FALL SESSION 2019 

Seniors College Administration

Daria Tecco LaTorre, Esq., Dean

Sally Reading, Director

610-796-8357

 

Monday


COURSE: 2 B or Not 2 B - Hamlet Tries to Teach Us How to Live (4 weeks)

Instructor: John Kissinger  

Description: Delve into Shakespeare's play Hamlet and survey its themes, its history, and how it has been received throughout the centuries. We will take sides into its various movie versions, its adaptations in movies like The Lion King, and its variations in fiction, including Ian McEwan's Nutshell. We will try to save Ophelia from her fate, figure what exactly is Gertrude's problem, and try to put Fortinbras in his rightful place. Come one, come all, the fun of tragedy is about to begin!

Dates: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, & 10/21

Day: Monday                            

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                  

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00

 

COURSE: Suffragists and the 19th Amendment - 100th Anniversary (3 weeks)

Instructor: Hallie Vaughan

Description: This course introduces the history of the Suffrage Amendment and the suffragists, who fought to provide American women the right to vote.

Dates: 9/30, 10/7, & 10/14

Day: Monday                                                    

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                      

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $30.00

 

COURSE: Questions about Immigration, Crime and Policy (2 weeks) 

Instructor: Dr. Malgorzata Zuber

Description: This course explores current immigration policies and their impact on the life of immigrants and criminal justice in the United States.

Dates: 11/4 & 11/11

Day: Monday                                                    

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                      

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $25.00

 

Tuesday


COURSE: Seniors Health & Wellness (3 weeks)

Instructor: Joseph Daly, RPh.

Description: This course will present vital information about the following important topics for seniors: (1) Potentially inappropriate drugs for older adults; (2) The "Prescribing Cascade" (how one medication leads to another); (3) The medical, psychological, and social effects of hearing loss; (4) Vaccines and the Anti-Vaxxers, and; The safety of de-prescribing medications.

Dates: 10/8, 10/15, & 10/22

Day: Tuesday                                  

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                  

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rms.

Cost: $30.00

 

COURSE: Suicide Bombers (1 session)

Instructor: Rodney Loose, Retired FBI Agent

Dates: 10/29

Day: Tuesday                                     

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing

Cost: $20.00                                   

 

Wednesday


COURSE: Art & Architecture of Spain (4 weeks)

Instructor: Barbara Post, Artist

Description: What a country to explore! With Hellenistic, Roman, & Byzantine art touches, flowing into arabesque elegance (the Alhambra), and mixing with Gothic, Renaissance, & Baroque (the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba), plus Catalan modernism (Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Basilica), what art stories there are to tell! We will also look at painting highlights of Spanish artists Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Picasso, & Dali (to name a few). 

Dates: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, & 10/30

Day: Wednesday                                            

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                        

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00

 

COURSE: Globetrotting with Alvernia's Faculty (4 weeks)

Instructors: Dr. Tim Blessing, Dr. Kevin Donnelly, Dr. Kevin Godfrey, Dr. Josh Hayes, Dr. Eric Recktenwald, Dr. Bongrae Seok, Dr. Janae Sholtz, Dr. Spencer Stober, Dr. Mary Ellen Wells, & Dr. Di You 

Description: "Hey Professor! What did you do this summer?" "Oh, I was in Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Scotland, London, China, Costa Rica, and Morocco...." Join us to hear fantastic stories about the world from the Summer 2019 travels Alvernia University's fabulous globetrotting faculty!                   

Dates: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, & 10/30

Day: Wednesday                                              

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                            

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00 

 

COURSE: Introducing the Literature of Magical Realism (4 weeks)

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Pacifico

Description: This course will introduce the Latin America literary revolution known as "Magical Realism" in which reality commingles with fantasy, dreams, myth, and mystery. This style was developed by acclaimed authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortazar, and Isabel Allende.

Dates: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Day: Wednesday                                

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                        

Place: Upland Center, Room 228

Cost: $40.00 

 

Thursday


COURSE: First Ladies of the White House (5 weeks)   

Instructor: Rev. Elton Richards  

Description: The course presents an overview of America's First Ladies and their largely forgotten stories and contributions. Many of these women could not vote, attend college, or run for public office. Their sacrifices and resiliency are exemplary. Together, we will give voice to what was unspoken within their lifetimes.

Dates: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, & 10/31

Day: Thursday                                    

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                         

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $45.00                                                                                                      

 

COURSE: Cold Cases - Hate Crimes - Domestic Terrorism (4 weeks)               

Instructor(s): Dean Daria LaTorre, Esquire; Barry Harvey, Retired Pennsylvania State Trooper; Detective Lt. Michael P. McGinnis, Chester County District Attorney's Office; Guest Speaker

Description: Cold cases are criminal investigations in which information that leads to indictments and arrests is not accessible. This course presents a collection of crimes that took place in worlds of hatred, violence, and terrorism that are particularly dark. Be prepared!                

Dates: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, & 10/31

Day: Thursday                                                

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                       

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $40.00 

 

COURSE: Strolling through the Street of Montmartre (Paris) (3 weeks)                                                                                                                                 

Instructors: carol Hession & Cynthia Davenport

Description: Take a stroll through the Montmartre district of Paris. Stop to visit landmarks such as Le Chat Noir and Le Lapin Agile. Learn the legacies of historic buildings and celebrate the great artists who lived, played, and created within them. Maps will be provided. Walking shoes are not necessary.

Dates: 10/24, 10/31, & 11/7

Day: Thursday                        

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM            

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $30.00

 

COURSE: Healing Life's Hurts: The Five Stage of Forgiveness (4 weeks)                                                                                                                                 

Instructor: Siste Jean Jacobchik, OSF

Description: "Never does the soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury" (E.H. Chopin). Jesus said, "Forgive and you shall be forgiven". A lack of forgiveness is toxic to the human spirit. Have you had difficulty forgiving God, friends, family, or yourself? Find ways to forgive through the five stages of prayer and inner healing.

Dates: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, & 11/14

Day: Thursday                        

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM            

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00

Friday


COURSE: The Supremes' Greatest Hits (3 weeks)    

Instructor: Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire

Description: Based on upon Michael G. Tractman's book, The Supremes' Greatest Hits, this course will explore three areas of decision-making by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS): What made the Supreme Court supreme? What does it mean to have the right to do what you want to do? How free is free speech really?

Dates: 10/11, 10/18, & 10/25

Day: Friday                                         

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                                    

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $30.00 

 

COURSE: Chair T'ai Chi (3 weeks)   

Instructor: Julia Dunst 

Description: Seemingly simple and deceptively gentle, T'ai Chi delivers a workout that is superior to any exercise program in use today. The slow, easy to learn routines can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or level of ability. The seated version of these exercises can be practiced at home or at work, in an easy chair or a wheelchair, and without the need for expensive equipment or special clothing. As a style of martial arts that emphasizes internal power, T'ai Chi provides a life-long exercise system that delivers improved health and greater strength the longer you practice it.

Dates: 10/11, 10/18, & 10/25

Day: Friday                           

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM              

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103            

Cost: $30.00         

 

COURSE: Spirituality and the Modern Presidency (1 session)

Instructor: Ben Watts

Description: What do you know about what Presidents believe? This course will focus on the spiritual values, principles, and concerns that have been foundational for modern American Presidents.

Dates: 11/1

Day: Friday                                                  

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                                               

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $20.00 

                                                

COURSE: The Dysfunctional  President (1 session) 

Instructor: Dr. Tim Blessing

Description: People with "normal" attitudes and drives and "normal" backgrounds rarely are elected president. This class explores how individuals with "different" attitudes, drives, and backgrounds tend to be the ones elected and how these "different" individuals affect the functioning of the presidency.

Date: 11/1 

Day: Friday                                                     

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                                                                     

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $20.00 

 

MINI-COURSE


COURSE: AAA Driver Education Safety Program                           

Instructor: Edith Bleichart

Description: This course presents guidelines to reduce risk factors when driving and identify potential problem areas for older drivers. 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 medications; 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 offered in a four (4) hour session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge.  A minimum of eight participants will be required. 

 

Dates: Thursday, Friday, 10/24 - 10/25 - Beginner course (4 hours each day)

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Dates: Friday, 10/18 – Refresher Course (4 hours)

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM      

 

Cost:

$15.00 – one AAA member

$25.00 - husband & wife AAA members

$25.00 - non-member

                                                           

 

Seniors College