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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Courses and Events Listing

Art and Design

Renaissance Lives: The Men and Women Who Made the Modern World
From Michelangelo, Borgia, and Montaigne, to Cervantes, Machiavelli, and Elizabeth I, this course surveys the incandescent figures of the 15th and 16th centuries whose achievements defined the Renaissance and helped shape the world we now recognize as our own.

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Encore Transitions

Encore Transitions Series: Preparing for Post-Career Life
What might your meaningful post-career life look like? What are your preferred routes for getting there? Will you have enough income? Will you want or need to continue working? How will you maintain a sense of purpose in your daily life? Encore Transitions is a pioneering series of courses designed to help you create pathways and prepare for a successful post-career life.

Encore Transitions: Making the Most of Post-Career Life: Money, Working, Helping
This course looks at the many different scenarios of retirement, including issues related to volunteering; new and traditional options for service; financial expectations and planning; and sculpting a lifestyle that fosters purpose, meaning, and a sense of accomplishment.

Encore Transitions: Launching Your Future
Whether it involves work, family, health, lifestyle, or where we call home, some form of encore transition is an inevitable part of life. But how do we prevent these changes from imposing themselves on us and instead, take positive action that allows us to steer our own ship and make our own choices? This course will help you take the daunting leap from thought to action.

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History and Society

Renaissance Lives: The Men and Women Who Made the Modern World
From Michelangelo, Borgia, and Montaigne, to Cervantes, Machiavelli, and Elizabeth I, this course surveys the incandescent figures of the 15th and 16th centuries whose achievements defined the Renaissance and helped shape the world we now recognize as our own.

When Champagne Became French: Wine, War, and the Creation of a National Identity
While Champagne, the region, sits squarely in France, what is it that really makes champagne French? From the Franco-Prussian War to the modern vineyards of Champagne, join historian John Kim Munholland and wine expert Jason Kallsen on this action-packed journey through the history of champagne, the world's most-prized sparkling wine. The final session includes a champagne tasting. A votre sante!

The Philosophy of Aging
From infancy and childhood to old age and the possibility of an afterlife, this immersion explores aging from many points of view. We will compare the chronological, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of aging, and ask questions such as, why is old age honored in some, but not all cultures? What are the responsibilities that come with age? What do children owe their parents and vice versa?

Unfriending Al-Qaida: The Rise of a Post-Bin Laden Internet Generation
Join Jarret Brachman, an internationally renowned counterterrorism specialist, to learn about the current state of Al-Qaida and how some of its members are using social media to wage a war amongst one another. From #greenbirds to #blackflags, Brachman will give you an insider's look at the movement's online spaces, products, and conversations. He's not called a "laptop James Bond" for nothin'.

In the Shadow of War
Even after it has ended, war continues to cast shadows over all who are touched by it, either directly or indirectly, and this course will focus on two novels that examine war's aftermath. Structured like a monthly book club, two sessions will be dedicated to Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng's, The Garden of Evening Mists, and the final session to Canadian author Frances Itani's, Deafening.

Genomes: Understanding The Body's Ancestry
It's complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this fascinating seminar, participants will discover the amazing world of ancestry and genomes and how they hold the key to what makes you you.

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Literature and Reading

In the Shadow of War
Even after it has ended, war continues to cast shadows over all who are touched by it, either directly or indirectly, and this course will focus on two novels that examine war's aftermath. Structured like a monthly book club, two sessions will be dedicated to Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng's, The Garden of Evening Mists, and the final session to Canadian author Frances Itani's, Deafening.

The Native Woman in Literature
From the doe-eyed princess on your tub of creamy butter to the inarticulate Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, the American imagination has proved stubbornly unimaginative when it comes to the portrayal of Native women. In this book club, we'll read the work of three Native women who are leading a re-examination and renaissance of the Native woman in literature.

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Living Well

The Philosophy of Aging
From infancy and childhood to old age and the possibility of an afterlife, this immersion explores aging from many points of view. We will compare the chronological, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of aging, and ask questions such as, why is old age honored in some, but not all cultures? What are the responsibilities that come with age? What do children owe their parents and vice versa?

Encore Transitions Series: Preparing for Post-Career Life
What might your meaningful post-career life look like? What are your preferred routes for getting there? Will you have enough income? Will you want or need to continue working? How will you maintain a sense of purpose in your daily life? Encore Transitions is a pioneering series of courses designed to help you create pathways and prepare for a successful post-career life.

Encore Transitions: Making the Most of Post-Career Life: Money, Working, Helping
This course looks at the many different scenarios of retirement, including issues related to volunteering; new and traditional options for service; financial expectations and planning; and sculpting a lifestyle that fosters purpose, meaning, and a sense of accomplishment.

Encore Transitions: Launching Your Future
Whether it involves work, family, health, lifestyle, or where we call home, some form of encore transition is an inevitable part of life. But how do we prevent these changes from imposing themselves on us and instead, take positive action that allows us to steer our own ship and make our own choices? This course will help you take the daunting leap from thought to action.

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Science and the Environment

Genomes: Understanding The Body's Ancestry
It's complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this fascinating seminar, participants will discover the amazing world of ancestry and genomes and how they hold the key to what makes you you.

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World View

Renaissance Lives: The Men and Women Who Made the Modern World
From Michelangelo, Borgia, and Montaigne, to Cervantes, Machiavelli, and Elizabeth I, this course surveys the incandescent figures of the 15th and 16th centuries whose achievements defined the Renaissance and helped shape the world we now recognize as our own.

When Champagne Became French: Wine, War, and the Creation of a National Identity
While Champagne, the region, sits squarely in France, what is it that really makes champagne French? From the Franco-Prussian War to the modern vineyards of Champagne, join historian John Kim Munholland and wine expert Jason Kallsen on this action-packed journey through the history of champagne, the world's most-prized sparkling wine. The final session includes a champagne tasting. A votre sante!

The Philosophy of Aging
From infancy and childhood to old age and the possibility of an afterlife, this immersion explores aging from many points of view. We will compare the chronological, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of aging, and ask questions such as, why is old age honored in some, but not all cultures? What are the responsibilities that come with age? What do children owe their parents and vice versa?

Unfriending Al-Qaida: The Rise of a Post-Bin Laden Internet Generation
Join Jarret Brachman, an internationally renowned counterterrorism specialist, to learn about the current state of Al-Qaida and how some of its members are using social media to wage a war amongst one another. From #greenbirds to #blackflags, Brachman will give you an insider's look at the movement's online spaces, products, and conversations. He's not called a "laptop James Bond" for nothin'.

In the Shadow of War
Even after it has ended, war continues to cast shadows over all who are touched by it, either directly or indirectly, and this course will focus on two novels that examine war's aftermath. Structured like a monthly book club, two sessions will be dedicated to Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng's, The Garden of Evening Mists, and the final session to Canadian author Frances Itani's, Deafening.

Genomes: Understanding The Body's Ancestry
It's complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this fascinating seminar, participants will discover the amazing world of ancestry and genomes and how they hold the key to what makes you you.

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Saturday Morning Seminars

Genomes: Understanding The Body's Ancestry
It's complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this fascinating seminar, participants will discover the amazing world of ancestry and genomes and how they hold the key to what makes you you.

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One-day Immersions

The Philosophy of Aging
From infancy and childhood to old age and the possibility of an afterlife, this immersion explores aging from many points of view. We will compare the chronological, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of aging, and ask questions such as, why is old age honored in some, but not all cultures? What are the responsibilities that come with age? What do children owe their parents and vice versa?

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Headliners

Because of the timely nature of Headliners, each month's subject and speaker is announced just weeks before the event. See the Headliners page for details on the next event.


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