Humanities and the Arts


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
Peek behind the scenes as The Florida Orchestra rehearses Schubert's Symphony No. 5 before weekend performances. Meet at the side stage door of the Straz Center for a brief backstage tour and pre-rehearsal talk in the lobby. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with cellist and guest conductor Lynn Harrell in a Q & A format during the break or immediately following the rehearsal.
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. Required text: Easy German Step-by-Step by Ed Swick, $16.00
He was born 150 years ago, designed hundreds of structures over his 70-year career, and was recognized in 1991 as the "greatest American architect of all time." Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's most significant work from the earliest Prairie designs to the last Usonian buildings, in both the residential and commercial arenas. Ten of his creations were nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.
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.
Do humans have a meaningful role in the Universe? And if so, what is that role? To try to answer that question, you'll examine evidence supporting the latest theories of space and time, and cosmological and biological evolution. You'll even ponder the meaning of meaning! Your goal will be to try to fit humanity into the current picture of reality, and consider if humans have a meaningful role.
Welcome to the most advanced (to date) Italian course and to OLLI's Italian "famiglia." Discuss all things Italian as we encompass much more than just language. If you are reasonably comfortable speaking the language and know basic grammar, this course is for you. You should be able to conjugate regular verbs in all three conjugations in the present indicative, present perfect, imperfect and future tenses and in the imperative mood. Required text: Italian Now! Level 1, by Marcel Danesi, PhD, $18.99.
Experience three dazzling musicals (The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Waitress) with reserved balcony seating at a very special price! Exclusive to group registrants, themed lectures by Dr. Lauren Murray, Music Department Chair at Patel Conservatory, Audrey Siegler, Theater Department Managing Director for the Patel Conservatory and Suzanne Livesay, Straz Center VP of Education, will precede these Tuesday evening performances. Register before February 2..

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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).
Discuss the notion that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience on earth, perhaps not for the last time. Share your ideas about the nature of spirit, human and animal existence and intermediate states between lives from different religious and scientific perspectives. Learn about advance care directives, living wills and hospice. Consider funeral arrangements for yourself, loved ones, and even pets. Take this opportunity to articulate your honest thoughts about death and the afterlife.

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Enjoy classic British sitcoms? If you watched Are You Being Served?, As Time Goes By, or Keeping Up Appearances, then you may relish the six light novels E. F. Benson wrote about middle class Brits in the 1920s and '30s. These books, twice dramatized for the BBC, have remained perennial favorites among Brits. We'll provide electronic versions of all six novels in large-print for reading on your iPad, tablet or laptop to inform our discussions and keep you smiling.
Billions of dollars will be spent in 2018 by national and local political advertisers to grab your attention, your support, and ultimately, your vote. Billions more will be spent to influence the way candidates and their campaign platforms are portrayed in news coverage across the spectrum, from the New York Times to Fox News to local newspapers and radio stations, and even micro-geographic blogs.The combination of congressional and gubernatorial elections makes this a critical year for Florida and national politics, and we'll be analyzing the action as the races begin to heat up!
Take a look at the buildings in our environment. Then enjoy the theory, history and discussions in this course to become an even more discerning observer of our surroundings. Required text: Visual Reference Guides ARCHITECTURE, by Jonathan Glancey (2010 edition). Used copies available online.
This follow-up to our Watercolor: Through New Eyes course introduces new exercises to help you experience the joy of color and expand upon the motifs of your earlier class assignments. Learn about exciting variables and effects that are unique to this art form and apply the lessons learned to your own compositions. Prerequisite is Watercolor: Through New Eyes
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 $100; a list of required supplies will be provided upon registration.
For centuries, dreams have guided the actions of individuals, clans and communities. Our nighttime dreams provide a link to the unconscious world and thus can inform our daytime consciousness with a wealth of insights, direction and perspective. This course provides tools for remembering, examining and recording your dreams and an opportunity to voluntarily share them with others.

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