Humanities and the Arts


Film specialist Harriet Deer will offer her insights on the cast, production, themes and cultural significance of seven films being presented Sunday afternoons at the historic Tampa Theatre. Dubbed one of America's 21 wonders by Life magazine, the theatre is a magnificent setting for viewing classic films.
Whether you take photos with your phone or prefer a camera, learn how to improve your images from an award-winning, globe-trotting photographer. Consider composition, framing and the end product, not computer photo manipulation. We will critique your own images, so bring samples of some of your favorites and some that failed. They can be prints or on your iPad or laptop.
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.

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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 it's unique rhythms. You'll be dancing in your seat!
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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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.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright proposed the adjective Usonian instead of American to describe his vision of buildings using natural materials, an open concept and energy efficiency. Conceived in the 20th century, the Usonian house displays organic architecture at its best and easily adapts to a 21st-century family's lifestyle. Wright coined the word "carport" to describe an overhang for sheltering a parked vehicle.
Do you love to listen to poems read aloud with skill and feeling? Have you ever wished you had the confidence to read a poem aloud, revealing meaning, expressing feeling and bringing delight to your listeners? This class will give you some basic techniques and skills that will add another dimension to your enjoyment of poetry. Bring copies of a favorite poem to the first meeting and begin immediately to explore your new skills.

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Deepen your understanding of Transcendentalism through studying entries in Emerson's journals. In his journals, Emerson reveals himself to be a very down-to-earth person: sometimes cranky, sometimes angry, sometimes insulted by criticism. Yet in this earthiness, it is possible to observe the development and maturity of his philosophy. Handouts will be provided. Optional text: Emerson in His Journals, by Joel Porte.
"There's nothing left to say about love; Shakespeare has said it best and first." Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, join us to explore the practical application of the bard's timeless wisdom to life and love in the 21st century. Allow the words of the master to expand and deepen our relationships with friends, family and loved ones. Follow the experiences of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet; then compare your experiences of the many types of love to theirs. Read, write, watch and discuss with fellow lovers of Shakespeare's most iconic characters.
No need for a book -- we'll talk! Learn the present tense of the most useful verbs, as well as the vocabulary for numbers, colors and articles. Practice contractions and prepositions. Introduce yourself in Spanish. You will be ready to communicate if you visit a Spanish-speaking country and are eager to learn more about this romance language. A dictionary of your choice is required.
Join this artistic collaboration to create unique artwork during a 1-day workshop. Explore different mediums and creative techniques to grow as a visual artist. Share your artistic journey with other makers and build your artistic network in the process!
Tune up those vocal chords and let it all out. Singing is a scientifically grounded method for learning and remembering a foreign language. In this informative and fun course, learn up to 20 songs, a cappella. Don't worry about potentially being off key. All levels welcome.

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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.
Explore the issue of social inequality and why it is so ubiquitous. When measuring equality, how does social change occur? Most often, social inequality is based on differences in wealth, sex or race/ethnicity, or some combination of these. Examine the prevalence, consequences and justification of each of these in a search for answers to one of the most troubling topics of our times.
Carl Jung wrote, "What we are to our inward vision, and what man appears to be sub specie aeternitatis, can only be expressed by way of myth. Myth is more individual and expresses life more precisely than does science." Let's compare mythologist Joseph Campbell's book, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, with Jung's use of mythology to demonstrate the wide divide in their approaches to myth as a guide to self-discovery and personal growth.
A former U.S. Federal Prosecutor applies crime scene analysis methodology to unravel the mystery behind the image on one of the most unique and scientifically studied artifacts in human history, the Shroud of Turin. Is it the burial cloth of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, a medieval forgery or something else? Hear an overview of the latest forensic and scientific evidence to draw your own conclusion.
Tampa Bay welcomes many world religions, but how much do we understand about the culture and traditions of our Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbors? Take a look at a global, multicultural perspective of these three faiths, their common origins, and their distinctive expressions in America. Learn to analyze them in academic style regarding ideals, practices and institutions.
Gilbert and Sullivan produced hits such as The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore but it was their ludicrous spoof on the British legal system, Trial by Jury, that launched their careers. Join Opera Tampa Singers for an evening featuring this work as well as showcase hits including "Three Little Maids Are We", "Modern Major General" and "Poor Little Buttercup". In her lecture before the performance, Beryl Byles will highlight the influence of Gilbert and Sullivan on American musicals.