SPRING SESSION 2019 

Seniors College Administration

Daria Tecco LaTorre, Esq., Dean

Sally Reading, Director

610-796-8357

 

Monday

COURSE: Cold Cases and Crimes  – 2 Weeks

Instructor(s): Daria LaTorre, Esq. and Detective Lieutenant Michael McGinnis  

Description: A cold case is a criminal investigation in which potential leads for an indictment, arrest, or solution appear to have been exhausted. This course explores cold cases to understand how the processes of discovering leads and evidence can rekindle and investigation even decades after the fact.

Dates: 4/29, 5/6

Day: Monday                            

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                  

Place: Upland Center, Room 226

Cost: $25.00

COURSE: Native American Life -  1 Session

Instructor: Steven Runkle, Susquehanna River Basin Commission 

Description: This course presents an overview of Native Americans and their life in the Susquehanna River Basin Region during the 17th and 18th centuries. The exploration of tribes that inhabited the region will include hands-on displays of wildlife furs, trade goods, and war implements.

Dates: 4/29

Day: Monday                                                    

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                                      

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Cost: $20.00

 

Tuesday

COURSE: Spy Stories - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Mark Kaufmann

Description: This course will explore the development of the the British intelligence and security services in the first half of the twentieth century. More specifically, lectures and discussions will focus on the relationship between the intelligence community and the literary community. Topics will include the imaginative origins of the national security state, the recruitment of writers as spies during the First World War, and the evolution of the "secret agent" in popular culture.

Dates: 4/9, 4/16, 4/30

Day: Tuesday                                  

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                  

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $30.00

COURSE:  Understanding the Biosphere – 2 Weeks

Instructor: Dale Kratzer

Description: This course presents an overview of some current Biosphere problems related to water management issues in Berks County. Issues of concern are drinking water and stream water quality, invasive species, and toxicities such as radon and lead. Topics of interest to members of the class will be treated as well.

Dates: 4/9, 4/16

Day: Tuesday                                     

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $25.00    

COURSE:  Moral Psychology of Psychopathy – 2 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Bongrae Seok

Description: Psychopathy is not a simple form of craziness. It is also not neurosis or psychosis. It is a complex cluster of emotional and social deviances. This course explores the psychological nature and major characteristics of psychopathy as well as the importance of emotions in mental health and ethics. 

Dates: 4/23, 4/30

Day: Tuesday                                     

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $25.00       

COURSE:  Encountering World Religions – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Professor Scott M. Davidson

Description: This course will begin with an examination of the role of religion in human experience. We will then investigate core beliefs that are found in religious traditions from India, Asia, and the Middle East. To conclude, a consideration of historical and contemporary relations among religious traditions will suggest new pathways that foster inter-religious dialogue.

Dates: 4/23

Day: Tuesday                                     

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Place: Highland of Wyomissing

Cost: $30.00                                    

 

Wednesday

COURSE:  Be Still My Beatles Heart (Part II) - 4 Weeks

Instructor: John Kissinger

Description: Continuing last year's course, we will analyze and evaluate specific Beatles songs (at your request), trace the history of the Beatles' Musicianship, and discuss the impact of the Beatles on art, culture, society the past and today. Bring your Beatles questions as well as your favorite songs and movies. Let It Be! 

Dates: 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1

Day: Wednesday                                            

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                        

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00

COURSE:  The Art of Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn - A Visual Feast – 4 Weeks

Instructor: Artist Barbara Post 

Description: John Singer Sargent (American, but born and lived in Europe), Joachim Sorolla (Spain), and Anders Zorn (Sweden) were master realists of wife and loose brushstrokes, and lush color. Highly prolific and successful during their lifetimes (late 19th into early 20th century), their art included portraiture, plain air, and more. These artist knew one another; each of them painted and exhibited in both Europe and America (each painted American presidents). Discover more about these three as we look at their outstanding work.                    

Dates: 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1

Day: Wednesday                                              

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                            

Place: Upland Center, Room 228

Cost: $40.00 

COURSE: Chair Yoga and Meditation - 2 Weeks

Instructor: Alli Blair Snyder

Description: Join us for a relaxing, zero impact flow to learn simple stretches - done from the comfort and stability of a chair! Come with comfortable clothes and an open mind. We will end our session with a quiet, meaningful meditation together. Namaste!

Dates: 5/1, 5/8

Day: Wednesday                                

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM                        

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Cost: $25.00 

COURSE: Global Fishing Communities and the Significant of their Influence – 1 Session

Instructor: Rev. Shaji Silva

Description: Gloab fishing communities influence and are influenced by global warming and changes in the environment. This course will explore the customs, problems, and contributions associated with traditional fishing communities.                                                

Dates: 5/8

Day: Wednesday                                            

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                                                

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $20.00 

 

Thursday

COURSE: "Butus and Verny (7 Stories)" - 3 Weeks     

Instructor: Dr. Tom Bierowski

Description: This course will entail a close reading, analysis, and discussion of the original, mostly unread novella. A love story about two people who grew old together. A contemplation of authentic value in life - thems that get it and thems that don't. Butus and Verny know what's what? You tell me.

Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2

Day: Thursday                                    

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                         

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $30.00                                                                                                      

COURSE: Transition to Twentieth Century: Part 2 - Tracing the Influence of Cezanne and Matisse – 3 Weeks                     

Instructor(s): Carol Hession and Cynthia Davenport 

Description: This course will be an exploration of the 'schools of art' influenced by Cezanne and Matisse - particularly the development of Cubism and Surrealism.                  

Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2

Day: Thursday                                                

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                       

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $30.00 

COURSE: Justified War Theory - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Corey Harris

Description: This course will introduce participants to Christian perspectives on war. Understanding the nature of conflict, warfare, and combat has been a focus of Christian leaders and thinkers from primitive Christian history to the present.

Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2

Day: Thursday                                                  

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                                               

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $30.00 

COURSE: Encounters with Jesus Christ - 4 Weeks                                                                                                                                   

Instructor: Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF

Description: This course will reflect on various encounters between Jesus Christ and persons in the Gospels. How do reading and reflecting on these encounters affect our lives? Examples of encounters are the women and the well, Jesus at Emma's, and the calling of the twelve apostles.

Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

Day: Thursday                        

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM            

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227 

Cost: $40.00

 

Friday

COURSE:  End of the World - 4 Weeks    

Instructor: John Kissinger

Description: The moment after humans first wondered how the world began, they began wondering and fearing and anticipating (some a little too eagerly) the end of the world. We will trace the apocalyptic idea through time and space, with special attention to how it influenced Western history and how it has molded American society. If you have end-of-the-world star ---- (Just kidding).

Dates: 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17  

Day: Friday                                         

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                                    

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $40.00 

COURSE: The Cold War - 2 Weeks    

Instructor: Dr. Victoria Williams

Description: Remember the Soviet Union? Join us in a course for reminiscing, as we talk about the international relations and American culture of the early cold war, with a focus on the period of 1949-1970. Bring your stories!

Dates: 4/5, 4/12

Day: Friday                           

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM              

Place: Upland Center, Room 226            

Cost: $25.00                                                          

COURSE: The Islands: Galapagos, Easter Island, and Iceland - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Kathy Sassaman

Description: Join Kathy as she reflects on her travels to the islands in South America and brings them into focus.

Dates: 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

Day: Friday                                                     

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                                                      

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 

Cost: $30.00 

COURSE:  Striking a Well-Balanced Life - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Julia Dunst

Description: This course will explore ways in which your mind, body, and soul work seamlessly together to form a well-balanced life. Sample moves, motivations, and mechanics will be provided to help us stand tall - both physically and emotionally.

Dates: 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

Day: Friday                                                     

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                                                                      

Place: Upland Center, Room 228  

Cost: $30.00 

 

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, May 9-10 - Beginner course (4 hours each day)

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Dates: Friday, May 3 – Refresher Course (4 hours)

Place: Upland Center, Room 229

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM      

 

Cost:

$15.00 – one AAA member

$25.00 - husband & wife AAA members

$25.00 - non-member

                                                           

 

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