Winter 2019 Classes (Jan. 9 to March 1)
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9:30 a.m. Classes
Lynn Cherry Grant, Retired Associate Professor of English, Georgia Perimeter College. Member, SUGA
The class will read and discuss the themes, characters, and ideas that appear in the first epic poem composed by the 8th century BCE Greek poet Homer. Whether you studied it in school or always meant to read it, you might enjoy the chance to enter the world of the heroes whose names are familiar to all of us. We will use the text translated by Richmond Lattimore.
It is available for about $16.00 through a bookstore or through Amazon. The class will benefit from all of us having the same translation.
LEARNING FROM GREAT ROOMS - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Allan Hing, Professor of Interior Design (including at Art Institute of Atlanta, Virginia Commonwealth U., Atlanta College of Art, Auburn U.)
Rooms are special to the interior designer and architect. Throughout history, there have been many notable rooms that are identifiable for their location, client, space, program, significance as precedent, and finally their beauty as complete wholes. The goal is to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of a space in which we spend so much time.
"“RULE BRITANNIA, BRITANNIA RULE THE WAVES"
Susan Pillans, retired English teacher Marist School, Member, SUGA
Travel with me back to several great ages of Maritime Britain beginning with the early ages of exploration. You will hear tales of amazing sea adventures, hard-fought battles, majestic merchant ships, and the Brits who sailed them. Songs of the sea, art and poetry will accompany stories of heroics, bravery, tragedy, pirating, mystery, mayhem, and glory. The exploits of sailors such as Henry VIII, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, James Cook, Woodes Rogers, and Lord Nelson will reveal how Britain became Master of the Seas. Come aboard!.
11:00 a.m. Classes
IMPORTANT EVENTS AND INTERESTING PEOPLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
John Evans, MA, Curriculum Development, retired public school administrator
We all have some background in American history, thus the events we discuss will be familiar and we will examine their impact on us. The "Interesting People" will be mostly unknown to the class, but hopefully will prove to be interesting, humorous, and well-worth learning about. This will be informal with opportunity for students to make comments and ask questions.
QUANTUM PHYSICS FOR THE LAYPERSON
Bob Sullivan, Ph.D., Chemistry from Georgia Tech, 35 years at Coca Cola in management. Member, SUGA
We will consider experimental findings that undermined classical physics: how the phenomenon was “saved” by quantum theory; the Copenhagen interpretation, which set the operational rules at the price of violations of common sense; and the “realist” attempt to replace that interpretation. The class will include biographical sketches of some of the great figures. The approach will be conversational rather than mathematical.
HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST
Judy Schancupp, Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation of the Righteous
During the dark days of Nazi-occupied Europe, Jewish and non-Jewish men and women took heroic actions to save Jews from extermination. This class will examine some of these courageous individuals from various countries—including the United States, whose acts of rescue and resistance are part of Holocaust history.
Jan. 11, 18 & 25
Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22
9:30 a.m. Classes
AGING IN PLACE AND THE SENIOR CARE CONTINUUM
Jeff Bird, geriatric care consultant, Parkview Aging Services
This course is an overview and in-depth analysis of how to age in place and navigate the senior care continuum to receive the best quality of care. Topics will include Aging at Home, Medicare, Hospice Care, Long-Term Care Insurance, Veterans Benefits, Elder Law, Memory Care/Dementia, Abuse/Neglect/Fraud, and more. With several guest speakers, this course will equip individuals and families for the senior care matrix with the right information for the best care at the right time. Jeff Bird welcomes and encourages you to request discussion of particular concerns or interests that you may have.
GEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA’S EXTREMES
Charles Hill, freelance geologist in the environmental consulting Industry
THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST
Joe Baird, Retired Administrative Law Judge, SUGA Member
In this course we will study the poetry of Robert Frost (1874-1963), one of our country’s greatest poets. His poems wonderfully depict New England rural life and landscape while also commenting on universal themes. Students should purchase the paperback edition of The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. During the first class we will discuss “The Road Not Taken” and “Mending Wall.”
11:00 a.m. Classes
”A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT”
Glenn Abney, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Georgia State University. Member SUGA
The title statement was said by Benjamin Franklin in response to a question after the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was asked, “Well, have we gotten a republic or a monarchy?” The title above was his answer. So, what is our response to Franklin? These are trying times. Are we losing our republic? What threats to the republic exist? What answers do we have? We shall consult with experts. Professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt of the Department of Government at Harvard will give the keynote lecture describing the markers of dying democracies found in their study of past deaths of democracies. Let’s not lose this one.
Alan Lind, Jazz aficionado whose jazz library consists of 200+ books and more than 9000 albums
Alan Lind has spent more than 65 years listening to jazz performances, both live and recorded sessions. Jazz – not easily defined! Not by those artists who initiated the musical form in the latter part of the 19th century, those who continued its development throughout the 20th century, or those who continually redefine it with every new performance. Of the thousands of musicians who have contributed to the development of this American Art Form, some have had major influence: Ellington, Basie, Tatum, Monk, Bird, etc. In this class I'd like to introduce you to some of the musicians whose influence is not as well known as those major individuals, but their contributions are important, and in some instances, pivotal to the history of this art form.
WHAT’S IN YOUR HEAD?
Tom Hawkins and Art Slavin, Members, SUGA
Each week you will be a member of a different team of four to six players, putting your heads together to come up with answers to questions from dozens of topics, from literature to history to pop culture. Whether you want to test your memory or learn some fascinating facts about the world around you, you will enjoy this fun-filled competition through three rounds of questions culminating in applauding the winning team. We learn, we laugh, and we enjoy each other’s company. It’s trivia with a twist
Tuition for three quarters (2019 Winter, Spring, Summer): $140 (single) $250 (couple)