Seniors College

Fall Session 2017

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Romance, Sensuality and Sex in the Bible - 5 weeks

Professor John Kissinger

The Bible gives us some of humanity’s earliest love songs, romances, love stories, and views on sexuality. Generations of readers have gleaned a wide range of meanings about love and sexuality from the Bible, and have reacted to “the good parts” of the Bible in a variety of ways. We will read relevant texts and note how others have read them down through the centuries. Our goal is to gain new understanding of how Bible writers saw these basic human themes.

Dates: 9/25; 10/2, _X_, 10/16,23,30

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Cost: $45.00

Interviews & Interrogations - 3 weeks

Prof. Barry Harvey; Former Assistant District Attorney Daria LaTorre, Esq.; Police Officers Ken Moyer, Jonathan Roth

Study of techniques used in interviewing and interrogations. One of the most specialized and difficult phases of law enforcement including behavioral analysis and in-class exercises.

Dates: 10/16,23,30

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Room, 227

Cost: $35.00

Feminine Inspirations in the Bible: Stories, Lessons, Challenges - 4 Weeks

Sr. Jean Jacobchik, OSF

The stories of the Women of the Bible are saturated with religious nuance and spiritual meaning. Who were Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Ruth? What did the Mother of Jesus; Elizabeth, her cousin, and Mary Magdalene have in com- mon? What lesson did Jesus teach Martha & Mary? Why did women discover the empty tomb of Jesus before men?

Dates: 10/2,9,16,23

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $40.00


Great American Women in History - 4 Weeks

Hallie Vaughan

This course will concentrate on the roles women played in shaping the history of the United States of America. Great American women discussed in the course will include Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney, Elizabeth Blackwell, Sally Ride and Babe Didrickson Zaharias.

Dates: 10/31; 11/7,14,21

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Cost: $40.00

World Music Travelogue - 3 Weeks

Professor Carol Schwanger

Carol Schwanger, Assistant Professor of Music at Alvernia University knows the music of the world better than anyone. Let her amaze you with stunning musical samples. Be cap- tivated by her insights into the sounds and people that have shaped the art and cultures of the world.

Dates: 9/26; 10/3,10

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Cost: $35.00

Drones and Droning: What Do You Know? What Will You Tolerate? - 1 Session

Scott Davidson

This course investigates drones and droning. Drone technology is changing the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. How are drones being used? What are the consequences - positive and negative? When do you need a license to fly a drone?

Date: 10/24

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing

Cost: $20.00


Laura Ingalls Wilder & The Little House on the Prairie: A Study of the Author’s Lifetime Journey — 2 Weeks

Mely Rahn

Laura Ingalls Wilder was the author of the series of the books entitled The Little House on the Prairie. She also wrote an autobiography entitled Pioneer Girl. This course examines the life experiences that were the basis for Wilder’s books. Mely Rahn is a Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiast. She will introduce us to a number of Wilder’s books that were set in South Dakota where Rahn has lived for several decades.

Dates: 9/27; 10/4

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Rm. 116

Cost: $25.00

Our Language Expressed in Art – 4 Weeks

Barbara Post, Artist

Like so many of you, I’m fascinated with words, phrases, their origins, how they change or stay the same through time. Come join us to see how visual artists have been inspired by our remarkable language. (More treasures from the Smithsonian American Art & Portraiture museum at a future date.)

Dates: 10/11,18,25; 11/1

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $40.00

In Memory of the 100th Anniversary of WWI – 3 Weeks

Dr. Kevin Donnelly; Hallie Vaughan; Dr. Victoria Williams

World War I was a global war that was one of the most deadly con- flicts within human history. It brought about major political changes and national revolutions that destabilized the balance of power around the globe. Ultimately, it spawned rivalries that precipitated the beginning of World War II. The course examines the cause, con- sequences and lessons of World War I.

Dates: 10/4,11,18

Time: 11:30 – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00

Scapegoats, Scapegoated and Scapegoating: What Are We Talking About? – 3 Weeks

Dr. James Morrissey; Carol Hession

Scapegoating involves assigning blame or punishment to individual people or groups of people for wrongs that they did not commit and for which they are not responsible. The devastating practice of creating scapegoats is the root cause of racism, oppression and in- justice. This course studies historical experiences of scapegoating that have left a negative mark on the history of the United States of America.

Dates: 10/25; 11/1,8

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00


“Worst President Ever:” Who Is He? - 3 Weeks

Rev. Elton Richards

Why is James Buchanan considered by some to be the worst President of the United States in American history? What did he do and what did he fail to do to merit this reputation? As we look at Buchanan’s life and legacy, we will present a case for his defense and a case for his prosecution. Do your research and come to class prepared to argue. The final verdict is up to you!

Dates: 10/5,12,19

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00

The 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation – 4 Weeks

Rev. Dr. Michael Bennethum; Rev. Carol Kehler; Rev. Mark Rigg; Rev. Greg Stoddard

This year (2017), Christianity remembers and celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. What exactly is there to remember about the Reformation? Why should this be a time of celebration? Join a team of local experts who will help us to consider the impact of the Reformation in a manner that is developmental, vital for the life of Christianity, and inspira- tional for all who share the Christian faith.

Date: 10/5,12,19,26

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $40.00

Writing Legacy and Lifetime Stories - 5 Weeks

Sr. 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 writ- ing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to write, and (3) a sug- gestion 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: 10/5,12,19,26;11/2

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Rm. 228

Cost: $45.00


Kabbalah – 3 Weeks

Rabbi Alan Weitzman

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

Dates: 10/20,27;11/3

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm.103

Cost: $35.00

Supreme Court Dissenting Opinions: Sour Grapes or Future Fodder – 3 Weeks

Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire

When on the losing side of a decision Justices frequently write “dissenting opinions”. Some are considered literary works, and some later become law of the land. This course will examine the famous dissents in regard to civil rights, speech, privacy and the death penalty.

Dates: 10/20,27; 11/3

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00

Catherine of Aragon - Abused Wife or Bitter Woman- 3 Weeks

Rita Belletti

Explore the life of Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII’s first wife, who did not give him a much-desired male heir. After eighteen years of marriage he wanted to replace her with a young and vibrant Anne Boleyn. What can be said of Cath- erine in the end? Did she become a bitter, angry woman?Or was she perhaps a loyal, but mistreated, wife? You decide what history reveals.

Dates: 10/13, 20,X; 11/3

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Room 103

Cost: $35.00


AAA Driver Education Safety Program

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 num- ber is: 610-374-4531. Newcomers to the AAA program will take the 8-hour course. The Refresher Course will be offered at a four (4 hour) session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]

Dates: Friday, 10/ 20 - Refresher course (4 hours), Thursday, 10/12, Friday, 10/13 (4 hours each day)

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Alvernia University, Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Cost: $15.00 – one AAA member, $25.00 - husband & wife AAA members, $25.00 - non-member

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