Courses

You may not be able to travel right now, but you can still see the world by exploring maps from prehistoric times to the present. See primitive maps carved in stone and world maps that constantly changed as knowledge of the globe expanded. View portolan charts (books of sailing directions). Learn about global positioning system (GPS) mapping. Study influential cartographers, the parts that make up a map, ghost marks, and maps in art and advertising. You will view more than 200 maps during this trip.


July 13-27, 2021, Online Course
A 1939 Gallup Poll revealed that 65% of Americans felt that Germany's persecution of Jews was mostly or entirely the fault of the Jews. What was going on in this country to elicit such a feeling and how did America act - or not - to confront the Nazi menace in Europe and in America? Eye-opening and little known facts and video evidence make this issue all the more fascinating and provocative.


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
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 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).


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
Why do we find operatic voices so thrilling and memorable? Let's listen and compare artists so that we can analyze and discuss what makes these voices great. Barbara Haspel is a lirico-spinto soprano and a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she has sung opposite such notable artists as Ferruccio Tagliavini.


Friday, July 9, 2021, Online Course
Although many of the wonderful altruists who rescued Jews during the Holocaust were adults, there were an astonishing number of brave young people who similarly risked their lives to save Jews and obstruct Nazis. These unknown stories of courageous teens are a testament to the power of youthful idealism and goodness. Learn about these courageous youths and be inspired.


May 1, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
As commercial radio celebrates 100 years of broadcasting, it's time to to take a look back at the people and programs that have helped radio evolve into the nation's most popular entertainment medium. Learn how radio has grown from one AM broadcast station in 1920 to more than 15,000 stations across the U.S. today as we examine the formative years of radio -- how stations were assigned, marketed, and programmed during the first half of the 20th century.


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: Casablanca (1942)Michael Curtiz directed Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in this World War II romantic drama about a cynical American running a North African expat outpost. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the film. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.


Sunday, August 22, 2021, Tampa Theatre
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: North by Northwest (1959) Businessman Cary Grant gets into the flight for his life in this heart-pounding story of espionage and mistaken identity. Eva Marie Saint and James Mason also star in Hitchcock's thriller. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the films. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.


Sunday, July 11, 2021, Tampa Theatre
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: Singing in the Rain (1952)This Stanley Donen musical about the transition from silent films to "talkies" stars Gene Kelly, a young Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. Singing and dancing ensue. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the film. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.


Sunday, August 8, 2021, Tampa Theatre
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: Some Like it Hot (1959)Musicians Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis witness a mob hit, then disguise themselves as women to join a traveling all female band. Marilyn Monroe is luminescent in Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the film. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.


Sunday, August 1, 2021, Tampa Theatre
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: The Big Lebowski (1998)Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his oddball friends to help. This 1998 Coen brothers' film has become a cult classic. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the film. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films


Sunday, July 18, 2021, Tampa Theatre
Summer Classics at the Tampa Theatre: Young Frankenstein (1974)Mel Brooks' hilarious classic send up of the Frankenstein story stars Gene Wilder, Terri Garr and Cloris Leachman. Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of films being presented on Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Harriet will speak and answer questions for an hour following the film. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.


Sunday, August 15, 2021, Tampa Theatre