Seniors College



Spring Session 2018


MONDAY

Sustaining Well-Being: New Information about Medications – 2 weeks

Joseph Daly, R.Ph.

Aging today is exciting due to medication that can help us sustain well-being. Topics covered in this cource include: 1) Lessons from a fatal medication error; 2) Clarifications about high cost of medication; 3) Reducing use of prescription medications; and 4) Can you prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Dates: 4/9, 16

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 228

Cost: $25.00


#Keys Strong: "Conch"–ering Irma – 2 Weeks

Dr. Scott Ballantyne; Col. Robert Ballantyne

This program is a fishing story and a heartfelt tale of the lower Florida Keys and Key West. The story of a proud tourist and fishing destination devastated by Hurricane Irma and the resilient "Conchs" (as the locals call themselves) rebuilding their community. Learn about the habitat and its survival and follow the efforts of many on their quest to return to normal...if that's possible in the Keys!

Dates: 4/23, 30

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $25.00



Designer Genes, DNA, and Human Evolution – 5 Weeks

John Kissinger

1: Conclusion of Hex Marks the Spot course – March 26
2: Designer Genes, DNA, Human Evolution – April 9, 16,23,30. In this course we will survey the history and development of our understanding about human origins. We will examine how our views on human origins have changed over the centuries, and will study how recent research and findings on the human genome and emerging DNA knowledge influences our current understanding about who we are, where we came from and where we're going...

Dates: 3/26; 9,16,23,30

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $45.00



TUESDAY

"For Richer or Poorer" (A close reading of The Pearl by John Steinbeck) – 3 Weeks

Dr. Thomas Bierowski

Affluence, poverty, class, race, happiness. We will discuss the relationship between them all in this novella published in 1947.

Date: 4/30, 10, 17

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: AU Student Center, 1st floor

Cost: $35.00


The Glories, Cultures, and Challenges of India – 2 Weeks

Rev. Shaji Silva

Let's get real about India! What is the landscape like? Who are its people? How do they live? What do they value? What was it like to be part of the British Empire? What has life been like since 1947 when India received its independence? And what about Indian fishing villages? Fr. Shaji Silva, a native of India who grew up in a remote fishing village, is a fascinating speaker who will share first-hand knowledge of his experience and memories of India.

Date: 4/24; 5/1

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms

Cost: $25.00



Wyeths, Wyeths, and More Wyeth: A Family of Art & Artists –3 Weeks

Carol Hession/Cynthia Davenport

The Wyeth family and the brilliant art they produced are fascinating to artists and to art connoisseurs. What makes the Wyeths-people and paintings-who they are? We will contextualize the events and history that shaped Wyeth art and Wyeth lives to learn how each generation inspires the next.

Date: 4/17, 24; 5/1

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing. 2000 Cambridge Ave. Wyomissing, PA 19610

Cost: $35.00


WEDNESDAY

Kaballah – 3 Weeks

Rabbi Jack Paskoff

This exploration of Kabbalah will focus on creation, the role of human beings within the universe, rewards and punishment, and pain and suffering. Related topics to be considered will include angels, miracles, evil, and life after death.

Dates: 4/18; 5/2

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00

Art in Washington, D.C. – 4 Weeks

Barbara Post, Artist

Two outstanding art Museums in D.C., the Smithsonian American Art & National Portrait Gallery continue to offer masterpieces that merit our attention. Looking at their creations, we'll talk about these artists both famous and infamous, plus the Museum philanthropist who made these treasures free and available for us all.

Dates: 4/4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $40.00

Chief Pontiac's Rebellion – 1 Session

Steve Runkle

Explore the causes of the Native American Rebellion lead by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac against the English colonies during 1763 and 1764. A chronology of events related to the Susquehanna River Basin during these years include Native American assaults on British fortifications, Bouquet's punitive expeditions, the First Wyoming Massacre, the massacre of the Conestogas, the return of the captive settlers, and Sir William Johnson's role in formulating the Treaty of Fort Stanwix.

Dates: 4/25

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $20.00

Attempting to Understand School Shootings – 5 Weeks

Nicole Bowman, "Mom's Demand Action"; The Honorable Arthur Grim; Professor Barry Harvey, Alvernia University, Pennsylvania State Police, Ret.; Commander William LaTorre, Pennsylvania State Police, Ret.; Edward B. Michalik, Psy.D. Administrator Berks County MH/DD; Criminal Justice Students, Alver nia University.

School shootings and massacres are regrettably becoming common events that devastate the lives of individuals, fami-lies, and communities. What are the causes of these trag-edies? What can be done to end this scourge? For what is it realistic to hope? Join a team of experts who will help us to reflect intelligently on the problem of school shootings and on the problems that cause them.

Dates: 3/28; 4/4, 11, 18 X; 5/2

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $45.00


THURSDAY

The Seasons of the Heart's Journey – 5 Weeks

Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF

Contemplate the four seasons of the earth - Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter - and simultaneously journey through the four seasons of your own life. Discover that the cycle of life's seasons slowly and gently compels you to become your truest and most real self.

Dates: 4/5,12,19,26; 5/3

Time: 10:00AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $45.00


Broadway Dance: Dancing Through the Past Into the Present – 2 Weeks

Jessica Warchal-King

Within many cultures, expressive physical movements help dancers to connect with their inner selves. This course invites you to experience contemplative dance, and discover and express profound aspects of yourself that you will never know until you dance them into existence!

Time: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM

Dates: 4/5,12

Place: Campus Commons & Fitness Center – Dance Studio

Cost: $25.00


The Stories of Our Life: Retelling, Writing & Reframing- 4 Weeks

Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF

Each person has experienced a life that has been filled with joy, sadness, questions, discoveries, and surprises. This class is open to all who would enjoy writing about their thoughts and experiences. Each class will include (1) a 5-minute writing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to write, and (3) a suggestion for writing during the week. Class participants will be invited to share their work and receive supportive feedback. Leave a legacy about your life to your family!!!

Dates: 2/1, 8, 15, 22

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Cost: $40.00


The History of Robots – 3 Weeks

Dr. Kevin Donelly

In current debates about our "robot futures," the re are usually two camps: doomsayers and enthusiasts. At the heart of this debate is the question: "What separates humans from the machines"? The course will draw on a rich history to identify how we have historically defined ourselves in relation to machines, robots, and other automata.

Dates: 4/5,12,19

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00


FRIDAY

Stretch, Move to Music, and Be Cool – 2 Weeks

Julia Dunst

Essential components of health and well-being are movement and exercise. For many of us, opportunities to move around and keep fit are often in short supply. This course will provide instruction about movement and stretching that can be done with music from where you sit – in your chair.

Dates: 4/20, 27

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Rm. 228

Cost: $25.00


The Stories of Our Life: Retelling, Writing & Reframing & 5 Weeks

Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF

Each person has experienced a life that has been filled with joy, sadness, questions, discoveries, and surprises. This class is open to all who would enjoy writing about their thoughts and experiences. Each class will include (1) a 5-minute writing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to write, and (3) a suggestion for writing during the week. Class participants will be invited to share their work and receive supportive feedback. Leave a legacy about your life to your family!!!

Dates: 4/6,13,20,27; 5/4

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Rm. 228

Cost: $45.00


MINI–COURSE

AAA Driver Education Safety Program

Refresher Course – 1 Session (4 hours)

Basic Course – 2 Sessions (each class will be 4 hours)

Edith Bleichart

This course presents guidelines to reduce risk factors when driving and identify potential problem areas for older driv- ers. It also lists the 5 types of crashes that older drivers are most involved in, as well as giving solutions on how to handle them. In addition it covers topics on alcohol, drugs and medi- cations; new technologies in automobiles; and so much more. Contact AAA to enroll in class and pay fees. AAA phone number is: 610-374-4531. Newcomers to the AAA program will take the 8-hour course. The Refresher Course will be of- fered at a 4-hour session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]

Dates:
Friday, April 20 – Refresher course (4 hours)
Place: Upland Center, Room 103
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Dates:
Thursday, April 12; Friday, April 13 (4 hours each day)
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cost:
$15.00 – One AAA member
$25.00 – Husband and Wife AAA members
$25.00 – Non-members




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