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.
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.

Imagine Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as a poem. What's the difference between a speech and a poem? Is a poem a powerful piece of art if it lacks simile, analogy and metaphor? Explore the world of poetry with Tampa's Poet Laureate, James E. Tokley, Sr. Learn about his approach to the craft of poetry and his evolution as a poet.
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.
Explore the nature and specifics of a comprehensive financial plan, which goes far beyond rates of return and assets. It paints a picture of all six areas of the full "financial person." It offers a roadmap to opportunities and objectives, but it also illuminates roadblocks that may be in the way. A fiduciary would prepare this type of plan in order to show someone's current financial position and aid in identifying strategies and goals.
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.
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.
Explore the little-known and uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to defy the Nazis and save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness by diverse individuals. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then ask: "If people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today?"
Mahmoud Bennett will offer an overview of Malaysia and a chronology of its history and importance in the region. This will include its history as a former British colony, its geography, language, religion, and social customs. The lecture will also touch on systematic discrimination and allow for discussion. Bennett has gained a wide range of experience from working as an ESL educator to freelancing as a model in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently pursuing a Broadcast News degree at USF.
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.
From Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Madonna and Lady Gaga, Hollywood has long asked singers to act. But why? And is this good for the art of cinema? Dr. Landon Palmer, author of the forthcoming book Rock Star/Movie Star: Power and Performance in Cinematic Rock Stardom, will examine the consequences of media industries seeking synergy between music and movie platforms.
Hola, hable en Espanol por favor! 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.
The fun continues in this second-level course. Learn about the chord melody style of playing, flat picking, chord shapes and the use of the capo by learning and playing lots of songs. Prerequisite: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Part I

We'll have more fun with the dulcimer in this third level course. Learn about the arpeggiated style of playing and how to incorporate it with chord melody style, refining flat picking, finger picking and Aolian Mode. We'll learn this as we play lots of songs. Prerequisite: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Parts I and II
Step behind the scenes of a Florida Orchestra rehearsal at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. See and hear how a classical masterpiece comes together and is polished for performance. A surprise guest from the stage might join us, and there will definitely be a tour. Works to be rehearsed include Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel: Intro & Wedding March; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 with pianist Giles Vonsattel, Stravinsky's Ballet Pulcinella, and a yet-to-be-announced commissioned work for Beethoven 2020!
Black holes are 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. Now we even have an image of a Black Hole. What about its more dangerous cosmic cousins? What happens when these strange objects get too cozy? We get gravity waves and the first validation of a 100-year-old Einstein prediction.
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.
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.
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!
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
Hablemos Español. If you have taken a basic Spanish class, this class is for you. Work on mastering words you can use for travel and in everyday situations. Expand your vocabulary and practice conversation. Develop useful strategies to increase your language proficiency. Required text: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, by Gene M. Hammett and George Thatcher, EdD, $29.99 or less.
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.
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.
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!
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 $35 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 the home of the world's earliest civilizations and the birthplace of major world religions. It also contains critical natural resources. For these reasons, it is ripe for exploitation, colonization and a clash of cultures that has endured for millennia. It also helps explain our fascination with the region. Explore the diversity of cultures that characterizes the Middle East as you consider its attractions, cultures, food and languages.
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.
Do you own annuities and other insurance products that are not maximizing your investment? Have you been considering investments but need more information on the subject? Have your goals changed? If you want to review your options with facts, not sales, this is the class for you. Understanding the pros and cons of various annuity methods will help you to decide how to maximize your investment potential. The current economy, interest rates, markets,insurance, income investments and bonds will all be covered. Discover the profitable benefits of goal-based financial planning.
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! $28 materials fee, payable to instructor at the first class.
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 44-page illustrated text, The Cosmos, DNA and Humanity, forms the basis of this course and will be provided.
Abdullah Alanazi will present an empirical overview of cigarette smoking in the United States and its potential as a gateway to illegal drug use. The lecture will also cover the pharmaceutical and behavioral treatment options to quit cigarette smoking. Mr. Alanazi, a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, is a Fellow of the Sparkman Center for Global Health.
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.
Has the right side of your brain been exercised lately? In this hands-on course, become comfortable drawing in black and white and color. Explore the many tools and techniques that drawing offers: pen and ink, watercolor and pastels. Learn about other artists and art movements, and share your own experiences. Be inspired by handouts, slides and right brain exercises that highlight each session. The $10 materials fee is due at the first class.
This five-lecture series addresses the many misconceptions of drug abuse and available treatment for drug addiction. Each lecture focuses on different stimulants. Learn basic facts about amphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, hallucinogens such as marijuana and LSD and the opioids morphine and heroin. Our sessions will include discussion and an opportunity to have your questions answered.
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.
Explore special places in Hillsborough County that highlight unique environmental features such as flood water retention, uncommon listed plants, wetlands restoration or paleontology. Leisurely hikes of up to two miles will allow you to see these special places up close: entry and parking fees of between $2-$5 may apply.

Note: class meetings will run into the early afternoon when the group goes on field trips.

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.
"Fake News" was 2017's phrase of the year, and there's certainly no shortage of it during 2018! With the proliferation of sources offering "alternate facts," this course will help you learn how to identify fake news items when you see them, understand who created them, and why. Become a savvier media consumer! We will discuss current examples and timely material each week.
More than 15 million American's care for individuals living with dementia. If you are a carer, how do you manage your loved one's finances? Financial services director Dan Zagata and financial advisor, Tim Haynes, will guide you through the five-topic framework recommended by MIT and the resources available to help you. An elder care attorney will answer your questions.
Wetlands, Bays and Beaches, Coral Reef, and Ocean Commotion: the galleries of The Florida Aquarium are teeming with fish, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and plants. You'll explore all of this with a knowledgeable tour guide. Did you ever wonder how we feed our huge sand tiger sharks? Or how we get alligators to sit still for a medical check-up? In a four-week "deep dive" into science, behind-the-scenes experiences, animal encounters, and a lot of fun along the way, you'll encounter a side of the Aquarium few get to see, so bring your camera and your curiosity!
While the Aquarium is a great destination for families, tourists, students and other diverse audiences to visit, it is also a not-for-profit mission-based organization conducting research, leading conservation efforts and collaborating internationally to protect wildlife, wild places and even our own backyard of Tampa Bay. Learn about the Aquarium's three main conservation foci: sea turtles, sand tiger sharks and coral while meeting some of the biologists, veterinary staff and educators who help to achieve the Aquarium's vision to protect and restore our blue planet.
From clear spring fed rivers, to our one-of-a-kind Everglades, blackwater streams and cypress filled swamps, many of Florida's wetland habitats and the species that thrive in them are unique and special. Learn more about these fascinating places. Taught by an avid outdoor enthusiast and experienced Florida Master Naturalist, this course will include two in-class sessions and two field trips, with destinations to be determined.
Florida is a fascinating state with many rich and unexplored stories. Our focus will be on the arrival of new technologies and the social change they caused, from the inventions of pre-Colombian inhabitants to 20th-century military technology, tourism and technology. We will emphasize influential inventions and machines that shaped Florida's landscape and society, including the amazing Calusa Indians and their complex canal system, MacDill Air Force Base's nuclear aircraft and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Join America's largest discussion group on world affairs, featuring eight critical issues facing us. Organized by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association, the 2020 topics include: Climate Change; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Human Trafficking; China in Latin America; the Philippines; Artificial Intelligence and Data. Read background information (about 10 pages), view expert testimony on the week's topic, then discuss. Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, ($32).
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright proposed the adjective Usonian instead of American to describe his vision of buildings using natural materials, an open concept and energy efficiency. Conceived in the 20th century, the Usonian house displays organic architecture at its best and easily adapts to a 21st-century family's lifestyle. Wright coined the word "carport" to describe an overhang for sheltering a parked vehicle.
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.
Art meets science in this workshop, where you will produce two glass suncatchers using the highly saturated colors of art glass as the medium. Learn about the kiln ring, familiarize yourself with safety measures, and understand the chemical and physical properties of the materials. Feel free to see a colorful vision unfold from your own center of creativity. All materials included.
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.
Searching for and locating records about our ancestors is rarely a simple process. While there are those easy-to-find individuals who seem to appear in every single account, many of us devote way too much time trying to discover those elusive members of our family tree who seem to have avoided being recorded - perhaps on purpose! This workshop is for those of you who have hit a brick wall in your research. We will identify the time busters that don't produce results, and provide guidance to increase your chances for success.
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.
Become a more informed traveler as well as a better citizen in this overview of the geology of different areas of the United States. Learn about glaciers, springs and wells, earthquakes, hot spots, mountain making, volcanism, sedimentation and other geological processes. We'll discuss travel planning and what to bring to make your travels more rewarding so you can better appreciate the geological features you'll find along the way.
The National Senior Games Association, a Multi-Sports Council member of the US Olympic Committee, promotes wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. Andrew Walker, B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida and master's degree in Public Health from USF, is Director of Health and Wellness for the National Senior Games Association. Learn how you can get into the Senior Games Movement and discover your own path to fitness through Senior Games sports.
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.
Learn about accepted, nonpolitical scientific information regarding the relationship of fossil fuel energy utilization to greenhouse gas formation and, by association, to global warming. We will examine and challenge the facts, the data and the models to enable you to arrive at your own conclusions about global warming and climate change. We will also look ahead to 2050 to predict future use of fossil fuels and the outlook for the fast-growing renewable energy sector. You will be able to engage confidently in social discussion on this topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussions of novels, plays, poetry, short stories and essays by Conrad, Shakespeare, Austen, O'Neill, Frost, Salinger, Twain and Hurston. Texts supplied by instructor prior to first class ($12 for returners , $21 for new registrants).
Go beyond that tie-dyed T-shirt and show your artistic talent on fabric. Learn how to hand paint with stencils on textiles. Using fabric paint to layer colors, you will achieve your desired look that won't wash out. You will have a painted design that is functional and fun. Materials and supplies fee $25 payable to the instructor at the first class.
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?
Learn all about heraldry: its history, its function, and its current place in English society. Explore the evolution of the College of Arms, and the development of arms as vital medieval symbols of power. We will talk about the arms carried by the Plantagenet family, kings of England for over 350 years, as you learn about blazonry. By the end of this class, you should be able to blazon a simple shield.

This course contains no sessions

Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.

Explore the course of crusading during the Middle Ages and trace the impact of these campaigns on the modern world through the examination of topics like the "Tenth Crusade" of George W. Bush and the rise of the so-called Islamic State. By the end of this class, you will have a broader understanding of this fascinating series of interreligious exchanges that have become symbolic of the present-day divide between West and East.
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.
Can you imagine solutions to end hunger and food insecurity in our community? Feeding Tampa Bay has a bold goal: a hunger-free Tampa Bay by 2025, thereby improving the health and well-being of our neighbors. In 2012, Thomas Mantz joined Feeding Tampa Bay as Executive Director with a bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida. Mandy Cloninger, with degrees from the University of Florida and Texas Tech University, serves as Director of Trinity Cafe, a program of Feeding Tampa Bay.
Review the roots of the impeachment clause in the constitution as well as the origins and history of the process in England. Consider impeachments of U.S. presidents and other officials and look at the impeachment inquiry and actions related to President Donald Trump.
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 travel dialogues, visual sources including YouTube and works of art, as well as German poetry, folk songs, literature. Required text is Easy German Step-by-Step, by Swick, $16. Optional text: DK Bilingual Visual Dictionary.$14.95

!Hola! Begin to dabble in the language spoken by 2 1/2 million Floridians and 42 million Americans. Learn the basics in the traditional manner, with greetings and practical dialogs. The focus will be on pronunciation and learning cognates. No text needed for this brief course; we'll use instructor presentations, handouts, and more. We hope to entice you to continue your conversational journey.
Brain games are the best medicine to keep your brain functioning at its highest level. Try a new game - speak German! You'll be surprised how much you can say with just 100 of the most frequently used words of the German language. We will cover pronunciation, vocabulary, everyday phrases and hold basic conversations. All materials will be provided, just bring a notebook and an open mind!
Continue to learn practical vocabulary and just enough grammar to have conversations without getting bogged down. If you didn't take Conversational Italian I, but have a background in foreign languages, join us. We'll continue with the same book 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)
Since the early twentieth century, Italian cinema has influenced film movements worldwide. As of 2018, Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, more than any other country. Watch, enjoy and then discuss four classic films from Italy: Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini,(with Maggie Smith, Judy Dench and Cher), Fellini's Amacord, DaSica's Two Women (with Sophia Loren) and Fellini's The Clowns.
Join us for a romp through the music of Bob Dylan with a focus on his use of persona, both in his songs and in his life. We'll look at Bob the disrupter, Bob the bluesman, Bob the Christian, Bob the Wilbury, Bob the surrealist, and Bob the crooner, to mention a few. Come ready to sing, dance, laugh, and above all come ready to discuss this giant of American music and why we're still singing along.
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.
Join Dominic D'Agostino, PhD, Associate Professor, USF's College of Medicine to explore what we have learned about nutritional ketosis and how we can harness this physiological state to improve neurological health, biomarkers of metabolic health and stress resilience. He will also discuss its use in pre-clinical animal studies and human clinical trials.
President George W. Bush included both Iran and North Korea in his "axis of evil." Let's look at the critical status of relations between the U.S. and those two countries. What options exist for resolving those crises?
As Robert Frost knew, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Join Jerry Noland to learn what poetry is, how to understand it, and what purpose it serves. Read selections from American and British poets, learn how to find meaning, become familiar with poetic figures of speech, and, most importantly, learn to appreciate this literary form-- perhaps even becoming a lover of poetry! No textbook required; all poetry selections are available on the Internet.
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.
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.
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 line dancing is fun and easy, no partner needed. Classes may be videoed.
How do we look at a work of art and discern the influence of the artist's environment on the finished piece? Take a careful look at art through the centuries from the cave dwellers to the Impressionists to Picasso. Compare the impact of their very different physical and cultural worlds on their art. Consider the influence of advances in technology.
Join us in a collective learning/teaching exploration in which we discover together Spain's greatest modern poet and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936). At the first class meeting you will have the opportunity to select a topic from a list and choose the date on which you wish to report to the rest of us. Enjoy researching and sharing some aspect of Lorca's work in a relaxed class environment.
Learn to play the intricate game of Mah Jongg following National Mah Jongg League rules. Intended for beginners, learn as you play. We will provide you with a game card in large print. With a small investment of time and attention, you can become familiar with the elementary principles of the game.
Join us on a cultural exploration of men in the 20th century. Through film, literature, and discussion, we will explore the various ways men have been depicted both on- and off-screen and how specific cultural events during that era helped shape those images.

This course contains no sessions

Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.

Learn the history, customs, economic impact, public and private "faces," plus the cultural and civic influences of these unique celebrations and how they distinguish Tampa and New Orleans. The rich traditions define "fun" in unique, creative ways for all ages.
You see someone, you fall in love, and you get married. Is that what happened back in medieval England? Not often! Come to learn about dowries, dowers, wards and child marriages. Find out why widows so often were wealthy, and hear stories about the complex financial negotiations. Find out about 'clandestine marriages' and the hilarious role of 'seven honest women' in divorce hearings. This is a single lecture, two hours in all.
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. Learn the basic techniques to create beautiful hand-drawn images. No prior drawing experience necessary. Increase focus, creativity and artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. With $15 in art supplies, leave class meetings feeling that anything is possible--one stroke at a time. Bring a check for $15, made out to the instructor, to the first class.
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.
After his first "Favorite Places" course drew a sellout crowd and rave reviews, veteran OLLI instructor and longtime international broadcast consultant George Hyde went to work on the sequel. Now it's here, with four dynamic new destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but which are uniquely engaging, photogenic, and stimulating for novice and veteran travelers alike.
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.
Music and mindfulness are both ancient arts created by and for the human mind. This lecture will explore the connections between the two through the lens of art, science, and practice to achieve integrative health in the middle to late life. Hongdao Meng holds a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the University of Rochester and is an Associate Professor in the School of Aging Studies, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at USF.
Forget theme parks and golf courses! Appreciate Florida's natural wonders. Learn where to go to explore our state's wetlands, uplands and coastal habitats from an avid outdoor enthusiast and experienced Florida Master Naturalist. Identify reptiles, insects, butterflies, birds and common mammals in this classroom based course that focuses on Florida's diverse ecosystems and conservation. Includes a field-trip, destination to be agreed on in class.
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.
In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There, she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. Pre-performance lecture by Suzanne Livesay, Vice President of Education at the Straz. Miss Saigon often makes the list of "most iconic musicals." Explore the history, themes and music of this legendary show. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 4. No refunds after February 4.
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound no one had ever heard, and that the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning phenomenon, Jersey Boys. Pre-performance lecture by Matthew Belopavlovich, the Patel Conservatory's Theater Artistic Director. He'll discuss the Rashomon effect and how it was used to frame the Jersey Boys' story.REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 24. No refunds after January 24.
Vixen. Vamp. Sexpot. Siren. Whatever you call her, just don't call Carmen yours. Bizet's original independent woman inspires murderous obsession - partly because of her pout and proportions but mostly because she will not be tamed. When military man Don José falls for Carmen's charms, his desperate attempt to claim her spells disaster for them both. Carmen is sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. After the show, join us for an OLLI Opera Coda. Beryl Byles will lead a discussion of the day's performance along with brief visits by opera artists. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 5. NO REFUNDS AFTER JANUARY 5.
With swashbuckling slapstick from the masters of theatrical tomfoolery, The Pirates of Penzance presents the screamingly funny, satirical perfection of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic genius. Take a turncoat apprentice, a tender-hearted band of pirates, one marriage-minded nursemaid, mix in a catch-22 involving leap year, and you've got the makings for this rollicking tale of ignoble nobles and the ladies who love them. After the show, join us for an OLLI Opera Coda. Beryl Byles will lead a discussion of the day's performance along with brief visits by opera artists.REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 9. NO REFUNDS AFTER FEBRUARY 9.
A slave girl caught between her love and her father, a young general trapped between duty and desire, a princess pinned by pride. As Egypt wages war against Ethiopia, Verdi's epic, tragic love triangle unfolds in swelling arias amid lush, sweeping sets to its heart-wrenching conclusion. A monumental achievement, Aida remains one of the most-performed and well-loved operas of all time. After the show, join us for an OLLI Opera Coda. Beryl Byles will lead a discussion of the day's performance along with brief visits by opera artists. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 22. NO REFUNDS AFTER MARCH 22.
Calling all handbell ringers: come play for fun as you bring back musical memories with OLLI Handbell Ringers! If you haven't rung in a while picking it up again is like riding a bicycle -- it always comes back. Beginners welcome, but you must be able to read music and willing to learn the basics. Bells will be provided: bring your own gloves and lights. Rediscover the joy of making beautiful music.
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. Singing benefits body, mind and spirit! We will perform for various audiences in the community during some class meetings. New singers may either borrow music from the instructor or purchase it (approximately $20).
Join travel expert Kurt Martell of Vantage travel to preview OLLI's October 2020 trip to Portugal and Spain. Discover the beautiful cities of Barca d'Alva, Pinhao, Regua, Entre-os-Rios and Porto. Learn about pre- and post-trip extensions to Barcelona and Madrid.
Examine each party's leading candidates for the 2020 election: their qualifications for the presidency, the positions they are taking on major issues, their overall strengths and weaknesses. Each of us will develop our own assessment tools to decide whom we favor, make our predictions about who will become the nominees, and review the results of the crucial early primaries
Margaret Miller, Director of USF Graphicstudio, will offer a brief history of Graphicstudio, a professional collaborative workshop. The visit will include an introduction to groundbreaking fine art prints by acclaimed and leading artists including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Los Carpinteros. The visit will include a printing demonstration.
Give a new twist to the latest travel trend: purposeful travel. Join veteran journalist Joan Giangrasse Kates and her daughter Ana Kates to learn how to create inter-generational travel adventures. It may be easier than you think and can have a huge impact on the young people in your life.
Every creative artist is repeatedly asked, "Where did you get the idea for this?" In this course, we will explore how current events inspire writers. We will discuss two specific novels and touch on others. Before the start of the course, please read the short novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (which takes place during World War I) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Sold on a Monday (which takes place during the Great Depression) by Kristina McMorris.
Are you the true "Romantic" at heart you sense that you are? Following a brief identification of the modern Romantic personality, we'll consider the wisdom of the historical Romantics, as revealed in their literature and art, and conclude this short course with an exploration of the relevance of the Romantic's heartfelt wisdom to modern life.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill outlined their goals for the post war world in the 1941 Atlantic Charter. How did this statement influence their successors? How did Roosevelt's death and George Kennan's containment policy affect the U.S. position on neo-colonialism? We will examine U.S. involvement in Korea, Vietnam and Iran in light of these colonial ideas.
This course will present the cultural differences and similarities of Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries in comparison with other parts of the world. We are more similar than we think, as we will see by addressing the major cultural attributes in Saudi Arabia and its neighbors in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
Of course you've heard of Sacagawea and Amelia Earhart. But what about Gertrude Bell, Alexandra David-Neel and Bessie Coleman? These are just three of the many adventurous women our history lessons forgot to mention. This course will feature their stories and accomplishments, some of which changed the world as we know it.
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 these affect our circadian rhythms and our over-all health? We will also consider the social effects of sleep disorders and the current treatments available.
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%. The physical, mental and social benefits from dancing are enormous! Enhance your quality of life and have fun learning some new moves. With your new Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Waltz and Swing techniques, you'll be "tripping the light fantastic" in only six weeks. Bring a partner or not -- your choice. If you can walk, we can teach you to dance. And video the lessons if you wish!
This course is for those who already know a little Spanish and who seek to develop greater fluency. Learn to recognize and read basic written Spanish, practice speaking Spanish, develop vocabulary and learn Spanish verb tenses and grammatical forms. Emphasis will be given to strategies for developing language skills, reading and writing. The required text is Complete Spanish Step-by-Step by Bregstein ($25).
No experience necessary! Release your inner art genie. Draw and paint a collection of items arranged so you can see them clearly. This age-old teaching method both soothes and instructs. Leave your self-judgment at home and bring your enthusiasm. $50 Materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class.
Political aficionados are welcome to participate in analyzing the 2020 presidential primary system: the debates, polls, policies both proposed and opposed, and fund-raising. We will discuss the structure of the party conventions and their rules. We will review the electoral college, party platforms, senatorial races, and various strategies for winning the presidency and the Senate. We can do it all without FOX or MSNBC!
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."
Tampa Theatre stands as the city's only surviving historic single-screen movie theatre. It is also one of the best-preserved examples of American movie palace architecture. Learn its secrets, stories, art and architecture. Witness its historic restoration efforts with a virtual "balcony to backstage" tour through the decades of booming success, near-demolition, and rescue by the community. Hear about future plans as this national landmark nears its 100th anniversary!
This beginner to intermediate course offers a set of 17 gentle movements that exercise the whole physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. These movements help the mind return to stillness, clarity and wisdom and the body become balanced, relaxed and healthy. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Participants should wear sneakers or athletic shoes and comfortable clothing that permits movement.
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. Discover a different theme in each session in this course based on cutting edge research in the arts and human development. In-class exercises encourage vision, self expression and reflection. $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at the first class.
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."
The conflict between Cuba and South Africa exemplifies how the "Cold War" and opposing ideologies influenced the international relations of all of the combatant nations. You will see how home country politics, international relations, and military power have been implemented in the real world, and you will discover the myths that this conflict generated.
How did terrorism become the global problem we face today? Through discussions, we will discover the roles that history, religion, colonialism, cold-war politics, economics and social structure played in shaping the Middle East and Afghanistan today.
Join Rich Kennedy for a look back at the major political developments of 2019 and a look forward to what we may see as the 2020 election gets into full swing. We'll highlight the most serious issues, take a brief look at emerging electoral strategies and review what the pundits (and the comedians) are saying. Most importantly, we can kick off the New Year, sharing fellowship with some friendly political junkies. Rich Kennedy runs his own software company and is active in local politics.
The Middle East is frequently in the news, but many of us lack the background to put that news into context. Obtain that background from a person who has lived and studied many years in the region. After learning about the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, we will consider the economy, particularly the oil market, along with the political issues that preoccupy the states in this region.
Gerri Almand had never, not even once, looked at an RV tooling down the road and thought, Wow, if only that could be me! Hear her story of writing, editing, and marketing a successful, humorous travel book from her RV office as she and her husband bounced down the road in their tin-can house. With degrees from Florida State and the University of Maryland, Gerri worked with families and children for forty years before reinventing herself as an author, storyteller, and public speaker.
Delve into the wisdom of two foundational Buddhist texts. We'll discuss the complex but short Heart Sutra, then read and ponder selections from The Vimalakirti Sutra, about a rich man who is Buddha's friend. Strange events occur in the man's house, including the manifestation of a goddess who illustrates Buddhist wisdom with flower petals. See how 20th century surrealist art and puppetry help clarify mysterious key points. Required text: The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti, by Thurman ($23.95).
Get an unclassified update of the status of our military--current military leadership, strength, weapons capability, and order of battle. We will identify the ten Combatant Commands, their locations, and countries where our military is stationed. We will investigate actions in which our military is involved, directly or indirectly. Finally, we will predict the likelihood of wars or conflicts that could involve our military soon or in the future.
Trace the origins of the 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.
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.
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.
Discover compelling literary forms and enjoy spirited discussion. Read Boyhood (J.M. Coetzee) growing up in a rural South African town during Apartheid; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce) observing the life of Dubliner Stephen Daedalus; The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of A Girlhood Among Ghosts (Maxine Hong Kingston) Chinese-American cultural conflicts and The Turn of the Screw (Henry James) the terrifying isolation of a governess and her charges. Please read Boyhood before the first class. Any edition of these texts will work.
Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized voluntary medical aid in dying (physician-assisted death). The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously recognized the right to request and receive medical aid in dying as a Charter-protected (constitutional) right and a half dozen European countries have passed laws legalizing such aid. Let's take a closer look at cultural shifts in attitudes towards assisted suicide.
Join OLLI member Gail Parsons and her granddaughter as they share their 100-mile coast-to-coast self-guided walk across northern England alongside Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the year AD 122, Hadrian, Emperor of the Roman Empire, had his soldiers build a stone wall to keep out the barbarians to the north (invaders from present-day Scotland). Hear Gail, founder of the OLLI hiking group, describe her adventures along Hadrian's Wall.
Travel back in time and discover the causes of the unrest in medieval England that led to the battles between the Yorkists (white rose) and Lancastrians (red rose). Get to know the individuals involved, the battles they fought and the causes for which they died.
Should we hold what celebrities and public figures say to a higher moral standard? Are their communication mistakes worth more than our own? Media studies expert Dr. Alisha L. Menzies will lead a conversation that uses historic and contemporary examples of speech events to explore how popular culture shapes our communication double standards.
Picture family members or good friends asking this question. How do you help them appreciate what they have accomplished as well as be eager to make revisions? In a relaxed group setting, review the words useful in talking about good writing. Practice the art of making comments and asking questions that help the writer see what is on the page and what isn't that needs to be there. If you are a writer, learn what to ask for and expect from thoughtful feedback.
Women have recently emerged from centuries of subordination and even oppression. What accounts for such a radical difference? Susan Northcutt, PhD, Political Science and co-founder of the Women's Caucus of the International Studies Association, offers three compelling reasons for this seismic change: literacy, the pill, and suffrage.
Are you bored or frustrated when you try to have an old scarf learn a new trick? Learn how to distinguish your own style and create especially feminine, elegant and fun fashion statements with scarves. The possibilities are endless! Bring at least one of your problem scarves.
Take your Zentangle(®) skills to the next level as you draw a botanical bouquet of succulents and cactus in this half-day workshop. This method is an easy-to-learn relaxing and meditative way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. You'll leave with a colorful 10" by 10" piece of art that you can frame yourself to keep or give as a gift. You should already be familiar with Zentangle: $20 materials fee due at first class.
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.