Lend your VOICE

Along with September 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, September 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.

story telling: how writing can improve your health

Instructor: Anne Stone, Ph.D.

Description: The importance of listening to and telling stories has long been acknowledged by healthcare providers and patients alike. Learn about ways to tell your stories  to improve your health. We will focus on ways we can incorporate our narratives into interactions with friends, family, and medical professionals.

innovative ideas to inspire healthier living

Instructor: Bob Hahn

Description: This short course on urban planning and healthy living is designed to engage and inform senior students (age 50 and older) as to the latest trends and innovative approaches to healthy community planning and development ("healthy urbanism") and their role as community advocates for a healthier lifestyle.

technology in a global environment: business, the government & you

Instructor: Allen H. Kupetz

Description: We will explore the profound impact of current technologies (social media, NSA wiretapping, and big data) and emerging technologies (genetics, robotics, and nanotechnology) on every aspect of your personal and professional life.

reading fairytales to grand daughters: beyond disney's cultural establishment

Instructor: Charlotte Trinquet, Ph.D.

Description: This 4 week course is designed for students to get an understanding of the rich variety of classic fairy tales, to go back in time and see where they come from, and to see if there is a tradition which is better adapted to the modern aspirations of young children.

Week 1: Little Red Riding Hood and the diverse paths she travels: From the French paesant tradition of the tale, to Perrault's version and the to the Grimms, the message of the story has changed completely in order to suit the different audiences for which they were written.

We will study these 3 versions and understand the complexity of the diverse messages.

Week 2: Sleeping Beauty and the reality beyond the slumber: When going back in time, we can understand that the story was never intended to children, as it is one of the darkest fairy tale ever written. The (almost) final format of the tale takes place in the 1600s in Naples, Italy, but the story can be traced to the colonization of Sicily by the greeks, 3rd century BC.

Week 3: Cinderella, the most 'timeless' story: Looking at this tale, we can comprehend one of the most basic human traits: advance to a better place. From 3000 years ago in Egypt, to 900 years ago in China, to Europe and then the rest of the world, the story takes different aspects but still reflects the same motto.

Week 4: Rapunzel, finally understood: The first account of the story was in Naples, 1632. But it is mostly known through the version of the French female writer Mlle de la Force, who misunderstood completely the concept of the tale. From then it rolled with an insignificant message until Disney's version Tangled, which finally put the tale back together.

everyday poems

Instructor: Carol Frost

Description: This course will regard the clarities and mysteries of poetry in and out of form, poetry above all as possibility, taken from what Emily Dickinson had to say about poetry:

I dwell in Possibility—

A fairer House than Prose—

More numerous of Windows—

Superior—for Doors— 

We'll talk about the experience of reading poetry, look at an early draft of one or two Robert Frost's poems, investigate the origin and invention of the sonnet, discuss accessibility in contemporary poetry, and listen to a conversation between two poets laureate--Billy Collins and Kay Ryan. 

brush up your shakespeare

Instructor: Eric Zivot (Please note instructor change from Joe Nassif)

Description: The impact of Shakespeare is universal...on young and old, native and foreign, specialist and layman, professional and amateur, in the past, present and the future. He is read and seen by the school boy, the people of the theatre, the person in his study and the person by his fire. His words and phrases have rooted themselves in the language, his themes and attitudes become sounding boards for all people everywhere. This brief survey of his plays will examine the brilliance of his story telling, the beauty of his poetry, and the incomparable characters. Class discussions, video / film presentations will enhance our understanding. The requirements are reading a minimum of three plays - a brief presentation to the class and a possible one page paper on a selective topic.

fitness through motion & imagination

Instructor: Robert Sherry & Robin Wilson

Description: Dance gets people engaged, moving, socializing, and feeling their bodies. 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.  

tough moral choices of our time

Instructor: Zena Sulkes,Ph.D.

Description: This class will explore hot topics that are current issues in our culture: Bioethics and defining Medical Ethics; The search for economic justice in the world; The Environmental crisis; Civil rights and race relations in America. Each participant will be encouraged to define their own position on each issue and will be motivated to act on their position.

cooking easy meals for 1 2 people

Instructor: Marci Arthur, Ph.D.

Description: There comes a time in everyone’s life when they find they will be cooking for one or two.  The difficulty is recipes are never written for you.  What now?  Oh, sure, you can cut down the recipes or cook enough for an army – to be thrown out at a later date before you get botulism.  I will teach you how to take the simple road and go over recipes and cooking techniques which will help you learn to love the kitchen – creating small masterpieces that will be healthy, teach portion control, flavor balance and impress even the toughest critic. We will discuss how to discover a creative way to create a lifestyle that will work for you.

the sistine chapel: up, down and sideways a second section now open.

Instructor: Bob Lemon, Ph.D.

Description: When the Sistine Chapel was built, starting in 1477, the interior had no ornamentation. The famous paintings depicting scenes from the Life of Moses on the south wall and from the Life of Christ on the north wall were not started until 1481.  Pope Sixtus IV had some help in this endeavor from, among others, Botticelli, Perugino, Rosselli, Signorelli, Pinturicchio and Ghirlandaio. The ceiling at the time was a blue sky with gold stars.

Julius II, nephew to Sixtus, ordered Michelangelo to paint the ceiling two decades later.  Two decades after that, Pope Clement VII commissioned The Last Judgment.

We will explore the history of the building of the chapel and its transformation into one of the most important venues of Western art, culminating in the unveiling of The Last Judgment in 1541.  Amply illustrated conversations on why it’s not just a ceiling.

publish personality profiles for profit

Instructor: Randy Noles, Ph.D.

Description: If you like to write, and are interested in stories about people -- and would like to get published -- be sure to check out my upcoming Rollins course at the Center for Lifelong Learning. After discussing the elements of writing effective profiles, we will actually interview a prominent local person (to be announced), press-conference style. Everyone may, if they choose, write a 500-word profile based on that interview. The best one will get published in Winter Park Magazine or Orlando Life. But whether you choose to produce a written piece or not, it will be a fun four sessions.

how to run a successful business

Instructor: Marci Arthur, Ph.D.

Description: Curious on how to run a successful business? Hear from someone locally who has made it work. Topics covered will include:

20 questions to ask when beginning a business

Is Entrepreneurship really for you?

10 important steps to starting a business

How to develop a market strategy

Surviving your first year of business

Cash flow

Canceled August 23