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Liberal Arts


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.
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.
The Tampa Bay Time Bank is a community skills exchange, an egalitarian way for members to exchange services as a complement to the cash economy. All activities are valued equally, whether you are taking out someone's trash or offering dermatology services. If you do something for an hour for another member, you're entitled to withdraw an hour from the time bank. Learn about the benefits of time banking, hear examples (such as car pooling), and get help signing up. Bring a laptop or iPad if possible in addition to the device you use to sign in to Zoom.
Is our democracy broken? History offers hope. Consider five pivotal cases in U.S. history from three centuries as decision makers would have, through background briefing on the issues. Read the case (about 30 pages each) on your own; in class, analyze and wrestle with the issues and options decision makers faced. Experience history in a more immersive way and emerge with a greater appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and resilience of American democracy. Required text is Democracy: A Case Study by David Moss ($20).

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People often express the desire to have some control over the conditions of their end stage of life. But laws can make these decisions confusing and difficult. Learn about the pertinent Florida laws and to what degree they permit people to take control of their end of life experience. We will discuss current state of Florida forms, including advance directives, designation of a healthcare surrogate and living wills. There will be an opportunity to practice your important "Conversations" with your family and physicians.
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.
How can we combat COVID-19 and what are the ways to limit future pandemics? What constitutes a pandemic? Where are we headed with the current pandemic? We will investigate the nature of coronaviruses, identify how they cause common colds and why certain strains cause severe acute respiratory syndromes (SARS).

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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.
Forecasts predict that unemployment could reach 32% by the end of the second quarter this year. The unemployment rate reported on the first Friday of May is likely to be over 10%. What will happen to the GDP, National Income, Federal Budget Deficit and the National Debt? When will things start to return to normal? We will explore these topics in a two-session lecture.
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.
Take a look at slavery in the Sunshine State. Using documentation of plantations and slave histories, we will learn what life was like for owner and slave. Our second session focuses on local sites, such as the Gamble Mansion and Chinsegut Hill. Highlighting our last session is a morning field trip to Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville (students provide their own transportation or carpool).
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.
Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussion of poetry, fiction, essays and speeches including work by Robert Frost, William Faulkner and Lewis Carroll. We meet on the Go To Meeting videoconferencing platform. Texts will be provided by the instructor, $8.00 payable to the Instructor at the first class.

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Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussion of fiction and short stories by J.D. Salinger, Henry James and Thomas Hardy; poetry by Langston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Countee Cullen and Emily Dickinson. We meet on the Go To Meeting videoconferencing platform. Texts will be provided by the instructor, $10.50 payable to the Instructor at the first class.

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Two Henrys, Plant and Flagler, who also shared an interest in railroads and hotels, helped transform Florida into a tourist and retirement destination. Learn about Henry Flagler and Henry B. Plant and their accomplishments in the development of Florida, and the entire history of Florida from the days of the Spanish conquest up to the present day.
Visit the history of sex from ancient era to modern era. Review anatomy, physiology of hormones and genes as well as human development and the impact of new technologies.
Do you love to listen to poems read aloud with skill and feeling? Have you ever wished you had the confidence to read a poem aloud, revealing meaning, expressing feeling and bringing delight to your listeners? This class will give you some basic techniques and skills that will add another dimension to your enjoyment of poetry. Bring copies of a favorite poem to the first meeting and begin immediately to explore your new skills.

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What was the impact of American exceptionalism on US western expansionism? How did this ideology lead to the U.S. Civil War? What were the causes of the Mexican American War and what were the effects of this war on the political debate of the 1850s?

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Nurture your inner playfulness, draw on spontaneity, and get even more creative! We may re-envision famous movie plots, eavesdrop on a wolf's conversation from Little Red Riding Hood, or follow Alice down the rabbit hole. Bring a pen and be prepared to have fun. New and returning participants all welcome!
If you like to cook, you can learn to brew your own beer. Start with some simple equipment and a few ingredients. Mash, boil, ferment and bottle in your kitchen. In a couple of weeks you'll be drinking a healthy beverage made from quality ingredients for less cost than commercial beers - and looking forward to perfecting your next recipe and sharing it with friends.
The Middle Ages (c. 500-1500) was a time of substantial social, cultural, and political change. Explore how religious and cultural categories that are fundamental to modern identities - such as Christian, Muslim, European, and Western - came to fruition.
Join Jennifer Leavy, certified yoga therapist for a four week course on breath-work 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.

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Promote your mental well-being with mind fitness. Explore the creative and healing aspects of loving attention. Through a combination of mindfulness, self hypnosis, and meditation practices discover ways to develop calmness, resilience and peace of mind, especially in these challenging and stressful times.
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 seven dynamic new destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but which are uniquely engaging, photogenic, and stimulating for novice and veteran travelers alike.
The golden age of musical films produced several movies that are familiar to everyone, but some musicals were considered experimental in their day and are not so well known. Let's look at two of the most beloved golden age musical films, Oklahoma! (1955) and The Music Man (1962) and two that were experimental, Hair (1979) and the English film, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969). View a film a week at home, then come together online each week to discuss.
Is the form of a prose poem an absence of form? What is a prose poem? How can prose be poetry? According to Pulitzer prize-winning poet Charles Simic, the prose poem "is a burst of language following a collision with a large piece of furniture" What does this mean? Encounter a "glorious variety" of prose poems by poets such as Charles Baudelaire, Gertrude Stein, Mark Strand, Margaret Atwood, Claudia Rankine and decide for yourself. Reading material will be supplied.
The 2020 election will reach a critical point with the Democratic Convention. We will preview the convention and cover the details and results. We will profile the Democratic nominees for president and vice president and discuss the major current domestic and international issues. We will also discuss the events that we believe will shape the general election race.
Are there any new developments affecting the Republican National Convention? Stay tuned as we consider and contrast the candidates and set the stage for the final push into the heart of the election season.
Coverage and analysis of the 2020 election continues in this four-week session to update the state of the race, including the results of the Democratic primaries to date, and see if there is a clear candidate. We will also cover hot issues and developments that will affect the conventions and the lead-up to the party conventions in the summer.

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Pranayama is the tradition of controlling the breath practiced in India for centuries, where breathing techniques are used alone or with yoga postures to prepare the body and mind for meditation. It can also help in reducing blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression and poor sleep. In this introductory class, the students will learn breathing techniques and an introduction to meditation.

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Also known as Carnatic music, this style stems from Vedic times about 2500 years BCE. Raga are the scales, Tala are rhythmic patterns and Bhava are moods. Through lecture, video and audio clips, and live demonstration, learn about composers, instrumental style, improvisational forms, and the cultural and spiritual background of this music. You may end up trying the claps, finger counting and flip of the hand yourself.
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.
Let's take a summer dive into Shakespeare! We will read and discuss the popular guide to his works: Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare , online for less than $11. This book compact guide brings Shakespeare's plays and poems to life, helps readers navigate Shakespeare's language and is a fun way to explore Shakespeare's work. Come explore the very relevant world of the famous Bard.

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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.
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.
Join our short stories discussion group. Some variety, enough substance to keep gray cells happy, but not too demanding. It's Summer, after all. Required text: One Hundred Great Short Stories, Dover Thrift Edition. Before the first class, please read: The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley p. 41 The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane. p. 149 The Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner p. 723. Complete reading list sent upon registration.
Read and discuss Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe. A prize-winning example of creative nonfiction, it contains plenty for mystery/thriller fans and history buffs to savor and discuss. Please read Book One before the first class. Book available online for less than $12.
HIV, Herpes, Influenza, Ebola, West Nile Fever, Dengue and infections endemic to Florida - all are viruses. What is it about their structure that leads us to label them this way? How do they interact with the body to cause disease? How does the human body combat viruses? How can we use what we have learned to get viruses to work for us? Enlarge your understanding and dispel a few myths.

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As the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 continues to play out in our lives, you may have a fresh appreciation of the importance of keeping one finger on the pulse of populations globally. Learn how the study and practice of Population Health and health improvement aims to help us be safe in this porous, interconnected world.