Class Schedule

Monday

Religions of the East

The 'Eastern' religions are practiced by over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Explore Taoism, Confucianism, Sikhism, and Jainism; with special emphasis on Hinduism and Buddhism. We will survey the traditions and practices, philosophically and historically, as well as contrast their differences.

Dates: May 16, 23 June 6
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48
Instructor: James Stallman, M.A.
Class code: S16108

Introduction to Integrative Health

Integrative Health is the blending of traditional allopathic medicine with research-based complementary therapies. This class will build your awareness of integrative health modalities and provide an expansion of knowledge in balance and wellness. In class #2, our intention is to demonstrate and practice some simple, yet effective integrative health modalities.

Dates: Monday June 13, 20, 2016
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $38
Instructor: Evie M. Caprel, BA, CHTP
Class code: SU16101

Exploring Watercolors

Explore and create with watercolors! Whether you've dappled in art or have never studied art before, this class will provide both the aspiring artist as well as the art novice with the necessary introductory skills to make a beginning watercolor painting. By acquiring a basic knowledge of watercolor paint, materials and tools through the analysis of painting techniques employed by master watercolorists, you will gain a foundational background in the field of watercolor. Additional Art Supply fee: $20.00

Date: Monday June 27, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 1:00pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38 plus Additional Art Supply fee: $20.00
Instructor: Jennifer Scavone
Class code: SU16102

Math, Music, And Art: They have more in common than you might think

M.C. Escher was a graphic artist who created beautiful wood cuts and other pieces in which a finite number of shapes completely fill the plane. J.S. Bach was perhaps the best of all the baroque composers. His cannons and fugues have never been equaled. In this course we will show how the mathematics of symmetry unites these two artists' work.

Date: Monday July 11, 2016
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Richard Wilders
Class code: SU16103

Eastland Disaster Chicago 1915

This class will establish time, places and people involved in Chicago early 1915, and then a complete explanation of what occurred in Chicago's worst disaster when the ship capsized at 7:30am July 24th 1915. The course will explain post events such as the trial, occurrences which included the ship and many involved. In conclusion we will also review the 2015, 100th anniversary and its continued impact today.

Date: Monday July 25, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: John Boda
Class code: SU16105

Web Apps and More

Sharpen your Internet web searching skills. Enjoy online entertainment and find e-learning opportunities. Navigate social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest and more! Explore how to keep in contact with distant friends through Skype Discover characteristics unique to web apps, e-books, blogs, podcasts, and YouTube. No prior knowledge is required; just bring your sense of discovery! Class uses PCs with Windows 7 and the Internet Explorer browser only.

Date: Monday August 1, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 1:00pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38
Instructor: Carrie Swift
Class code: SU16104

Tuesday

Writing Through Transition

We live in a world of permanent change but change is often difficult. What if you could achieve life balance, enhance your relationships and deepen your faith each day? Research has proven that journal writing is a valuable tool in handling life transitions and challenges. Class will help you discover your inner wisdom, find a way to negotiate difficult changes through writing and provide the skills and inspiration to do so.

Dates: June 7, 14, 21
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48.
  Instructor: Joann Wesley Hassler, M.A.
Class code: S16213

Painting Workshop I

This workshop is designed for those seeking to improve their painting skills. We will paint a still life on one 16x20 canvas. By the end of the workshop you will be able to apply basic acrylic painting techniques using various painting tools, palette knives, brushes and sponges to create texture and shape. We'll review brush strokes and select colors to create depth and value in your painting. All materials are supplied by instructor.

Additional Art Supply fee: $35.00
Date: Tuesday June 14, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 12:30pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38 plus Additional Art Supply fee: $35.00
Instructor: Nancy D' Agostino
Class code: SU16205

People and Events that Ended the American Civil War

A powerful presentation that takes the audience through the last months of the American Civil War—highlighting the important battles, and the men who fought in the most ferocious and drama filled period of the four year conflict. The War's two greatest generals, Ulysses S Grant and Robert E. Lee face each other for the first time in a titanic struggle—ending in a desperate chase to Appomattox and surrender. Easily understood, profusely illustrated and narrated by presenter, Jim Weren—a presentation designed to inform and entertain all audience.

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016
Time: 1:00pm—3:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Jim Weren
Class code: SU16206

Emerging Voices: A Poetry Workshop

This course will cover the activity of writing original poetry, sharing to gain feedback and the development of your individual style for revision and encouragement.

Dates: Tuesday June 21, 28, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $38
Instructor: Susan W. Trestrail, M.A. English, M. S. Ed.
Class code: SU16207

Middle Eastern Policy and the 21st Century

A look at the transition from the current administration of their handling of The Middle East to the challenges that next President will be facing in that part of our world.

Date: Tuesday June 28, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Tim Wilsey
Class code: SU16208

Painting Workshop II

This workshop is designed for those seeking to improve their painting skills. We will paint a landscape on one 16x20 canvas. By the end of the workshop you will be able to apply basic acrylic painting techniques using various painting tools, palette knives, brushes and sponges to create texture and shape. We'll review brush strokes and select colors to create depth and value in your painting. All materials are supplied by instructor.

Date: Tuesday July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 12:30pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38 plus Additional Art Supply fee: $35.00
Instructor: Nancy D' Agostino
Class code: SU16209

How the Sun Became the Center of the Universe

Prior to the 14th century virtually everyone assumed the Earth was at the center of the universe. Based on a set of assumptions due to Plato and Aristotle, a set of very accurate techniques for predicting events in the heavens was in place around 150 C.E. In 1543 Copernicus proposed putting the Sun at the center. We will learn how and why this came about and how Galileo's telescopic evidence helped to make the case for Copernicus' proposal.

Date: Tuesday July 19, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Richard Wilders
Class code: SU16210

Presidential Elections Then & Now

We will discuss the primary battles for both the Republican and Democratic nomination for President and the Conventions that will choose the nominees for President. This has been a turbulent and exciting primary season. How does it compare to some of the hotly contested elections of the past? We will have plenty of time for your questions and comments so come prepared to participate in the discussions and arguments.

Date: Tuesday July 26, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 1:00pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38
Instructor: David Diamond
Class code: SU16211

Wednesday

History and Working of the Supreme Court

Other than establishing it in Article III of the U.S. Constitution, nothing spells out the specific duties, powers, or organization of the Supreme Court. The Constitution left it to Congress and the Justices of the Court to develop the authorities and operations of the entire judicial branch of government. Since 1789, the Supreme Court has had 17 chief justices and more than 100 associate justices. Review the history, structure, rulings, and future of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dates: May 18, 25, June 1
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Class code: S16313

Understanding ISIS: It's Origin and it's Future

Let's try to make some sense of the sudden rise of ISIS –why and how did it begin? How does ISIS view itself and its actions—what are its intentions? Is the Caliphate here to stay? Is ISIS a symptom of a much deeper set of problems in the Arab World? Let's probe the problem, the consequences and the way forward.

Dates: Wednesday July 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Pat deRosset
Class code: SU16312

Blues & Jazz Chicago Greats

A look at some of the key artists that helped sculpt a city`s musical landscape with their talent and drive. The course will explore greats such as Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy to Nat King Cole, Louie Armstrong and the band Chicago.

Date: Wednesday July 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Tim Wilsey
Class code: SU16313

Thursday

Thriving: The Next Level of Happiness & Meaning

We want to be happy—when we are happy, we're productive and good at building meaningful relationships with those around us. However, happiness is difficult to define, and by focusing on it too intensely, we can end up feeling unfulfilled. This class identifies what is needed to flourish, thrive, and lead a meaningful life. Explore the difference between happiness and meaningfulness. Review research findings. We will learn exercises that cultivate happiness and give meaning to life.

Dates: May 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48
Instructor: Terri Reasoner, Ph.D.
Class code: S16408

Genealogy

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, 26
Time: 1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Steve Szabados, M.B.A.
Class code: S16409

Living Alone and Loving It

A quarter of our population is living alone, yet many equate living solo to loneliness. Learn the importance of embracing a freedom of choice. Create an outline for living an intentional life filled with interesting activities, family, friends, and quiet reflection.

Dates: May 26, June 2, 9
Time: 1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $48
Instructor: Joann Wesley Hassler, M.A.
Class code: S16410

Art of the Great Cathedrals

The Gothic cathedral tells the story of creation and the human condition through architecture, sculpture and stained-glass windows. Through images of select cathedrals, we will examine the meanings behind these medieval marvels. This class will focus on the cathedrals of France, where the Gothic impulse first emerged.

Dates: June 2, 9, 16
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48
Instructor: Ruth Nelson, M.A.
Class code: S16411

The Life of Richard Rodgers: His life and songs with both Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II

This will be a two hour class with a short break in between. The first hour will be covering the first partnership of Rodgers & Hart. A brief history of their lives, how they met, and wrote songs together, along with select songs performed within class by John Boda on vocals and guitar. The second hour will cover the final pairing of Rodgers & Hammerstein and show the same, yet how they differed along with select songs also performed and discussed.

Date: Thursday June 23, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: John Boda
Class code: SU16414

Citizens United v. F.E.C. (2010): Six Years later: Where do we go from here?

Citizens United changed the landscape of campaign financing and created outrage in many corners. Is Citizens United really about political spending or a dispute about the meaning of the First Amendment and its role in elections? Let's look at campaign finance through the lens ofCitizens United, and discuss where we are and where we are likely to go from here. What policy choices do we have?

Date: Thursday June 30, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Pat deRosset
Class code: SU16415

Shared Solidarity: Palestinians and African-Americans in the 1960s and Today

Global Studies Forum- In this presentation Dr. Maha Nassar will discuss the connection and parallels between Palestinians and African-Americans, analyzing how Arab intellectuals in the 1960s related to African-American struggles for freedom during the civil rights movement in the U.S.
Dr. Nassar is an assistant professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Benedictine University in 1997. She went on to earn her M.A.in Middle Eastern Studies in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and Civilizations in 2006, both from the University of Chicago.

Date: Thursday July 14, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $19
Instructor: Dr. Maha Nassar
Class code: SU16416

Blogging Made Easy: Learn to Write, Edit and Publish a Blog

This course will explore the basics of creating and publishing a blog. Programs such as Word press and other tools for publishing a blog will be discussed.

Date: Thursday July 21, 28, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $38
Instructor: Susan Trestrail
Class code: SU16417

Basic Internet Explorer and Email Features

Own a PC and rarely use it? This hands-on class demonstrates using Windows 7 and its features. Discover the basics of Internet Explorer and learn how to surf the web safely. Internet and email features will be discussed and you will learn tips to search find and save favorite visited sites. This is a perfect class for beginners. Questions are encouraged. Class uses PCs with the Windows 7 operating system only.

Date: Thursday August 4, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (12:00pm – 1:00pm lunch break on your own)
Cost: $38
Instructor: Carrie Swift
Class code: SU16418

Friday

No Classes Scheduled.

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