Class Schedule

Monday

FDR, Churchill & Stalin

This course will examine the role that FDR, Churchill and Stalin played leading up to and during World War II. The three are widely regarded as among the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. We will review Roosevelt’s war plans, Churchill’s military might and blunders, Stalin’s military insistence, and how they reshaped world history.
Dates: January 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9
Time:10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: January 16
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.
Class code: W1510

iPad Workshop

Do you wish you could use your iPad more effectively? This workshop helps you maximize your use and enjoyment of your iPad. Learn to set up personal preferences, establish your Apple-ID, email account, and choose personal settings and defaults. Explore iTunes and the App Store, social networks, and travel applications. Have fun with photos and enjoy entertainment options. Learn helpful and valuable tips and tricks. Students are required to bring an iPad to each class.
Dates: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Time: 12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 15
Reg. deadline: January 30
Cost: $72.
Instructor: Wanda Schlafly, M.A.
Class code: W1511

The Influence of Folk Music

This combination of lecture and live music provides an analysis of the rise in popularity of the acoustic guitar and American folk music from 1930 to 1980. We will examine the role of American folk music in the major social and political events of that volatile time period. Visual enhancements and the music of each decade, performed by Leonard Donovan, will be an integral part of the course.
Dates: Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: Feb. 6 
Cost: $60.
Instructor: Leonard Donovan, M.S.
Class code: W1512

Top 10 Supreme Court Decisions That Changed U.S. History

One chief justice and eight associate justices, who are appointed for life, have had the greatest impact—both positive and negative—on the course of U.S. history. This course will present the top 10 Supreme Court decisions that have had the most profound impact on our government, our way of life and ultimately, our history.
Dates: Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: Feb. 13
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Class code: W1513

Art Appreciation: The Language of Paintings

Learn to experience and more fully appreciate famous paintings and how they communicate with us. Review abstraction, realism, illusion and basic composition in famous paintings. Be introduced to the unique use of lines, patterns and pictorial
principles, such as order, balance, rhythm and geometry.
Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 13
Time: 9:00—10:30am
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: March 13
Cost: $48.
Instructor:Jennifer Scavone, M.A.
Class code:W1514

Living a Balanced Life, the Benedictine Way

Have you ever wondered how monks and other religious persons seem to live long and happy lives? St. Benedict in his Rules for Monks introduced a vision for a long and full life more than 1,500 years ago, and his vision is alive and in fruition today. This course will share how the values within the Benedictine tradition can transfer to your daily life and improve its quality and your longevity. We will focus on developing a healthy balance between the spirit, mind and body. This class will include a tour of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle.
Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 13
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: March 13
Cost: $48.
Instructors:Gale Wiedman, Ed.D and Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A.
Class code: W1515

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

On October 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan was launched. Its mission, to remove the Taliban from power, was accomplished within eight weeks. Operation Iraqi Freedom led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq that lasted six weeks. Sixty- three percent of the U.S. population supported the action. This course will examine the history, the loss of lives, the cost, and the probable future for both countries and the United States.
Dates: March 23, 30, April 13, 20
Time: 9:00—10:30am
Class max: 21
Reg. deadline: March 20
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.
Class code: W1516

Bible Art & Music

The Bible has a number of visual and musical references which have led to much misunderstanding, confusion and debate. This course attempts to visualize those scriptures and explain possible symbolic meanings. This is a review of the author’s own research. A workbook is available on Amazon Kindle.
Dates: April 13, 20, 27, May 4
Time: 12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: April 11
Cost: $48.
Instructor:Daniel Hampson, M.A.
Class code:W1517

Tuesday

Microsoft Office at Home

Come join us for this comfortably paced, hands-on course. Create MS Word documents by starting with the basics and moving up to using backgrounds, borders, pictures, bullets, and more! Learn the basics of MS Excel by creating a spreadsheet and use basic formulas, formatting, sorting and more. Discover what you can do with a MS PowerPoint presentation. Bring your MS Office questions to class. No prior experience beyond basic keyboard and mouse ability is necessary.
Dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 12
Reg. deadline: January 18
Cost: $72.
Instructor: Carrie Swift, M.A.
Class code: W1520

Paintings that Revolutionized Art

Art work created by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Runge, and other fascinating artists are explored. Why were they created? What did they represent to the art world and their time period? How did they impact the direction of art? A bit of art history with historical events make this an interesting approach to understanding art.
Dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10
Time:10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: Feb. 1
Cost: $72.
Instructor: Nancy D’Agostino, B.A.
Class code: W1521

Thomas Jefferson

One of the most influential founders of our nation, Thomas Jefferson is best remembered as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the third president of the United States, one of our greatest statesmen, and founder of the University of Virginia. We will study the personal and political life of Jefferson, his relationship with other historic leaders, his political, religious and moral philosophy, and how his principles shaped our democracy to this day.
Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 9:00—10:30am
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: March 1
Cost: $48.
Instructor: John Panarese, M.B.A.
Class code: W1522

Fiction Writing Workshop

Go beyond the basics of fiction writing. The Fiction Writing Workshop is designed for more advanced writers. Heavy emphasis will be on in-depth analysis of students’ fiction in a supportive environment. Also, learn about the ‘business’ of creative writing and getting your fiction published. This workshop includes two breaks (March 17 and April 7) to allow for students to work on writing projects.
Dates: March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max:14
Reg. deadline: March 1
Cost: $96.
Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M., M.S.
Class code: W1523

Successful Aging

This class provides an overview of the historical and demographic process of aging. We will review research, including the Harvard University study on aging, and trends related to the integration of bio-psycho-social aging. Students will review the
importance of critical thinking and discuss other preventative aging strategies.
Dates: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
Time:12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 16
Reg. deadline: March 15
Cost: $72.
Instructor: Melody (Taiqin) Dong, M.A.
Class code: W1524

Bringing Out Your Inner Monet

Students will learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas in Monet-style. Beginners and advanced painters are welcome. Our goal is to complete three or four paintings. Gain self-confidence and develop your own style. All materials provided.
NOTICE: Class W1525 and W1526 are two different classes and must be registered separately.
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
Time:10:30am—12:30pm
Class max: 12
Reg. deadline: April 3Cost: $98.
Additional Art Supply Fee: $30.
Instructor: Nancy D’Agostino, B.A.
Class code: W1525

Bringing Out Your Inner Van Gogh

Beginners and advanced painters are welcome to join this painting class using Van Gogh style of painting. Each student will complete three or four paintings in their own unique style of painting. All materials provided.
NOTICE: Class W1525 and W1526 are two different classes and must be registered separately.
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
Time:1:00pm—3:00pm
Class max: 12
Reg. deadline: April 3Cost: $98.
Additional Art Supply Fee: $30.
Instructor: Nancy D’Agostino, B.A.
Class code: W1526

Our World Today

With over 7 billion people in the world, current political, social and economic issues that influence all of us are changing our lives faster than ever before. We will investigate what is happening in the world today by looking at significant current events (domestic and international), behind-the-scenes causes, who’s who, and future trends. Lively discussions and active student participation are encouraged as today’s current events are churned, probed and analyzed.
Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5
Time: 9:00—10:30am
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: April 12
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Class code: W1527

Wednesday

Fiction Writing for Beginners

Do you long to write the great American novel? Do you have a compelling story to tell? Take your accumulated life experience, knowledge, and wisdom; add the techniques of fictional narrative; and season generously with your unique writing voice. In this inter-active course, you will learn how to combine these ingredients into an unforgettable story.
Dates: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 16
Reg. deadline: January 19
Cost: $72.
Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M.
Class code: W1530

Your Money... Your Retirement

Is there such a thing as a safe investment? What rate of return can I expect to earn? What tax breaks are available to you? This class introduces concepts and strategies that help handle day-to-day finances, reduce taxes, and manage investments. Students will develop a personalized plan that is designed to help identify and reach financial goals. The class will review financial basics, investments, estate planning, health insurance, and various sources of retirement income. The class explores the benefits and pitfalls of various investments. Medicare and social security rules will be discussed in detail.
Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: February 2
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Charles Millington, M.B.A., C.P.A., C.F.P.
Class code: W1531

Selling Your Home: What You Need to Know

This class is designed for those who are contemplating a move from their home, condo or townhouse to another living arrangement. Topics include: the pros and cons of changing living arrangements; when to sell; what needs to be done prior to listing; working with contractors and repairmen; selecting a realtor; and attracting buyers and keeping them interested. A forum will also be provided for participant questions and concerns. Note: No solicitation will be allowed by any real estate office or individual.
Dates: February 25, March 4, 11, 18
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: February 23
Cost: $48.
Instructor: JoAnn Wesley Hassler, M.A.
Class code: W1532

The Shroud of Turin & The Shroud of Oviedo

The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been questioned for a variety of reasons. The Shroud of Oviedo is claimed to be the cloth wrapped around the head of Jesus Christ after his death. This course will examine the evidence both supporting and challenging their authenticity and discuss what is known about their journey to Europe.
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: March 2
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Phillip DuPont, M.D.
Class code: W1533

Genealogy for Beginners

Do you have any interest in genealogy, but don’t know how to start? This course will focus on tips for beginners to utilize in their genealogy searches. Students will learn suggestions and recommendations on how to begin, what to collect, websites, basic search techniques for documents, and understanding the genealogy process. Students are encouraged to bring their genealogy search problems to class.
Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 15
Reg. deadline: March 30
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Steve Szabados, M.B.A.
Class code: W1534

Memory Boot Camp

This course will focus on activities and exercises designed specifically for memory improvement. Class activities and exercises will target long-term, short-term and working memory. The BRAIN Fitness course (W1543) is helpful but not required.
Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 16
Reg. deadline: March 30 Cost: $48.
Instructor: Angeline Finnigan, B.A.
Class code: W1535

Thursday

How the North Almost Lost the Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, the North had a grand strategy for winning the war. That strategy proved detrimental to the North. Eventually, victory was achieved after nearly losing the war. This course will review the thoughts and actions of powerful leaders, the impact of battlefield technology on the outcome, political demands on both sides, and how the North almost lost the Civil War but turned the tide to victory.
Dates: January 22, 29, February 5
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 18
Reg. deadline: January 20
Cost: $40.
Instructor: James Weren, M.A.
Class code: W1540

Living Alone and Loving It

One quarter of our population is living alone and yet many equate living solo to loneliness. Students will learn the importance of embracing a freedom of choice. The class will create an outline for living an intentional life filled with interesting activities, family, friends, and quiet reflection.
Dates: January 29, February 5, 12, 19
Time: 12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 16
Reg. deadline: January 27
Cost: $48.
Instructor: JoAnn Wesley Hassler, M.A.
Class code: W1541

Presidential Elections

Since 1792, Election Day is every four years on a Tuesday between November 2 and 8. This course will review the U.S. history regarding presidential elections, some of the more interesting campaigns, the origin of the major political parties and the likely future of our two-party system. We will look at alternatives to the way we vote today, possible changes under consideration, a national third party and how demographics will play an important role in years to come.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: March 3
Cost: $48.
Instructor: John Rose, M.A.
Class code: W1542

BRAIN Fitness

Research has shown that cognitive decline no longer needs to be a part of aging. Review how the brain how the brain functions and develops as we age. Class includes lively interaction and activities/exercises focusing on the six areas of cognitive function:Attention to detail, multi-tasking, executive function, processing speed, long-term and working memory.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:45am—12:15pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: March 3
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Angeline Finnigan, B.A.
Class code: W1543

STARTOONING: How to Draw Cartoon Characters

Startooning is a simple drawing system designed in 1978 for individuals interested in drawing cartoon characters. Since its introduction, Startooning has been used with all ages and skill levels. It works even if you have never drawn before. A workbook is available on Amazon Kindle.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max: 16
Reg. deadline: March 3
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Daniel Hampson, M.A.
Class code: W1544

Religions’ Impact on the Civil War

Major religions in the 1860s were powerful factors in bringing the troubled nation to disunion and war. On the battlefield, in camps and in hospitals, an army chaplain was a “friend to every man.” Hear the inspiring stories of these “soul soldiers” as they dealt with the well-being of men engaged in America’s Civil War.
Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30
Time:12:30—2:00pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: April 7
Cost: $48.
Instructor: James Weren, M.A.
Class code: W1545

Great Poets Series: Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is one of America’s great female poets. She lived with her parents and did not seek fame. But after her death, fame found her. Dickinson is a master of the short, meaning-packed poem, constructed with craft and art. Her work helps us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. If you know something of her poetry, come and learn more. If you are new to her writing, you have a treat in store. Obtain and bring to class the paperback, Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems, Thomas H. Johnston, editor.
Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 2:15—3:45pm
Class max: 20
Reg. deadline: April 7
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.
Class code: W1546

Friday

No Classes Scheduled.

Center for Lifelong Learning
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY
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Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563
Ronald M. Finnigan
Director
Email: rfinnigan@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-1383