- Fall 2017 Health and Wellness: Yoga
Fridays, Sept. 8 -Oct. 27 at 1-2pm
Join Julia Strait, a yoga instructor and Assistant Professor of School and Health Services Psychology, while we learn research-based mindful movement, meditation, and breathing techniques in a secular, nonjudgmental setting --For students, faculty, staff, and community members at all levels of proficiency from beginner through advanced. Bring your mat! -Additional opportunity to participate in research questionnaires and receive a brief “before and after” report showing your progress on cognitive and mental health variables after the course ends. More information on the research opportunity will be emailed to participants prior to the first day of class
- Fall 2017 Presenter Schedule
Friday Aug. 31 at 9am
Wine and Cheese Reception
Friday Sept. 29 at 9am
Amazing Diversity of Amazon Birds by Cindy Howard
There are more than 1500 species of birds in the Amazon, 50% more than in North American (including Mexico!) on about 20% of the land area. In this session, we will explore the incredible diversity of colors, beaks, shapes, sizes and feeding strategies of Amazon birds that has led to this amazing number of different species.
Friday Sept. 29 at 11am
Femmes Fatales 1: Evil Sisters by Samuel Gladden
Nineteenth century European culture celebrated a host of femme fatales, those "fatal ladies" whose seductive powers were said to lure all around them to decadence, decline, and damnation. Explore the development of this concept throughout the nineteenth century by reflecting on various femmes fatales as they were represented in literature, art, and theatre. Recommended reading: Christina Rosetti, "Goblin Market (poem 1862) and Bram Dijkstra, "Evil Sisters: The Threat of Femaile Sexuality and the Cult of Manhood" (1996), both on reserve at UHCL Neumann Library.
Friday Oct. 6 at 9am
Femmes Fatales 2: Salome by Samuel Gladden
The nineteenth century obsession with the femme fatale reached an apotheosis in Oscar Wilde's "Salome", a one-act Symboliste play which drew from Biblical and cultural traditions. "Salome" helps us understand the ways in which the bewitching "fatale lady" could lure to destruction as well as the reason so many in the larger culture felt she must be destroyed. Starting with Wilde's work, this discussion will consider later evolutions of the type throughout the early twentieth century. Recommended reading: Oscar Wilde, "Salome" (1894); recommended viewing: Alia Nazimova (director), "Salome" (1923), on reserve at UHCL Neumann Library.
Friday Oct. 6 at 11am
Focus on Islam by Maria Curtis
Let's learn the facts about an often misunderstood religion: Islam, about its origins and history, and about the people throughout the world who practice it. Maria Curtis will be pleased to answer your questions, and specifically requests that you email them ahead of time to email@example.com.
Friday Oct. 13 at 9am
Let's learn to play the Irish Tin Whistle! by Jeff Bowen
Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, but didn't know where to start? Are you drawn to the sounds of Irish traditional music? Come and learn from Jeff Bowen all the basics of the Irish tin whistle, an inexpensive but versatile instrument that can play most Irish traditional music. In just 90 minutes you will be able to play a simple tune! You will also listen to recorded music by professional groups. There will be a minimal additional charge to cover the cost of the whistle, payable in advance in the CE office, so please reserve your whistle!
Friday Oct. 13 at 11am
Focus on Buddhism by Linda Giordano
A brief overview of the history and purpose of Buddhism including Hinayana and Mahayana teachings will be presented with focus on the daily practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism to bring out a person's highest life condition.
Friday Oct. 20 at 9am
Focus on Baha’i & Zoroastrianism by Mike McMullen
This course will explore the 2 indigenous religions out of Persia/Iran: The Baha'i Faith and Zoroastrianism. The Baha'i Faith is one of the newest global religions that began in the 1840s and is the 2nd most geographically widespread religion in the world. The Zoroastrian religion is the pre-Islamic religion of Persia and is centered in Iran and the US in the modern era.
Friday Oct. 20 at 11am
The Robots are Coming! Get Ready! by Tom Harmon
In this course, Tom Harmon will show us how robots have entered our everyday world without our knowledge and how they are changing the course of everyday life in front of us. He will give us a sneak preview of what the world will look like, robotically speaking, in the very near future.
Friday Oct. 27 at 9am
Values 101: Truth, Civility & Community in the 21st Century by Keith Parsons
Our age has been described as "post-truth". It also apparently is post-civility and post-inclusiveness. This course asserts that, on the contrary, telling the truth, treating each other decently, and seeking unity in diversity are still crucial values and that we surrender them at our peril.
Friday Oct. 27 at 11am
Feminism is for Everybody! by Angie Howard
Join us for an introductory summary of the history of the US Women's Movement in the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on the significance on the 21st century and the recurring and enduring themes and issues of "Women's Rights". Your first class includes a $26 membership fee, and $18 class fee ($44 total.) Each additional class will be $18 ($44 list price with a $26 discount applied at checkout.)
Friday Nov. 3 at 9am
Women Philosophers of Ancient Greece by Christina Cedillo
This class continues our discussion started last semester on ancient women rhetoricians. Now we'll learn about women recognized as influential philosophers in their own time and in their own right. (You need not to have attended the class last semester in order to participate and benefit from this class.)
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at 11am
Antarctica, The End of the World
A photo journey to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands and the interaction of geography, history, and influence on the world's climate. Just as important are the animals of the sea, land and air that live/visit south of the Antarctic convergence, now called the Polar Front.