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Along with October classes, we are looking for volunteers to help teach kids about healthy eating habits. Learn more about this great program.

class schedule

From gardening to Shirley Temple, religion to law, October offers a number of interesting and compelling classes for our friends. Classes will be held at the Hamilton Holt building, the Rollins Campus, Winter Park Towers and more.

understanding the contemporary theatre

Instructor: Thomas Ouellette (Note: Instrictors have changed Joe Nassif )

Description: The playwright, actor, director, designer and critic.....in our current Broadway Theatre. Who are the leading playwrights, actors, directors? What are the appealing productions? What are prevailing attitudes toward theatre verses television and film? How does the theatre affect our lives? What will be the theatre of the future? We will take in five video productions for analysis plus a guest director, actor and playwright.

demystifying the internet

Instructor: Candy Hamblin

Description: Learn some fundamental cyberspace rules and how-to’s that will help you surf the internet safely and effectively. This class is for beginners.  Key points of class are: Learn about browsers and how to configure options such as: your homepage, security, installing and uninstalling toolbars.  What is the address field vs. the search field. Learn about features of a browser such as favorites/bookmarks, the back button, etc. We’ll use different search engines and learn about how they work. Understand how to make your search better with keywords, choosing which site to enter, and safe searching. We’ll go over downloading files, pop-ups (and how to turn them off), uploading photos and files. Websites where you can upload pictures and share with family members and friends. Websites to look for movie times, how to get directions, yellow pages or white pages to find an address. Learn about registering online and making purchases-what is safe and what is not; how to register with a username on a site; and how to keep track of usernames and passwords.  This will segue into email, and I will find out up front who needs an email, who wants one, etc.

physician patient interaction

Instructor: Stacey Passalacqua, Ph.D.

Description: Week one will explore the significance of the physician-patient relationship, provide a historical perspective, review existing models of physician-patient interaction, and touch on new directions that the physician-patient relationship is taking. Week two will cover the physician perspective and provide an understanding of medical socialization and organizational and professional pressures that influence physician behavior with patients. Week three will explore the patient perspective and ways that we, as patients, conceptualize, communicate about, and cope with illness. Week four will examine how the different perspectives of the physician and patient can sometimes lead to ineffective and dissatisfying communication; finally, recommendations for more effective and satisfying interactions with physicians will be discussed. Think of your past interactions with physicians. Have you ever felt rushed? That your physician was speaking a different language? As if your physician wasn't truly listening to you? As if what you thought didn't seem to matter? Chances are that you've felt these frustrations, as many patients report unsatisfying visits with physicians. Why is it that physicians engage in certain behaviors? Furthermore, what can you do to have a more satisfying visit with your physician and be an active participant in your health care? Knowing the answers to these questions matters--studies have repeatedly shown the physical and psychological benefits of effective physician-patient communication and patient engagement.

the bright and dark side of personality in leadership

Instructor: Ronald F. Piccolo, Ph.D.

Description: Drawing on recent research in psychology, we will explore the nature of personality and its impact on social interaction and a leader's influence. We will also assess our own individual differences and consider methods to identify personality traits in others.

healing laughter, “jest” for the health of it

Instructor: Roberta (Bobbe) W. Lyon, M.A.

Description: Having a “sense” of humor has been viewed as both a positive and a negative trait historically. Laughter and play are currently enjoying a comeback, socially, in the business world, and in the field of health. Solid research points to the many benefits of positive thinking and good humor.

fitness through motion & imagination

Instructor: Robert Sherry &Robin Wilson

Description: This ground-breaking program offers the participant the opportunity to proactively achieve physical and mental fitness by fusing dance with their own imagination. Cutting-edge research has uncovered evidence indicating that when we utilize imagination in conjunction with movement, our brains create new pathways, that build in a redundancy that overcomes brain diseases like Parkinson’s, M.S., and Alzheimer’s.  In fact, participants in the studies reported “better health, fewer doctor visits, and less medication usage, more positive responses on mental health measures, and more involvement, by and large, in life activities.”Beginning with the proposition that there is no wrong movement, this course is open to all. Our bodies need to move!  The class, performed to live piano accompaniment, begins with the participants in chairs and proceeded to upright movement (although a seated option is always available).  The chairs create a sense of support, and allow participants to experiment and expand their movement range from a steady and reliable base.  Participants will be encouraged to approach this movement exploration with an open the mind and heart.  This allows everyone an opportunity to enjoy an imaginative, individualized, movement experience.

economics, media, and propaganda

Instructor: Benjamin Balak, Ph.D.

Description: This course examines how economic rhetoric in the media is shaping popular understanding of political-economic issues and public policy. There is a gap between professional economics and the public discourse about economics. This is particularly apparent in political public rhetoric and thus has a significant effect on decisions taken, policies enacted, and the democratic process in general. This course will attempt to disentangle the actual social-science from the ideologies and interest groups that dominate the media. In the words of one of the greatest economists of the 20th century Joan Robinson (1955): "The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists."

the history of american judaism

Instructor: Zena Sulkes, Ph.D.

Description: Dates in the History of American Judaism. We will start with 1492 and the expulsion of the Jews of Spain and travel in four weeks to 2004, and the celebration of the 350 years of American Jewish history.

writing to heal: the power of medical narratives

Instructor: Lori Coffae, Ph.D.

Description: In this 4-week course, we will explore how writing can help heal the mind, the body, and the spirit; and through a series of investigations, discussions, and writing exercises, we will discover how we can understand, shape, and ultimately improve our own medical experiences.