Liberal Arts


Who are those brave men and women walking next to politicians and presidential candidates? What else do they do? Join Special Agent Michael Horn for a discussion of the origin, history, and development of the U.S. Secret Service. He will begin with the inception of the Secret Service and continue through the evolution of its protective and investigative missions in the modern era.
A seemingly ordinary British businessman, a young female Polish social worker, an introverted Japanese ambassador, an American-educated scion of a very wealthy Swedish family--what could these disparate individuals have in common? During the Holocaust, these four courageous people saved over 105,000 Jews from annihilation. We know all about the evildoers; why don't we know the names and deeds of the good? In this inspiring and uplifting class, you'll see films about, and discuss the bravery and altruism of these four and many others who chose goodness. Discuss what we can learn from their nobility to uplift our society!

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On April 17, 1961 over 1,000 armed, trained Cubans stormed ashore at the Bahía de Cochinos in Cuba. The battle that followed would go down in infamy as the "Bay of Pigs Invasion." Why did it fail? Was the CIA's planning saddled with wishful thinking instead of proper intelligence and planning? Were the Cubans, better known as Assault Brigade 2506, betrayed by the Kennedy administration? Through lecture, we'll dissect what happened from planning to politics and execution.
Learn to play the mountain dulcimer, an American string instrument known for its beautiful, haunting sound. Learn to read dulcimer tabs, play basic chords and patterns and many songs. Grab the dulcimer you purchased in the mountains that you have been meaning to learn to play and come have some fun. If you don't have a mountain dulcimer, information about purchasing one (expect to spend $60-$80 for a learner dulcimer) will be provided. A $15 materials fee is due at the first class meeting.

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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. And this year we have the first 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.
What is the human brain? How does it interpret our senses? How do we process emotion, language and memory? Four introductory lectures present an overview of current neuroscience and how the brain functions in health and disease. We will also consider the enigma of consciousness and free will.
See Florida's precious Everglades through the eyes of two staunch defenders: nature photographer Clyde Butcher and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Butcher, the award-winning "Ansel Adams of the Everglades," exhibits his black and white photos throughout the state. The writings of Stoneman Douglas, the "Rachel Carson" of the River of Grass, helped redefine the Everglades as a treasured resource instead of a worthless swamp.
Our lifestyle habits, good and bad, run deep; but healthy choices help balance our lives. In this faith-based course, discover how to take charge of your life emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Learn the eight principles of optimal health: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal, Outlook and Nutrition. Expect slide presentations, discussions and some homework.
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!

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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.
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 new 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).
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 $30 materials fee for this course, payable to the Italian Club, at the first class meeting.

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Archaeologists uncover artifacts made by people long ago, but only through scientific research can we learn about who these people were and how they lived. Hold in your hands artifacts such as stone tools, pottery and shells and understand what aspects of Native American life these artifacts can reveal. Hear about three local sites that have yielded valuable information about Florida's history and the importance of preserving them: Harney Flats, Weedon Island and Crystal River.

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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.

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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 the economics behind the proposals of the candidates and the current administration as we lead up to the 2020 election. We will analyze the economic impact of trade and tariffs, the effects of budget deficits on the national debt and the debt impact on the economy, the economics underlying health care and education proposals, and the role of the Federal Reserve in incorporating campaign proposals into the economy.

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Have you wondered how OLLI works so well as a volunteer organization? Learn everything there is to know about OLLI, consider what is unique about OLLI's demographic, and peer at a possible leadership role for yourself. Join a class team, choose a project suggested by the OLLI Board, and benefit from mentoring by an OLLI leader. You will leave with new friends and enough solid knowledge to give an interview about OLLI. Be ready for hands-on experience, a fast pace and lots of fun!
Science and art go hand in hand in this workshop! Why do some fish have forked tails? What is the difference between bars, stripes, spots, blotches and ocelli? More importantly, how do these markings allow fish to survive the circle of life in their environment? Learn how to draw fish using photos and live examples as models. Through the drawing process, you'll learn about fish anatomy and adaptations from a skilled artist and educator. No artistic experience necessary! Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own.

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At this time of year, food definitely is on our minds! Why not combine food and a little Florida history? Enjoy some savory bits of knowledge with Gary Mormino's Ten Foods that Define Florida. And take a look at Culinary Tourism in Tampa with Andy Huse. We will welcome special guests from historic local food establishments.
The Bill of Rights impacts our lives every day. We will discuss the rights guaranteed by the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution, how the courts interpret and limited them. We will put particular emphasis on how the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments impact our criminal justice system.
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.
Are you an enthusiastic reader? Do you enjoy vigorous discussions? Welcome to this 100% discussion course based on a trove of literature including plays and sonnets. Using the Shared Inquiry method of civil discourse, we'll explore a variety of the classics including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Eugene O'Neill, Moliere and more. Texts will be provided by the instructor when you register. Cost $19 to be paid at the first class.

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Serious readers welcome! Join our lively discussions focused on works of fiction, poetry, drama and philosophy from diverse cultures and countries. Discuss great literature from ancient to modern times using the shared inquiry method. Texts supplied by instructor prior to first class ($15 for returners , $30 for new registrants).

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Do you enjoy the style of buildings influenced by Bauhaus? In celebration of the Bauhaus School of Architecture's 100th year, trace the founding of Bauhaus in Germany through its political travails and demise at the hands of the Nazis. Explore sources of inspiration for the Bauhaus, ranging from Zoroastrianism to architects and painters including Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee. Consider the worldwide legacy of Bauhaus.
Deterioration in our five senses has been linked to decline in cognition. Dr. Jennifer Jones Lister, Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at USF, will focus on how hearing loss may precede and indicate future cognitive impairment.

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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.
The infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds became better known as "The Black Sox Scandal." Mark Pienkos explored this scandal in his book, 1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball. Join Mark for a walk through history that will not only enlighten baseball fans about a great team-the 1919 Chicago White Sox- but also engage them in memories of their own baseball diamond heroes.
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.
Learn about this lovely art form. Eleanor Pigman will discuss and demonstrate the process of bead embroidery, including business logistics, marketing, and the joy of being an artist. Follow her journey from watercolor artist to creator of stunning bead embroidery as she "tries to create the impossible" using unconventional techniques. She holds a master's degree in art therapy and received a Congressional honor for "Keeping Hope Alive Through Art."
Shakespeare perfected every genre, from history to fantasy, tragedy to comedy. In this course we examine The Bard's comedies - full of irony and dazzling wordplay, disguises and mistaken identities, yet never without darkness. ExploreAs You Like It and The Merchant of Venice in film for the full range of human experience, culminating in happy endings.
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.

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Learn the best tools and resources needed to help identify birds and what field marks to look for when identifying birds. We will spend three classes in the field practicing our newly learned skills and using those tools. Finally, we will spend our last class at one of the top birding spots in Florida--Fort De Soto--looking for seasonal migrants. We also will learn about "citizen science" projects and conservation issues regarding Florida birds. Note: class meetings are at varied locations and may require long walks. Field trips may be an hour's drive: expect class meetings will run into the afternoons.

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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.

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This course will allow you to learn more about a topic of great personal significance--you! You will listen to and read published and unpublished life stories; then you will begin work on writing your own. The sessions will focus on childhood, family history, relationships, children, work (volunteer or paid), and personal sorrows and victories. This popular course is for beginners interested in turning their memories into family heirlooms or even works of art! This class is limited in size, so register early.

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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.

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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.
Attention, intermediate Mah Jongg players: join us to improve your skills and learn more strategies for both offensive and defensive play. You will become a better contender by matching your wits and aptitude against experienced players. We'll provide a 2018 National Mah Jongg League card.
Move beyond the skills you developed in the OLLI beginning mountain dulcimer course. Explore several pieces of music in depth, master new songs and learn new techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. Once registered, you will receive information on purchasing music for the course (approximately $10-15). Prerequisite: Completion of beginning OLLI course or experience playing the mountain dulcimer.

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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.

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Historian Jim Goebdiscusses the architects and henchmen of the Holocaust. Goeb, who helped found the Hillsborough Schools Holocaust Studies Program, also shares stories of resistance: Schindler in occupied Poland; Wallenberg, the Swedish architect who saved thousands of Jews in occupied Hungary; the Danish resistance group; the Bielski brothers who built refuges in the Naliboki Forest and Anielewicz, "Little Angel," leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Trace the 12,000 years of Florida history from the Bering Land Bridge emigrants to the 2000 Bush/Gore hanging-chad election. See the native heroine Ulele saving the handsome Spaniard Juan Ortiz from her father and Walt Disney saving frozen citrus groves and transforming Florida's tourist economy.
You've seen the movie, you've heard the music, now take your experience to the stage! A timeless classic, Aladdin has been captivating hearts since its inception. Encounter the Genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, and Abu as they embark on a magic carpet ride right before your very eyes! With music by Alan Mencken and lyrics by Hal Ashby and Tim Rice, the show adds several songs that were not in the 1992 film. Pre-performance lecture: From Page to Animation to Stage to Screen! Hop a carpet and ride on a journey through the story of Aladdin, by Suzanne Livesay who has performed, directed and taught Musical Theater for 20 years. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 17. No refund after November 17.
Sing, laugh and cry along with Tevye the Dairyman and his family in this Tony award-winning tale of tradition, family, music, and faith. This refreshed production of a close knit-community in a changing and increasingly anti-Semitic Russia includes the now-iconic songs, "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and more! The pre-performance lecture is Behind the Curtain with Straz Center VP Suzanne Livesay, who will share stories on the ins and outs of directing this memorable Broadway classic. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 4. No refunds after October 4.

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Winner of the 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, Once On This Island develops the tale of Ti Moune, a poor girl trying to find herself and her place in the world. Guided by powerful island gods, follow Ti Moune's journey as she tries to reconnect with the man who once stole her heart, risking all for love. Pre-performance lecture: The Power of a Story with Audrey Siegler, Theater Department Managing Director for the Patel Conservatory. Explore the roots of oral history, myths, and folklore handed down through generations in different cultures. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 18. No refunds after October 18.
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.
The closeness between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stems from their early history, going back to the beginning of the First World War. Explore the key decisions that brought about their close relationship and ultimately the successful culmination of World War II.
Scientific advances effect social change. Those changes in society then impact further scientific advances. Assess the significant impact of the birth control pill on society and on family. What are the dramatic scientific changes in response to societal change? Where do we go from here?
Why 60? Find out in this course about relationships. Think you're too old or might be embarrassed by this subject? Think again. Discover the historic changes that have occurred over the last century and be surprised!
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.
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.
Explore the process of creating colorful art using tiny, tiny beads. The instructor, a self-taught working artist, embroiders on felt using traditional and non-traditional stitches to create a unique sculpture effect. Try it for yourself in a hands-on session! Discuss techniques in bead embroidery and hear ideas for mixed media. Consider turning art into a business.
Define party rules for the 2020 Democratic and Republican primaries and the rules for the 2020 Democratic debates in this interactive session. Review and analyze the 2020 presidential primary: debates, polls, policies both proposed and opposed, and fund-raising. Which states are targets for gubernatorial and senatorial capture? Investigate the 2020 primary strategies for winning the Presidency and the U.S.Senate. Participate in an in-class poll for both presidential primaries.
The 2.6-mile Riverwalk in downtown Tampa is scattered lovingly with Tampa's famous, and not so famous, founding folks. They include an opera singer, an army general, a mayor and a boarding-house owner: Tampa namesakes such as Vicente Ybor, Henry Plant, Blanche Armwood, Clara Frye, General Brooke and Cody Fowler. Come hear their stories! Join Tampa Bay History Center's Nancy Dalence, Curator of Education, and instructors from the Tampa Bay History Krewe. Take optional excursions into the museum and along the Riverwalk.

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Dr. Jerri Edwards, USF Professor at the College of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, will discuss how cognitive abilities can be maintained and even enhanced with advancing age. She will review interesting research that has examined how cognitive interventions (often referred to as brain fitness programs or brain games) help older adults to avoid or at least delay functional difficulties and thereby maintain independence and improve their quality of life.
Margaret Atwood writes, "The page waits, pretending to be blank." Have you always wanted to write your story but haven't found the time or discovered how to follow where it leads? Stories hide: in the back of a closet, in the cracks on a coffee mug, in the creases of a catcher's mitt. They need excavation. Bring your own story to life, exploring the tools of structure, narration and reflection to build bridges between yourself, your reader and the world outside your door.
There is much talk and familiarity with the "Greatest Generation" and Baby Boomers, but much less discussion about the Silent Generation--those of us who were born between 1925 and 1945. Yet this generation endured the great Depression, WWII, the Holocaust, and major changes in social policy and demographics. How have these events affected those of us who are products of this generation and our families? And what do we remember of those years? This class will examine some of the key changes during these years and consider their impact upon those of us who experienced them.
True but little-known stories of human goodness never cease to amaze and inspire us, especially during a period of seemingly endless evil, such as the Holocaust. Now more than ever, we yearn to learn about the sublime nobility of Italians, Americans, French, Belgian, Albanian, Turkish & Polish Christians and Muslims who selflessly saved Jews and others from certain death. Using films, handouts and discussion, let's celebrate the goodness of which humans are capable. This class will exhort us to "live," "model" and "teach" goodness!
Delve into the wisdom and mysteries of writings about Buddhism. Discuss the complex but short Heart Sutra, which will be provided in a handout. Then read and ponder several selections from The Vimalakirti Sutra, a book length narrative about a rich man who is Buddha's friend. Mysterious actions occur in this man's big house, including the magical manifestation of a goddess who illustrates Buddhist wisdom with flower petals. The instructor will use 20th century surrealist art and puppetry to clarify mysterious key points. Required text: The Vimalakirti Sutra, tr. by Burton Watson.

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All families cope with conflict, either overt or hidden. How do three plays, set in different eras and the very different milieu of the U.S., England and India, each tackle the theme of family conflict? Join us to discuss and evaluate Sam Shepard's True West ($10.95, Samuel French), David Hare's adaptation of Behind the Beautiful Forevers($12.95 Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) and Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband(Dover Thrift edition - less than $1.) Please read True West before the first class.
Ukraine is known as "the breadbasket of Europe." Still, the fight to have a loaf of bread on the table is never-ending. Throughout history, Ukraine was ravaged by multiple revolutions, genocides, and famines. We'll dive into the long-past conflicts as well as revolutions of the 21st century. Examine in-depth historical and geopolitical insights into why they happened and what the future might hold.
Better than pretty good? Explore form and meaning in two groups of memoirs and novellas. Discover the expat writers in Paris: read Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room; and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Next, turn to war and and other terrors with Michael Herr's Dispatches; Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Heinrich Boll's The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum. Read A Moveable Feast before the first class and join our lively discussion. Any edition of these texts will work.
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.
We will review the history of U.S. wars from the War of 1812 to modern times. We'll explore declarations of war, funding decisions, how the wars were conducted and the treaties that ended wars, with a special emphasis on the shifting balance of power between various presidents and Congress over time and the implications for the future.
What does it take to produce the orchestra performances you so enjoy? Take a peek behind the scenes of a major orchestra music library. Where does all that music come from? What goes into preparing a typical concert week and what's it like to work backstage? We'll talk about all the moving pieces that take a program from just an idea to the actual performance. You'll even learn how to mark a violin part for the players!
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 USF International Studies Association, offers three compelling reasons for this seismic change: literacy, the pill, and suffrage.

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