Summer 2014 Class Schedule

Day of the WeekCourse Title Description Category Class Code
Monday
Famous People Series: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is worth over $70 billion. Steve Jobs founded the most recognizable brand in technology - Apple.
Examine their life and their story.

Dates: April 7, 14, 21
April 28 time extended 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Time Wilsey, B.A.

Registration Deadline: April 3

Cost: $48
History
W1406
Monday
Genealogy for Beginners

Do you have an interest in genealogy but don't know how to start? This class will focus on tips for beginners to utilize in their genealogy searches. Students will learn suggestions and recommendations on how to start, 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:

May 12, 19, June 2, 9
Time:12:30—2:00 p.m

Instructor: Steve Szabados, M.B.A.

Registration deadline: May 8

Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
S1411
Monday

Famous People Series: Winston Churchill and Douglas MacArthur



We will discuss the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill. This class will explore his earlier roles in the British government and politics, Churchill's leadership in World War II, and his role in the post-world war rebuilding of Europe. General Douglas MacArthur was the face and father of the US victory in the Philippines and Japan. How did he go from his successes in WWII to being relieved of his command in the Korean War? Discover the times and challenges of these two amazing men.


Dates:May 12, 19, and June 2

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Registration Deadline: May 8

Cost: $48

History
S1412
Monday

Comparative Religious Study


Have you ever been curious about other religions, their customs and beliefs? The focus of this class is the study of the beliefs and teachings of different world religions as they relate to everyday life. The class will discuss beliefs, practices, life after death, and many other religious differences and similarities.


Dates:June 2, 9, 16
Time: 12:30—2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kristopher Seaman, Ph.D.

Registration Deadline: May 29

Cost: $48
Religion
S1413
MondayThomas 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: June 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: John Panarese, M.B.A.

Registration Deadline: June 5

Cost: $48
History
S1414
MondayChicago Mafia Families

Dating back to the early 1900s and originating in South Side Chicago, the Chicago Mafia or Outfit rose to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Capone, Bugs Moran, Nitti, Ness, and Giancana are just some of the figures linked to this colorful Chicago history. We will examine the Chicago Mafia crime families, how they were structured, key members, their impact on Chicago's growth and development, and their demise.


Dates:July 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 2

Cost: $48
History
S1415
Monday
Fiction Writing Workshop

 

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 workshop, you will learn how to combine these ingredients into an unforgettable story.


Dates: July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Clare Walker, DVM, M.S.

Registration Deadline: July 24

Cost: $60
Literature
S1416
MondayFamous People Series: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

William Henry Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, inventor, master computer programmer and philanthropist, is worth over $70 billion. Steven Paul Jobs was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of the most recognizable brand in technology--Apple. Jobs oversaw the development of the i-series (iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad) which transformed our daily lives. Examine their life and their story.

 

Dates: August 4, 11, 18

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Instructor:Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 31

Cost: $48
History
S1417
Tuesday
Bring Out Your Inner Monet

Students will learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Beginners to advanced painters are welcome. Our goal is to complete four paintings. Gain self confidence in working with materials and developing your own painting style. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.

Registration Deadline: March 27

Cost: $72 plus $30 supply fee
Art and Architecture
W1427
Tuesday
The History of Democracy

From Athens in the 6th century BC, through the Roman Republic, Medieval times, and the rise and fall of civilizations, democracy has been evolving. Webster defines democracy as a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting. The class will review the evolution of democracy from Ancient Greece to the Arab Spring. What are the underlying conditions necessary for democracy to flourish? How democratic is our democracy? Is it the best system of government? These and other issues will be presented and discussed.

 

2 class dates are available (select one): 

 

Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Registration Deadline: March 27
Cost: $48 

 

Dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17
Time: 9:00—10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Registration Deadline: May 22
Cost: $48

Government

 

 

 

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Tuesday
Chicago Sports Legends
Learn about the greatest sports legends in Chicago's long and storied athletic history. Jordan, Halas, Ditka, Banks, Grange, Jackson, Santo, Hull, and Jackson are just a few of the legends who will be discussed. Learn about the sports legends both on and off the field.

Dates: April 29, May 6, 13, 20 

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey

Registration Deadline: April 25

Cost: $48
Personal Enrichment
W1429
Tuesday
European Art HIstory II

Starting in the Renaissance period, we will travel through history and up to Pop Art, to learn the historical context behind landmark works. Students will learn how history impacted the art world, how each art history era impacted the next, and the lives and legacies of the leading artists.

 

Dates: May 13, 20, 27, June 3
Time: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A. Registration Deadline: May 9
Cost: $72
Art and Architecture
S1421
TuesdayPhotography Workshop:  Beginners

You finally have that "good" camera but find the dials, buttons and settings confusing. This class will help you understand your camera, build your photography confidence, and help you develop the skills to take the photos you want with your camera. Please bring your camera and manual to each class.

 

Dates: June 3, 10, 17
Time: 12:30—3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jack Retterer, M.A.

Registration Deadline:  May 31
Cost:  $60

Personal Enrichment
S1423
TuesdayOutsider Art and the Artists Who Create It

Outsider Art is a label given to art produced by artists who are not part of the conventional art establishment and often use unconventional ideas or create elaborate fantasy worlds. These artists are self-taught in their art skills and techniques and work from an 'inner vision'. We will view and discuss the works of these artists as well as also focus on Folk Art and Primitive Art.

 

Dates: June 10, 17, 24 and July 1
Time: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.

Registration Deadline: May 31 

Cost: $48

Art and Architecture
S1424
TuesdayThe Bill of
Rights

Considered as the most important rights of every citizen, the Bill of Rights consists of 10 inherent rights and 17 amendments guaranteed to all U.S. citizens. Ratified by three-fourths of the states, they represent the foundation for our federal, state and local laws. Yet, what do they really mean? What are your rights? Join us as we look at the Bill of Rights with imagination, from a historical perspective, a desire for debate, and the love of a good puzzle.

 

Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Registration Deadline: June 29

Cost: $48


Government
S1425
TuesdayArt Appreciation I

 

Students will learn the basics of how to analyze works of art and take part in visual art assignments of iconic art works throughout history. Students will work on introductory design projects. This class is open to students of all ability levels.

 

Dates: July 29, 30 

Time: 9:00 a.m.--12:00p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Scavone, M.A. Registration Deadline: July 27

Cost: $48

Note: Art supply list will be provided upon registration.

Art & Architechture
S1426
TuesdayKey Factors of the Civil War

More than three million men fought in the war. Two percent of the total U.S. population—more than 620,000—people died in it. This class will explore the key factors of the Civil War through four different influences: President Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief of the United States, spies and espionage, the generals of the armies, and the important role of women in the Civil War.

 

Dates: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19

Time: 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

Instructor: James Weren, M.A.

Registration. Deadline: July 27

Cost: $48


History
S1427
WednesdayUnited States Under Repair

The national debt topped $17 trillion for the first time and is growing. How did we get here? Healthcare, unemployment, aging population, taxes, corporate corruption, lack of leadership in Washington, and national security are some of the concerns. The class will focus on the top issues, their ramifications if left broken, and what we can do to repair it.

 

Dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21 

Time: 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Instructor: John Rose, M.A. Registration Deadline: April 25 

Cost: $48

Government
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Wednesday
St. Procopius Abbey Tour

Attend a guided tour of St. Procopius Abbey and learn about its design and features.

 

Date: May 14

Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Instructor: Br. Rick Poro, O.S.B.

Registration Deadline: May 12

Cost: Free

Location: St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, IL

Religion
S1400
WednesdayWWII and the Pacific

Approximately 25% of the deaths of U.S. soldiers in World War II were related to the battles in the Pacific theater. This class will address and discuss some of the major campaigns as well as war-related incidents. We will include Japanese POW camps, Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March, Japanese and American war strategies, cultural assumptions, atrocities, kamikazes, guerilla warfare, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

Dates: May 21, 28, June 4, 11

Time: 10:45a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Steve Nunes, Ph.D.

Registration Deadline: May 19

Cost: $48
History
S1431
Wednesday
Modern Architecture

 

Study the various styles and movements from Modernism through Post-Modernism while vivid digital images capture the period. Learn about some of the architects of the period (Gropius, Wright, Sullivan, Rietveld, Aalto) and their contributions. Witness the birth of Modern Architecture as we study these masterpieces and investigate the minds that created them.

 

Dates: May 21, 28, June 4, 11

Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Scavone, M.A.

Registration Deadline: May 19

Cost: $48

Art and Architecture
S1432
Wednesday
Our Environment: Problems to Solutions

 

This class offers easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind major environmental issues. The class will discuss pollution (air, water, marine), pesticides and our food source, deforestation, mining, invasive species, climate change and energy issues. The focus will be on understanding the issues and the solutions being implemented around the world.

Optional:Field trip to Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

 

Dates:June 4, 11, 18, 25

Time:  2:15-3:45 p.m.

Instructor:  Anne Marie Smith,M.A.

Registration Deadline: June 2

Cost:  $48

Science
S1433
WednesdayU.S. National Parks

President Grant signed into law our first national park in1872—Yellowstone. Since then,we have designated 58 other protected areas as national parks. Learn first hand about our beautiful national parks—their splendor, challenges and history. This class will provide the history of the National Park Service and the geology behind some of the more interesting parks. The class will be co-taught via Skype with a National Park Ranger currently assigned to Denali National Park in Alaska.

 

Dates:June 4, 11, 18, 25

Time:  12:30 — 2:00 p.m.

Instructors:Anne Marie Smith,M.A.& Kathleen Kelly, M.A.

Registration deadline: June 2

Cost:  $48
Travel
S1434
WednesdayThe French Art Experience
Experience French art unlike you have ever experienced it before.This class will explore French art through the taste, sound and eyes of two famous 20th century French artists, Henri Matisse and Eugene Delacroix. Croissants and Provencal snacks will be shared as part of a multisensory experience that includes French food, music and culture.Fun creative exercises will also be included.
 
Dates: July 9, 16, 23
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Nancy Green,M.A.
Registration Deadline: July 7
Cost:  $60
Art and Architecture
S1435
WednesdayPhotography Workshop:  Intermediate

 

This course is created for the amateur photographer who has a basic understanding of photography and wants to take their skills to the next level. We will focus on use of the digital SLR camera as a creative artistic tool. This workshop includes hands-on weekly photo assignments and professional feedback on your photos. Please bring your camera and manual to each class.

 

Dates: July 9, 16, 23

Time: 12:30—3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jack Retterer, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 7

Cost: $60

Personal Enrichment
S1436
WednesdayAbraham Lincoln: The Warrior President

Abraham Lincoln was many things to many people. His days were filled with dealing with politicians, generals, inventors, bureaucrats, lobbyists, diplomats, admiring citizens and his cabinet. He balanced his presidency and efforts to win a war with the demands of his personal life. This class will bring Lincoln back to life through art, history, and an informative narrative discussion.

 

Dates: July 9, 16, 23

Time: 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Instructor: James Weren, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 7

Cost: $48

History
S1437
WednesdayLearn to Draw

Learn to draw the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. Acquire the skills and techniques necessary to master different drawing media in pencil and charcoal. Study master drawings throughout the history of art. Open to students of all levels. Students will be provided an art supply list.

 

Dates: July 16, 17

Time: 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Scavone, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 14

Cost: $48

 

Location: Main campus, Scholl Hall, Rm. 227, Art Studio

Art and Architecture
S1438
WednesdayPhotography Workshop: Advanced

Created for the experienced photographer who understands basic exposure settings, composition and lens selection. Learn how to recognize and manage a variety of complex and challenging lighting situations. The workshop includes hands-on weekly photo assignments and professional feedback on your photos. Key topics include exposure, triangle review, advanced light metering, managing lighting, accessories, filters and techniques for conquering complex lighting situations. Please bring your camera, lenses, and manuals to each class.

 

Dates: August 6, 13, 20

Time: 12:30—3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jack Retterer, M.A.

Registration Deadline: August 4

Cost: $60

Personal Enrichment
S1439
Thursday
Chicago Architecture

 

Out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, rose the architecture of Chicago that influenced buildings throughout the United States. The class will explore the architectural pioneers of the Chicago School; the first modern skyscrapers; building designs, structure, and techniques; and the historical significance of Chicago architecture.

Dates: March 27, April 3, 10, 17

Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Registration Deadline: March 24 

Cost: $48
Architecture
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Thursday
Psychology of Aging
This introductory class provides an overview of the historical, demographic process of aging. We will review research 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: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Taiqin Dong, M.A.

Registration Deadline: March 31 

Cost: $72
Sociology / Health & Wellness 
W1448
Thursday
Art Appreciation II
Students will learn how to analyze works of art as they take part in visual art analysis assignments of iconic art works throughout history. They will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of formal design theories through hands-on studio production experience in the form of introductory design projects. This class is open to students of all ability levels.

Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Scavone, M.A. 

Registration Deadline: April 28 

Cost: $48 plus $10 supply fee
Art & Art Appreciation
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ThursdayAdventures of Women Traveling Alone

Have you ever been faced with wanting to travel but not wanting to travel alone? Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Every day, do something you fear." Traveling alone can be a bit frightening, but the memories are worth facing the fear. This class will include tips on efficient packing, finding the right tours, utilizing guide books and mapping out your dream trip.

 

Dates: May 8, 15, 22

Time: 9:00—11:00 a.m.

Instructor: JoAnn Wesley Hassler, M.A.

Registration Deadline: May 6

Cost: $48


Travel
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ThursdayHow to Make Your Financial Plan Successful

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" – Maria Robinson, author. This class will teach how to organize your financial information, budgets, and plans to gain financial independence. Learn how to work around limitations when choosing your investments. Students will learn how to structure a plan that works for them.

 

Dates: May 29, June 5, 12, 19

Time: 9:00—10:30 a.m. 

Instructor: Peggy Goddeau, M.D. & Jan Faris, E.A.

Registration Deadline: May 27

Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
S1442
ThursdayShakespeare Series:  Hamlet - To Be, or Not To Be

Prince Hamlet has been told by the ghost of his father that the king was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, who now holds the crown and has taken Hamlet's mother as his queen. The Prince is filled with rage. He sets upon his task of revenge and unearths deceit, betrayal, and threats to his own life. Join us as we explore the dramatic conflicts and fascinating characters in Shakespeare's most famous play. Students should read Act One prior to the first class.

 

Dates: May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Casey, MA

Registration Deadline: May 27

Cost: $60

Literature
S1443
ThursdayCity of Scoundrels:  The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago

Author Gary Krist's book is the basis of this class. We will explore the story of a brief period of time when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a child murder rocked a major city already in a frail state.

 

Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 10:30 a.m.--12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Bette Lawrence-Water, M.A.

Registration Deadline: June 3

Cost: $35

Literature
S1444
ThursdayLiving 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: July 10, 17, 24

Time: 9:00—11:00 a.m. Class code: S1445

Instructor: JoAnn Wesley Hassler, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 8

Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
S1445
ThursdayPoetry Series: Robert Frost

Review the life and works of America's most read and honored modern poet. Robert Frost's poetry offers both comfort and challenge. He began publishing his work at a later age than most but his life was long and the body of his works considerable. Engage with familiar poems and delve into lesser known works. A collection of Frost's poems is required in class.

 

Suggested paperback: The Poetry of Robert Frost, The Collected Poems, edited by Edward Lathem.

 

Dates: July 31, August 7, 14, 21

Time: 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.

Registration Deadline: July 29

Cost: $60

Literature
S1446
FridayDrawing

Learn to draw the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. Acquire the skills and techniques necessary to master different drawing media in pencil and charcoal. Study master drawings throughout art history. Open to students of all levels.

Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 

Time: 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Davis, M.A. 

Registration Deadline: April 1 

Cost: $72 plus $35 supply fee

Art and Architecture


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