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Online: October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Take an in-depth look at American art in the age of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase. Topics include portraiture, impressionism, world’s fairs, and the rise of professional arts education in the U.S. This course focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ending with the Ashcan School and scenes of urban life. A sixth optional class is an in-person curator’s tour of the reinstalled galleries at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Taught by: Laura Fravel, Susan Salkin

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

This course explores a new way to experience art, particularly in museums. Instead of relying on a wall label or joining a guided tour, we discuss what a work of art means to us. We look slowly and share an inquiry into how each of us relates to a work, exploring and sharing our personal connections and individual points of view. All that is needed is your time and attention. Each week, we look at different works of art. The final class is a field trip to the Delaware Art Museum.

Taught by: Danielle Battaglia, Carol Griffin

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Many of Van Gogh’s works are famous worldwide, and we examine those along with others that are less well-known. Before moving to southern France where he painted many of his best-known works, Van Gogh lived and worked around western Europe pursuing a number of professions while experimenting with various styles of painting. Much of that early art is dramatically different from his later works. We follow his travels, see where he lived and worked and explore the evolution of his art.

Taught by: Jim O’Leary

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This course introduces the fundamentals of three-dimensional design techniques while allowing students to apply personal choices while creating their design. Materials needed are drawing pad no smaller than 16″x20″, HB drawing pencil, scale ruler and kneaded eraser.

Taught by: Sheila Exum

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Class format revolves around biweekly assignments on themes such as still life, landscape, movement, etc. Slideshow presentation illustrates examples from famous and lesser-known artists that students can use as inspiration for their work. The following week, work by individual students is presented and discussed, which can be highly participatory. Students are provided with positive comments and suggestions by their peers to improve upon their work.

Taught by: Eric Sallee, Rolf Eriksen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

For those with little experience with acrylics or painting to explore painting with acrylics. Step-by-step demonstrations and instruction of a painting each week, with support and assistance to the class as needed. Discussions about materials, brushstrokes, basic techniques, color theory basics, composition and textural techniques applicable to acrylic paints

Taught by: Katherine Kelk, Patricia Purcell

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:30 PM

Collage is an art form using paper, glue, paint and found objects in new ways. This course is exploratory and includes printmaking and painting techniques. The curriculum varies each semester due to the multitude of ways to create collages. All levels of experience welcome!

Taught by: Mary Kate McKinley, April Wiaczek

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Art workshop in any medium. No instruction, but help if needed. A time to paint, relax and hang out with art friends.

Taught by: Dot Owens-Davis

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This course provides instruction on how to use your camera. We cover camera settings and how they influence the image captured. As camera skills develop, we discuss photographic techniques, special topics and accessories that can enhance your photography. Prerequisites include a DSLR or mirrorless camera that allows you to adjust settings, the ability to download and email images and your best friend, the camera manual.

Taught by: Michael Rudolph

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 11, 2024

Monday at 12:30 PM

This course provides basic instruction on woodworking using hand tools. We discuss the core set of hand tools and how to use them. Instruction will include sawing, drilling, planing, shaping, sanding and finishing. We will build a small picture frame and a keepsake box during class that can be customized to your choosing. Students will need safety glasses. Total of 10 3-hour classes. There is a cost of $15 for supplies plus the cost of the wood students choose for their box.

Taught by: Joe DeFeo, Ben Calamia

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 1:00 PM

Always wanted to weave a basket but didn’t know how? Now’s your chance. This class is designed for people new to basket weaving. Whether you have never woven a basket or have made just a few, come join us. We will help you learn basic weaving techniques as you weave one or two baskets during the five-week period. Basket kits and supplies are prepared for each member at cost. There will be an additional fee to cover materials.

Taught by: Karen Schaub, Maurice McGrath, Harriett Smith

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 1:00 PM

A hands-on class for experienced weavers to work independently creating baskets of their choosing while learning new techniques and chatting with other weavers. The instructors are available to help with the weaving process and questions. Students may bring their own basket and supplies to class, or the instructors can guide the students in selecting and purchasing basket kits and/or supplies to be made in class. Weavers pay for ordered supplies at cost. There will be an additional fee to cover materials.

Taught by: Karen Schaub, Maurice McGrath, Harriett Smith

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 1:00 PM

Learn to paint in a positive, relaxed environment! We discuss materials, painting tips and techniques in acrylics. The goal is to have you painting from the very first class and discovering your own style. Your first project is a still life (which we set up). A material list is supplied before the first class. Please bring these materials to your first class.

Taught by: Barry Moshinski, Joseph Vescio

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Online: September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Students learn a variety of watercolor techniques and how to apply them to a painting. Techniques include washes, wet-on-wet brushwork, dry brushwork, glazing and color mixing. Students practice techniques during each class completing a small example of each, then take what they learned to create a complete painting. Supply list is provided for students to purchase before class starts. Offered in partnership with The Art Studio, the arts education center of New Castle County’s Department of Community Services. Additional Fee: Please note that this course requires an additional fee of $45. Participants receive a payment link from OLLI prior to the first class.

Taught by: Nicole Sexton, Karen Berstler

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Both absolute beginners and skilled artists will learn how to make keepsake-quality greeting cards using various media. Learn techniques for producing and coloring images and backgrounds; find out what kinds of cardstock, inks, and tools work best; share handmade kindness with friends and relatives. Most tools and supplies are provided. An additional fee of $10 is payable to the instructors.

Taught by: Karen Foster, LeeAnn Cappiello

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Get your creativity going and have fun making greeting cards. Basic card designs are presented with numerous options available to create your own unique cards. Different card making techniques are demonstrated each week that may be incorporated into the card’s design. Cardstock, stamps, dies and inks are provided. There is a small weekly fee to cover these card-making supplies. Additional fee: Materials fee, payable to instructor.

Taught by: Karen Schaub

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

An opportunity for current and former card making class members to practice skills in a supportive environment, ask questions, seek solutions and be inspired by the instructors and fellow class members. Tools and supplies are available. Prerequisite: Card making experience.

Taught by: Karen Foster, LeeAnn Cappiello

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

If you have made greeting cards before and want to take it to the next level, this class is for you. Let’s take the basic skills from Card Making for Beginners and bump it up a little. Learn some new techniques while having fun. A weekly small fee to cover supplies is collected. Prerequisite: Basic card making skills. Materials fee, payable to instructor

Taught by: Karen Schaub

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

No experience is necessary! The OLLI studio has two pottery wheels, a slab roller, an extruder as well as all tools necessary to enable hand building and throwing ceramics. Our three instructors work individually with students to provide instruction needed for successful learning experiences. Additional Fee: $40 materials fee paid to instructors.

Taught by: Rolf Eriksen, John Demsey, Linda Simon

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 18, 2024 to October 16, 2024

Wednesday at 10:00 AM

Both beginners and experienced card makers are welcome. This course teaches techniques to produce lovely cards to lift spirits and celebrate all occasions. Most tools and supplies are provided. Please note the additional fee mentioned above. Additional fee: Materials fee of $10, payable to instructor.

Taught by: Charlene Jehle

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Beginners and experienced students enjoy sculpting and ceramic techniques. Beginners work with the instructor alongside experienced students using simple coils, slabs and hand sculpting of figures, bas relief and ceramics. Emphasis on form and textures. Be creative; try what appeals to you. Please note additional fee mentioned above. Additional fee: $40 materials fee, payable to instructor.

Taught by: Joseph Germano, Isabel Kramen, Svetlana Lisanti

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This class features lessons in different media, color emphasis in watercolor, no pastels or charcoal, and student direction. Please note: This class is not for beginners.

Taught by: Susan Hayman, Isabelle Fugedy

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This course replaces Creating Comics and takes drawing cartoons in a different direction: same instructor but a completely new course. Participants learn techniques developed by various cartoonists (Christopher Hart, Tom Bancroft, Vincent Woodcock, Jack Hamm and others) to learn different ways to draw faces, heads, bodies, hands, feet, expressions and more. No experience is necessary! Just bring a willingness to learn, experiment, and laugh.

Taught by: Becky Varlas

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

This course provides instruction on using Adobe Lightroom Classic to catalog and edit your photographs, focusing on using the Library and Develop modules with the objective of providing tools and techniques to easily upload/retrieve images, and basic editing techniques to improve the appearance of your photos. Other modules are covered as time and interest permit. Prerequisites: Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Taught by: Michael Rudolph

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Wilmington Off-Site: September 3, 2024 to November 12, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

We explore the many ways of creating art and functional pieces with fabric and other fibers. Students make hand-dyed fabric using different dyeing methods, framed silk paintings and small weavings and learn different ways to felt wool. Open to all levels. Class is offered in partnership with The Art Studio, the arts education center of New Castle County’s Department of Community Services, located at 310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington, DE 19804. Class meets 10 weeks only and runs for two hours. Additional Fee: Please note that this course requires an additional fee of $95. Participants receive a payment link from OLLI prior to the first class. There is also an additional $70 material fee due to the instructor at the first class.

Taught by: Nicole Sexton, Sarah Dressler

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Join me in an adventure with various acrylics. We will have fun with acrylic paint, acrylic gessoes and modeling paste. Requires a fee of $25 payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Taught by: Liisa Trala

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Do you have a t-shirt you love but it has a stain on it? Do you have an article of clothing from a loved one who has passed away? Do you have scraps of fabric left over from a sewing project? Come to class and learn how to turn that favorite t-shirt into one that you can wear again. Create something from that article of clothing from a loved one. Make a piece of jewelry that you get compliments on every time you wear it. Learn various techniques to repurpose, reuse and wear again.

Taught by: Diana Beebe

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Sogetsu ikebana, taught in this course, is a modern form of the formal Japanese art of flower arrangement and values discipline, which uses unconventional materials such as iron, stones, driftwood, plastic, etc. in its freestyle arrangements. Beginner students must purchase a basic package of supplies, including the required textbook, special scissors, containers and kenzan from the instructor for $160. Students purchase their own flowers and branches for each class. Required text: Sogetsu textbook 1/2.

Taught by: Sima Sariaslani

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

In this course, students continue practicing previously studied basic styles as well as making freestyle arrangements. Concentration is given to learning freestyle and contemporary arrangements. Prerequisite: Completion of two semesters of ikebana Required text: Sogetsu Book 5, published by Sogetsu, which can be obtained from the instructor.

Taught by: Sima Sariaslani

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Join us for a cooperative workshop for art students of all levels and mediums. Exchange ideas and gain knowledge and new perspectives from fellow artists. Students should bring their own art supplies, reference materials and setup.

Taught by: Mary Kate McKinley, Peter Feeney, Pam McMillan

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Wilmington Off-Site: September 18, 2024 to November 20, 2024

Wednesday at 10:00 AM

Explore the world of artful adornment by learning how to construct basic jewelry pieces such as necklaces, earrings and pins. The course covers wire bending, beading, combining forms, working with unique materials and adding clasps. Students make many pieces, both new projects and repeats from prior offerings. Returning students are welcome. This 10-week class is held at the Center for Creative Arts (CCArts), 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Hockessin. Additional fee: There is an additional $120 class registration fee payable to CCArts by calling the CCArts office, 302-239-2434, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There is a materials fee of $45 payable to the instructor on the first day of class (this covers all supplies and materials).

Taught by: J Hartz, Sharon Livesay

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

This class is for absolute knitting beginners or for those who learned a long time ago and need refreshing. The class will cover knit and purl stitches, casting on and off, basic seaming, weaving in ends, color changes and how to ‘unknit’ to fix errors. Materials needed: 1) super-bulky yarn in a light to medium color 2) one pair size US 13 10″ single point knitting needles 3) yarn/tapestry needle and 4) scissors.

Taught by: Randi Cohen

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to November 12, 2024

Tuesday at 12:30 PM

This course will use your woodworking skills to make some basic woodworking hand tools. Completion of the basic course, or some prior woodworking skills, are required. In the course you will make a mallet, marking gauge and rabbet plane, and design and build a customized tool tote to carry all your joinery tools. There will be 10 3-hour classes. Classes are hands on. There is a $15 cost for supplies plus the cost of the lumber you want to use for your tote. Safety glasses are required.
Prerequisite: The basic course or some woodworking skills are required.

Taught by: Joe DeFeo

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The origin or meaning of mandala in Sanskrit is “circle,” and by extension, sphere, community and world. Traditionally a mandala is a geometric design or pattern focused on radial symmetry, like a bicycle wheel or pizza! Mandalas are drawn from the center out and surrounded by beautiful patterns and decorations. A mandala can symbolize everything in life that is interconnected. All materials will be provided. Additional fee: Requires a fee of $10 payable to instructor on the first day of class.

Taught by: Gabrielle Bradley

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The origin or meaning of mandala in Sanskrit is “circle,” and by extension, sphere, community and world. Traditionally a mandala is a geometric design or pattern focused on radial symmetry, like a bicycle wheel or pizza! Mandalas are drawn from the center out and surrounded by beautiful patterns and decorations. A mandala can symbolize everything in life that is interconnected. All materials will be provided. Additional fee: Requires a fee of $10 payable to instructor on the first day of class.

Taught by: Gabrielle Bradley

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Together we explore creating artwork in four different mediums: alcohol ink, paper collage, 3D collage, and egg shell designs. The last class is used to complete anything not finished in the other four classes, or to write about one of the other four classes: a review, a poem, a story or directions. A list of required materials is provided by the instructor via email.

Taught by: Patty Perreault Bennett

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Step into the vibrant realm where art knows no boundaries! Welcome to a universe where diverse art mediums come together on the canvas of creativity. Throughout the course you will learn to use things like acrylic skins, texture paste, collage and paint to bring your vision to life. Prepare to get delightfully messy, rediscovering the joy of art! So, are you ready to re-write the “rules” of creativity and embark on the most thrilling artistic adventure of a lifetime?! Let the mixed media begin! Access to a Gelli plate or other gel printing plate is needed for this course.

Taught by: Gabrielle Bradley, Rebecca Daniels

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

This class is for beginner to advanced beginner knitters who can knit and purl independently. This class will cover pattern reading as well as reinforce all beginning knitting skills. Students will make the Stepping Stones Scarf by Saysha Greene. Materials needed: 1) Stepping Stone Scarf pattern by Saysha Greene (purchase pattern online and print out in advance of class) 2) one pair US 10/6 mm, 10″ single point knitting needles or US 10/6 mm circular needle 3) tapestry needle 4) scissors 5) 2-3 skeins of worsted weight yarn in a light or medium color. Prerequisite: Knitting for Newbies (or some knitting experience)

Taught by: Randi Cohen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:45 PM

This is a chance to work on painting personal projects and assignments from your other art classes. No instruction provided. Drop in when you feel the need to be creative.

Taught by: Richard Wellons

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Painting styles and techniques of famous artists will be presented in lecture format followed by class participants creating an acrylic painting in the style of the featured artist. Every two weeks a new artist will be discussed. Materials and supplies must be brought to class by the student. Prerequisite: Experienced painter in acrylics.

Taught by: Nancy Horan

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

This workshop is an opportunity to further experience and enjoyment of pastel painting with others who share this interest. No formal instruction is offered, so familiarity with pastels is encouraged (but not required). Both facilitators and participants identify topics for short instructional videos. Participants paint from personal or other reference photos, or imagination. A positive critique session each week offers support and advice, as well as sharing skills, techniques, and ideas. Prerequisite: Pastel experience encouraged but not required.

Taught by: Ann Walker, Tricia Watson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Students work with a drawing supplied. Step-by-step instruction for successful pet paintings with assistance and support. Discussions and demonstrations on brushstrokes for different types of fur, realistic depiction of eyes, nose and tongue, composition, color and texture. After completion of the drawing-supplied painting, students start on their own painting with help. Supplies list for students to be issued at first class. Prerequisite: Students with prior acrylic painting experience.

Taught by: Emily Spadafora, Linda Simon

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

This class brings together experienced photographers to learn advanced techniques and explore creative approaches. The goal is to learn from each other through interactive discussions. The instructor moderates discussion to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between class participants. Class participants are assumed to be experienced in capturing and editing photographs, able to complete weekly challenges and willing and able to share their knowledge in a structured way.

Taught by: Michael Rudolph

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

After reviewing polymer clay basics, this class explores a variety of techniques. The focus is on creating ‘canes’ and veneers that may be used to make jewelry or cover objects.

Taught by: HarrietAnn Litwin, Sheree Gold

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 12:30 PM

Students learn the ‘Tiffany’ method of stained glass creations. They design a pattern, cut glass, grind, foil and solder a project. This course is open to beginners and advanced artists. The instructor must approve all projects. There is a $25 lab fee to cover the cost of materials. Closed-toe shoes are required. No sandals or flip-flops should be worn. Additional fee: Materials fee of $25

Taught by: Bette Kaupa, Rodney Lau, Paul Puch

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

The word collage comes from the French word “coller” meaning to stick down or glue. Collage describes the technique and the resulting work or art in which pieces of paper, ephemera, photos, magazines, newspapers, etc., are arranged and permanently fixed to a substrate. This course is for all levels of artists. All that is required is a desire to learn! So, gather up your bits of paper and ephemera and join the party! Access to a gel plate or a Gelli printing plate is needed for this course.

Taught by: Gabrielle Bradley, Rosemary Cobb

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

If you have ever wanted to try watercolor, this is your class! You will learn the basics in a fun and relaxed environment. We’ll cover materials and methods and have you painting right away. A materials list will be sent before the first class. Painting is a progressive process, so regular attendance is beneficial.

Taught by: Pam McMillan

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Watercolor II is the next step beyond Beginning Watercolor. We continue the art of watercolor by expanding the palette and painting techniques, and using different artists’ approaches. This class is somewhat student directed.

Taught by: Susan Hayman, John Erickson, Jeanne Belk, Jean Fay, Jude Serge

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Learn the fundamentals of watercolor in this step-by-step introductory class. From brushstrokes to color blending and watercolor washes, create transparent art in this fluid medium. This is a progressive process. Regular attendance is beneficial.

Taught by: John Erickson, Isabelle Fugedy, Patti Morse, Patricia Scarpitti

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:30 PM

This is a workshop for students with previous experience with watercolor. The instructors are available for critique or assistance with any problems. Prerequisite: Previous watercolor experience.

Taught by: Susan Hayman, John Erickson, Patti Morse, Anthony Rosowski

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Have you admired a live edge wood table or bench? If so this is your opportunity to construct one of your own using hand tools. You will identify a small piece that you wish to make, for example a table, stool, etc. No prior experience making furniture is necessary, but comfort using hand tools is. Some materials and hand tools will be available for use in class; however students are encouraged to bring their own wood pieces and tools.

Taught by: Jim Hainer

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

“Fall of Eagles” is a 13-part British television drama aired by the BBC in 1974 and previously shown at OLLI in 2014. The series portrays historical events from 1848 to 1918 that deal with the ruling dynasties of Europe: the Habsburgs in Austria-Hungary, the Hohenzollerns in Germany, and the Romanovs in Russia.

Taught by: Ted Wilks

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

We’re adding four new (old) films: D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back follows Bob Dylan in England during his 1965 tour; Keth Richards organizes two 1986 Chuck Berry concerts celebrating his 60th birthday in Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll; and for fans of New Orleans culture, Always For Pleasure and Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together. Plus old favorites 20 Feet From Stardom, Summer of Soul, Stax/Volt Revue Live, T.A.M.I. Show, Amazing Grace, AKA Doc Pomus and The Wrecking Crew.

Taught by: Jerry Grant

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 16, 2024 to November 20, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

Starting in the late 1960s, urban crises plagued New York City while the Times Square theatre district was rapidly deteriorating. The classic tuneful musical comedies of the Rodgers and Hammerstein era were looking very dated and irrelevant. Could Broadway survive, adapt to a changing world and thrive? Learn about this turbulent time in this six-week class.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The Antoinette Perry Awards for distinguished achievement in the Broadway theatre, better known as the “Tonys” have been presented annually since 1947. Learn about the history of these awards as we watch clips honoring actors, choreographers, composers and other stage professionals from the past 75 Broadway seasons.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

This is a continuation of the spring course (CA271) with more movies in which cars are principal characters or a significant part of the story. These are not just movies with car chase scenes, although they may include chase scenes as part of the story.

Taught by: Larry Watkins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

This semester explores the life and music of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Weeks 1-12 include video performances of many of his works. Week 13 introduces the music of Josef Suk (1874-1935), Dvorak’s pupil and son-in-law.

Taught by: Ted Wilks

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

This is the first semester of a comprehensive, four-semester course covering the history of western music from ancient times to the present. Professor Robert Greenberg discusses how musical creativity has provided a means of expression for spiritual, intellectual, social, and economic forces throughout history. Each 45-minute DVD lecture is followed by additional examples.

Taught by: Ted Wilks

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Semester 5 of this continuing series features 13 more world-famous orchestras. A selection of orchestral and choral masterpieces is presented via video programs.

Taught by: Ted Wilks

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

There is a lot at stake here! Remember when you ran home after school to watch Dark Shadows, Barnabas and the Collins family? This class covers the history of Dark Shadows, behind the scenes information, characters and cast members, with special emphasis on Jonathan Frid and Barnabas Collins, supplemented with television and movie videos right out of Barnabas’ coffin, book biographies and CD recordings. Boo!

Taught by: Michael Walsh

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Dean Martin was the King of Cool and a superstar of Martin and Lewis and Rat Pack fame! This class covers his remarkable life and incredible career in television, movies, stage performances and recordings. Lecture and discussion is supplemented with videos, CD recordings and book biographies. Find out how Dino became one of the world’s favorite entertainers! New videos!

Taught by: Michael Walsh

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to September 3, 2024

Friday at 12:45 PM

This course features movies from 1930 to 1959. Some films may last up to three hours.

Taught by: George Jester

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Was she a kook or an unpolished gem? No one was quite sure when 18-year-old Barbara Streisand won a talent contest and a job at a Greenwich Village gay bar in 1960. Sixty years later, after losing an “a” and winning multiple Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, Barbra is a living legend. This class takes us back to where and when her legend began.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Many great symphonists and opera composers have also contributed to the sub-genre of “ballet music.” We will examine such music for the dance by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Copland. Do not expect a course on ballet per se; just come to experience and enjoy some wonderful music by some of the greatest composers.

Taught by: George Christensen

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

This is part 3 of a class reviewing the films of Sir Alfred Hitchcock, with 11 more films to wrap up three semesters of suspense, thrills and, yes, humor as conceived by the master of cinema. We’ll compare and contrast films, with discussion encouraged.

Taught by: George Christensen

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Lewes (Cinema Art Theater): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 2:00 PM

Each week, this class will show a favorite movie of the movie host, who will be either an OLLI student, instructor or community member. The host will give a brief introduction and then lead a post-movie discussion.

Taught by: Marty Rosensweig

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Strauss wrote music to investigate deep into the minds, hearts and lives of his characters. This is early 20th century, post-Freud music that can be both pleasant and challenging to listen to in the same opera. And, these operas are still entertaining! Conductors, singers and designers selected for this class are offering their very best work.

Taught by: Robert Violette

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

We look at several operas in the standard repertory but compare different productions of each opera to look at creative decisions by the cast and others.

Taught by: Larry Peterson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Wagner’s “Ring” cycle is arguably among the greatest works for the operatic stage. The four operas are based on the legends of the Norse gods. Directors have envisioned these operas in numerous locations and time periods. Conductors and singers have earned both well-deserved acclaim and criticism for their interpretations. In short, these operas can be controversial. But, oh my, they are worth every minute! Videos this semester are selected for maximum effect.

Taught by: Robert Violette

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Delawareans are fortunate to have so many opportunities to experience live theatre — whether on a professional or community theatre stage. This course will explore two of our local theatre offerings. Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard will be staged by UD’s Resident Ensemble Players; our second play is yet to be determined. Participants will have the opportunity to read the script for each play and discuss it in class. Independent trips to view the productions are encouraged, but not required. Required Text: Rough Crossing, Tom Stoppard, ISBN: 0-57-366206-1

Taught by: Deb Roberts

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

In this class we will review the talents of Tom Hanks to include his three favorite films, Cast Away, A League of Their Own and Cloud Atlas. You can also expect to see segments from Bosom Buddies, and films such as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump and Sully.

Taught by: Patrick Weaver

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

During the golden years of American folk music, many talented performers attracted a loyal following but never made the big time. We look at the lives and careers of Etta Baker, Norman Blake, Elizabeth Cotten, Ian and Sylvia, Doc Watson, Kate Wolf and others; and we examine connections with major music-industry events. To illustrate the musical styles of our subject artists, the course features live performances by a local folkie.

Taught by: John Frink

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

We watch 21st-century films from around the world (with subtitles) and discuss the subjects, cultures and values portrayed.

Taught by: Gloria Acquaviva

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

For fun and real health benefits, start or restart learning a band instrument. Learn good habits and technique early. Gain eye-hand coordination, lung function improvement and brain stimulation and have a joyful experience with music and friends. Prerequisite: Ability to read music and some experience with the instrument is preferred. Required text: Standard of Excellence, by Bruce Pearson, books 1 and 2 for your instrument, and music stand.

Taught by: Thom Remington, Dennis Cherrin

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Join the Intermediate Band to improve your musical skills in playing your instrument, reading music (rhythm and notes), interpreting music and playing in ensemble. A variety of band literature is performed within the capabilities of the musicians. Prerequisite: Intermediate-level playing experience. Materials required: Instrument and music stand.

Taught by: Margaret Love

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

We practice and perform big band jazz from the 1940s to the present. The instrumentation for this ensemble consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drum set. Prerequisite: ability to play and read music.

Taught by: Len DeFrank

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

The OLLI Brass Quintet performs standard brass quintet literature and explores the available works from the Canadian Brass and other performing quintets. Members are selected by the instructor through audition. Limited to four advanced musicians, which include one additional trumpet, one horn, one trombone and one tuba.

Taught by: William Cavender

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This course exposes participants to basic acting concepts, including stage conventions and theatre terminology. Through theatre games and script readings, participants develop a foundation for effectively communicating characters and their relationships to one another.

Taught by: Arlene Bowman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

Join a mixed vocal ensemble performing accompanied, contemporary choral music. Our repertoire has a broad range, from Broadway to jazz, classic pop and rock, and the Great American Songbook. Enjoy advancing your personal musicianship while musically interacting with other enthusiasts. Performance is typically scheduled at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Previous choral experience and ability to read SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) music. Additional fee: Music purchase required.

Taught by: Brian Hanson, William Fellner, Dana Ulery

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Explore and enjoy quartet/quintet for strings and more. No instruction except phrasing and ensemble. Instruments other than strings by invitation through instructors. Prerequisite: Ability to read string music.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Steven Zimmerman

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Join the Elder Moments in song. Sight-reading is preferred, but a good ear and a smile are a must! We sing four-to-six-part harmony, and our music ranges from folk tunes to Gershwin. All voice parts are welcome.

Taught by: Roo Brown

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

The Osher Chorus will learn holiday repertoire this fall from two collections of international carols arranged for mixed chorus. Not only will chorus members sing in a variety of musical styles but they will learn to sing in a variety of languages from around the world. A $20 fee will be charged per chorus member for two choral collections and their share of the expenses for the rehearsal tracks. A singer’s mask may be required if COVID protocols change. Prerequisite: Ability to sing on pitch and read music.

Taught by: Michael Bareham

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Do you love the holidays? Do you enjoy singing? Learn about and sing old fashioned, traditional carols in a relaxed, casual setting over the course of five weeks, then perform live on the Lewes Historical Society’s campus in downtown Lewes during their Holiday Village and Market on Dec. 7, 2024. An extra rehearsal will be scheduled the week of Dec. 2. Song sheets will be provided.

Taught by: Tracey Marino

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

An opportunity for experienced clarinet and bass clarinet players to perform in a small ensemble where both individual preparation and teamwork are essential. Prerequisite: New students must meet with instructor prior to registration.

Taught by: Joyce Hess, Steve Breffitt

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 8:30 AM

The class prepares and performs wind band music including a variety of genres. Difficulty of the music would be equivalent to a good high school or college band. Prerequisite: New students must meet with instructor prior to registration.

Taught by: Joyce Hess, Steve Breffitt

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

This course is designed for former CAUGHT IN THE ACT class participants. Students create an original Fractured Fairy Tale and prepare to perform it in spring 2025 for the OLLI community.

Taught by: Arlene Bowman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Drumming is an ancient musical tradition that energizes, builds unity, provides relaxation, heightens creativity, heals the spirit and is great fun! We cover a range of rhythms and patterns from around the world. Bring a drum (djembe preferred) or other percussion instrument; some are provided. No musical experience necessary.

Taught by: Sidney Datskow, Peter Popper

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

This class does not emphasize new skills; rather, it reinforces skills already learned. Higher-skilled players are also invited to come for the fun of playing wonderful music together. Each week we work on five new songs of different styles and tempo, which students receive online and print before each Friday class. Instructors may require mask-wearing in this class. Prerequisite: Completion of Beginner Folk Guitar II/equivalent.

Taught by: Lynda Hastings, Ann Meyer, Mary Miller

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

The Osher Flute Choir enjoys playing a variety of musical styles from classical and popular to folk and baroque. This is a recurring class, but we welcome new members with prior playing experience. We share our expertise to improve tone, technique and intonation. The instructor is happy to answer any questions before registration. Prerequisite: Intermediate level flute.

Taught by: Margaret Love, Pamela Finkelman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Learn to play folk guitar in simple, doable steps so that the experience is pleasurable and low stress. Explore playing chords while singing familiar songs, and playing by ear. Experience the benefits of music; realize your innate ability to participate in creating music. Have fun! Additional fee: A course book, which covers semesters I/II and includes music and other materials, is available to students in class for less than $10. Students need little or no experience playing the guitar. Instructors may require mask-wearing in this class.

Taught by: Lynda Hastings, Ann Meyer, Mary Miller

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:45 PM

Guitar players, let’s jam! Each weekly jam has a theme, or you may choose any song you love. If you want to lead a song, send the lyrics by Monday. Instructors distribute the week’s playlist, which students can print before Friday’s class. Students lead their song while others play or sing along. All skill levels and other instruments welcome. No lessons, just fun! Instructors may require mask-wearing in this class.

Taught by: Lynda Hastings, Glenn Rill, William Stanley

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

The class uses SmartMusic and Zoom. Various music genres are played along with a segment of technical instruction. Instruments invited to enroll include violin, viola, cello, double bass, recorder, concertina, accordion and guitar/mandolin/banjo/ukulele (picking, no chords). See course outline for info.

Taught by: Pamela Wilson, Ellen Sherin

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

International Folk Dance has been offered since the beginning of OLLI Wilmington. The class uses music, movement and memory to encourage the participants to maintain an active lifestyle. Dance has been shown to be an important form of exercise to improve cognition in seniors. There will be a combination of circle, line and adapted partner dances from multiple countries. All levels of dance experience are welcome. This is a hybrid-online course: one section meets on-site; one is online only.

Taught by: Mary McLaughlin Koprowski, Harriet Ainbinder, Gail Husch

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Online: September 6, 2024 to October 4, 2024

Friday at 2:30 PM

Why play online? For the opportunity to play music with musicians remotely and musicians you may have never met otherwise, or local musicians from the safety and convenience of their own homes. Learn how to play live with other musicians or your own group or band, and to stream live to platforms like YouTube, covering the necessary equipment (computer, audio interface and microphone) and how to set up. Equipment is not required for this class, but although Part 2 (CP239) has an observation option, you’ll need equipment if you want to actually play live.

Taught by: Ellen Sherin, Paul Sherin, Pamela Wilson

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Online: October 18, 2024 to November 15, 2024

Friday at 2:30 PM

A hands-on workshop where we put into practice what we’ve learned in Part 1 (CP236) of this course, working together to get instruments connected and online, with the ultimate goal of playing together and with others online. To fully participate, students need an audio interface, computer and microphone (covered in Part 1). Observers also welcome. We play on three different platforms and learn about and participate in the online music community. There’s also the possibility to optionally (no pressure) perform live on YouTube if we have enough musicians and can agree on a piece.

Taught by: Ellen Sherin, Paul Sherin, Pamela Wilson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Course focuses on madrigal and a cappella part-song styles. The class sings music by Gibbons, Dowland, Morley, Purcell, Stanford, Parry and others. Prerequisite: Ability to read music and sing.

Taught by: Margaret Love

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 2:30 PM

With its unique, enchanting sound, the Native American flute has become increasingly popular as both a musical instrument and as a tool to enhance relaxation, meditation and healing. We learn basic and advanced fingering and playing techniques that allow for the creation of beautiful songs from the heart. No prior musical experience is required.

Taught by: Kathy Owen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

This course helps to develop your symphonic experience playing the classics. Previous playing experience and some ability to sight-read are required. New players must interview with the instructors prior to enrollment.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Steven Zimmerman, Andrew Corbett

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

Welcome to The Real Book/Great American Songbook class. We play songs out of The Real Book, songs that you recognize and know, that have been around for more than 50 years. We play mostly standard jazz. Come learn a new aspect of music or re-experience one that you’ve already had. Hopefully, another aspect of the class is to learn some basic improvisation and provide a platform for you to experiment. All instruments and voices are welcome.

Taught by: Paul Sherin, Ellen Sherin, Denis Lee

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Students continue their progress and increase their skill in playing the recorder. Course covers folk music as well as music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Prerequisite: Students should have taken a past semester’s recorder class or have equivalent proficiency on the recorder.

Taught by: Carol Neild

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Students continue their progress and increase their skill in playing the recorder. Course covers folk music as well as music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Prerequisite: Experience playing the recorder.

Taught by: Don von Schriltz, Andrew Corbett, Helene Furlong

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

We perform a variety of popular rock music blues, country-rock, folk-rock and jazz-rock genres depending on student interest. Singers, guitar (including amplified acoustic), bass guitar, keyboardists, horn players, drummers — all are needed.

Taught by: Earl McMaster

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

The Saxophone Ensemble practices and performs all styles of saxophone music. Open to all saxophones. Let’s have fun while making some great music! Prerequisite: ability to play and read music.

Taught by: Len DeFrank

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

We’ll start with our own version of the comedy writers’ room, working around the table and focusing on creating sketch comedy parodies for video production. You can expect freewheeling, creative (and hopefully hilarious) discussion as we develop script(s) to be produced, edited and released to our (hopefully adoring) OLLI public. Class is open to all So You Think You’re Funny (SYTYF) class alumni, OLLI enrollees who have appeared in previous SYTYF videos, and all curious and sundry others.

Taught by: Norm Golden, Mike Zito

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Materials needed: Instrument and stand. Performance of string ensemble music, light classics, show tunes and standards. Work on intonation, technique, phrasing, dynamics and listening to each other. Recommended practice time: three to four hours per week. Prerequisite: Two or more years’ playing experience.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Steven Zimmerman

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Enjoy playing traditional Celtic and old-time tunes in a relaxed environment. All skill levels and acoustic string instruments welcome. Other instruments such as flute, penny whistle, recorder, etc. are also welcome. Stringed instrument players should know basic chords in keys of G, D and A. Ability to sight read music is not a requirement but is a very helpful skill.

Taught by: Oliver Hansen, Nikki Roberson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 18, 2024 to November 15, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

Explore and experience the music written for the trumpet by listening to recordings, performing music and enjoying guest artists present a master class/recital.

Taught by: Jeff Phillips, Jerry Goldman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The goal of this introductory class for beginners is to make students comfortable participating in the ongoing Ukulele Group session (X220-01), which they are encouraged to sign up for in addition to this class. Students learn how to hold, tune, strum and fret the instrument. Various basic ukulele chords are introduced, along with some standard musical terminology. Students learn to play some easy songs and become familiar with the rudiments of reading tablature and chord symbols. Materials required: Any size ukulele.

Taught by: Bill Collins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

A fun learning experience that develops stronger playing with advanced skills. Study and review of scales, positions, bowing and exercises for facility in playing violin solo repertoire and concerti pieces. Four to six hours of practice time a week is recommended. Prerequisite: At least two to three years of previous study required. Required text: Introducing the Positions for Violin, Vol. 2, Harvey S. Whistler.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Eleanor Dooley, Pamela Wilson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

A fun learning experience featuring easy pieces and duets. Study in small easy steps develops music sight-reading, left and right hand position and playing technique. Two to three hours of practice time a week is recommended. Students should rent or purchase a violin.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Eleanor Dooley

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

A fun learning experience featuring interesting pieces and duets with growing skill and confidence. Continuing study of violin playing including scales, bowing and exercises, advancing to study of positions and solo pieces. Four to six hours of weekly practice time is recommended. Prerequisite: Skills equal to completion of Violin Instruction: Beginner; required text: Introducing the Positions for Violin, Vol 1, Harvey S. Whistler.

Taught by: Richard Wellons, Eleanor Dooley

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:30 PM

Play Mah Jongg using National Mah Jongg League Hands and Rules, improve your game and enjoy the company of other players. Sessions feature competitive and defensive play, rule review, ways to increase speed and hone strategies, and “pie” scoring at 400 points. Instructor shares league news and updates and has more than 20 years of experience. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic Mah Jongg play.

Taught by: Katherine Henn

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 9:30 AM

Each student deals cards and learns to play and bid with a partner, with partners rotated around the table so players can experience different playing styles. We cover only basic bridge, so students can leave class and play at home. It is recommended that students have prior experience playing card games that involve trick-taking, and understand the hierarchy of a deck of cards, i.e., aces higher than kings, kings higher than queens, etc.

Taught by: Catherine Kennedy

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Tour stunning botanical gardens (virtually) from global to local. Grasp their ties to art, beauty, health, science and perhaps our very survival. Hear garden tales: how Monet’s florals inspired his masterpieces, why Yves St. Laurent owned Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh. From England to Thailand, Sydney to Singapore, Japan to the U.S., take a botanic beauty bath. We’ll explore plants that help vs. destroy our environment, as well as those that can relax and heal us. Trip options may include Mt. Cuba Center in New Castle County or Delaware Botanic Gardens in Sussex County.

Taught by: Patricia Thompson

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Wilmington Off-Site: September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:00 AM

Thirteen hikes with the Wilmington Trail Club at sites in northern Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and eastern Maryland. Best not to schedule other classes until 2 p.m. Participants are emailed the list of hikes. Group lunch after hike is optional.

Taught by: Eric Sallee, Kathy Tidball

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Based on TED Talks, a popular nonprofit radio and internet phenomenon, as well as possible podcasts, this class explores a series of short, dynamic talks covering a variety of topics. Join us as we view and discuss these fascinating, insightful and sometimes humorous presentations.

Taught by: Rose Greer

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Knowledgeable guest speakers present lectures on timely and interesting topics across a broad spectrum followed by a lively discussion.

Taught by: Laura McGrew, Carol DiSabatino

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Delaware is indeed a “small wonder” with a rich history and abundant resources. Each semester, 10 different OLLI members from across the state present a class on some aspect of Delaware life or history based on their interests or expertise. This semester’s topics range from Swedish settlers and Revolutionary War figures to 21st century architecture and leisure activities. Join us to learn more about our fascinating first state.

Taught by: Joan Miller, Thomas Powderly

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Newark (501 S. College Ave.): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Come explore all that UD offers. In this course that combines presentations with in-person tours, we discover UD arts, including the Old College Gallery, the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) theatre and the Master Players concert series. We also discover UD sciences, including the Physical Therapy Clinic, the Botanic Gardens and other programs, and planning is underway for additional tours. We close with the always-popular Vita Nova restaurant. Come, hear a presentation and take a tour. Classes will be held on the Newark campus.

Taught by: Rebecca Worley, Pamela Meitner

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

This term we visit a total of 19 national park sites with a special focus on the Yellowstone ecosystem and the ancient Pueblo culture of the southwest. While visiting Yellowstone National Park, we look at the role fire plays in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. We also visit two battlefield parks and eight additional national park sites.

Taught by: William Jones

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:30 AM

The intermediate class builds off the skills learned in the beginner bridge class. Students learn three conventions: Jacoby transfer and Stayman for no-trump bids along with “weak twos.” We also cover scorekeeping for party bridge (contract bridge) to include under tricks, over tricks and vulnerable. If time allows, we cover “double” s a bid strategy. Prerequisite: Beginner bridge class or basic bridge knowledge

Taught by: Catherine Kennedy

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 12:30 PM

The goal of this class is to master the finer points of play: avoiding rookie mistakes, acquiring strategies, making mindful exposures, solving problems and increasing speed. We use the National Mah Jongg League Hands and Rules and play with a 300 point pie. Members are requested to bring their 2024 card with them if they have it and coins for pie scoring (these are returned to you at the end of each class). Instructor has more than 25 years of experience playing this captivating game. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic Mah Jongg play

Taught by: Katherine Henn

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 21, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

This discussion group is based on a Harvard course by Michael Sandel. We’ll explore classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, the role of markets and debates about rights. The course invites learners to subject their own views to critical examination. We view Sandel’s open-source lectures and discuss them.

Taught by: Diane Senerth

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 16, 2024 to October 14, 2024

Monday at 1:00 PM

This class is for beginners, refreshers, or those who wish to play well and learn this widely-used and respected version of Mah Jongg, based on the National Mah Jongg League rules. Beginner players learn tiles, hands, play and strategies using a 300 point “pie.” Support and solutions are available during play, as well as league news updates.

Taught by: Carol West

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

This is a class for beginners! We teach the basics of American Mah Jongg, and spend time practicing the game. Since the class builds on knowledge from the previous week, it is recommended to attend as many sessions as possible. Students must purchase a 2024 Mah Jongg card from the National Mah Jongg League (https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/). We suggest also signing up for the second five-week extracurricular session to practice what you’ve learned. Join us and see how much fun Mah Jongg is!

Taught by: Gerri Sanchez, Helen McMahon, Nancy Herzog, Sheila Weinberg

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

New York City has always been a fascinating place with countless stories to be told. Ten OLLI members each deliver a session on a unique aspect of New York life, based on personal interest, experience and expertise. Topics include history, architecture and engineering marvels, theatre and the arts, neighborhoods and more. This is a prerecorded version of D236 originally taught in fall 2022. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly, Peter Harrigan, Sharon Rosen

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Ten OLLI members each present a unique aspect of New York life based on personal interest, experience and expertise. Topics include Central Park, “luxury liner row,” Staten Island and the New York Yankees. This is a prerecorded version of D249 originally taught in spring 2023. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly, Peter Harrigan, Sharon Rosen

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This 11-week course highlights more of the people, places and things that make New York City the wonder that it is. Each week focuses on a unique aspect of New York life, based on the instructors’ interest and knowledge. This is a pre-recorded version of D258 originally taught in fall 2023. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly, Peter Harrigan, Sharon Rosen

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New York City, 10 Unique Views, Volume 4 continues presenting fascinating stories about the world’s greatest city. Ten OLLI members each deliver a session on a unique aspect of New York life, based on personal interest, experience and expertise. This semester’s topics include houses of worship, the city’s many islands, the City University and New York in movies and in song. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly, Peter Harrigan, Sharon Rosen

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

NYC10 Volume 5 takes a slight detour from our normal format and focuses on 10 New Yorkers who left their mark. Over the centuries many outstanding individuals have contributed to the growth, prosperity and glamour of New York City. Our presenters tell the unique stories of 10 people who designed, built, managed and entertained the world’s greatest city.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly, Peter Harrigan, Sharon Rosen

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Ever wondered about the RV travel lifestyle, the pros/cons of different RV vehicles, general operations, maintenance and the on-the-road adventure opportunities? Four sessions with an optional on-site fifth session at the Lewes campus provide a factual and entertaining overview of these topics from personal experiences and research, in a slide/video presentation format with discussion opportunities. The optional Lewes session features a tour/demo of Class A motorhome operations.

Taught by: George Massey

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

When/how does a caregiver begin to carry the load even before their loved one passes? How do you learn the “electronics” involved in becoming financially and emotionally independent, celebrate holidays and anniversaries, and deal with guilt or anger? We discuss what you need to know to run a household when your significant others did it all: online banking, paying bills, gassing up/or washing the car, arranging household repairs, estate planning and much more. This course attempts to guide you to those answers, through personal sharing, discussion, video clips and guest speakers.

Taught by: Arlene Bowman

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Are you like us and have boxes of old photos, videos, slides, etc. gathering dust in your closet or crawlspace? Have you ever wanted to show a photo to someone, but couldn’t find what you were looking for (whether it is in a box or on your phone)? Would you like to do something with all that photo clutter? Join us for easygoing, casual classes with tips, hints and sharing ideas for accomplishing what doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Taught by: Joy Russo, Nancy Martin

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 11, 2024 to October 9, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Join our class for a discussion of at least eight TED Talks (some previously shown, some brand new), with some challenging, some easy trivia questions each week for prizes! Your participation is necessary to make this class interesting and fun!

Taught by: Carolyn Stankiewicz

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Online: October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Are you feeling challenged with friends and family members on difficult topics and looking for effective ways to communicate with those you care about? This course introduces participants
to strategies and techniques used in difficult conversations and situations. The course format is non-lecture, employing experiential exercises from the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Nonviolent Communications. The two instructors are highly experienced facilitators in the field.

Taught by: Rick Grier-Reynolds, Joseph Anastasio

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

There are 16 basic personality types. Getting to know these personality types helps us know and understand the people we live, play and work with. This understanding can help us build our and others’ self-esteem by not tearing down ourselves or others. Understanding personality types helps us appreciate the gifts we and others bring to relationships.

Taught by: Rita Myers

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This course explores techniques to improve your online research results and methods to extract more information from standard genealogy records using both free and pay-for-use internet resources. The goal of the course is not only to improve traditional genealogy research, but to add depth and historical context to your research. This course is best suited for those who have a basic knowledge of genealogy research, however, beginning students may also find it helpful.

Taught by: John Roberts

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 21, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Course is intended to give both beginners and experienced genealogy researchers an overview of the many ways to work on our family trees. Presenters may include other OLLI Wilmington genealogy instructors and experienced students, who present for 50-60 minutes, leaving time for questions. Handouts are made available via email.

Taught by: Reg Herzog, Barbara Hamming

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Class is designed for people who have Family Tree Maker Software 2019 with the latest upgrade (available for PC and Mac), intermediate computer skills and some experience with genealogy research. Prerequisite: Family Tree Maker Software 2019.

Taught by: Carol Callaghan, Reg Herzog

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:30 PM

In this class we watch movies based on true stories, viewing an entire movie at a time with discussion afterwards. This semester we watch the following five movies: Theory of Everything, Woman in Gold, Saving Mr. Banks, Race and The Intouchables. This class is two-plus hours.

Taught by: Sondra Weidman

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Enjoy a weekly armchair excursion with five of your fellow OLLI members, as they share their travel experiences. Each week features a different tour to some place wonderful. Without needing an airplane ticket or a passport, you get to visit Egypt, Iceland, New Zealand, Myanmar and one more special place. Join us as we travel the world.

Taught by: Susan Salkin

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

Introduction, viewing and discussion of four films by director Stanley Kubrick, widely considered one of the most influential film makers of all time, and known for his genre-defying, often controversial, technically innovative works. Films are shown in their entirety. Longer works are broken into two sessions.

Taught by: Susan Klugerman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Participating in recreational international folk dancing is a wonderful way to meet people in the U.S. and many other countries, since knowing other languages is not required. This mild to moderate form of exercise is a great way for seniors to maintain cardiac fitness, mobility balance and brain health. The focus is to learn dances that are frequently done in circles, lines or couples by local community groups in DE, PA , NJ and NY. Best to wear low heeled leather bottom shoes. Prerequisite: International Folk Dance experience.

Taught by: Lorraine Cohn, Martin Cohn

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Each week we view an award-winning foreign film. Representing the world’s greatest directors, films are shown chronologically, beginning with the 1949 movie The Bicycle Thief, directed by Vittorio De Sica. Before each movie, there is a brief introduction to the film and the director. Afterward, there is time for discussion. All films have English subtitles.

Taught by: Susan Klugerman

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

We view some films that are either gay, transsexual, bisexual, lesbian or documentary. We often include one or more foreign films.

Taught by: Larry Peterson

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Course introduces the major elements of Western civilization from the ancient world to the pre-Italian Renaissance, with special emphasis on the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions. It surveys the history of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East and explores the classical roots of modern civilization. We begin with the first civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, the roots of western religion in ancient Israel; then proceed through Bronze Age, archaic and classical Greece, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic world, the rise of Rome, and the fall of the Roman Empire and the coming of Christianity, and the history of medieval Europe.

Taught by: Charles Johnson

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

The popularity of ancestry research confirms the hunger for meaning and connection. The following questions always arise during the ancestry programs the instructor has delivered: Why didn’t we ask our parents? Why didn’t we spend more time with the immigrants? Why don’t my children feel the same way? This course builds on a decade of ancestry research and public ancestry programs the instructor has conducted and it explores these questions from the perspective of Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Boomers.

Taught by: Jo-Ann Vega

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

A look at how aviation regulations, policies and procedures came about and the changes made to them by reviewing and discussing selected incidents and accidents that had major impact on how flying is regulated.

Taught by: Craig Wheel

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Americans revere the Founding Fathers and admire the constitution but distrust government. These attitudes are inconsistent and paradoxical, and they have a long history. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not the solution; government is the problem.” This course covers the arguments over the constitution, especially those of the anti-Federalists. We also analyze theories of the nullification of federal laws by the states. Finally, we look at secession.

Taught by: John Bullock

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

Conservation in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920, was the origin of the environmentalism, which emerged in the 1950s. After World War II, 30 years of prosperity had side effects of pollution, oil spills, a nuclear meltdown and hazardous waste. Environmentalism found successes, but the Reagan years brought reversals. Americans embraced environmentalism but often failed to practice it. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: John Bullock

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This course will explore the history of and role of the American first ladies. It will provide insight into the lives of selected first ladies including biographical information, their role during their time at the White House, and interesting facts and anecdotes about these important women.

Taught by: Susan Donahue

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Antisemitism has been with us since the dawn of written history, with shifting forms and rhetoric across continents and eras. From post-World War I social-political movements to the history of wars and pogroms against Jews and Israel, the newest realities span the globe from New York to London to Sydney. This class looks at modern history and the forces contributing to today’s alarming trends.

Taught by: Susan Warner

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

This course examines the history of whiskey in America, especially during the emergence of America’s frontier, the Wild West. This interactive course details the social issues, customs and cultural norms that evolved from our early American history to our present time. The course explains whiskey’s progression from its origins in our Colonial days through the Civil War and into the Prohibition and Repeal. The business of whiskey distillation and the controversies associated with it are discussed.

Taught by: James DeMartino, Frank Powers

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Bush flying occurs in extraordinary places. We first try to define what we mean by bush flying. Then, watching BBC videos, we follow some new pilots trying to get their first flying job in the Okavango Delta of southern Africa, flying in rough terrain. It will be a new set of challenges for them if they get the job.

Taught by: Raymond Hain

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CANCELED: This class has been canceled for the semester.

Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 18, 2024 to October 16, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The war against Germany/Italy was a massive and destructive event that ranged from the Eastern coast of the United States to the gates of Moscow, from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of North Africa. This course highlights five crucial battles/campaigns that were critical in winning the war.

Taught by: Donald Egan

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Online: September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This class is a study of Delaware’s political, industrial and military history during the Civil War. It features biographies of Delaware Civil War generals, of Medal of Honor winners, and important political persons. The course includes projection of movie clips from “Gettysburg” and other well-known Civil War movies. Untying the Political Knot: Delaware During the War Between the States is an optional text for the course, which is based on the book.

Taught by: Thomas Reed

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

In the 19th century a relatively small number of European nations came to dominate much of the world. In fact, by 1900 only four countries in Africa or Asia had successfully resisted the imperial onslaught. We examine the causes and long-term impact of the process of colonization. Particular attention is paid to the ideological, political and economic roots of the phenomenon. Other issues include the resistance of indigenous populations, post-World War II independence and the colonial legacy.

Taught by: James Patterson

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Learn about folk songs that inspired Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Alan Lomax. We learn about U.S. historical events that caused working class people to express their hardships through music. Part 1 covers the Great Depression, the New Deal, and working in the mines.

Taught by: Glenn Rill

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Learn about folk songs that inspired Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Alan Lomax. We learn about U.S. historical events that caused working class people to express their hardships through music. Part 1 covers the Great Depression, the New Deal, and working in the mines.

Taught by: Glenn Rill

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Explore how General de Gaulle contributed to French and world history in World War I, the interwar period, World War II and the Cold War. Relevant French vocabulary is used and explained (approximately two dozen words).

Taught by: William Lawrence

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

The wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon were supposed to protect the revolution from overthrow by invading monarchies and to spread its benefits to people suffering under monarchical rule. What was Napoleon’s military genius? How was he the maker of modern nations? What was modern about these wars and their means?

Taught by: John Bullock

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

This class presents the history of the automobile and the automobile industry from the first inventions of self-propelled vehicles to the beginning of World War I.

Taught by: Larry Watkins

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

This course highlights the life and works of great women. This semester we have a different presenter each week who speaks about the life of someone who has made a significant contribution as an educator, a secretary of state, an artist, a musician and a public servant. You are invited to “bathe in the light” of inspiring women.

Taught by: Veronica Grady

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

This captivating course explores the life of Henry VIII’s second daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign became known as the Elizabethan era. Witness her rise to power amidst religious turmoil and political intrigue. Explore her strategies for navigating foreign threats. Discover the golden age of exploration. Learn about Elizabeth’s impact on the arts. Identify the men who impact Elizabeth’s reign. Gain an understanding of Elizabeth’s remarkable character and the challenges she faced.

Taught by: Susan Watkins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

From the earliest time, our species has grown in its belief in freedom, changing over time in relationship to the societies that have risen and fallen. Through discussion and with the assistance of Prof. J. Rufus Fears’ “History of Freedom” lectures from the Great Courses, we explore the development of concept of freedom throughout time and attempt to discover what freedom really means to us today. This is a two-term course. Please note there are two sections of this course on Tuesdays: one is held at 9 a.m. and the other is held at 10:45 a.m.

Taught by: William Jones

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

From the earliest time, our species has grown in its belief in freedom, changing over time in relationship to the societies that have risen and fallen. Through discussion and with the assistance of Prof. J. Rufus Fears’ “History of Freedom” lectures from the Great Courses, we explore the development of concept of freedom throughout time and attempt to discover what freedom really means to us today. This is a two-term course. Please note there are two sections of this course on Tuesdays: one is held at 9 a.m. and the other is held at 10:45 a.m.

Taught by: William Jones

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Three million horses and mules were inducted to serve both sides in America’s Civil War, critical for the mobility and combat actions of both armies. This course will provide, in detail, the induction process, training, care and how each department utilized them. Period photographs and paintings are used throughout the lecture.

Taught by: Ray Glick

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Codes and ciphers have been used throughout history to convey and protect sensitive information. In this class, you’ll learn the difference between codes and ciphers, and how they are made and broken. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at creating and solving both. We’ll also look at how codes and ciphers have been used over the centuries, and how they have affected history.

Taught by: Patricia White

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

The Roman Empire exercised imperial domination over Judea from 63 BCE to 313 CE. During the tumultuous centuries of occupation, Judaism’s historic Second Temple and the government based upon it were destroyed, and Jerusalem was leveled. Consider the historic events, the nature of oppression, and the conflicting values of this epic cultural clash while exploring the foundations for two of the world’s enduring religions: Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

Taught by: Katherine Henn

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 16, 2024 to October 14, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most impressive first ladies, Lady Bird Johnson was the rock on which her husband built his career. The shy girl from Texas earned two college degrees at a time when even one was an achievement. As an adult she used her intelligence, strength of character and personal drive to carve her own place in American history. She not only managed successful businesses and political campaigns but was a strong and early advocate for environmental causes.

Taught by: Thomas Kelly

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

The American history we were taught in school does not necessarily represent the whole story. At every educational level, most of America’s story has been told from a particular viewpoint, that of its European settlers who came to dominate and govern the country. We have largely learned the myth of America. Part one of a two-part series covers the beginnings of the United States through WWI. Our discussion includes dividing up the continent, early colonization, creating a country, vying for control and joining the fray.

Taught by: Brendan Buschi

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

The information we were taught in school does not represent the whole story. At every educational level, America’s story has been told in a skewered fashion. Words have been misused and we have been misled. We have learned the myth of America. Part two of a two-part series discusses the United States from post-WWI to today. The following topics are covered: reaping what was sown, into the fray once again, modern times, vying for control, and political chaos.

Taught by: Brendan Buschi

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Since 1883, the name Orient Express has been synonymous with luxury travel, romance and intrigue. In the postwar years as the train became outmoded, deteriorated, and finally disappeared, its global aura grew via mystery novels and all-star movies. Since 1982, a restored train has continued to offer passage on board historic carriages. Now the Orient Express brand is being reborn, reimagined and maximized, offering a new generation of travelers experiential travel products of the highest quality. This is a prerecorded version of G317 originally taught in summer 2023. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Thomas Powderly

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Philadelphia is famous for Independence Hall, the Phillies and Eagles, Rocky, cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. It is also famous for many firsts: library, hospital, medical school, university and zoo. There are so many stories to share: from art and science museums to department stores, parks and people. From Colonial Philly to current Philly!

Taught by: Judy Filipkowski

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

The course offers an in-depth review behind key U.S. economic developments and financial market events over the past 120 years. The course material focuses on two segments. The first highlights strides in economic growth from the beginning of the 20th century, with emphasis on changes in living and working conditions.

Taught by: William Francis

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

They came. They saw. They conquered. After almost four centuries they left, leaving a legacy that can be seen today. History of the Roman occupation of Britain. Life, art, religion and economy at the frontier of the Roman empire. Course content at http://u.pc.cd/E157

Taught by: Robert Ehrlich

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Why does the Russian world view differ from ours? It’s all in their historical experiences, starting a millennium ago with invaders from outside to the autocracy of its rulers. Part 1 ended at the 1917 Communist Revolution. Part 2, the Soviet Era, goes from the Communist takeover to the Russian Federation of today.

Taught by: Stuart Siegell

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Online: September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

This course focuses on issues inadequately addressed in most Thomas Jefferson biographies. Topics include slavery, Native Americans, pirates, suffrage/gender, health concepts, routine and condition, world affairs, the Industrial Revolution, economics and others. We strive to understand the context of his life as well as the social and cultural environment in which he lived, grew, survived and thrived.

Taught by: Burton Cutting

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Presidential elections from Washington through Trump/Biden have been surrounded by music. Join us to learn about historic campaign songs and political use of popular music, and learn about the politics and campaigns of every U.S. presidential election. Follow the campaign with nonpartisan weekly updates on the 2024 election. The instructor pledges to be nonpartisan. No campaigning in class.

Taught by: Glenn Rill

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

Based on the Great Courses series, this course begins with a historical review of American intelligence, then we’ll follow the CIA from being a small collection of Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operators to being a key instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Class consists of prerecorded lectures by Hugh Wilford, Ph.D., professor of history at California State University, augmented with added information and context. This semester’s class follows the CIA through the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Taught by: Martin Cohen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Hands-on projects tailored to student interests, democratic classrooms, friendly teachers, less homework and no corporal punishment. What’s not to like in progressive education? We examine the rise and fall of this popular crusade for more pleasant and practical schooling. Topics include John Dewey, school architecture, Cold War conservatism, late 60s open education and the enduring legacies of child-centered instruction.

Taught by: Robert Hampel

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

The Holocaust, the greatest catastrophe that befell the Jewish people, did not occur in a vacuum or spontaneously. This course explores the rise of the Nazi Party as a consequence of WWI, the emergence of Hitler as Fuhrer, the disenfranchisement, expulsion, ghettoization, and extermination of Europe’s Jews, and the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw and Vilna Ghetto. Class features special emphasis on resistance and the narrative that has not been told.

Taught by: Joe Chaikel

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

How does one teach about the Holocaust? One must begin with questions. Between 1941 and 1945, the German state led by Adolf Hitler murdered 6 million Jews and countless others. This course considers many questions in order to gain insight into how this monstrous occurrence happened.

Taught by: Jack Vinokur, Iris Vinokur

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Born in 1908 and passing away in 1973, Johnson lived through many of the most significant moments of the 20th century. As a teacher, congressman, senator, vice president and president, Johnson was both a witness to, and a major participant in the development of the United States during his lifetime. Loved by many, loathed by an equal number, this class places Mr. Johnson in the context of his times.

Taught by: Thomas Kelly

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Online: September 6, 2024 to November 15, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

This course is the first of two courses that cover the history of African people in the Americas. The current course covers the period from the early 1500s to 1876, following people of African descent in the Americas in the Spanish and French territories, colonial America, through and after the American Revolution up to Reconstruction. The next course examines the period after Reconstruction, continuing to the present. Class methods include video-driven discussions and participant resource sharing.

Taught by: Norwood Coleman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

This course traces the history of the political, economic and social relations between the United States and India from the early beginnings of the U.S. to the present, and discusses prospects for the future, particularly after the changed circumstances post 9/11. Course includes updates regarding the Quad (collaboration between the U.S., Australia, Japan and India) in the Indo-Pacific region. Guest speakers may be included.

Taught by: Pradip Khaladkar

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 21, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

This course will study the influence and accomplishments of four women who served in the highest level positions in the Roosevelt administration. Also, learn about the influences and accomplishments of the thousands of unsung heroines of World War II who held positions in all military branches and the cryptanalysts and spies of the Office of Strategic Services. Additionally, examine the contributions of the civilian women on the homefront who worked in crucial industries and businesses.

Taught by: Susan McFarlane

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

From the German invasion of Poland through the Battle of Stalingrad, this course covers all the major battles, ideologies, strategy and tactics involved in the Second World War. It includes the Finnish-Soviet Winter War as well as the rising tensions that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Military medical services, homefronts and spy networks are also covered. PowerPoint presentations are shown in each class. Part II planned for spring 2025.

Taught by: Susan Shoemaker

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

This historical novel, The Women by Kristin Hannah, focuses on the experiences of American Army nurse Frances McGrath during her deployment in Vietnam in 1967. It also follows her return home and re-entry into civilian life at a time when the country was torn apart by generational and social differences, when veterans were not held in high regard. Our discussions cover all these issues.

Taught by: Bobbi Neaton

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Online: October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

This historical novel, The Women by Kristin Hannah, focuses on the experiences of American Army nurse Frances McGrath during her deployment in Vietnam in 1967. It also follows her return home and re-entry into civilian life at a time when the country was torn apart by generational and social differences, when veterans were not held in high regard. Our discussions will cover all these issues. Required text: The Women, Kristin Hannah, ISBN 9781250178633

Taught by: Bobbi Neaton

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Participants learn about “James Towne,” which is what the original settlers called Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. Where was it founded, how was it settled, what did it look like? Who were these brave people that traveled across a vast ocean to start a new life? What was their life like? Who were the “tobacco brides”? These questions and more are answered and discussed as we together experience life at the James Towne settlement.

Taught by: Elizabeth Jelich

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This class explores three great American plays: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and August Wilson’s Fences. In this discussion class, we all share our thoughts, questions, doubts, criticisms, etc. regarding these works. This is not a lecture class. Required text: Our Town, Thornton Wilder, ISBN 978-006-0512637; Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, ISBN 978-014-0481341; Fences, August Wilson, ISBN 978-045-2264014.

Taught by: John Snyder

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

Novels come in several genres, among them historical novels, subdivided into fiction and those based on fact adapted for fiction. And mysteries can be cozies, puzzles or detective fiction. Then there’s the epistolary novel, written as letters. And we can’t forget the epic novel or the memoir. In this course, we study genres and read novels that represent only the “best of the best” for each genre. See website for specifics at https://sites.google.com/udel.edu/booksgenres. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Rebecca Worley

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

Detailed class discussion of Barth’s astonishingly inventive, seemingly absurdist first novel, a bleakly comic accounting by a garrulous first-person narrator who has awakened to the bright idea of committing suicide at day’s end. Admission is free to our protagonist Todd’s operatic spectacle, so come one and all to see whether his show ends with a bang or a whimper. Please have completed an initial reading of the novel by the course’s first meeting date. Students may use any edition of the novel from or after 1967. Required text: The Floating Opera, John Barth, ISBN 0-38-507630-4

Taught by: William Zak

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

“No! in thunder” encapsulates many of Melville’s views on conventionality and society, seeing “man in nature,” and “nature in man” from multiple perspectives, in many ways making him a modern thinker. The class explores depths in Moby Dick via Melville’s literary nuance.

Taught by: Russell Endo

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

In the 123 years of the Nobel Prize in literature, only 17 women have been honored. We discuss specific works by Sigrid Undset (Norway), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa), Toni Morrison (U.S.), Herta Muller (Romania/Germany) and Alice Munro (Canada). Most classes include a lecture segment on the writer’s biography, the conditions she presents and how the work we read fits into her overall body of work. Required text: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset ISBN# 976-0-14-118941-0 [and other books].

Taught by: Susan Shoemaker

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

When women writers began adapting the literary genres, they focused on topics unexamined by others, adopting a new perspective on the novel tradition. Perhaps they are shifting perspective again, this time aiming the literary camera lens on themselves. We take a look at that, but also discuss other novels where the lens has been refocused, including mysteries, historical novels and a literary classic. For more information, see the course website at https://sites.google.com/view/readnovels/.

Taught by: Rebecca Worley

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Online: September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

When women writers began adapting the literary genres, they focused on topics unexamined by others, adopting a new perspective on the novel tradition. Perhaps they are shifting perspective again, this time aiming the literary camera lens on themselves. We take a look at that, but also discuss other novels where the lens has been refocused, including mysteries, historical novels and a literary classic. For more information, see the course website at https://sites.google.com/view/readnovels/.

Taught by: Rebecca Worley

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Online: October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

For each class meeting, students listen at home to a selected episode from The New Yorker Poetry Podcasts archive. In class we continue the discussion of craft and process begun by the podcast host and guest poet, focusing on the two poems read on the podcast and other poems by the poets. An interest in the craft of poetry and willingness to explore poems through close reading are required. The New Yorker Poetry Podcast is free, available widely on the internet.

Taught by: Linda McMeniman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Auld Lang Syne is sung worldwide every New Year’s Eve. Do you know why? Do you know what it means? Do you know the whole song? Do you know the original tune? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more as you join in exploring the life, times, poetry and songs of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns.

Taught by: Joseph Olinchak

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

We examine the creative genius of a writer in three different novels that span Rushdie’s life. He relies upon satire and magical realism to tell his story, often using modern social problems within the storyline. These novels also take us into the world of India, Spain, the United States and other Middle Eastern countries and religious traditions.

Taught by: Deborah Alvarez

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Each semester we explore three Shakespeare plays via videos of stage or movie productions. Class discussion and video lectures by Shakespeare scholars supplement the primary source: the plays themselves. This semester we view Macbeth, Henry VI Part One and As You Like It.

Taught by: Jeff Wilkinson, Judy Goldbaum

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald had a mixed reception and disappointing sales on publication in 1925, yet by the 1940s it was praised as an undisputed classic of American literature. The main character is an embodiment of the American dream, and this course deals with Gatsby’s life as a dreamer. For the instructor, it is the great American novel. This course includes reading the chapters, discussing them, and finally seeing one of the many motion pictures of the novel.

Taught by: Peg Fisk

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

This course is a continuation of the spring 2024 program that welcomes new participants. We read and discuss several readings from the Hebrew Bible that were not discussed in the spring semester. In addition, we, as time allows, introduce the New Testament as a body of literary devices and techniques

Taught by: Robert Heifetz

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Online: September 6, 2024 to October 4, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Almost all immigrants to America have faced prejudice, violence and racism. However, some have faced overwhelming obstacles in their search for equality. One group is those of Japanese descent. In this course we will study the history of the Japanese Americans by reading literature detailing their struggles as they strive to overcome injustice and trauma in their quest to be accepted as American citizens. Please read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka for the first class.

Taught by: Emily Ginder

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This class focuses on the life of Agatha Christie as told in the PBS documentary Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen. We also discusses two of her novels: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, ISBN 978-0-06-207356-3 and Absent in the Spring, ISBN 978-0-00-813143-2, written as Mary Westmacott.

Taught by: Bobbi Neaton, Elizabeth Jelich

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

The class reviews and discusses various articles that appear in The New Yorker magazine. Everyone is encouraged to share summaries and opinions on various articles and offer their viewpoints for the class to consider. Required text: The New Yorker magazine subscription.

Taught by: Mary McLaughlin Koprowski

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

A video and discussion course covering the plays and short stories of Anton Chekhov. No lectures. The plays include The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Platonov, An Artist’s Story and The Proposal.

Taught by: Donald Byrne

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This course examines the themes of love, place and history (both intimate and capital “H”), in the poetry of W.H. Auden; the poet’s unique uses of metaphor, intense preoccupation with current events, early political idealism, and sharp difference from modernist precursors, are discussed. Students are invited to read and comment on three assigned poems each week and vote on poems to be read at the end of the semester. Required text: W.H. Auden Selected Poems 978-0-307-27808-1.

Taught by: William Walsh

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

The purpose of this course is to study The Yoknapatawpha Country novels of William Faulkner. In this course we read Flags in the Dust (Sartoris), The Sound and the Fury, and As I Lay Dying. The course looks at voice and other techniques used by Faulkner as well as the connections among his works.

Taught by: Paul Desmond

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

The purpose of the course is to study Shakespeare’s two great narrative poems, The Rape of Lucrece, and Venus and Adonis. The course also studies the sonnets. Emphasis is on the imagery, themes and voice of the greatest of all poets. These poems are among the highest achievements in English literature.

Taught by: Paul Desmond

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Will China be in position to displace the United States as the global hegemon and remake the liberal international order of the past 75 years? This course, which updates and extends a course given in the fall of 2023, provides historical, political, geo-strategic and economic background and context, with time reserved at the end of each session for questions and open discussion. Students completing the course are equipped to evaluate developments in the evolution of a new global order.

Taught by: Christopher Mark

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Each class features an introduction followed by a video presentation and class discussion. Topics include Middle East realignment, climate technology and competition, science across borders, U.S.-China trade rivalry, NATO’s future, understanding Indonesia, High Seas Treaty, and pandemic preparedness. Purchase of the Great Decision Briefing Book is recommended. This is a hybrid class which will meet for 11 sessions.

Taught by: Steven Dombchik, Arthur Butler, Claude Faulkner

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

This course introduces Intelligence and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), of which instructor was a member with the Army, as well as with the State Department, in various roles. This introductory class gives students an insight into intelligence more broadly and the U.S. IC, specifically. No class is held on 9/19.

Taught by: Trudie Thompson

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Online: October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

An examination of the political, socio-economic, and geo-strategic impacts one year after the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.

Taught by: Nicholas Simmonds

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CANCELED: This class has been canceled for the semester.

Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

What are “moral judgments”? How do we make them? Do humans have “freedom of will” to engage in moral discourse? Or is “morality” merely an illusion dispelled by determinism? What are we here for? Are moral questions the province of only religion and ethics, or can science show us what is right? How should we live? This course brings an overview of moral philosophy and religious views, as well as examining scientific research, to address some of the prickliest and continuous moral questions.

Taught by: James Moser

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CANCELED: This class has been canceled for the semester.

Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

What is the meaning of life? Many of us already have an answer; many of us do not, and we keep searching. This course takes us on this insurmountable quest with the hope of finding new possibilities to explore, perhaps to ring a few bells of truth. Our Great Courses DVD lecturer is Francis J. Ambrosio, professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. He probes this provocative question through the ages, pursued by both religion and the Western philosophical tradition.

Taught by: James Moser

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Expand your horizons by exploring an uncommon viewpoint: read Care of the Soul. This nonreligious guide gives us paths to cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life. Thomas Moore proposes a way of life that is not a self-improvement project, but a way of sensing sacredness in ordinary things. He encourages looking at reality in a more expansive way, and uses ancient stories to guide us. We discuss his musings to broaden our perspectives.

Taught by: Claire Brown

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

This course covers the key leaders and events of the first-century church. We discuss topics such as the Pax Romana, the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost, Saul’s conversion, Peter’s vision and its implications, and the Council at Jerusalem. We delve into the lives of leaders such as the apostle Peter; the apostle John; the apostle Paul; James, the Lord’s brother, and the women who played a significant role in the early church. We read selected passages from the New Testament.

Taught by: Salvatore Tremonte

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

The class is designed to invite deep discussions about the continued mistreatment of women worldwide. Using lecture and film, we investigate the issue of sexism and underlying foundations of power over restrictive cultural and religious biases that deny women their full sense of agency and control over their bodies.

Taught by: Yvette Rudnitzky, Claire Priester

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Online: October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

In this course class participants learn and discuss what forgiveness is and is not, and the barriers involved. We explore how we benefit physically, emotionally and mentally from practicing forgiveness. Class participants are asked to read the book, Forgive for Good, by Dr. Fred Luskin. This book, stories, short videos and an article written by the instructor illustrate concepts and provide opportunities for reflection and class discussion. Required text: Forgive for Good, Dr. Fred Luskin ISBN 978-0062517210.

Taught by: Eileen Donnelly

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Dreams are a fascinating way to explore what’s happening in our inner and outer world. Since the time of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, they’ve been seen as an important aspect of modern psychology. In our class, after some basic theory and background, facilitators use a well-tested method for community sharing of dreams. And we look for how dreams help us understand our lives. We ask that everyone keep their video monitors on, and that you enter into sharing with a sense of openness.

Taught by: Gary Soulsman

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

The New Testament from a historical perspective, bracketing questions of belief and theological truth to acquire a historically rich grounding for our understanding of the fundamental documents. The course addresses significant questions as to who wrote these books, under what circumstances, and for what audience; what they say, what they mean and their accuracy. This is a two-semester course.

Taught by: Chuck Miller

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Introduction to the history, literature and religion of ancient Israel and early Judaism presented in the collection of texts called the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible and the Tanakh. This is a two-semester course

Taught by: Chuck Miller

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

We look at the teachings of Jesus as presented in “The Chosen” TV series (available on streaming platforms and The Chosen app) as well as the Gospels, and discuss the relevance of his wisdom in today’s world. Please note that this class does not meet on September 23.

Taught by: Deborah Brown

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Online: October 16, 2024 to November 20, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

Calling adventurous poets! Stretch yourself, and work on honing your craft and help fellow classmates develop theirs. In this six week class (second session beginning October 16 or October 21), we write two poems, based on two chapters: the poetry of place and considerations of voice and style in Addonizio and Laux’s book, The Poet’s Companion. Sign up for either the Monday or Wednesday online session of this course. Required text: The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux. ISBN 978-0-393-31654-4.

Taught by: Betsey Cullen

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Online: October 21, 2024 to November 25, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

Calling adventurous poets! Stretch yourself, and work on honing your craft and help fellow classmates develop theirs. In this six week class (second session beginning October 16 or October 21), we write two poems, based on two chapters: the poetry of place and considerations of voice and style in Addonizio and Laux’s book, The Poet’s Companion. Sign up for either the Monday or Wednesday online session of this course. Required text: The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux. ISBN 978-0-393-31654-4.

Taught by: Betsey Cullen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

An introduction to writing your family history in narrative form. The emphasis is on writing short drafts to share with class members using suggested topics to ignite the process. Approaches include memoir or the remembered past, family stories, oral history, research-based analysis and creative nonfiction. Supportive and collaborative efforts.

Taught by: Susan Dion

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

For those who enjoy writing poetry or those who would like to try, this is an opportunity to read your poems to people interested in helping you improve as a poet. Specific assignments stretch you as a poet, while reading and critiquing poems can broaden your outlook and enrich your own work. Class participation and help with facilitation are encouraged.

Taught by: Mary Ellen Winkler-Gunn

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This new course combines two popular OLLI offerings: creative nonfiction and memoirs. Students have the opportunity to practice writing in both categories.

Taught by: Rae Tyson

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

Beginning and experienced writers practice principles and enjoy the pleasures of memoir writing. We write at home. Then in class, we read aloud our times of laughter, sorrow, fear and joy. We express our history, leave treasures for our descendants and inspire each other to chronicle memorable moments. Come! Write your memoirs! Notice: We request confidentiality. What you see, what you hear, when you leave, leave it here.

Taught by: Rose Greer

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

In this class we discuss the technologies that enabled the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and the main players, including Geoffrey Hinton: from the father of neural networks to naysayer. What is generative AI and where is it going? Will distributed AI provide the necessary controls? Plus, we have a special guest speaker.

Taught by: Paul Collins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

This comprehensive course is for anyone who wnts to explore the significance and capabilities of AI, and aims to equip participants with a deep understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), its implications, and its practical applications in daily life. Prerequisite: Familiarity with using browsers and saving documents from the internet.

Taught by: Lewis Martin Jr., Anita Sterling

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Online: October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

Want to create a website for a club or organization you belong to, for a family reunion, for travel, or just for yourself? In this five-week online course, students use Google Sites to create a multi-page website; add pages; create navigation; add a variety of content including text boxes, photos, files, and maps, collaborate on the site with others; and publish and share. Students who took the course in spring and wish to continue work on their sites are welcome.

Taught by: Linda McSweeney

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Learn to put anything anywhere on a page to create newsletters, letterheads, brochures, greeting cards or virtually any publication using Microsoft Publisher 2019 or later. Must have Microsoft Publisher 2019 or Office 365 and Microsoft PowerPoint on laptop or desktop computers. Good mouse skills and word processing ability are recommended.

Taught by: Lewis Martin Jr., Anita Sterling

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

An introductory Microsoft Excel course for people who know how to use the Windows or Mac operating system and possess Excel software. Students learn the basic concepts involved in spreadsheeting. Each week, students receive the lesson instructions to be used. Each class involves a short video previewing the lesson to be taught followed by a step-by-step, hands-on walk through of the lesson. Prerequisite: Familiarity with PC or MAC operating system.

Taught by: Phillip Weinberg, Reg Herzog

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

This course is for users of Mac computers. The lectures provide an overview of the many facets of Photos, including what Photos is, how to get images into Photos, how to organize images, how to improve those images, as well as show the various ways to share those images with others by preparing slideshows and books. The course includes demonstrations that illustrate the topics covered.

Taught by: Gerald Hapka

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

In this class designed for OLLI instructors and students, we cover how to create and present a slide show containing text, pictures, sound, and videos. The goal is to deliver ideas and accompanying media to a class, organization, friends or relatives. The class starts with the basics of PowerPoint (first six weeks) then migrates to more advanced activities.

Taught by: Lewis Martin Jr., Anita Sterling

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

It is very clear that smartphones are now so widely used that they are assumed to be available for many vital applications such as medical monitoring, financial planning, home automation, wearables, etc. The goal of this class is to present information, with class discussion, to enhance our ability to make us more effective and efficient.

Taught by: Jerry Lucas

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This course should be taken by people who are skilled in the use of the Microsoft Windows operating system but want to learn how Windows 10 and 11 have changed the game plan. We stress security, maintenance, touchscreen navigation and accessing the cloud. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Windows operating system.

Taught by: Saul Reine

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Please join us to explore this beautiful language. Students learn through videos, lecture instruction and receptive practice. Each week we also learn about deaf culture. No previous experience necessary.

Taught by: Sondra Weidman, Carol Lovett

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Online: September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This course is intended for people who have studied one semester of French at OLLI or who want to brush up their French. It is designed to help you continue to develop basic communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and develop an understanding of various aspects of French and Francophone culture. Recorded vocabulary lists, phonetic lessons, short videos of French natives, online grammar lessons with self-correcting exercises, audio dialogues and video clips from your instructor help you enjoy and learn this beautiful language of Moliere.

Taught by: Ann De Corte, Mary Shenvi

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Join our intermediate to advanced level class to refresh, refine and update your speaking skills in a relaxed environment. Authentic readings and videos in French are selected to spark lively discussions on a variety of topics, from history, the fine arts, science, social trends, current events and modern dilemmas. Class sessions are designed with participants’ interests and needs in mind. Songs, cartoons, games and quizzes round out the experience. Materials are provided weekly in advance. Prerequisite: Speak and read intermediate to advanced level French.

Taught by: Mary Shenvi

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

This intermediate-level course emphasizes correct pronunciation and conversation using dialogues, grammatical reviews/exercises, and French realia from the text. The class is conducted in French, in a friendly atmosphere that encourages as much free conversation as possible. Books also needed: Le nouveau taxi! 2, by Menand, ISBN 9782011555519 (text), and Le nouveau taxi! 2, Cahier d’exercices, Hutchings and Hirschsprung, ISBN 9782011555526. This is a hybrid-online course: one section meets on-site; one is online only. Prerequisite: Completion of a French I course or equivalent.

Taught by: Jacquelyn Keoughan

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

In this class, we view German language historical docudramas with German subtitles (played at 85% speed), followed by short, easy-to-follow lectures in German. Course is aimed at the intermediate level student, but all (from beginners to native speakers) are welcome. Speaking German is not required, and home readings are optional. This semester focuses on four early leaders of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire (from Charlemagne through Fredrick Barbarossa) and one remarkable woman: Hildegard of Bingen.

Taught by: William Holstein, Mary Shenvi

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

This intermediate/advanced course is conducted entirely in German and is designed to encourage a lively exchange based on a broad range of topics. A rich variety of sources assures that students have accurate models of German as it is actually spoken for different purposes. Authentic readings, recordings, songs and games provide an immersive experience. Prerequisite: Ability to read and converse in German, intermediate to advanced.

Taught by: Mary Shenvi, William Holstein

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Native German instructors use Andre Klein’s Learn German with Stories series (book 10 of 12) to expose students to cultural and historical facts about cities were German is spoken today. The emphasis is on learning German the fun way. All are welcome. Students are not required to speak until they feel comfortable doing so. There’s no need to have read the first nine books.

Taught by: Christiane Shields, Lorena Meunier

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Learn German by reading the instructor’s memoir. We read in German about the tragic event that happened on June 2, 1991, a date that defined a turning point in the life of the instructor and his family. Several months later, it resulted in immigration to the U.S., one year in New Jersey, 11 years in California, and 20 years in Ashland and counting.

Taught by: Udo Gorsch-Nies

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Online: September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Italian 10 is the last of a fun-filled, 10-part program presented by a native Italian speaker. Advanced students complete their study of “la bella lingua” (the beautiful language). The course is regularly punctuated by tidbits of all things Italy using audiovisual clips that promote continued interest in Italian culture, language, arts and cuisine. Must have completed Italian 1-9. The only co-requisite is a desire to learn and practice! Details at LearnFromSandro.com.

Taught by: Sandro Cuccia

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

This is part 8 of an educational and fun-filled program presented by a native Italian speaker. Advanced-intermediate students of Italian complete their study of “la bella lingua” (the beautiful language). The course is regularly punctuated by tidbits of all things Italy via audiovisual clips that promote continued interest in Italian culture, language, arts and cuisine. The only co-requisite is a desire to learn and practice! Details at LearnFromSandro.com. Prerequisite: Must have taken Italiano 1-7 or equivalent.

Taught by: Sandro Cuccia

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This class is a virtual gathering of OLLI members, current and former students of Italian, who love everything Italy. It’s not just about “la bella lingua, it’s also about Italy’s culture, arts, cinema, food, humor, sights and sounds and people. Italian speaking is not required but always encouraged. Il Circolo was started during lockdown and quickly became very popular. Now, the excitement continues! Details at LearnFromSandro.com. Prerequisite: Ability to read Italian and hold a simple conversation.

Taught by: Sandro Cuccia

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Online: October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Led by a native Italian instructor, this exciting new introductory five-week online course prepares the student for our comprehensive program which starts in the spring; from beginner to advanced-intermediate levels. Explore fundamental aspects of Italian, and build a solid foundation for further study. Discover in a fun way why Italian is called “la bella lingua” or beautiful language. More info at LearnFromSandro.com.

Taught by: Sandro Cuccia

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Newark (501 S. College Ave.): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

The mother tongue of all Romance languages, Latin is very different from English in syntax and grammar. This introductory course explores the beauty of declensions and conjugations and allows for translations along with enhancing English vocabulary derivative of Latin. Required text: Wheelock’s Latin 7th Ed, by Wheelock and LaFleur 978 0061997228.

Taught by: Michael Connolly

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Newark (501 S. College Ave.): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Building on Latin for Beginners, this course continues exploration of grammar, syntax and vocabulary, reading actual Latin texts. Prerequisite: Latin for Beginners or some prior Latin instruction. Required text: Wheelock’s Latin 7th Edition, Wheelock and LaFleur 9780061997228.

Taught by: Michael Connolly

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Led by a language enthusiast who has studied English, German, French, Korean, Spanish and Russian, this course introduces the history of language study, various branches of linguistics, the origin of human language and what makes it unique, human language acquisition, the origin of writing, and a bit about the history of the English language.

Taught by: Trudie Thompson

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This course aims to develop the ability to communicate in various modes: reading, writing and speaking. Participants acquire the vocabulary and the grammatical structures needed to communicate in a variety of situations. They practice speaking about health and well-being, food purchasing, preparing and consuming, travel and use of public transportation, as well as learning about the world of work in France. The course is conducted in French on an intermediate level.

Taught by: Alice Cataldi, Susan Watkins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

This course is for students with little or no previous instruction in the Spanish language. We start at the beginning. The course is based primarily on the textbook with supplementary stories and songs.

Taught by: Jeanne Hanson

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This class consists of breakout room conversation, reading and discussing the stories in the textbook, and singing in Spanish. Required textbook: Spanish Short Stories for Beginners, ISBN-13:978-1983807893.

Taught by: Jeanne Hanson

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

An advanced-level course designed to provide participants the opportunity to enrich their Spanish vocabulary and increase their fluency in a relaxed, friendly environment. Authentic readings on a variety of topics serve as a springboard for discussion. Materials selected with participants’ expressed interests and needs in mind are sent out a week prior to each class. Music, pictures, games and video clips round out the sessions. Prerequisite: Reading and speaking intermediate/advanced level.

Taught by: Mary Shenvi

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

This is the fifth semester of Spanish instruction. It includes textbook work, small group conversation and singing in Spanish. Prerequisite: Four semesters of OLLI Spanish or the equivalent. Required text: The Complete Ultimate Spanish, Ronni Gordon, ISBN #1264259107.

Taught by: Jeanne Hanson

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

Course is for advanced intermediate students of Spanish wishing to tackle grammar challenges for use in real-life conversations. It covers less obvious usages of por and para, ser and estar, as well as the four tenses of the subjunctive mood, concentrating on the past. May cover talking about what someone else said, and about probable but uncertain situations. Role play, videos, and other media, plus some grammar exercises.

Taught by: Sheila Hochhauser, Susan Kaye

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Jorge Luis Borges is a major 20th century Latin American writer. This class concentrates on three of his short stories: “El sur,” “Emma Zunz,” and “El etnografo.” The stories provide insights about the meaning of time, death and reality, and are read in original Spanish (intermediate to advanced skill level). Class consists of discussion. Discussion questions are provided in advance of class. Objective: improved Spanish competency/love of Borges.

Taught by: Charles Lutz

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

A retired cardiovascular surgeon with 35+ years experience discusses the guidelines-based clinical evaluation of risk for heart disease, including risk for stroke; and different strategies to reduce this risk, including the role of diet and nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes and stress reduction. The goal is to promote better understanding of the underlying physiologic basis for heart disease and to dispel myths.

Taught by: Hisham Sherif

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

The mission of the OLLI Eco Team is to support green behavior in our homes, communities and the world through our actions and education. We are a group that discusses our agenda for the year and breaks into groups to accomplish goals. Our focus for the semester is to implement elements of the UD Sustainability Plan. We develop immediate goals and devise action plans. Prerequisite: Willingness to participate in group actions.

Taught by: Judy Winters, Michael Rominger, Mark Mendelson

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Newark (501 S. College Ave.): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

To provide a better understanding of the root causes of heart disease and offer the basis for preventive and therapeutic strategies, a retired cardiovascular surgeon with 35+ years experience leads a discussion about the risk factors, causes, genesis and progression of heart disease.

Taught by: Hisham Sherif

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 16, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

“We have met the enemy and he is us,” observed Walt Kelly’s 1960s Pogo comic strip. How was human population growth affected by the structure of our planet? We examine several models of population growth to see how humans fit into various reproductive strategies. Is it possible that we can draw an analogy between human growth rate and a fermenting vat of beer? Using several chapters from Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel we see how the structure of our planet has affected population growth around the globe.

Taught by: Jack Bartley

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Online: October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Sleep is an irresistible physiologic need. We all need to sleep. This course covers what sleep is, why we need it, how we do it and what can go wrong with our sleep. Sleep’s many functions in memory, emotional healing, immune maintenance, dreaming and brain health are covered. Fascinating nonhuman sleep and troubling sleep disorders are discussed.

Taught by: Michael Salvatore

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This is a continuation of the previous class and builds on that work. It is for people who would like to learn more about themselves and to continue enhancing movement. Students must have completed the previous OLLI class or another Feldenkrais class to take this course. Prerequisite: (Re)Learn Intro or other Feldenkrais class

Taught by: Claire Brown

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

Feldenkrais lessons reactivate our infant learning skills to increase our ease in moving. Bending, reaching, turning, getting up from a low seat or the floor: all become simpler, easier. Our feelings and sensations become clearer. This is relearning with our bodies, not our heads. Lessons are done lying on the floor, making unfamiliar moves while paying attention to ourselves. Gradual incremental changes bring big improvements in our movements and in our self-awareness. Bring a blanket or quilt.

Taught by: Claire Brown

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OLLI Kent/Sussex Off-Site: October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Autumn weather in southern Delaware can be variable, but between weather extremes are days perfect for walking. Weather permitting, join us for pleasant, easy walks on Tuesday mornings. We plan scenic walks on pavement, packed sand or boardwalks within easy driving distance. Instructor emails the locations of each meeting prior to class start.

Taught by: Janet Enslen

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 9, 2024 to October 14, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

This program is designed for adults with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis who struggle to find ways to manage their condition.

Taught by: Steuart Martens, Stephanie Williams

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Join us as we prepare to move off our couches and walk a 5K right here at Arsht Hall! Each class includes stretching, tips for healthy eating and walks together. Every other week we welcome a guest to talk about products and or practices that can enhance your walking and your health!

Taught by: Karen Asenavage

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Rehoboth Beach Public Library: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

Come enjoy the dance form America grew up with. It’s been fun for more than three centuries, and it’s easy to learn! If you can walk and smile, you can do this kind of dance. The caller explains all the moves and walks you through the dance before it starts, then continues to prompt you as the dance goes on. Dances focus on the group, not the individual. We customarily change partners after each dance, so we get to dance with lots of different people. We’re a friendly group! It’s easy, and there’s music!

Taught by: Carol West, Dan Bilharz

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

Walk with leading experts through studies showing the value of a plant-based lifestyle for vitality and longevity. Lectures also include pertinent studies of chronic disease management. Discussion reveals food facts and fiction with tips for putting your knowledge into practice for tasty meal planning.

Taught by: Linda Kellogg, Reid Kellogg

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Rehoboth Beach Public Library: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Dances taught in this program bring a great variety of music and steps from countries and cultures around the world. We present beautiful rhythms and movements that are fun, uplifting and easy to learn. No experience or dance partners are necessary. Dances are from Greece, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Bolivia, Turkey and many other regions. Dancing is one of the best ways to exercise both mind and body, improve stamina and balance, meet people and have fun.

Taught by: Tamara Steele

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

A heart attack at age 70 turned the instructor’s life upside down and led her to study and teach about her experience. With a Cornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, this retired clergywoman has created this online course and the book GO VEG WITH CLASS and blogs about her journey. This on-demand course gives students the tools and knowledge to embrace plant-based eating for personal and planetary health. Recipes are included as well as a comprehensive interview with longtime local practitioners of plant-based eating, Barbee and John Kiker. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Dorothy Greet

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 25, 2024 to October 16, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

Enjoy physical exercise while learning about the culture and heritage of the Pacific Islands. We cover dances of Pacific regions, such as Hawaii, Tahiti, the Philippines and other islands. This course is for beginners and each class is a standalone segment. We focus on fun and fitness. The dances encourage you to move in ways that build stamina, with balance and grace. Modifications in the dances can be done to accommodate most physical limitations. Wear comfortable clothes. This will be a 4-week course, running from 9/25 to 10/16.

Taught by: Cezarina Cornejo Alzona

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This course reviews basic hazards and safety precautions related to frequent home injuries. Topics include fall prevention and ladder safety, ergonomics and safe lifting, basic electrical safety and household chemical hazards. The final session will be chosen based on participants’ interest.

Taught by: Laurie deLaski

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 18, 2024 to October 16, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Participants in this class perform a series of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises from a seated position. It is appropriate for all skill levels and abilities.

Taught by: Charlene Jehle

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 16, 2024 to October 14, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

This is a discussion series exploring the senior population influx making up much of the growth spike occurring in Sussex County. Explore the mental health and emotional challenges and solutions that seniors may experience, especially seniors facing isolation. This course is taught by a community outreach and prevention education specialist with holistic elevation.

Taught by: Jerome Bayer

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Lewes (Moorings): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:30 AM

This class focuses on the basics of the tai chi 24-form, yang style, for beginning students and students who are familiar with the form and includes learning the form step-by-step through demonstrations and practice.

Taught by: Bette Kaupa, Marlene Evans

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Tai chi chih is a very user friendly and easy-to-learn moving meditation. Through a series of slow and gentle movements, students are able to create an inner stillness and experience peace. Many people have reported various health benefits. All movements are performed in a standing position, or if needed, in a sitting position. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Taught by: Steven Long

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

Join us to practice what you’ve learned in the OLLI tai chi chih course. All movements are performed in a standing position, or if needed, in a sitting position. Please wear comfortable clothing. Prerequisite: Tai Chi Chih: Introduction.

Taught by: Steven Long

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

An introduction to the basic stances and postures of this traditional Chinese slow-motion exercise. Tai chi forms consist of a set pattern of standing movements which may improve balance and flexibility. Practice outside of class is essential. Students are encouraged to attend most or all class sessions to achieve the most benefit from their tai chi practice.

Taught by: Betty Ann Themal, Teddi Collins, David Hamilton

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

The only person truly in charge of your health is you. This class provides some helpful guest speakers, and the instructor presents information that you can use to ensure you make the best health decisions. Get your questions answered by some experts in their field. Topics may range from health insurance to pharmaceuticals.

Taught by: Denise Kaercher

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

This education series teaches caregivers how to navigate the responsibilities of caring for someone living with dementia.

Taught by: Erica Holmes

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Dover (Wyoming Church): September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Join local Bayhealth experts as they share information and best practices on a variety of topics from fall prevention, to stroke and diabetes education, to ideas for healthy eating.

Taught by: Michelle Butler

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

A slow, focused mind/body approach to increased flexibility
of the body. Please bring a floor yoga mat and a small
pillow. Wear loose clothing with no belts, and your curiosity.

Taught by: Yvette Rudnitzky

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Improve your strength, flexibility and relaxation through the instructor-guided practice of yoga. Materials required: Yoga mat as well as two blocks and strap.

Taught by: William Tamblyn

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Learn about yoga philosophy and lifestyle through instructor-guided yoga practice (poses, breathing and relaxation). Explore basic postures, stretches, breath control, balances, relaxation and meditation. Practice between sessions is helpful, but not required. Those with physical disabilities are welcome to participate according to their ability. Materials required: A yoga mat.

Taught by: Brian Hanson, Lorie Tudor, Barbara Bareford

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

This yoga class is offered almost exclusively on the mat in a seated or reclined position. Focus is on stretch and relaxation, not strengthening. Materials required: Yoga mat. A strap may be useful to assist with stretches.

Taught by: Anna Marie D’Amico

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Chair yoga is offered as an option for those who wish to practice yoga and are uncomfortable transitioning between floor poses and standing poses. Options for stretches and yoga poses are offered, including sitting on a chair and standing using a chair for support. Materials required: Blocks and a tie or belt are helpful.

Taught by: Carol Lovett

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Ocean View Community Center Community Center: September 18, 2024 to October 16, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Gentle yoga is a relaxing full body stretch, taught in this 60-minute strengthening and balancing class where we work on mindful breathing and slow body movements that are tailored to seniors. Please bring an exercise or yoga mat. Students may also want to bring an optional blanket or blocks.

Taught by: Robin Roth

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Online: October 14, 2024 to November 11, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

This course focuses on issues affecting health and the environment in Delaware including air and water quality, climate change and renewable energy. The course reviews current science on each topic and, where feasible, includes Delaware-specific data. Current state and federal regulations are discussed.

Taught by: Rae Tyson

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Why should E=mc2? Does this equation only apply to atomic bombs and nuclear reactions? Can a person travel to a distant star and return home within a lifetime? Is time travel possible? What is the total energy in the universe? Potential answers to such questions are found in the special and general theories of relativity. This course explores the logic behind these theories. A minimal amount of high school algebra is used. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Charles Carter

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Each class has a different lecturer addressing topics across a broad spectrum from UD’s sustainability plan to nature photography to local water resources. Our lecturers, all new this semester, hail from the University of Delaware to Stroud Water Research Center to Westmoreland Sanctuary.

Taught by: Pamela Meitner

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Light provides the bulk of information we receive from the world around us. But what is light? How does light translate into sight and produce color? We explore these topics by looking at the wide range of visual systems across the animal kingdom, from eagles and owls to humans and dwellers of the deep sea to see how eye, retina and brain work to interpret light. Discover bioluminescence, what causes colorblindness, how some people see colors in music, and the future of bionic eyes. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Jim O’Leary

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This is the next installment in the More Fun in FUNdamental Mathematics course stream and is meant as a hop-on-hop-off opportunity hence no prerequisites except for your curiosity! The goal of our collaborative study is to explore important topics in mathematics using creative visuals and active engagement. With an eye to the historical backstory of key concepts, we encounter beguiling topics such as uncountable infinities, number theory and fractal geometry!

Taught by: Jon Manon

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 12:45 PM

This two-semester course deals with common misconceptions of science held by nonscientists as well as scientists. The course is based on Great Courses lectures by Prof. Don Lincoln, a physicist from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), supplemented with scintillating discussion. Topics include flow of electricity, why airplanes fly, behavior of gases, fictitious Coriolis force, nonelliptical orbits of planets, atoms’ empty space, myths surrounding aliens, nutrition, evolution, genetics, and brain function.

Taught by: Howard Barth, Bruce Neff

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to December 2, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

The Big Bang model describes the 13.8-billion-year history of the universe from an initial state to present day. Why do we think there was a Big Bang? In the beginning the universe was incredibly hot, dense and rapidly expanding. The Big Bang model describes how the universe evolved; forming the elements, stars and galaxies we see today. The model does not say anything about how the universe came to be. We have no idea about what happened before the Big Bang.

Taught by: Charles Carter

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

Since the beginning of time, man has wondered about the age of the earth and the variety of life on the earth. Using the Great Courses and lecture, we explore how our knowledge of the earth and evolution evolved over time. We also explore the development of the science of genetics and how this science has changed and could change our lives in the future. This is the first of three courses exploring life on the earth.

Taught by: William Jones

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Presenting the latest info on the Earth: earthquakes, volcanos, oceanography, caverns, the atmosphere, glaciers, coal oil diamonds and much more. All with beautiful pictures, some stunning and wonderful videos with entertaining explanations by me! No prior knowledge is presumed.

Taught by: Craig Lewis

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

This course is conducted as a seminar/discussion group. It is a “how to” course when it comes to advocating for either yourself or a group. Topics covered: getting oriented; conversing; letter writing; contracts; using courts; dealing with media (newspaper, radio, TV, social); “whistleblowing.” Content applies to interactions dealing with people in family, professional, commercial and community arenas.

Taught by: Brendan Buschi

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

This course is conducted as a seminar/discussion group. It is a “how to” course when it comes to advocating for either yourself or a group. Topics covered: getting oriented; conversing; letter writing; contracts; using courts; dealing with media (newspaper, radio, TV, social); “whistleblowing.” Content applies to interactions dealing with people in family, professional, commercial and community arenas.

Taught by: Brendan Buschi

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

Advances in computer software — broadly known as ‘artificial intelligence’ — raise prospects of dramatically increasing productivity and knowledge sharing, affecting many aspects of life including work, learning, art and culture. This course explores effects of artificial intelligence on how news is gathered, presented and consumed by journalists and the public and manipulated by governments and others. The course also covers how world affairs could be affected by AI-prompted changes in journalism. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Ralph Begleiter

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Online: September 4, 2024 to October 2, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

This course is about achieving breakthroughs in trading and investing, based on principles of mastery. Course covers strategies and techniques used by exceptionally successful investors and how we can implement them. CANSLIM, Chaikin and Wall Street methods are discussed along with state-of-the-art psychological processes used by successful investors.

Taught by: Anil Parikh

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Dover (Wyoming Church): October 15, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

This course involves student participation each week as a new/current controversial issue is presented. Lively discussion (respectful) is the substance of the course.

Taught by: Denise Kaercher

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Knowledgeable guest speakers present lectures on timely regional, national and international issues across a broad spectrum of topics, followed by a lively question and answer session.

Taught by: Peg Stanford, Nancy Hannigan, Jeff Ostroff

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Online: September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 9:00 AM

Estate planning organizes your affairs to accomplish long-range goals for yourself and your family. We explore the three stages of estate planning, clarify the role of a power of attorney, unravel the probate process and explain the use of trusts to avoid probate. This class also covers personal property memorandums, jointly owned assets and appropriate beneficiary designations as well as the ethics surrounding asset protection planning.

Taught by: Michele Procino-Wells, Amber Woodland

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

We live in an economic system where virtually everything is negotiable. Negotiations are pervasive in every aspect of life: marriages, children and grandchildren, friends and neighbors, cable and telephone companies, etc. This course helps students improve their negotiating skills to get more out of their personal and economic lives.

Taught by: Samuel Weiner

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to November 1, 2024

Friday at 10:45 AM

This course provides an overview of the structure and function of the healthcare system as well as the key concepts and principles of policymaking. The distinctive characteristics of the healthcare system in the United States are compared and contrasted with the systems of other developed and developing countries. The current access, quality and cost issues are studied in the context of the complex political, economic and social forces that are shaping healthcare policy today.

Taught by: James Caldas

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Online: September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

This course includes presentations by various community professionals who address a variety of topics relating to financial, estate, Medicare and/or Medicaid, tax planning for seniors and probate planning from both future planning and current situational perspectives. This expands on these issues from prior semesters’ courses. Come get started and get the ball rolling! There’s no better time than now to learn from these professionals so that you can begin to plan for events and needs that may affect your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Taught by: Elle van Dahlgren

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

How is the real estate market? You’ll find out about all the recent changes for home sellers. In the meantime, ignore the hype and learn how to appeal to those picky HGTV-loving buyers, regardless of the shifting market. In this lively, interactive class, you create a case study for your own house based on the instructor’s signature buyer-guest experience method. This class is for anyone thinking about selling now or in the future. Past participants are welcome.

Taught by: Madeline Dobbs

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

This is a continuing class to assist retired or near-retirement investors to find, evaluate and determine the safety and suitability of various investment choices for their portfolios. Factors such as risk and reward, and information such as earnings, dividends, etc. are discussed. We focus the discussion on three broad subjects: investment themes, tools of the trade and the state of the market. Course schedule and materials are posted on a class website at http://udel.edu/~diyinvst

Taught by: Rajeev Vaidya, Ron Materniak, Jane Roe-Fox

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Online: September 6, 2024 to November 15, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

Against the backdrop of a crucial presidential election and a literal battle for preserving democracy, we review and analyze influential U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the current term as well as other major politically sensitive developments emanating from the Court. We also devote some time to remembering trailblazer Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who set precedents and transformed the Constitution and America itself.

Taught by: Eric Grayson

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Online: October 17, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 2:30 PM

How do you make retirement as amazing as you want it to be? This course guides you through a simple, systematic process of thinking strategically about who you are, and how you spend both your time and money.

Taught by: Leonard Hayduchok

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

The 2024 election pits two highly unpopular major-party presidential candidates, each older than any in U.S. history. One candidate is running while charged with scores of crimes and on trial for some of them. Students explore the roles during the political season of money, news and social media, advertising, public opinion polling and anti-democracy forces. Note: This class necessarily includes some partisan political content.

Taught by: Ralph Begleiter

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Online: October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 9:00 AM

The 2024 election pits two highly unpopular major-party presidential candidates, each older than any in U.S. history. One candidate is running while charged with scores of crimes and on trial for some of them. Students explore the roles during the political season of money, news and social media, advertising, public opinion polling and anti-democracy forces. Note: This class necessarily includes some partisan political content.

Taught by: Ralph Begleiter

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 9:00 AM

Strategies for all your health insurance needs. We discuss Medicare options and what all the letters mean, for example, the difference between the G and N plans. We also discuss avoiding possible penalties, important dates for Medicare enrollments, and taking the confusion out of Medicare choices.

Taught by: Joseph Cisco

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:45 AM

Members interested in investment in stocks and other vehicles get together to exchange information. We seek intellectually curious, experienced investors with a diverse set of backgrounds, skill sets and life experiences. Discussion is aided by charts and comments obtained from internet financial sites. Sessions are led by study group participants. Prerequisite: Prior investing experience or coursework.

Taught by: Bruce Crawford, Genie Floyd

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

This course assists people in preparing for and executing the sale of their current home, giving special attention to seniors needing to sell their property and how to deal with excess possessions, along with the best ways to prepare their home through various improvements. The content applies to those wanting to use a Realtor and those who want to sell the home themselves. Much of the material comes from the instructor’s book, Selling Your Home for Maximum Profit.

Taught by: David Harrell

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 5, 2024 to October 3, 2024

Thursday at 12:45 PM

Planning and navigating retirement can be tricky; it’s full of twists, turns, and not nearly enough road signs. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a map? Taught by a Certified Financial Planner, this course is designed to educate those nearing retirement or have recently retired, and covers basic strategies to plan a successful retirement, maximize your social security benefits, and position your portfolio to last. We also cover tax planning strategies and navigating healthcare and long-term care options and planning, with the goal of raising awareness of the challenges in retirement, along with suitable ways to prepare and overcome them.

Taught by: Robert Jeter

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

The 2024 elections, federal, state and local, have captured our interest and attention for several years. On November 5, 2024, the nation and the rest of the world anxiously await the results. This program is divided into three sections: 1) before the election: looking at polls, issues, trends, etc.; 2) the election: results from the national election, states, local turnout and any surprises; and 3) the future of American politics in 2025. Open to all political persuasions.

Taught by: Claire Sullivan

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

America’s widely copied Constitution has had unusual success and longevity. We take a lawyer’s precise look at its history, how it works, its advantages and disadvantages and some proposals to amend it. We discuss the Founders, their process and their use of English, Roman and ancient Greek history. We stress free elections, the First Amendment and how the Constitution answers current issues, including racial ones. Required text: Pocket Constitution (provided by instructor at no cost).

Taught by: Paul Welsh, Mark Olson

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Online: September 3, 2024 to October 1, 2024

Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Stroke is an emergency! What are the symptoms? What should you do? When and where should you seek help? What steps can you take to prevent/lessen stroke risk for you, your family or anyone? Each week, expert medical providers share knowledge about stroke and its impact on patients, families and communities. Most weeks include someone discussing personal experiences with stroke.

Taught by: Eleanor Pollak

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): October 16, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

A series of lectures given by knowledgeable presenters on a variety of local volunteer opportunities. Five presenters share unique opportunities to serve the community in and around Lewes and Sussex County. Representatives from Village Volunteers, Paws for People, Habitat for Humanity, Lewes in Bloom and the Lewes Historical Society share their experiences and the benefits of becoming a volunteer.

Taught by: Tracey Marino

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 9, 2024 to October 7, 2024

Monday at 10:45 AM

This is a class for beginners. Canasta is a card game that has been played around the world for decades. We teach you the rules of Modern American Canasta, and allow time to practice your new skills in class. Join us and see why interest in this card game has swelled over the past 10 years!

Taught by: Gerri Sanchez, Karen Jester, Al Sanchez

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 12:00 PM

Workshop provides additional work time for various clay projects in progress from class. Class website olliuodcta.art supports in-class instruction, self-study and information for prospective students.

Taught by: Rolf Eriksen, Linda Simon, John Demsey

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 12:00 PM

This workshop is for students pre-registered in Ceramic Techniques for All who can work on their own.

Taught by: Rolf Eriksen, Jeffrey Chambers

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:45 PM

Tired of playing chess against a computer or person halfway across the world? Join the Chess Club and meet up with other chess enthusiasts to play face to face. The Chess Club Is intended for individuals with experience or have a basic understanding of chess fundamentals. The first 20 to 30 minutes of the club are dedicated to working on our chess skills, openings, endgame, tactics, great games and other topics for interest. The balance of the time we pair up and play chess.

Taught by: Gary Szcarba, Richard Glazik

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Online: September 9, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

Informal gathering of knitting and crocheting enthusiasts sharing their creativity and helping each other, with instruction on various knitting techniques. New knitters welcome, and should bring worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles.

Taught by: Sheila King, Margaret Love

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 9:00 AM

The workshop provides additional work time for various clay projects in progress from class.

Taught by: Joseph Germano, Svetlana Lisanti, Isabel Kramen

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:30 PM

A writing group focused on compiling family histories in narrative form. Participants share works in progress and exchange ideas. Short, optional, writing assignments offer fresh opportunities to explore and research our families. Open to all, especially beginners.

Taught by: Susan Dion

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 6, 2024 to December 6, 2024

Friday at 12:45 PM

Join our book group to refresh French-speaking skills and expand your knowledge through lively discussion in French in a relaxed setting. Active participation encouraged. Our books will be: 9/6 La Petite Fille de M. Linh, P. Claudel; 10/4 La Chambre des Officiers, M. Dugain; 11/1 La Tresse, L. Colombani; 12/6 Le Bleu des abeilles, L. Alcoba. See online syllabus for details. Order: lireka.com; amazon.com; fnac.com. E-books, as of 4/24. Questions? Contact jdiner1@aol.com. Prerequisite: Ability to speak and read French (advanced).

Taught by: Judith Diner

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Online: September 5, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 3:45 PM

Meet with fellow genealogy enthusiasts and family history buffs in an informal, collaborative setting to share our genealogy successes and to give and get help in solving some of the “brick wall” mysteries in our family trees. Each week, there is a general theme and an informal presentation, loosely based on the topic of the Genealogy Overview lecture earlier in the day, followed by group collaboration. No prerequisites. All levels of experience are welcome.

Taught by: Barbara Hamming

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Online: September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

This course is an introduction to mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) meditation practices as covered in Jon Kabat Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living. Practices include sitting meditations, the body-scan meditation, walking meditations and mindful movements. Class time is divided equally between presentation of ideas, mindfulness meditation practice and group discussion. Prior meditation experience is not necessary. No text is required.

Taught by: Genie Floyd

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 12:45 PM

Come and play Mah Jongg with us! Instructions on how to play Mah Jongg are not given this session (see Mah Jongg for Beginners if you need instructions). You need a 2024 Mah Jongg card. Beginners who completed the first fall session are encouraged to sign up for this extracurricular.

Taught by: Gerri Sanchez, Nancy Herzog, Sheila Weinberg, Helen McMahon

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 5, 2024 to December 5, 2024

Thursday at 10:45 AM

Mexican Train Dominoes is easy to learn and lots of fun to play. Try it with us and see for yourself. This class is for both new and experienced players.

Taught by: Mary McNeeley, Addie Cole

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to November 6, 2024

Wednesday at 12:45 PM

This course reviews all aspects of model railroading in all scales. We discuss layout design and planning including bench work and laying track; making realistic scenery including mountains, streams, waterfalls, trees, bushes, etc. The instructor illustrates how to tune up and repair locomotives and rolling stock, and how to add lights to your layout to includes lighting of houses, passenger cars, cabooses, how to make streetlights, adding headlights and taillights to cars and trucks. Students are encouraged to bring their nonfunctioning locomotives and their ideas to class.

Taught by: Joe DeFeo

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 9:00 AM

The OLLI Bird Watching Club meets to discuss birds, share sightings, plan club bird watching trips and learn more about birds from each other. There is a brief bird walk on campus before the meeting. Members may serve to lead talks about birds, or lead bird watching trips on a volunteer basis. Prerequisite: Birding 101 or birding experience recommended.

Taught by: Paul Beckman, Walt Blackwell, Andy Jenkins

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 3, 2024 to December 3, 2024

Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Good books are meant for sharing. Join our collaborative monthly book group to share ideas about agreed-upon books in a relaxed atmosphere. Members propose and select books and take turns leading the discussion. At the first meeting (9/3), we will discuss Mercury Pictures Presents, by Anthony Marra (instructors to lead) and select volunteers to lead future discussions. For discussion volunteers: come to our first meeting with two books to propose and vote on. Meetings: 9/3, 10/1, 10/29, 12/3.

Taught by: Judith Diner, Susan Shelley

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Lewes (Trinity Faith Education Building): September 4, 2024 to November 13, 2024

Wednesday at 10:30 AM

This course is open to OLLI students who enjoy each other’s company as they work on their handicraft. This is not an instructional course, but a venue for creative handiworkers to share what they do best while sitting with genial folks. If you knit or crochet and are looking for a project, we can find you one that helps a good cause! Join the group as your schedule allows.

Taught by: Karen McKinnon, Diana Beebe

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): October 21, 2024 to November 18, 2024

Monday at 2:30 PM

The campus trees have been measured and identified, providing opportunities to learn about them and our campus. We continue our stewardship and share what we’ve learned with the OLLI community. Activities include tree identify verification, determining GPS coordinates, monitoring tree health, and working with UD faculty regarding future tree planting activities. Last but not least, have fun in the process.

Taught by: Jim Hainer, Ann Hapka, Hanna Zyruk

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Wilmington (Arsht Hall): September 4, 2024 to December 4, 2024

Wednesday at 2:30 PM

An informal gathering of players of the ukulele, including sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. All skill levels welcome, but some familiarity with basic chords and strumming is helpful. We choose songs to learn, play and sing (mostly from The Daily Ukulele book), jam together, learn some new techniques and have fun. Required text: The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living by Liz and Jim Beloff, ISBN: 9781423477754.

Taught by: Bill Collins, Victoria Crompton, Hillary Shade

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This course features a different book than presented in the printed course catalog.

Online: September 12, 2024 to November 14, 2024

Thursday at 3:45 PM

The online OLLI book club primarily reads current books of general interest, fiction or nonfiction, meeting monthly on Zoom on the second Thursday of the month. Members serve as volunteer discussion leaders, and conversations are always spirited and interesting. At our first meeting on September 12, we discuss The Paris Deception by Bryn Turnbull.

Taught by: Jane Lee, Nancy Archey

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Online (On-demand: view on your own schedule)

The lack of equal protection and equal opportunity experienced by women around the world is a remnant of millennia of misogyny. The denial of political, cultural and social equality imposes a major cost on society. View this class on your own schedule. Viewing link is emailed to participants prior to the semester start.

Taught by: Bruce Morrissey

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