "yes" and "no" in Russian? This course is for you. We will learn the Cyrillic alphabet, basic grammar concepts, and essential words and phrases. Your reward: being able to read elementary texts in Russian and communicate in simple phrases.
Have the stock markets and economy always been a bit of a mystery to you? Learn about the relationships between the economy and the different markets for trading and investing. Understand the basics of investing, some different types of investing, and various strategies you can use. Explore information on available, free investment education.
How does your body interact with microorganisms or cancer and other types of inflammation when fighting disease? How can microbes suppress your immune system or cause it to overreact? Take a tour in this visual introduction which uses slides, lecture and discussion. Meet your immune system.
Sicily was a major cultural arena for Greek and Roman civilizations. Literary, iconographic and archaeological sources from the ancient history of the island provide a treasure trove to reconstruct the way the Greeks and Romans lived and died. In this course, we will explore major themes, such as diet, slavery, violence, burial practices, art and religion, which shed light on ancient Sicily. Includes a virtual tour of the Archaeological Museum of Siracusa in Sicily.
Join Jennifer Leavy, certified yoga therapist for a four-week course on breathwork and meditation. Watch and follow recorded sessions at your leisure; then join live, online follow-up sessions to meet with your group, ask questions and discuss the recorded sessions. Experience stress relief as well as peace and calm in your day-to-day life.
Need help relaxing? Focusing? Finding creativity? Experience the many benefits of the Zentangle(®) method of meditative hand drawing. It has been called yoga for the mind. Using simple materials and drawing one stroke at a time, anyone can draw beautiful structured patterns and create their own artwork.This basics course is simple enough if you have never drawn before, and offers opportunity for creativity to those who have drawn or tangled already. There are no mistakes, no judgement.
Have a seat and enjoy a restorative experience that is breath, body and spiritually focused in this gentle, versatile form of hatha yoga. Learn techniques to gain flexibility, strength and balance and to increase your range of motion. Chair yoga is adaptable for all skill levels and abilities, including those with balance issues or injuries. Relax in this course that moves at a mindfully slow pace.
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.
Negotiation is the backbone of human interaction. While most of us think negotiations involve only high stakes - corporations brokering billion-dollar mergers, nations working out terms of peace and trade - we actually negotiate every day. We negotiate with family over housework or with employers over salaries. Still, most of us are ill-prepared to negotiate successfully. But with the help of Moez Limayem, Lynn Pippenger Dean of the USF Muma College of Business, there are some simple steps we can take to give us an advantage.
Would you like to workshop your poems with a peer group in a supportive environment? Once a month, bring your poems-in-progress and we will help you sculpt and edit your first drafts. You decide whether to follow suggestions. Be prepared to offer constructive feedback to other group members on their draft poems. Class meets once a month over three months.

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What do artifacts from 28,000 years ago tell us about the first Americans? What do we learn from deep-sea discoveries such as the complex mechanism recovered in 1901 off the coast of the Greek isle, Antikythera? We'll explore the relatively new field of space archaeology, which includes the use of satellite technology to locate buried sites across the world. In our second meeting, we'll leap into the controversial and speculative world of myths such as Bigfoot and UFOs.

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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.
Margaret Knight, Mary Anderson, three girls in a refugee camp. Exactly who are these women? Who invented an electronic walking stick for the blind? Who invented the windshield wiper? Which one invented a better shopping bag? Discover these and many more extraordinary females who were given little or no mention in our history classes.
Amid a worldwide examination of racism, xenophobia and intolerance, let's ask ourselves about our collective history and the shifts in perspective we need to make.This interactive guided virtual tour of USF CAM's exhibitions Still Here and Monuments offer a lens into our current cultural climate and a frame for an open discussion following the tour.
Journey into the realm of sleep. In this lecture series, we will first look at the history of sleep as represented in art and literature. Then we will focus on the neurobiology of sleep stages: how do they affect our circadian rhythms and our overall health? We will also consider the social effects of sleep disorders and the current treatments available.
Alarms are sounding from the ivory tower of academia to Hollywood about the powerful allure of social media feeds, but how much of this crisis rhetoric is driven by moral panic? How well do tropes of deviance and addiction depict how young people embrace popular media forms ranging from Gothic novels more than two centuries ago to video games and social media today?
Do you remember Star Trek? We marveled at its optimistic vision and futuristic technology. In the decades following its launch in 1966, which Star Trek "gadgets" or processes became a reality? Let's trek where no one has gone before and explore the strange new worlds of transporters, replicators, PADDs, time travel, warp drive and artificial intelligence and see how much remains science fiction.

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Even with COVID-induced travel bans and quarantines, you can travel the world with George Hyde's fourth "Armchair Travel" class for OLLI. George highlights unique and unappreciated attributes of some of his personal favorites among cities he's visited in a peripatetic career! This term, visit Paris, Madrid, Geneva, and Washington, DC. Boarding now!
Roll out your mat for this gentle yoga practice. The course combines traditional hatha poses, breathing practices and meditation with range-of-motion movements to create a beautiful, therapeutic experience. Standing and balancing poses are also included for coordination, bone stability and strength.
Here's how to have a fun, concise overview of the financial markets and other aspects of something that affects all of us: money. Take this course and discuss the history and basics of investing, tax and estate planning and wealth management. Consider ways to protect and preserve your wealth for you and your beneficiaries. No specific financial products will be discussed or sold.
What is the difference between a supplement and an advantage plan? The significance of enrollment periods? What factors influence long-term care quotes and how do insurance riders work? Bring your Medicare questions for a comprehensive review and let the instructor demystify Medicare and long-term care insurance for you.
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."
Where does the organ go when the movie starts? Why is there a stuffed peacock perched near the proscenium? What is a "proscenium," anyway? Learn the Theatre's secrets, stories, art and architecture and witness its historic restoration efforts with a virtual "balcony to backstage" tour of Tampa's majestic movie palace. The tour will kick off in the lobby and includes a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
Want to continue developing your Spanish conversational skills? Learn useful new expressions and grow your vocabulary for everyday conversation while engaging in interactive activities in and outside the classroom. What we cover will be tailored to class needs and interests, but you must have previously taken Spanish. Come join the Wednesday evening fiesta! Textbook is Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Wald & Thatcher ($30 or less).
Tap your inner artist, your wisdom and your authentic self with the practice of watercolor. No experience necessary. Learn techniques that will help create beautiful art and lead to more mindful living, based on cutting edge research in the arts and human development. In-class exercises encourage vision, self-expression and reflection. Students will need a watercolor brush round size 12, watercolor paint set, palette, watercolor paper, two water jars and paper towels.
Intelligence gathering is really an art. We will discuss and analyze the following forms of intelligence gathering: HUMINT, GEOINT, MASINT, OSINT, SIGINT, TECINT, CYBINT/DNINT, and FININT. We will also incorporate the following areas into the class discussions and activities: Cryptanalysis, Meteorological Intelligence, Optint, Spy Satellite,TEMPEST, and Traffic Analysis. Our sessions consist of lecture, discussion and hands-on activities including case studies.
Learn about the growing importance of the key cities of this region. Shifting the historian's traditional focus from London, Paris and Vienna, we will highlight Copenhagen's emergence as a Northern European trade center. Meet the charming town of Tallinn which became a medieval crossroads between East and West, observe Stockholm's relentlessness, and analyze Saint Petersburg, the "Versailles of the North."
You danced to some of the best music in America and had the words to "Get a Job" and "Lonely Teardrops" stuck in your head. Now learn more about the birth of Motown, in "Motor City" Detroit of course. And hear behind-the-scenes stories of Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson Five, and the man who started it all, Berry Gordy Jr.
Meet the author! For our inaugural reading series named in honor of our OLLI friend and beloved OLLI instructor Brenda Tipps, we welcome four authors of creative nonfiction, fiction and memoir. Recommended reading : Mine by Sarah Viren; Give by Erica Carpenter; Struggle for Freedom: Marta's Courage by Eduvigia (Junia) Ancaya and The Airship: IncantationsAdam Tipps Weinstein. Join us once a month for a reading followed by a Q & A session.
Take a journey through the history and science of the early atomic age from Dalton's theory that all matter is composed of atoms to the development of the atomic bomb and the decision to drop it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this series of four lectures we'll review the scientists and spies involved in The Manhattan Project then consider the science behind the more sophisticated, and potentially far more destructive, Hydrogen bomb.
Is synthetic biology changing the human race? Slicing and dicing DNA - is this a good thing? Join us for an interesting, and sometimes disturbing, investigation of the human body. We'll take a look at the epigenome (chemical compounds and proteins that can affect DNA) and the microbiome (the genetic content of microbes in the body) then we'll explore how these can be manipulated through bio-engineering and regenerative medicine.
Psychologist Daniel J. Levinson was one of the founders of the field of positive adult development. Levinson's two most prominent books are The Seasons of a Man's Life and The Seasons of a Woman's Life, which comprise the foundation for this course. These books, considered controversial when published, reveal the groundbreaking research that illuminated the mandatory, specific stages we all pass through as we age and grow.
The first class will focus on the long fight for the 19th Amendment, ending with special attention to Florida's League of Women Voters. The second will emphasize the issues that the League promoted after 1920, with a focus on full citizenship, equality in jury duty, property rights, and the Equal Rights Amendment, as well as the League's leadership in governmental reforms.
Humans have been playing music and mixing instruments together for millennia, but it wasn't until about 400 years ago that musicians started forming combinations that would eventually turn into the modern orchestra. Trace the creation and evolution of orchestras from birth to the large concert halls of today.
After the Civil War, the turbulent era that endeavored to reintegrate the Confederate States and the four million newly-freed slaves into the United States became a period of lost hope and dreams. Under Andrew Johnson's administration, new southern state legislatures passed restrictive "black codes" to control the former slaves. Northern Republicans passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that gave newly enfranchised blacks a voice in government for the first time in U.S. history. 265 African-Americans won elections to southern state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. However, progressive measures would last less than ten years, and the plight of African-Americans would revert to blatant inequality once again.
Join Dr. Richard Bell who will share the incredible story of five free boys kidnapped into bondage whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America. Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery's rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.
Review recent decisions and the current opinions of our nation's highest court, and preview what might be on the court's docket in the following term. Hear expert analysis on judgments rendered with a focus on those that differentiate the majority from the dissent.
During the post-Cold War period, relationships between Russia, the U.S. and NATO have turned into a growing rivalry and confrontation over Russian expansionism. The unilateralist views of the Trump administration caused uncertainty over responses and threats to the security of the United States and the NATO alliance.
Typically conversations about the Fed's annual deficit, and our national debt, focus on expenditure. Bruce Shanker, CPA will discuss a unique approach for adding revenue and significantly reducing the national debt.
Is there something unique that defines "Southern Fiction"? We will read and discuss four examples to see if there is an answer: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Spotted Horses and The Bear by William Faulkner (in William Faulkner: Three Famous Short Novels, Vintage); Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor; The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty. Please read Their Eyes Were Watching God before the first class.
The Archaeological Museum in Siracusa (Sicily) is among the largest in Italy and displays the most important collection of Greek antiquities, outside of Greece. With over 18,000 artifacts on display, it covers the history of Sicily from prehistory to the Fall of the Roman Empire. Using innovative digital communication tools, such as Google Street View, izi.Travel and Sketchfab, USF historian Davide Tanasi/b> will take you virtually to the museum of Siracusa to discover its treasures.
Travel to Italy and find out why a country is so much more than its monuments and countryside. Your trip will span more than 50 years and reach from the Alps to Sicily and coast to coast. Experience the good, the bad and the ugly. Catherine Mitchell holds a master's degree in Italian from Middlebury College and lived in Italy for 10 years. She has taught English at European language schools and Italian in the United States.
Elizabeth Pilot wrote about life in 18th century Florida; it was genealogical research that played a crucial role in bringing her memoir to publication. Take a rare look at early Florida and uncover the experiences of women and families during the eighteenth century. Fast-forward to current times and consider why personal stories and oral histories are so important for modern families. Appreciate how historians locate and evaluate memoirs, and even begin your own autobiography as your contribution to the historical record.

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A legacy letter is a brief written document that allows you to share life lessons, express your values, and transmit blessings to future generations. This workshop includes brief writing exercises and offers advice and encouragement to help you complete your own legacy document.
Writing your memoir means taking stories from your past and making sure they last. This workshop is for those of you who have always intended to write but just never got around to it. Working step-by-step with material from your own life, we will explore a wide variety of ways to start, structure, and spin your stories, so they invite the reader to pick up, stay with, and learn from your written pages.
We appear to be experiencing a long-term shift in learning and development. How will that impact the design and delivery of courses for seniors? Let's get creative! We'll use evidence and research from the fields of science, neuroscience and social sciences to design and build interactive, social and impactful live online learning experiences.