Humanities and the Arts


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all "I can only draw stick people" artists. Yes, YOU! Learn the basic secrets used in drawing and painting, not only shells but just about anything. Mistakes? We love 'em. So, don't wait. Ignite that creative spark that is uniquely yours! Learn about design, color mixing and the use of shading and overlapping to make a 3D painting. The instructor will distribute art supplies at the first class (Cost $50.00 payable to the instructor at the first class).
Do you recognize any of these names: Vivaldi, Bach, Caravaggio, Rubens, Bernini? Ever marvel over the palace at Versailles? Meet the composers, artists, writers and architects who left their mark on this period of history. Understand the importance of patronage and learn to identify the ornate styles of art and architecture that swept through Europe more than 400 years ago.

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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, Thatcher & Hammett, $29.99.

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Peek behind the scenes as The Florida Orchestra rehearses Brahm's Symphony No. 1 and other masterworks 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 guest conductor Gemma New 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. Optional text: Easy German Step-by-Step by Ed Swick, $16.00
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.

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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.
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.

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Watch, laugh at and discuss three much-loved British comedies of the mid-twentieth century. In The Lavender Hill Mob with Alec Guinness, amateur bank robbers do almost everything right. Tight Little Island shows the tribulations of a Scottish island cut off from its whiskey source during World War II. And don't forget Tom Jones,, the great Henry Fielding novel adapted brilliantly for film starring Albert Finney and Susannah York.
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.

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If you ever played the flute and have any type of flute (recorder, piccolo, kena, native American flute, etc.) in the back of your closet, grab it and start those lungs, fingers and brains working, just for fun. The instructor will provide music or you can bring your own: she requires only that you be able to read musical notation. No matter how long it's been since up picked up your instrument, or if you prefer just to listen and appreciate the music, you are welcome!
Get out your tie dye, your peace signs, your fringe vests - and most of all, your vinyl! It's time to honor Bob Dylan, one of the true geniuses of folk/blues/rock/gospel music. Listen to his music from 1962 to the present and put it into the context of his life and times. Come ready to sing, dance, clap your hands and stomp your feet as we celebrate a true American treasure, a 2016 Nobel Prize winner, an icon of the music of the Great American Songbook.

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His life spanned more than nine decades and his creativity ranged from the early Prairie style to the Usonian houses he created for urban settings. In 1991, Wright was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." Hear stories of his personal life and look at many of his most stunning structures that were never built.

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Using the "Shared Inquiry" method of civil discourse, our lively band of bibliophiles discusses a broad variety of classic literary and philosophical works, featuring Rousseau, Shakespeare, Aristotle, American Short Stories, Lawrence and Joyce. Required texts will be supplied after registration by the moderator ($15 for returners from Fall 18 Great Books, $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, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee. Consider the Bauhaus legacy in the US.

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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: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way, 4th ed., by Danesi, $29.99.
Bob Marley's reggae music is known and loved internationally. But how much do you know about Jamaican history, culture, the music and its African origins? Explore the history of Jamaican music, its themes of social issues, love and peace with Lasana Bandele, a recording artist. Review the influences of ska and rocksteady and the Jamaican contribution to world-wide music and culture.
The unholy drought is over. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns after a 14-year absence. The original Bad Boys of Abridgment squished all 37 plays, plus a few sonnets to boot, into a 90-minute time-lapse performance of some of the greatest theatre of all time. This season, Jobsite dusts off the Chuck Taylors, dons the doublets and delivers a fair number of pratfalls, terrible puns, mis-readings and madcap capers for this chaotic, comprehensive dash through The Bard's greatest hits. Pre-show lecture by David Jenkins, artistic director of Jobsite and one of the three performers of the production.Fee: $31.50 * Sun., 3/24 * 3:00 p.m. pre-show lecture, 4:00 p.m. curtain * Shimberg Theater * STRAZ-David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts * 192XOSTSE0971
Experience two glorious, classic operas (Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Puccini's La Boheme all for one very special price! Beryl Byles' lectures are exclusive to OLLI-USF and will provide background and context preceding these Sunday matinee performances. Register before February 13.

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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).

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Buddhism is not a rationale for self-indulgence in "inner peace" nor is it some kind of otherworldly asceticism. It offers guidance for living wisely in our present condition with wisdom and compassion.Buddha taught for 45 years, actively relieving the suffering of rich and poor alike, until his death at 80. We will examine the life of the great Buddhist king Ashoka as a model of wise and compassionate political authority.
Join Margaret Miller for a brief history and tour of Graphicstudio, an art and education collaborative between artists and staff at USF. The tour will include discussion of some groundbreaking works by leading artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Los Carpinteros. The talk will be followed by a printing demonstration.
After nearly 100 years of providing information and entertainment to the American public, radio currently reaches more than 90 percent of the population each week. That's more than television, newspapers, magazines, Facebook, or any other mass communications medium. We'll focus on four radio programs from 1920 to now which have created the greatest impact on the audience and the greatest contribution to radio's longevity and growth.
Are scientists depicted in film part of the "real world" or part of some other idealistic, altruistic, or Machiavellian reality? Are they inspirational visionaries absorbed with the drama of discovery? Or are they power seekers leading society toward death and destruction? Discuss these themes as you view movie clips. Ponder how societal fears about technology affect moviegoers' perceptions, and how scientists actually practice their craft compared to how their activities are presented in film.

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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.
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.
Imagine you live in Europe in the 1920s...and you will experience the Surrealist movement in literature, art, music and elsewhere in the culture. In this course, compare two famous members of the movement: Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. They are both known for their Surrealist creations, but they are very different in their approaches.
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.
Learn useful expressions/vocabulary for everyday conversation while engaging in interactive activities in and outside the classroom. Each class session will be tailored to meet your individual language goal. Come join the Monday evening fiesta! Suggested textbook: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Wald & Thatcher, $29.99.

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An in-depth review of his heritage, his lifestyle, his history and the worldwide stage where he roamed and roared. An overview of his times, his numerous books and speeches, and his position at large across the 90 years of his amazing life and travels before the Jet Age and beyond.

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Frank Lloyd Wright was 70 years old when he started designing buildings for Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Over the next 20 years, 12 structures were built to fulfill his vision of buildings rising "out of the ground and into the light." Note the large Water Dome, the shaded Esplanades, stunning chapels and a theater in the round. Study this largest single site collection of Wright's work and then visit the campus.