Second Annual Lifelong Learning Showcase

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Keynote Speaker Alan Grindal.

When: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $79 for 1-4 classes of your choice.  Fee includes four courses plus lunch (with vegetarian option).

Where: Suncoast Technical College
Conference Center
4748 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Keynote speaker: Alan Grindal, MD. F.A.A.N
Topic: The Aging Brain, Realities and Opportunities

Register: Click here to register online or call 941-361-6590
Registration opens Tuesday, 8/16 • Last day to register, Wed., 9/14

No refunds. Registration fee is transferable. Free Parking

 

SESSION 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

GARDENING DELIGHTS
Gary Patton, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #20
The main subject of this presentation is fruit growing featuring an artistic display of seasonal fruits. Students also are presented with a brief review of the gardening classes Gary teaches at ACE. Included are displays of container plantings of various flowers, antique roses, herbs and vegetables. Fruit tasting included.Gary Patton has been a Florida resident for over 65 years and an organic gardener for over 45 years. Gary was employed by Sarasota County for 35 years where he promoted sustainability goals by training employees on energy savings at work and home. In addition to growing one’s own food, he believes the most sustainable method of food production is from garden to table. He’s a Boy Scout of America merit badge counselor for gardening, a member of Slow Food USA, Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club, and a former president of the Sarasota Fruit and Nut Society.YOUR FIRST VOICE LESSONS
Mary Jane Ayers, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #20
This is a highly enjoyable, interactive and energizing session which will improve singing through the study of traditional vocal techniques: breathing, tone development, vowel and consonant placement, stage demeanor, posture, musical expression, etc. Students will use a variety of vocal, musical and physical exercises that can be applied to songs as they practice their way to better singing.Dr. Mary Jane Ayers worked for many years as an educator, musician, administrator, composer and writer. She was Chair of Vocal Music at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, where she taught “Vocal Techniques”, “Introduction to Acting”, and was founder and director of the Duke Ellington Opera Workshop. Dr. Ayers has performed extensively as a vocal soloist, recitalist and conductor. She is also a stage producer and director for opera and other theater productions and music recitals. In 2009, Dr. Ayers won the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award.NOBEL PRIZE HISTORY AND POLITICS
Jan Skalny, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
The course will highlight the life and work of Alfred Nobel, including the establishment of the Prize named after him. Achievements of selected winners in the six awarded disciplines (peace, literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics) will be analyzed and their effects on culture, technology and politics will be discussed.

Jan Skalny was born and educated in Central Europe, earning a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and materials science. After an early academic career in Czechoslovakia and research in the U.K., he settled in the U.S. where he spent most of his professional life in the fields of materials research and research management.

DON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN — CRITICAL THINKING AND THE NEWS
Eric Steinberg, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
Due to the proliferation of information in contemporary life, we are often faced with the question “Is this bit of information worthy of belief?” The question becomes especially important when we have no direct evidence to substantiate or refute certain claims. In fact, these situations are frequently exploited by advertisers, politicians, and those with interests other than the credibility of their claims. This course seeks to refine our critical thinking skills so that we can avoid common errors in everyday reasoning. Topics we will discuss include understanding fundamental principles of logic, common fallacies in reasoning, errors that result from vague language, and the contention that we are psychologically predisposed to weigh evidence improperly.

Eric Steinberg received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He taught full-time for more than three decades at Brooklyn College, where he was a tenured professor and served as chair of the philosophy department and associate provost. He has also published numerous articles and reviews for philosophical journals.

FROM FICTION TO FILM: THE ART OF ADAPTATION
Stuart McDougal, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
How does a filmmaker go about transforming a short story or novel into a feature film? How does he or she decide what to leave in, cut out, or possibly add? How does he or she restructure the work — and deal with the problem of time — both the fictional time of the story and the time of viewing? These and other challenges for the filmmaker will be analyzed with examples from recent films.

Stuart Y. McDougal has published five books on literary and cinematic topics, including the pioneering textbook, “Made into Movies: From Literature to Film”. For many years he chaired the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Michigan.

WHAT WERE THEY REALLY LIKE?
Sam Roberts, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
Stories you never heard before about Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Mike Wallace. Sam Roberts worked with them all for decades and knew them very well. But what were they really like? Stay tuned! You might be surprised!

Sam Roberts has had a 32-year career at CBS News as a reporter, producer and executive, including 14 years at the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He was Vice-President of the N.Y. Times Electronic Media Company and Broadcast Journalism professor at University of Miami.

SESSION 2: 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD
Bill Crowe, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #21
Cloud computing is all the rage these days. If you are wondering “What is this all about?” or “Do I need the Cloud?” come to this class and find out what the Cloud is. Learn about its advantages and disadvantages and how to use the Cloud to save your information, music, pictures and even backup your iPad or iPhone.William Crowe comes to ACE after 34 years of business experience at IBM and has taught computer related classes at New Horizons, Community College of Vermont, and Saint Michaels College in Vermont. Bill teaches many of ACE’s Windows and Apple iPad and iPhone classes. His passion for teaching is obvious in the classroom. His favorite expression is, “No learning takes place unless there is a transfer of knowledge.”MOSAICS IN 50 MINUTES
Lisa Radomsky, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #15
Mosaics is hot right now, with good reason. Less messy than clay and easier than painting, it’s an ancient art form turned modern and exciting with a fusion of new materials, many of which you may already have at home. You will create your own mosaic in this hands-on workshop.Lisa Radomsky is an artist who kept her love of art alive during a career in business and management in the Boston area. In addition to expertise in mosaics and design, she strives to bring a high level of innovation, encouragement and humor to the classroom.WHAT IS LIFE?
Jan Skalny, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
The lecture will briefly review the scientific principles and physical-chemical-biological conditions characterizing life. Those characteristics include cellular organization, reproduction, metabolism, homeostasis, heredity, response to stimuli, growth and development, and adaptation through evolution.

Jan Skalny was born and educated in Central Europe, earning a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and materials science. After an early academic career in Czechoslovakia and research in the U.K., he settled in the U.S. where he spent most of his professional life in the fields of materials research and research management.

IN HARMONY
Tony Moon, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
For more than seven decades, America has always had a love affair with vocal groups. From the Big Band beginnings of the Andrews Sisters to the recent popularity of Boy Bands. In this class, we will listen to the great recordings and watch fascinating videos as we discover those great singing groups. We’ll learn the beginning and development of doo-wop – that enduring sound of the 50s, and travel down the harmony highways with Manhattan Transfer and the Four Freshmen. Motown’s popular vocal groups will be featured as well. Come sing along with us as we harmonize with these favorites.

Tony Moon was an artist, songwriter, producer, publisher, and agent during his long, multi-faceted career in the music business. He also enjoyed a second career as chef/owner of a successful Nashville restaurant. He currently does music research for Sarasota’s West Coast Black Theater Troupe, but only cooks for family and friends!

A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING
Jeff Rodgers, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
Join Jeff Rodgers for a fascinating scientific journey, starting from nothing and ending with the universe we see around us today. Along the way we’ll touch on our latest understandings of the Big Bang and the beginnings of our universe, the interactions of matter and energy that create stars and the elements, the formation of solar systems, and the origins and evolution of life.

Jeff Rodgers is Director of Education for the South Florida Museum and Director of the Bishop Planetarium. He joined the South Florida Museum in November 2004 after nine years at the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium in New York City. As a science communicator, he spends the bulk of his time trying to de-mystify the universe and our place in it.

THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Miles Williams, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
The European Union is a politico-economic union consisting of 28 member states and more than 500 million people. In 2012, the EU received the Nobel Peace Prize for having “contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy, and human rights in Europe,” a testament to the European Union’s motto, “United in diversity.” The Schengen Agreement, ratified by most EU member states, abolished passport controls within the area, ensuring the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital. The world refugee crisis now threatens that unity in no small measure because of Schengen and the provisions for handling asylum contained in the Dublin Regulation. This presentation will examine some of the major challenges to the European Union associated with the refugee crisis.

Miles Williams has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia (1963 – 1965), received a Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University, and has taught at universities in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Sweden and the Netherlands. His primary teaching and research interests include Comparative Politics, International Politics, Human Rights, and Immigration and Asylum.

SESSION 3: 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

COIL-IFIC EARRINGS
Sandra Light, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #12
In Sandra Light’s wonderful world of wire, colorful coils add another layer of texture and color to her designs. In this introductory class, you will learn about coiling and shaping wire, making a simple loop and embellishing with beads. Each student will create a pair of beautiful earrings that are great for every day.Sandra Light worked as a pharmacist for many years in Florida. She started taking pottery classes in the 70’s, studied with a Korean Master Potter in the 90’s and thought pottery was her creative passion. In 2009 her friend showed her how to make a coil with colorful wire. She was immediately drawn to working with wire because of the variety of colors and the endless possibilities. This was the beginning of her journey to being a self-taught wire art jewelry designer. Through classes, experimentation and mastering the basic techniques, she developed her contemporary style. Sandy has been teaching wire and selling her work in shops and at fine art shows.GET MORE OUT OF YOUR CAMERA
James Beecher, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #20
Setting your camera on “Auto” works okay. If you want more than just okay pictures, sign up for this class to learn how to get more out of your camera. Learn how to use fill flash to brighten faces. Learn what those icons/scene modes do on your camera. Please bring your camera with a charged up battery and space on the memory card. If you have the camera manual, please bring it along.Jim Beecher is a veteran photography teacher. He has taught adults for many years in NYC at the International Center of Photography-Art Center-School of the Arts-92nd Street Y. Jim is the author of the photography education website http://photokaboom.com. You can learn more about him and see his work at http://photokaboom.com/site/about.htm and https://www.flickr.com/photos/photokaboom.CREATING A BALLET
Robert deWarren, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
Hear the fascinating story of the evolution of the Sarasota Ballet from the man who directed it. Robert de Warren was lured from his position as ballet director of the prestigious La Scala Opera House in Milan by the opportunity to shape a young company in the budding cultural center of Sarasota. With several exceptional principal dancers at hand, he was able from the beginning to stage the classics.

Robert de Warren, international ballet director, choreographer, and designer, began his career in Britain’s Royal Ballet. He later directed several ballet companies, including La Scala Opera Ballet in Milan, and was artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet for thirteen years. His memoir, “Destiny’s Waltz—In Step with Giants”, covers his artistic journey.

WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM
Mark Stuart, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
The Enneagram is a geometric figure that maps out the nine fundamental personality types of human nature and their complex interrelationships. As such, it is a condensation of universal wisdom from a variety of ancient cultures. Each of the types is represented in each of us, but only one is predominant. We will explore how we interact with others based on our primary type, seeking to become more self-aware and knowledgeable, accepting, and “transparent.”

Mark Stuart has a B.S. degree from Long Island University and a M.Ed. in counseling and psychological services from Springfield College, MA. A former teacher and businessman specializing in retirement planning, his experience prompted a keen interest in personality types and led him to study the Enneagram system.

WOMEN-ONE OF THE MOST DOMINANT SUBJECTS IN THE HISTORY OF ART
Andre Krauss, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
Portrayed as goddess, temptress, victim or avenger, in art, the woman has been celebrated, adored (and adorned), worshiped, revered and even hated and brutalized. More often than not, these representations had been expressed from a man’s point of view.

Dr. Andre Krauss, a research fellow at the Institute of Sociology at the Romanian Academy is a published art historian and media psychologist and holds two doctorates: History of Art from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Social Psychology from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Presently, Dr. Krauss’ research interests range from the aesthetics of high and pop culture and audience reception research, to the continued blurring of the distinction between fiction and reality and its impact on the perception of history, in a media dominated by entertainment.

POPE FRANCIS AND THE WINDS OF CHANGE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
James Johnson, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
In this lecture, we will take a look at how this most progressive pontiff in modern times is rocking the “Bark of Peter” through his sweeping changes in Church thinking and discipline; from his championship of the environment to his most recent opening to the possibility of female deacons.

James Johnson has taught a variety of courses in religion at Pierian Spring Academy for the past several years and is also an adjunct instructor of religion at State College of Florida. Although he completed his education for the Roman Catholic priesthood at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, he eventually found his true vocation in teaching. He has fifteen years of experience in teaching religion at the college level and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an S.T.B. (Master of Divinity).

SESSION 4: 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

ZENTANGLE BASICS
Julie Burch, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #20
Zentangle® basics: Zentangle is a relaxing technique for making art using ink and paper. This meditative process involves applying patterns to small paper tiles and then shading with pencil. The result is a pleasing abstract piece of art. No previous experience with drawing or Zentangle is required. Participants will be led through the drawing and shading. Each Zentangle basic class can stand alone and requires no previous experience.Julie Burch, M.Ed. is an artist and educator with over 20 years of experience teaching art. She is a certified Zentangle teacher. She has an Art and Healing certificate from Ringling College of Art and design and leads groups and workshops in Zentangle, fine art, and art for personal growth. She works in pencil, ink, oil, acrylic and mixed media, has exhibited in a variety of galleries and has work in private collections.NUTRITIOUS, DELICIOUS & EASY COOKING
Robin Rosen, Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) #16
Interested in learning how to cook nutritious recipes without sacrificing flavor? Come out to our healthy cooking class where Chef Robin will create a soup and salad to delight everyone’s taste buds. After trying these recipes, soup and salad are sure to be at the forefront of your menu planning. Robin will provide basic preparation methods, helpful organizational tips, as well as some great new recipes to wow your family, friends & guests.Robin loves everything about food and can make anything taste good! Whole Foods Market in Sarasota was very lucky to have her as their demo specialist and culinary expert for almost 11 years. She has taught classes for the public through ACE & Whole Foods Market, and private classes for the Wellness Community, Dattoli Cancer Center, local civic, community & school groups. She continues to teach for ACE and is part of the office administrative staff.MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE IRANIAN BALLET
Robert de Warren, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
Robert de Warren had been performing leading roles across Europe, concluding with London’s Royal Ballet, when a devastating medical diagnosis ended his career as a dancer. Fortuitously, the founder of the Royal Ballet, Ninette de Valois, had been advising the Shah of Iran in his quest to turn the fledgling Iranian National Ballet into an internationally celebrated company. Her recommendation brought de Warren to Tehran as ballet master and choreographer. An initial three-year agreement extended to over a decade of immersion in a culture and civilization that changed his approach, not only to dance, but to life itself.

Robert de Warren, international ballet director, choreographer, and designer, began his career in Britain’s Royal Ballet. He later directed several ballet companies, including La Scala Opera Ballet in Milan, and was artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet for thirteen years. His memoir, “Destiny’s Waltz—In Step With Giants”, covers his artistic journey.

“MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY”- WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
Jordan Shifrin, Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) #30
Was Captain William Bligh really the tyrant of popular belief or was he a victim of a maniacal mutineer, Fletcher Christian? Through the use of literature, historical documents and popular film, Jordan Shifrin will take you on a voyage to the ends of the earth to help you decide the mystery for yourself. Jordan often also entertains with costuming in period appropriate attire. This course is certain to be a rollicking good time while learning more about a classic story from history.

Jordan Shifrin, a retired attorney, is a film buff and devotee of American history and culture. Previous LLA courses include The Great American Musical, Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers, and The Fabulous ’50s. He has history degrees from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School (Chicago).

DISCUSSING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
Tom Dietrich, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
Where do you stand on the important social, political and economic issues of the day? Your opinions on the issues are the focus of this session. A professional video debate by opposing experts will be viewed in short segments followed by class discussion time. The facilitator does not take sides on the issues. However, you are encouraged to express your views. At the beginning a vote is taken to see which side the class favors. At the end another vote is taken to see if any views have changed. Here is your chance to express your viewpoints and hear what others think on the important topics of the day.

Tom Dietrich worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 43 years in management positions. He received a BSIE from Millikin and MBA from Case Western Reserve. Tom taught Management Training programs in the Caterpillar Training Institute. Past President of the Central Illinois chapter of the American Society for Training & Development and served on the Organization Development Committee of National ASTD. Tom is on the Board of Directors at Pierian Spring Academy and the Suncoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning.

THE SHORT FICTION OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR: GRACE IN THE TERRITORY OF THE DEVIL
Phillip Buck, Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) #30
We will read (in class) A Good Man is Hard to Find, a work many critics have called “the perfect short story,” and discuss its importance in the Southern Gothic tradition — a mid-20th-century literary movement of which Flannery O’Connor was the leading practitioner.

Phillip Buck is a retired dean and professor. He has taught English and literature at California State University in Hayward, at the University of Colorado in Boulder, at Regis University in Denver, and at several campuses in the Colorado State University system. He has taught literature at Pierien Spring Academy in Sarasota for the past ten years. His primary area of interest and research is realism and naturalism in 20th century American literature.