Humanities and the Arts

Explore the little known and uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to defy the Nazis and save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness by Christians, Muslims, groups, villages and virtually all of Denmark. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then ask: "If people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today?"
Speak up! But say it in Spanish, please. We will focus on vocabulary useful for travel in Spanish-speaking countries, plus the grammar, reading and writing skills to facilitate your conversations. Required text: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Wald & Thatcher, $29.99.
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.
Go behind the scenes of a Florida Orchestra rehearsal at the Straz. See and hear how symphonic masterworks -- Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain -- come together in advance of weekend performances. The morning will include a backstage tour, interactive presentation and a surprise guest presenter, followed by the rehearsal.
Explore the fundamental concepts and practices of Buddhism worldwide, with a focus on spiritual healing meditations from various traditions. Reflect on the meaning of life and death from the Buddhist perspectives of living well and preparing for a happy afterlife. From a Buddhist point of view, it is possible to "change your mind," unburden your heart and live more joyfully.
The Nazis considered Bertolt Brecht's plays "subversive." Expressionist art by Blue Rider painters headquartered in Munich were labeled "degenerate." Bauhaus architects such as Mies van der Rohe were attacked for designing buildings that were "not German." Brecht and Mies van der Rohe emigrated to escape the wrath of the Nazis. Hear about and discuss the impact on our own culture of these passionate game-changers whose works are still honored today.
Hablemos Español. If you have been exposed minimally to Spanish or if you have taken a basic class, this class is for you. Work on mastering words you can use for travel and in everyday situations. Expand your verb 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.
British composer Michael Tippitt wrote the secular oratorio A Child of Our Time between 1934 and 1941, in response to events that led up to and included Kristallnacht. Tippitt, a pacifist and conscientious objector, sought to express his moral outrage with violence and the universality of oppression. This conversation will not only explore the music of A Child of Our Time, but will also more generally examine commemoration and resistance through the arts.
You do not have to know a word of French to enroll in this course. The goal is to have fun and practice some basic vocabulary and phrases that will come in handy should you travel to a French-speaking country -- or even a local French restaurant. Don't worry too much about grammar; just engage in this romantic language. And enjoy some of the instructor's stories and photos of her many experiences in France.
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).
Is there a dog-eared, stained cookbook that's practically built in to your kitchen? Perhaps it's the Joy of Cooking, which has passed its 75th anniversary and is still considered a must in many kitchens. Cookbooks have been part of American homes since the early 1800s; they reveal a slice of our culture. This course explores the evolution of cookbooks in America. We will explore the writing styles of cookbook authors and examine how our own collections have contributed to our lives and families.
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!
The Middle East, located at the crossroads of continents, is home to the world's earliest civilizations, the birthplace of major world religions and contains critical natural resources. All this makes it ripe for exploitation, colonization and a clash of cultures that has endured for millennia. It also helps explain our fascination with the region. Explore the diversity of cultures that characterizes the Middle East as you consider its attractions, cultures, food and languages.
Explore diversity-related concepts at a deep level, including an examination of unconscious bias, its sources, and its real-world implications. Discuss approaches to promoting greater inclusiveness and gender equality through de-biasing and other strategies.
What is DNA? How is DNA-based life first created? Could there be DNA-based life elsewhere in the universe? Why does life evolve? What does DNA have to do with spirituality? This course explains DNA's place in "Big History" and will help prepare you to think about how DNA has made you become who you are. The 40-page illustrated text, Big History's DNA forms the basis of this course and will be provided.
Watch how Tevye and his five daughters are transformed in movie and musical versions of the stories of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. View the 1939 film Tevye as well as Fiddler on the Roof (1971), and discuss a classic account of an Eastern European shtetl that inspired the musical. What do the changes tell us about new attitudes toward intermarriage and Jews' relationships with gentiles? Why has Fiddler proved so appealing to non-Jewish audiences?
Join a skilled artist and educator in this hands-on workshop. Meet several of the animals who call The Florida Aquarium home, and practice your drawing skills while learning about their special features and adaptations. No artistic experience necessary! Paper and pencils will be provided. Bring your own if you prefer.
Flautists and flute lovers: you will have fun in this course even if you haven't played for many years. If you have a flute in the back of your closet or wish to rent one locally, grab it and start those lungs and fingers working. The instructor will provide music or you can bring your own. If you just want to listen and appreciate the music without playing, let the instructor know as the course begins.
Start with Stonehenge. Check out architectural gems such as the Colosseum, lovely Gothic cathedrals, a Venetian country house and a grand English estate. Then travel to the wild curves of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. By the time we're done, you will be able to tell your friends which world-famous architectural masterpiece is the granddaddy of the U.S. Capitol building.
Sling a little paint around and have fun creating your own images on fabric, even if you've never painted before. Learn how to use dry brush and the overlay painting technique. Cut and use stencils. You will fashion a cotton sack tea towel to take home at the end of the course. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, because it doesn't wash out! Tea towel, paint and brushes will be provided: materials fee is $20.
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)
Learn the classic art of caning furniture. Try your hand at weaving a square stool seat using a kit, a few basic tools and gentle guidance from your instructor. Develop your attention to detail, ability to focus, improve your manual dexterity and enjoy the beautiful, glossy, moisture-resistant product of your labor. Classes are held in a relaxed social setting. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet. The required materials for this project are included in the course price.

There's never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway's razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.

Lecture 6:30 p.m. What Makes Chicago a Masterpiece: discover the ins and outs of creating a bawdy Broadway masterpiece as we dive into the world of Chicago. Laced together with unforgettable Bob Fosse choreography and taboo themes, the musical paved the way for a racier Broadway stage. Join us as we discuss the what it takes to keep a show hot! Audrey Siegler is the Theater Department Managing Director for the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center and holds degrees in Theater Arts and Psychology.

Our group seats are in the rear orchestra. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6. No refunds after September 6.
The OLLI Singers! is a community chorus with two rules: have fun and learn to sing well. When in doubt, see rule number one. This chorus is open to any level of singer. If you are an experienced chorister, we can use gentle mentors. We will perform several pieces for various audiences in the community during some class meetings. New singers may either borrow music from the instructor or purchase it (approximately $20).
Celebrate the magic and poetry of classical piano music in this combination lecture and recital. Explore the evolving art of piano music as composers seek to express more moods and experiences on the instrument. Hear something familiar in the new and something new in the familiar. Ask questions and make comments during the half-hour lecture, then enjoy the recital by the instructor, a classically trained pianist.
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.
According to French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, "The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden." We will explore three books currently on the market: The Big Sort, Bill Bishop, 2008; The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell, 2000; and Bowling Alone, Robert D. Putnam, 2000. All attempt to explain certain consequences of social behavior. We will consider hypotheses argued by these authors, using current sociological principles.
Our stories define us. They affect our well-being, our relationships, our present and our future. We can harness great power from our experiences. We all have a story to tell. We're hard-wired for human connection, and the act of sharing our stories-and listening to others-is exactly how we do that. This workshop will delve into the most important components of rich, authentic storytelling. We will learn to identify, construct and deliver our stories to best connect with our audiences.
How does a dream become a reality? Just do it! Through photos, stories, maps and other documents, join me in reliving my rich experience of walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the Way of St. James. My destination: the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino has been a pilgrimage route since the ninth century.
There's more to the Irish than wearing green and marching on St. Patrick's Day. Examine the origins of Irish migration, the history of Irish people, their American descendants and the interactions between the Irish at home and abroad. The principal themes we'll explore include migration and settlement, race and gender, politics, nationalism and, encompassing all of these, the evolution of ethnic identity. Join us to find out just who the Irish are.
Music has played many roles during war times, from arousing patriotic emotions to launching massive anti-war protests. Listen to melodies from the music hall tunes and marches of World War I when radios played "Over There" and "Pack up Your Troubles" to the protest songs of the Vietnam era, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Fortunate Son." You will hear familiar songs, but you may also be very surprised by less well-known tunes that captured the mood and character of the troops and the country.
Learn basic watercolor techniques in this hands-on course. We will discuss tools, brushes and paper as we experience the properties of paint, color and composition to help you create your own work. Beginner through intermediate water colorists welcome. Initial cost of materials and supplies is approximately $125; a list of required supplies will be provided upon registration.
Patricia Hampl has described memoir as the "tango between memory and imagination." Into this dance, we invite the reader to become our partner in discovering the "hidden narrative" of our past. During this highly interactive workshop, we act as both writers and readers, identifying techniques to engage the reader's interest and trust. Specifically, we will explore the relationship of plot, conflict, character, and arresting detail to find ways to move your life into story. Expect surprises.