Spring Quarter 2015 Class Schedule

Lifetime Learning Center
A Resource for Learning, Teaching, Friendship
Spring Quarter 2015
March 23-May 14
3841 NE 123rd Street
Seattle, WA 98125
Roger Neale
(206) 949-8882
Edla Deppman
Office Manager
Website: www.lifetimelearningseattle.org
E-mail: [email protected]
Lifetime Learning Center
Open to the Public
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“Sharpen your mind and make new
Spring 2015 Event Calendar
Thursday March 19
10:00-12:00 Open House
9:00 am
Classes Begin
Thursday May 14
Classes End
Teacher Appreciation
March 23
May 15
Lifetime Learning Center, a nonprofit, educational
institution, offers classes and social events for older
adults. Our courses provide the joy of learning and
challenging the mind without the problem of exams or
grades. Classes meet weekly.
Fees: To enroll, students pay a $15 registration fee
each quarter plus a course fee of $30 per class. Some
classes require additional lab, book or materials fees.
Enrollment: Classes fill on a first-come, first-served
basis. Registrations are valid only when accompanied by
payment. No class confirmations are sent. Students are
notified by phone if a class is filled.
Three Ways To Enroll:
1. Complete the registration form at the back of this
brochure, or print a copy of the registration form
from our website, enclose fees, and mail to:
Lifetime Learning Center
3841 NE 123rd Street
Seattle, WA 98125
2. Call (206) 949-8882 to be sure we are in, drop by
and register in person.
3. Register online and pay using bank cards or Paypal.
Scholarships: Inquire at LLC office for scholarship
applications. Scholarships are granted on the basis of
need and are limited to classes not already filled with
enrolled students.
Bruce Bigley, Ph.D., Literature
Jeanne Bryan, B.A., Music Education
Theodore Deacon, DMA, Music
Cecile Disenhouse, Watercolorist
Wanda Elder, Ed.D.
Harvey Friedman, Orienteer
Vel Gerth, B.A., Writing Instructor
Ellen Glann, Facilitator
Cameron Justam, Rosen Method Instr.
Joan Karkeck, MS
Elhri Larson, Poetry Facilitator
Jim Leonard, MA, Teaching
Marianne LoGerfo, MA, Teaching
Michael Kelly, MD
Barbara Miller, Music Instructor
Jim Mohundro, Film Aficionado
Ann Ross, Tai Chi Instructor
Chuck Roxin, Bachelor of Music
Stacy Schulze, Yarn Artist
Michael Shurgot, Ph.D., Literature
Connie Sidles, Master Birder
Bobbie Simone, Ph.D., Literature
LeeAnn Starovasnik, S.A., Feldenkrais
Ted Szatrowski, Bridge Instructor
Bill Taylor, MA, Political Science
Many thanks to these talented people who
donate their time and expertise.
They make Lifetime Learning Center a
fantastic experience for our students!
History, Politics, Sociology/
Anthropology; Science
Great Decisions
Monday 9:30
Monday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00
Being Mortal
Current Events
Wednesday 11:00
Wednesday 10:45
Espionage on Film
Thursday 1:00
Focus on the Individual
Wednesday 1:00
Fairy Tales
Monday 1:00
Write Your Life Story
Tuesday 11:00
Dante’s Paradiso
Wednesday 11:00
Wordsworth, Prelude
Wednesday 1:30
Creative Writing Workshop
Thursday 11:00
Literature, Writing
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Women For Poetry in Daily Living
Music, Art, Crafts, Life Skills
Thursday 11:00
Thursday 1:30
American 20th Cent. Classical Music
Monday 1:00
Monday, 1:00
Quilt Making Basics
Tuesday 12:30
Tuesday 1:00
Piano Keyboarding
Thursday 11:00
Watercolor Basics
Thursday 11:00, 1:00
Rosen Movement
Monday 11:00
Balance in Action
Tuesday 11:00
Wednesday, 1:00
Tai Chi
Thursday 9:30, 1:00
Beginning Bridge
Wednesday 9:00
Intermediate Bridge
Wednesday 10:45
March 23-May 11
Current Topics in International Relations:
Great Decisions 2015
Bill Taylor
Learning and the Brain
Wanda Elder
Course Description: Before you read this description, please know that a survey of my winter
quarter students suggests that both the 9:30 and
11:00 sessions of this course will be filled with
the maximum number of students the room can
accommodate. If you are in the habit of registering at the last minute, please do not ask to be allowed in the class. Instead, register early (no later than the day of the Open House), especially
since I’ll be emailing reading material for the
first class. Now to the description:
According to physicist Michio Kaku "the human
brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on
your shoulders is the most complicated object in
the known universe." Through brief readings,
class discussion and activities we will investigate
the complexities of our brains and perhaps gain
insight into our own. We’ll study the functions of
perception, attention and consciousness,
memory, cognition, motor skills & movement,
emotional and social behaviors, and the needs
and care of our brains as they age.
This course will be a discussion of seven topics
in international relations contained in the Great
Decisions 2015 booklet from the Foreign Policy
Association. The Topics are: 1. Russia and the
Near Abroad; 2. Sectarianism in the Middle East;
3. India Changes Course; 4. U.S. Policy Toward
Africa; 5. Syria’s Refugee Crisis; 6. Human Trafficking; and 7. Brazil in Metamorphosis. The
first class will focus on the principles of foreign
policy decision making.
How to Listen to 20th Century American
Classical Music
Chuck Roxin
Many music lovers in the US are quite unaware
of the immense output of its serious composers
from 1900 to 1960, by far eclipsing that of Europe. And how many residents of Seattle are familiar with local residents with international
composing credentials, like Paul Creston and
Alan Hovannes? The purpose of this program is
The text for this course is Great Decisions 2015, to help participants enjoy much of this music
which costs $20. I will also have a short compan- they may not have heard, and to learn something
ion volume with updated information on the top- of its origins, inspiration and structure. Too few
ics as well as questions to consider while reading venues offer opportunities to learn and appreciate
Great Decisions. A printed copy should not cost this incredible output. As a bonus, the instrucmore than $10, but you can also get a free copy tor’s good fortune was to meet many of these
by email. I’ll have copies of both items for pur- musicians and to study with a few.
chase in the first week of class. As I mentioned
Seven week course, first class March 30.
above, the reading material for the first class will
be emailed when you register.
Current Topics in International Relations:
Great Decisions 2015
See Description above.
Rosen Movement
Cameron Justam
March 23-May 11
Rosen Movement was created by Marion Rosen, a
physical therapist, to foster, support, and maintain
flexibility during the aging years. This goal is aided by music, which provides fun and inspiration to
move all the joints with ease in an hour. Come
move with us—be more open to the day and to life!
Taught by Cameron Justam, a certified Rosen
Method body practitioner.
Friday, May 15
Fairy Tales: Comparison and Interpretation
Barbara Miller
Those simple, magical, mysterious, and sometimes
violent stories you read as a child, and then read to
your own children, can be fascinating to study. In
this discussion class we will compare different versions of some classic fairy tales (Red Riding Hood,
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White,
Bluebeard, Hansel and Gretel and perhaps a couple
more), talk about different scholarly approaches to
studying them, and why they are interesting to us
personally. The book we will use is “The Classic
Fairy Tales”, edited by Maria Tatar, a Norton Critical Edition, with several versions of each fairy tale
and some interpretive essays that we can read. If
you are able to get the book ahead of time, read the
first chapter, on Little Red Riding Hood, as we will
discuss that tale in the first class.
Stacy Schulze
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Join us for our biggest social event
of the year! It’s our chance to say
thanks to the great group of teachers who make LLC as good as it is.
We’ll serve lunch and provide a
lunch hour of entertainment (we’ll
develop the program through the
For beginners or refreshers. All you need is
a hook and some yarn, and you can learn the
skills to make clothes, household items and
decorations. For learning and practice, bring
some yarn and at least one hook of the right
size for the yarn. You are invited to bring
any patterns or crochet books that interest
Being Mortal
Michael Kelly, MD
March 24-May 12
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande and published in
2014, is a book that has had a large impact on the
world of older adults—our world. Join Mike for a
reading and discussion of Dr. Gawande’s book.
Americans are reluctant to acknowledge our mortality. Medical advances allow us to live longer,
and to avoid examining aging and dying.
Dr. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a Harvard professor and
contributor to The New Yorker.
Quilt Making Basics
Group Facilitated
Quilters can share the creative skill of crafting
beautiful quilts. Class members select their own
projects. This is a support group sharing quilting
and views of life.
Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
Joan Karkeck
Using topics suggested by class participants, we
will discuss and illustrate the concept of “Right
This is a seven-week course that begins March 30. Plant, Right Place.” Topics suggested so far inPlease read the introduction and first chapter for the clude planning a shade garden and pruning shrubs.
first day of class. The book should be widely avail- Other suggestions are herb gardens and Potagers
(kitchen gardens.) We can plan a field trip to the
Center for Urban Horticulture’s demonstration garden.
Write Your Life Story
Write your memories in a variety of forms—
prose, poetry, or plays, in vignettes or a longer
narrative. Participants read in class and listen to
each other, offering encouragement and suggestions. Facilitators: Nancy Jordan, Margaret Carson, Anita Bhat.
Balance in Action
LeeAnn Starovasnik
What if you could improve your sense of balance in
walking, standing, and climbing stairs? What if
you could right yourself more easily once you sense
you are off-balance? We offer an introduction to
methods drawn from Bones for Life ™, Awareness
Through Movement ™, and the Feldenkrais Method ™. Students will be guided through a series of
gentle movements designed to increase their ability
to balance in daily activity. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring a thick blanket or mat.
WEDNESDAY March 25-May 13
Beginning Bridge
Ted Szatrowski
What Bird is That?
Connie Sidles
If you’ve ever wondered what that little brown bird
is that comes to your feeder every day and drives
you crazy trying to figure out what species it belongs to, this class is for you. Join master birder
Connie Sidles as she takes you through the bird
families and most common members of Seattle's
avifauna. Using slides and specimens, Connie will
help you put names to faces so that when you go
outdoors, you'll be able to identify the birds that
have baffled you before. "The more you know
Intermediate Bridge
about something," she says, "the more interesting it
Ted Szatrowski
becomes." Come and learn about the nature that
This class is for bridge players who have some surrounds us right here in the heart of a big city.
bridge knowledge.
Please bring a bird field guide to the first class.
Connie recommends National Geographic's "Field
Current Events
Guide to the Birds of North America; Peterson
Ellen Glann, Facilitator
Field Guide to Birds of Western America; or The
Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North
A wide-ranging discussion group, touching on such America. The latest copies of these books are availdiverse topics as headlines from the world
able online or at Seattle Audubon's Nature Shop, or
at large, national topics such as the capabilities and the University Bookstore. You can find older ediaccomplishments of our intellectually challenged
tions of these books at second-hand bookstores or
leaders in Washington DC, Olympia, and Seattle.
We also touch on topics suggested by group members.
This class is for individuals who may or may not
have played bridge before but would like to learn.
We will start by learning point count, basic bidding,
and learning some basic bridge conventions. Students learn the game by playing. We play bridge
for fun—and down-play the competitive aspects.
You will make new friends, improve your memory,
and have a wonderful time.
Dante: The Divine Comedy. Part III: Paradise
Bobbie Simone
The culmination of the epic, in which we continue
to rise with one Dante and meet more interesting
persons, while another Dante reveals the whole of
God's unfathomable universe. The whole class
shares in John Ciardi's translation (New American
Wordsworth’s Prelude
Bruce Bigley
March 25-May 13
We will read selections from Wordsworth’s Prelude, his poetic autobiography, which he wrote at
for over 50 years. In it he explores how he developed as a poet from his childhood, adolescence, and the crises of his early manhood. Class will not meet on April 29, but there
will be a make up class on May 20th .
woman against mutilation. In English, French,
and Somali.
Two Courageous Girls
Whale Rider. 2002. A young Maori girl (New
Zealand) struggles to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. In English and Maori.
Wadjda. 2012. A ten-year old Saudi girl wants a
bike and is determined to fight for her dream,
despite a disapproving society. In Arabic.
Films: Focus on the Individual
English subtitles for films. Discussion follows.
Bobbie Simone
Two Aging Men Re-evaluate their Lives
Umberto D. 1952. Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1952 An
elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on
his pension. In Italian.
Wild Strawberries. 1957. Dir. Ingmar Bergman.
After living a life of coldness, an aging, distinguished professor confronts the emptiness of his
existence film. In Swedish.
Orienteering for Older Adults
Harvey Friedman
This class will introduce local orienteering. In
addition to the 6 Wednesday class days, there
will be 2 optional Saturday field trips to practice
what one has learned. Orienteering is an activity
that LLC folks might be interested in if they enjoy maps or reading, and jogging, hiking, or just
hobbling around in a park. (You can do this with
Two Blithe Spirits
a cane.) Orienteering is a fun way to make a
My Uncle. 1958. Mr. Hulot (Jacques Tati) can’t sport of learning navigation using topographical
fit into the high tech world of his sister, but is a maps of parks and other land.
hero to his nephew. In French.
This would be a great choice for retirees who
Amelie. 2001. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jennet. A naïve
want a moderate mental challenge and however
young woman in Paris (Audrey Tatou) likes to
physical one wants to make it (the faster one tries
to go, the harder it is to read). People can go in
help others. In French.
small teams but usually find that deciding routes
alone and comparing results after finishing a
Two Overcoming Obstacles
course is most fun.
My Left Foot 1989. Dir. Jim Sheridan. Irish
Or, it is good way to have family exercise such
Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), born with
cerebral palsey, learns to paint and write with his as taking grandkids along.
No class April 8 or May 13.
only controllable limb. In English.
Desert Flower. 2009. Dir. Sherry Harman. A Somalian nomad, circumcised at 3, sold in marriage
at 13, flees Africa for England, where she becomes a supermodel and then a U.N. spokes-
Tai Chi 1
Ann Ross
March 26-May 14
Tai Chi is a slow moving meditation to improve
health, balance, and spirit. From the gentle practice of the postures, you will learn about your
physical and spiritual center. This class is geared
to continuing students.
Tai Chi 2
This session is geared toward beginners.
Piano Keyboarding
Jeanne Bryan
For students with basic knowledge of names and
locations of those ivories and some note-reading.
By term end, students can play familiar tunes.
Piano book $16. New students must contact instructor before joining the class.
Creative Writing
Vel Gerth
We write spontaneously through prompts/
outlines, from lines of poetry or prose. No corrections of work, only praise for a word or line.
We learn by doing to create a piece. We encourage each other to write in our unique voices.
Anna Karenina
Bruce Bigley
ment if you think you can’t get through 800 pages. Class will not meet on April 30, but there will
be a make-up class on May 21st.
PCC Scrip Card
Do you shop for groceries at PCC? If so, you
should be using a scrip card linked to LLC. It
costs you nothing. PCC keeps track of your purchases, and gives back to the Learning Center 5%
of what you spend. So far LLC has received
$7,000! If enough of us take advantage, we anticipate receiving $2,000 a year from PCC. We
thank PCC for supporting non-profit organizations like ours, and we urge you to talk to us
about acquiring your own scrip card.
If you have lost your scrip card, it’s easy to replace. See us in the office.
The PCC Scrip Card is one of the easiest, most
painless and effective ways we have to bring in
funds! Please ask Jeanne Eisenberg, Roger or
Edla to explain how you can participate.
The Lifetime Learning Center admits students of
any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all
rights, privileges, programs made available to
students at the school. It does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic
origin in the administration of its educational,
admissions, and scholarship policies.
Anna Karenina is regarded by many as one of the
finest novels of the 19th Century and by others as
a struggle between Tolstoy the novelist and Tolstoy the moralist which the moralist wins. Perhaps it is both. I will be ordering and using the
new translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky, but
you may chose any translation, even an abridg-
March 26-May 14
Women for Poetry in Daily Living 1:30-3:00
Elhri Larson
A peaceful oasis for sharing poetry from international writers and our own hands/hearts if we feel
so inclined. A safe place for women to express and
let their voices be heard with love of language, insight, humor, and observation.
Watercolor Basics
Cecile Disenhouse
Session 1
Session 2
No experience necessary. Beginning instruction
includes description of supplies, composition, use
of color, washes, wet into wet, and the use of ink
with watercolor. Artists of any level are welcome to
participate in the studio. The instructor demonstrates mainly landscapes, cityscapes and the odd
animal. Students can visit: www.jettes.org to see
instructor’s work. 11:00 session geared towards
new students. 1:00 session geared towards continuing students.
Film: Espionage On Film
Jim Mohundro
From the Aztecs and ancient Egypt to the ten Russian SVR "sleeper" agents caught in New York in
2010, and to this day, secret agents have been with
us--or with them. From Buster Keaton as an
"accidental" Confederate States of America spy in
1926's The General, to former British naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming's James Bond, film has
entertained us with the exploits and debacles of
men and women in The Great Game, a phrase popularized in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. Greta Garbo is
Mata Hari in this 1931 pre-Code film about the
woman whose name meant seduction and betrayal
in the War to End All Wars, and for many years
thereafter. Ramon Novarro, bearer of his country’s
secrets, co-stars as the spy’s lover (89 minutes). The
Man Who Knew Too Much (1934, 75 minutes) Al-
fred Hitchcock’s first film of this story of ordinary
couple Leslie Banks and Edna Best and their child,
played by the precocious Nova Pilbeam, caught up
in the scheme of agents provocateurs who would
start a world war. Peter Lorre is one of the villainous plotters. The Imitation Game (2014) Benedict
Cumberbach is troubled Alan Turing in this Oscarnominated true story of the World War II breaking
of the mysteries of the German military codes
wrapped up in the Enigma machine (114 minutes),
or, if The Imitation Game is not available on schedule, it will be seen later in the term, or Cate
Blanchett as a Special Operations Executive agent
in Charlotte Gray (2001, 121 minutes), will be substituted. 13 Rue Madeleine (1947, 95 minutes)
James Cagney and Richard Conte are U. S. espionage agents operating in German-occupied France
in this story of the CIA's predecessor agency, the
Office of Strategic Services (the name of which was
changed for this film), where trust is often a dubious commodity and the best medal is simply getting
out alive. In 1981’s The Eye of the Needle Donald
Sutherland is a German spy who is on track to discover and report to his masters the time and place
of D-Day. His message to the U-boat, “Die Nadel
ist kommen”, is chilling, but, in this thriller, he has
to deal with Kate Nelligan (112 minutes).
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965, 112
minutes) Richard Burton is burned-out MI6 agent
Alec Leamus in Martin Ritt’s film of the John le
Carré novel, set in Berlin's divided city, with Claire
Bloom, and Oskar Werner, memorable as the East
German interrogator Fiedler. This gritty, realistic
story refutes the glamour of the Bond tales. Breach
(2007, 112 minutes) Gray-suited, white-shirted, sober-tied Robert Hanssen is the quintessential highlevel FBI executive. He is also a traitor. Chris
Cooper is Hanssen, tracked by young agent Ryan
Phillippe in this true story that made quiet headlines
just a few years ago.
Spring Quarter 2015 March 23-May 14
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American Music __________ $30________
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Brain __________________ $30________
Bridge 1 ________________ $30________
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Current Events __________ $30________
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Dante _________ ________ $30________
Films _________________ $30________
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Wordsworth _____________$30 _______
Balance ________________ $30________
Life Story _______________ $30________
Quilting ________________ $30________
Being Mortal ___________ $30________
Gardening _______________$30 _______
Writing _________________$30________
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Keyboard _______________ $30________
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