- Winter 2019 Schedule
Jan. 25, 9 a.m.
Saint Mick: A Rolling Stone Over Time
From louche lothario to doting dad, Sir Mick Jagger has captivated the public’s attention ever since the Rolling Stones burst onto the scene in the early 1960s. This session will consider how this enduring cultural icon continues to embody competing tendencies — decadent and disciplined, provocative and provincial, sinner and saint — in ways that raise questions about the fragmented nature of Western culture.
Instructor: Samuel Gladden
Jan. 25, 11 a.m.
Cyprus: Past and Present
Although currently in the news due to dubious financial dealings by White House staff, Cyprus has a long and fascinating history. This course offers a window into how the island’s litany of conquerors (Knights Templar, Lusignans, Genovese, Venetian, Ottoman, British) left their traces in the current-day democratic Republic of Cyprus.
Instructor: Joanna Eleftheriou
Feb. 1, 9 a.m.
Prescription Opioid Use in Older Adults: The Good, the Bad and the Known Unknowns
This course will offer valuable information on the public health importance of prescription opioid use and misuse in older adults. Come learn all this, as well as the impact of state law and federal policy changes on prescription opioid use and overdose in the Medicare population.
Instructor: Mukaila Raji
Feb. 1, 11 a.m.
Insider Look at the Psychology of Latinx People in the United States
Latinx social scientists have contributed to the field of psychology for almost 100 years. In this class, key topics examined by Latinx psychologists will be presented: Are standardized tests neutral? Where does acculturation come into play? What about stereotypes and discrimination? What are some culturally relevant approaches to clinical practice within the Latinx population?
Instructor: Desdamona Rios
Feb. 8, 9 a.m.
History of Clear Lake
What does the pirate Jean Lafitte have in common with China and a man landing on the moon? This unusual relationship in history is part of what makes our area what it is today. We will relive some of the events that are a unique part of our Clear Lake history. You will be surprised to learn of some of the locations that you can visit in the area to get the feel of what happened to our early settlers. Come and have a look at some old maps and photographs for a complete visual learning experience.
Instructor: Ruth Burke
Feb. 8, 11 a.m.
Miracles in the Pacific During WWII: A Prisoner of War's Survival Story
Come learn about the challenges and bravery of one of many U.S. soldiers during World War II, as told UHCL Adjunct Professor Tina Farrell, Ed.D (daughter of a POW), from her newly released book 868-The Sharecropper's Son, WWII POW's Life of Miracles. This personal story will make those turbulent times come alive for you. Prepare to be inspired!
Instructor: Tina Farrell
Feb. 15, 9 a.m.
Exploration Green: New Approach to Flood Control
How can local governments rethink their approach to flood water detention with multiple benefits? Let’s learn from someone at the forefront of the green space project in Clear Lake. Former holes in the ground can be integrated with recreational, environmental, conservation and natural green space benefits to better serve the community.
Instructor: John Branch
Feb. 15, 11 a.m.
Norway: The Land of the Fjords, the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights
For centuries, the Vikings have lived in Norway and in other northern European regions from seafaring, piracy, farming and trading backgrounds. Modern cultures still have many of those various traditions, plus tales about trolls! In this class, we will present the cultures and natural phenomena of the Arctic region of Norway.
Instructor: Manuela Holst
Feb. 22, 9 a.m.
Rethinking the Civil War: Yesterday's Headlines as Today's News
The American Civil War remains a scar on the history of the U.S. Let's take a look at the legacy of the Civil War, the unresolved conflict that continues to haunt the American experience. What are the lasting effects felt today? What is our collective responsibility? A highly requested update from a session over a year ago!
Instructor: Bill Powers
Feb. 22, 11 a.m.
Brazil Off the Beaten Path
Journey through South America’s largest and most diverse country with a native Brazilian. Brazil covers 47.3 percent of the South American Continent and has the greatest biological diversity in the world, from the Amazon Rainforest to the magnificent Iguazu Falls to the amazing city of Rio de Janerio and to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This class is certain to inspire you to plan a trip.
Instructor: Alvinice Oliveira Powers
March 1, 9 a.m.
What Is Over-Diagnoses? Is It Too Much of a Good Thing or an Epidemic of Fear for Profit?
Widespread use of screening tests and lowering diagnostic cutoffs for disease has resulted in a phenomenon known as over-diagnosis. Over-diagnosis labels healthy people as sick and can be costly, harmful and scary. Partly driven by perceived beneficence and partly by desire for profit or promotion, over-diagnosis has become a modern ethical conundrum. Howe do we refrain from harming the healthy while aiding the sick.
Instructor: Dr. Vicki Schnadig
March 1, 11 a.m.
The Social Psychology of Supervillains
In this session we'll apply social psychology to supervillains and ask a variety of questions: What makes supervillains aggressive? Do supervillains have high or low self-esteem? How can supervillains justify their actions? By answering these questions about supervillains, we will hopefully learn a bit more about the world around us. This is a requested follow-up to the fascinating session on superheroes. No need to have attended the superhero class to enjoy learning about supervillains!
Instructor: Robert Bartsch
- Winter 2019 Write on Women! Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - March 6, 10 a.m. - noon
Write on Women!
Women have been the keepers of stories throughout the centuries. We are powerful storytellers. But sometimes, our voices get lost or stories passed down from generation to generation, forgotten. Stories that have shaped us and defined us, sometimes are suppressed and stay locked away. Come release your voice and learn to write your story! This two-hour, six-week class will help shape and create a moment of impact or memory you would like to release from your soul. Spend six weeks with Deborah Nowinski, a playwright and award-winning author of the Barbara Jordan Award for Your Role in Inclusion Theatre.
Instructor: Deborah Nowinski