September 2014 Courses

-- September 2014 Class List --


Below is the list of classes for September 2014.
To register for any of these classes, please go to the REGISTRATION FORM.

Bronze Sculpture in the Florentine Renaissance

Instructor: Bob Lemon
Description:

When Florence developed a meritocracy based on the accumulation of wealth, artists like Ghiberti and Donatello created works that celebrated not only the Judeo-Christian God but also the wealthy bankers and merchants. How did they combine these seemingly two disparate religious and secular elements?  Why did they choose bronze as the medium for their message? 

Dates & Location:

Tuesdays,September 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 9-10:30am

Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Food in the 21st Century

Instructor: Alex Stringfellow
Description:

Whether through popular media or at the local grocery store we have all heard the new food terminology: organic, local, all-natural, fair trade etc. This course explores the existing food system from farm to table and clarifies some of these misused and abused terms. At the end of this course you will be able to navigate your local grocery with confidence and improve your health through informed food choices. This course will include a one hour session outlining Food in the 21st Century, and three(3) field trips to East End Market, Green Sky Growers (Winter Garden) and Organic Sanctuary. These field trips will involve walking and standing for a prolonged periods.

NOTE: Different meeting dates and locations.

Dates & Location:

Tuesday, September 2      5:30 pm        Rollins Campus - Olin Library Lakeview Lab

Friday, September 5     10:30 am          Rollins Campus - Olin Library Lakeview Lab

Tuesday, September 9      8:00 am        UCF Arboretum

Monday, September 15    5:30 pm        East End Market

Masterpiece —The Power of Art

Instructor: Roger Barrows
Description:

What makes a masterpiece?  How can a work of art speak?  How does a masterpiece both move us and shape us as humans?  In this class, we will explore works by Micheelo, van Gogh, Vermeer, Bernini, Picasso, Bosch, van Eyck, Ma Yuan, Maya Lin, and others.  In the final session, participants may choose to present for discussion and analysis a noted work which they consider worthy as a masterpiece. 

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Are you Ready for the Annual Open Election Period? 
Navigating the Medicare Websites.

Instructor: Zena Sulkes
Description:

Take this quick quiz and see if this class is for you:  1)  Do you know what you can do about your Medicare during the  period of October 15- December 7 ? 2)  Do you know how to enter your drugs in the secure government storage space and compare drug plans?  3)  Do you understand the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan, an HMO, a PPO, or a Medicare Supplement Plan?  4)  Do you know what Medicare Covers and how to follow your claims on the Mymedicare.gov? 

If you answered “NO” to any of the above questions, you need this class to make knowledgeable choices based on the options open to you during the AEP, Annual Election Period? 

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 9am to 10:30am
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Basics of Estate Planning and Probate

Instructor: Gayle A. Owens, Attorney
Description:

What is the difference between a will and a trust? What is a revocable “living trust” and how does it work?  When should your estate plan include a trust? What is involved in the probate of an estate and why do so many people think you need to “avoid” it? Can a trust really help your heirs avoid probate?  Will your estate be subject to a “death tax?” Can trusts help your estate avoid a “death tax?”  How do insurance policies and IRA, 401k, and other retirement accounts fit into your estate plan? What are “POD” and “TOD” accounts?  Answers to these questions and more will be discussed.  You’ll also learn why a durable power of attorney, living will and designation of health care surrogate fit are important features of any estate plan.

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 11am to 12:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Cooking

Instructor: Marci Arthur
Description:

Come to a class teaching new approaches to COOKING.  For this class, we recommend you bring a notebook and a pen.

Demonstration Classes are an intimate, interactive look at cooking. Each class features an entertaining and informative lesson by Marci Arthur and one of her professional chef-instructors, plus generous tastings of every dish prepared in class. Take notes as you watch our chef work and ask questions throughout the process,  to walk away able to recreate the menu at home.

Equipment for your home will be discussed that will help you become a better cook, as well as methods of how to prepare foods to make cooking easier.

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 1pm to 3pm
Truffles & Trifles; 711 W Smith St, Orlando, FL 32804

Influence of Hinduism and Buddhism on the Art of Odilon Redon

Instructor: Maria Leone Garcia
Description:

Odilon Redon career spans the late 19th/ early 20th centuries, in France during the age of Art ‘isms’. Learn how he worked and with whom. How his beliefs and the new exotic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as stage design for the Opera, and Literary illustration were muses for his inspiring and often misunderstood paintings, drawings, and prints. Learn about his ‘noirs’, marvel at his pastels and realize how inadequate the labeling of ‘Decadence’ as pertained to his art truly was a gross misconception and misnomer by critics of his time.

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24th from 4pm to 5:30pm

Hamilton Holt Auditorium

When in Rome: Ancient Roman Contributions to our Modern World

Instructor: Teresa Decio, M.A.
Description:

Have you ever wondered where our laws, language, and much of our technology came from?  The answer is, Ancient Rome.  We will examine Roman laws, uage, and technologies to better understand Roman contributions to our modern world.  In addition, this course will include a study of Pompeii but not just to look at the horrific tragedy of the volcanic eruption, but also to learn about the city as an excellent example of the best and worst ancient Roman culture had to offer. We will even plan an Ancient Roman meal, to eat as the Romans did!

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6pm to 7:30pm

Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Understanding Plato

Instructor: Trig Johnson
Description:

"Plato”—you know the name; do you know what the great Greek philosopher taught? Plausibly history's most influential philosopher, Plato penned a philosophy whose corpus perennially stimulates philosophical reflection, debate and confusion.

This class entertains popular myths about Plato's philosophy vis-à-vis an elucidation and examination of Plato's metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy, in particular.

Dates & Location:

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6pm to 7:30pm

Winter Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

The Way: An Introduction to the Flowing Teachings of the Tao Te

Instructor: Paul Jacob
Description:

This is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism written by Lao Tzu, which strongly influenced other schools such as Confuscianism and Chinese Buddhism.  Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters and gardeners have used the flowing poetic lines of the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration.  In this class we will look at key passages and lessons in order to see how this knowledge can be applied to our daily lives.  We will also look at similarities between the writings within the Tao Te Ching and those of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels.

Dates & Location:

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 11am to 12:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Current Events and Politics 

Instructor: Bob DiConsiglio
Description:

This class will discuss the major current events of the day and how they relate to politics. The topics to be discussed may include but not be limited to the following: 2014 Congressional elections and Governor's election in Florida, 2016 Presidential election, The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), the IRS, Russia and Putin, Middle East, Syria, Bengazi, Ukraine, Radical Islam, Iran's appointment to the UN Council on Women, legalizing marijuana, America's standing in the world, is there a decline in American culture?, gun control and any other matters that are happening at the time of the class and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

Dates & Location:

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25th from 1pm to 2:30pm
Winter Park Towers,
1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

Personal Safety

Instructor: Laura Lang
Description:

The knowledge in becoming a senior is priceless. There are three perspectives in the aging process, our biological age, psychological age and our social age.  Once we are graced with a biological age of a senior; let the fun begin.  This class will expand on the changes in the senior world and how those changes can affect your safety and your identity. This class will also update you on scams and various types of fraudulent activity. When you complete this class you will have the knowledge to speak with intelligence and have techniques on how to deter victimization.   

Dates & Location:

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Art for the Mind - Doodling and Visual Storytelling

Instructor: Catherine Cross
Description: Whether it's Zentangle, doodling or just drawing we will explore easy-to-learn methods of creating art from drawing with an open flow and repetitive patterns.  You may find it similar to meditating or being "in the zone".
 Making marks increase your focus and creativity.  With each pencil or pen stroke you are building a deliberate pattern that becomes a stunning masterpiece.  It is simple to understand and easy to enjoy - even if you are convinced you are not an artist.   Art for the Mind is all about keeping those synapses popping while exploring new areas of insight to build your creativity or use as a visual storytelling tool.  No art experience required, just a desire to have fun and make your marks.
Dates & Location:

Fridays, September 5, 12, & 26 from 9am to 11am
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Coming into the Home Stretch

Instructor: Robin Wilson
Description: Flexibility promotes a more youthful body and mind. By blending of the art of dance, the power of yoga and the science of pilates this class is designed to do just that! The special benefit  is that each student will  gain the ability to perform these  movements and exercises in the privacy of their own homes for many years to come.
Dates & Location:

Fridays, September 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10am to 11:30am
Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus

Hey, What’s Your Problem?: Making a Difference in Your Community

Instructor: Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on / Shalini Gopalkrishnan
Description:

Are you looking to apply your talents and energies to make a difference in your community but you’re not sure how to proceed? Connect with other, like-minded individuals to explore the pressing issues in our community as we create visions, identify resources, and develop networks to help create strategic solutions. We’ll use concepts from human centered design thinking, social innovation, and entrepreneurship to cultivate a “social lab” where your ideas for a better community are exposed to rapid experimentation and positive external critiques. Join us as we become Change Makers in our community.

Dates & Location:

Fridays, September 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Your Life In Words (Part 1)

Instructor: Yvonne Vassel
Description:

Writing your life story is not an exercise in self-indulgence. Indeed, your story will be a gift to your family and future generations, and is a way to ensure the memories, special events, and lessons of your existence do not entirely disappear. You will also value the opportunity to look at your life events with the benefit of distance and understanding. Over three sessions we will combine your words and photos to put together a mini life story that’s ready for you to publish. We will also look at the pros and cons of some available publishing resources.

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, & 22 from 10am to noon
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Intermediate Mah Jongg

Instructor: Meril Salzburg
Description:

Mah Jongg (commonly referred to as Maajh) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards, originating in China.  It uses a Card of Official Standard Hands and Rules by the National Mah Jongg League, against which all games are played.  The game is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with millions of dedicated players around the world.   In this class, participants will learn more about hands and rules on game playing, strategy and scoring. Keep your mind active and vibrant by playing Maajh!   

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

Plein Air Sketchbook

Instructor: Catherine Cross
Description:

Pick up and go! The most portable , no clean-up way to enjoy watercolors on location.  Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a way that makes it ideal for travel, journal entries, bicycling and cafe' sitting. Create rich sensitive drawings onsite using felt tip markers with watercolor or colored pencils.  First work indoors, learning pen handling techniques, composition, perspective and how to enhance your drawings with color.  Then, take the techniques outside.  Prepare to leave with sketching skills to record your next vacation or scenes around your home.

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Getting to Know My Non-Christian Neighbors

Instructor: James (Jim) Coffin
Description:

A few decades ago, the odds were overwhelming that the family moving into the house next door would be Christian. The only question was whether they’d be Baptists, Catholics, Methodists or some other Christian denomination. But those odds are changing. Although self-described Christians still account for more than 75 percent of the U.S. population, other faith traditions are on the increase. And the fastest-growing religious affiliation in the U.S. is “no religious affiliation.” So just what is the respective worldview of these other faith/no-faith groups? Why not let them speak for themselves? At each session, hear two presenters each give a lively half-hour overview of the main features of their faith tradition/worldview. Then you as a class will have half an hour to ask them questions. In all, you’ll hear eight presenters from eight faith traditions/worldviews: Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism, Humanism/Atheism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Unitarian Universalism. James Coffin, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, will serve as the class convener and moderator of the question-and-answer periods.

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29  from 2pm to 3:30pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

Latin America Declassified

Instructor: Dexter Boniface
Description:

Join Dr. Dexter Boniface from the Department of Political Science and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Rollins College for a discussion about the secret history of American foreign policy in Latin America during the Cold War. More specifically, we will analyze some of the controversies and debates surrounding U.S. covert actions and other involvement in countries such as Guatemala, Chile, Argentina and Nicaragua through an examination of recently declassified government documents.

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 4pm-5:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Navigating the Health Care System “Won’t My Doctor Tell Me What to Do?”

Instructor: Anissa Mitchell
Description:

Historically, Americans have sustained the ‘doctors are gods” complex by placing the totality of their trust in the hands of physicians. Clinging to the belief that doctor knows best, many leave their major healthcare decision-making totally in their hands even at times when they question a diagnosis or treatment. 
Instead of being passive passengers, today’s patients must become informed, responsible active drivers of their health and healthcare choices. As such, today’s patient is called an E-Patient: Empowered, Educated, and Engaged. 
In this course, we will learn what it means to be an E-Patient and how to become better informed and prepared healthcare consumers.

Dates & Location:

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Current Events and Politics 

Instructor: Bob DiConsiglio
Description:

This class will discuss the major current events of the day and how they relate to politics. The topics to be discussed may include but not be limited to the following: 2014 Congressional elections and Governor's election in Florida, 2016 Presidential election, The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), the IRS, Russia and Putin, Middle East, Syria, Bengazi, Ukraine, Radical Islam, Iran's appointment to the UN Council on Women, legalizing marijuana, America's standing in the world, is there a decline in American culture?, gun control and any other matters that are happening at the time of the class and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

Dates & Location:

Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, & 30th from 11am to 12:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

Every Day Law

Instructor: Bob DiConsiglio
Description:

(1) Contracts - Offer and acceptance, oral and written contracts, capacity to enter into a contract, consideration i.e. the thing of value given.

(2) Torts - The difference between torts and crimes, assault and battery, slander and libel, negligence, invasion of the right to privacy.

(3) Criminal Law - Intent to commit a crime, Constitutional safeguards, search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, entrapment, Miranda Warnings.

Dates & Location:

Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, & 30th from 1pm to 2:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

To register for any of these classes, please go to the REGISTRATION FORM.