OLLI FALL 2018 CLASS LIST- SECOND SESSION

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Note: 2nd session classes begin on Monday,October 22th. If you are new to OLLI or have not attended for some time, the parking arrangements at UTEP have changed.click here to see options

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SESSION 2 -MONDAYS BEGINNING OCTOBER 22, 2018

1:30 PM

THE ROARING '20'S: A CULTURAL REVOLUTION

CATHERINE DICKASON

Experience a trip back in time! We will explore America in the 1920's. Learn about some of the values and attitudes that brought us hot Jazz and new dance crazes like "The Charleston" and "The Lindy Hop." Visit the era of prohibition that saw the rise of gangsters, bathtub gin and "The Flapper". Booze, sex and music were but a few of the "vices" that ruled during this hedonistic period of American culture.

THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA

STEVE SCHILLER

THIS CLASS IS FULL!!! This class explores performances of concerto, chamber ensemble and full orchestra works featuring each of the string, wood wind, brass and percussion instruments. Each instrument is necessary for a full orchestra to function. We will examine all components separately. In learning to look at the separate instrumental departments the idea of symphonic harmony is appreciated and understood.

MUSIC IN CINEMA

JIM SMITH

THIS CLASS IS FULL!! Music's unique ability to magnify emotion makes it an essential element in the language of film. This class will explore the history of music in cinema, beginning with an examination of how music of the nineteenth cenury--particularly the music dramas of Richard Wagner- - foreshadowed the use of music in films. The class will then examine the use of music as an accompaniment for silent films, and then move chronologically through the development of film music from the late 1920's to the present.    

3:15 PM

A GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN WIZARDRY

STEPHEN LEDESMA

From floors to ceilings, and everything in between! This course teaches you how to apply the fundamentals of interior design in practical, economical and efficient methods in your home. We will cover how to make smart investment decisions regarding home remodeling or just simply refreshing a room. Join us as we discuss trends, colors, fabrics, lighting and furnishings for kitchen, living, bath and outdoor spaces. Discover your  home's assets to optimize its potential for increased resale market value.  

BORDERS AND DESTINIES

NATALIA SAVCHENKO

The history of mankind is the history of the development of living spaces, geographical discoveries and division of territories. This course invites you to talk about the borders of states and people's lives: how people create states and how countries form or change people. Discoveries and suprises are guaranteed!

SESSION 2 -TUESDAYS BEGINNING OCTOBER 23, 2018

9:30 AM

CHI GONG/TAI CHI II

SIFU BETO BRISENO

THIS CLASS CANCELLED!!!

FASHION AND FASHION DESIGNERS FROM 1960-2018

KATHLEEN KEY

This class is a continuation from the previous fashion course. We will study popular designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. We will specifically examine pop culture celebrities who make headlines because of their fashion choices. Both men's and women's fashion history is explored. Discover why fashion is so influential to society and our own lives.

BOOST YOUR ENERGY BY TAKING QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS

CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ

Many Americans take nutritional supplements as part of their daily routine, but not all supplements are good. The industry is weakly regulated and it is important to be an informed consumer. In this workshop, you will learn how widely used supplements have become, which nutrients boost health (and at what amounts), and how to choose high quality supplements that support your lifestyle.

AND THE OSCAR SHOULD HAVE GONE TO…

LEANNE VON MITTENWALD

Each year the Academy Awards are given to those deemed the best in categories ranging from Sound Mixing to Best Picture. Then there are times when we collectively ask "What were they thinking?" Watch, critique and explore films that critics and film enthusiasts agree should have been recognized as the best. This course has new material, and no duplicates from the previous summer session.

3:15 PM

ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

ARMANDO GONZALEZ

Learn about the characteristics and safety behind some of the most important essential oils (lavender, peppermint, ylang ylang, jasmine, etc.) for the treatment of diverse ailments. The use of essential oils in cosmetics, their actions, safety guidelines and potential toxicity will also be covered. We will explore this topic by working with and demonstrating some various essential oils.

MEDITATION, THE MIND, AND CREATIVE VISUALIZATION

LYNN PROVENZANO

We see through the mind. Expand your awareness into the creativity of your mind. Learn to apply the principles of meditation using creative visualization as a technique to find relaxation and inner harmony, create solutions, and support healthier and positive living.

SESSION 2 -WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING OCTOBER 24, 2018

1:30 PM

IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE TO PREVENT FALLS

STEVE BAROWSKY

THIS CLASS IS FULL!! Prevent falls by improving your balance with a series of the best exercises and meditative practices from the internal arts of Tai Chi and Chi Gung. We will use physical balance techniques to balance your right and left sides, your front and back, and your sense of downward energy and rising energy to develop the aspect of Tai Chi known as central equillibrium. All levels of physical strength welcome.

CHINA: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW

PAUL HUCHTON

This China course includes history, demography, arts, music and much more on current events in politics and culture. New discussions regarding the life of current president XI have been added to the course, as well as China's role in Sub-Saharan Africa. Expand your horizons and join us as we all explore China together!

MAMLUKES: THE SLAVE SOLDIERS WHO RULED EGYPT

BILL KEY

THIS CLASS CANCELLED!!

CLASSICAL HALLOWEEN - OCTOBER 24TH -1 DAY - 1:30 - 4:30PM

JIM SMITH

The history of classical music contains numerous composers who were fascinated with expressing elements of the supernatural and the macabre through music. This class will provide an afternoon of spooky classical music that was designed to scare audiences and give people the creeps.  OLLI will have a Halloween party before and during the class. Feel free to come in costume!!

CHANGING WORLD - START OCTOBER 31ST

Various

A guest lecturer series featuring renowed UTEP faculty and a number of movers and shakers in the El Paso community.  The list of speakers will be announced before the beginning of Session 2.

3:15 PM

ART OF SOUTH PACIFIC POLYNESIA

NICHOLAS DAHLE

Come and explore the artwork of the South Pacific. Learn about the unique cultures and societies that call these islands home. Come and enjoy the art of a place that many consider to be paradise.

RESOLVING US/MEXICO IMMIGRATION ISSUES

FAUSTINO PINO JR.

This course is meant to be an open discussion revolving around the current state of our border security. We will look at scholarly papers regarding border security and about illegal immigrants now living in the US. We will talk about potential solutions and means of resolving specific immigration issues.

SESSION 2 -THURSDAYS BEGINNING OCTOBER 25, 2018

BIRDING: EXPLORING OUR MOST VISIBLE WILDLIFE

JOHN GROVES

THIS CLASS IS FULL!! A class for beginners and more experienced birders. We will learn the basic types of birds, how to identify them, and apply our knowledge with field trips to area hotspots. Other topics include information on bird feeding and conservation.

WRITING YOUR MEMOIR PART II

NANCY NATALICIO

THIS CLASS IS FULL!! In this class, you will be asked to recall dialogue, people, places and historical events that have contributed to the person you are today. We will begin with simple prompts that will guide you through the writing process and end the course with more complex writing. This course allows you to share more about yourself with classmates and often leads to deep, meaningful friendships with peers. This is far more than a writing class, join us!

MOVING GENTLY WITH CREATIVE PURPOSE

LISA SMITH

This class is a creative dance movement for older adults. You will be tasked with finding expressive movement for the aging body. Feel free to move at your own pace and within your own limits. We will learn how to craft movement when attempting to express musicality, meaning and mind/heart connections. Added benefits include better balance, alignment, muscle tone, and a sense of community. No formal dance experience necessary. Please bring socks and comfortable clothing.

3:15 PM

ANATOMY OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

ALFREDO ARROYO

THIS CLASS IS FULL We will survey the basic procedures used by criminal investigators to enforce law and solve crimes. The course emphasizes surveillance techniques, scientific analysis, and traditional methods such as the use of informants and interrogations. We will unveil the truth about real-life CSI. The course will use true case study analysis to supplement the material. After this course, students will be able to understand the pressure, challenges and dangers faced by detectives in the field.

THE CONQUEST OF OLD MEXICO

ALBERT MENDOZA

The course will utilize the novel, The Conquest of Old Mexico by Hernan Cortes. Join us as we learn about why the conquest of old Mexico is important geographically and historically. We will closely examine the protagonistic relationship between Mexico and Spanish politics. This topic is rarely studied, yet especially applicable to our local community.

PROGETTO ITALIANO (A1-A2)  PART II

SILVIA PORTILLO KOCH

Progetto Italiano is the first of three levels of a modern Italian multimedia course. This class format, style, and material is specifically designed for adults and teens who have little-to-no prior experience with the language. This class is a continuation for those who have previously taken the course. We will cover units 5-9.

SESSION 2 -FRIDAYS BEGINNING OCTOBER 26 , 2018

10:30 AM

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DIEGO AMIGO

THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED!!

1:30 PM

DRAWING IS LEARNING

CHRISTIAN GERSTHEIMER

THIS CLASS IS FULL This course will explore some of the most important subjects and techniques of drawing. The course begins with analysis and practice of still life drawings and a gradual progression towards landscape, portrait drawings and then the complex science of perspective in art. We will practice with a variety of drawing media, surfaces and subjects--including self-portraits. Along the way, we will look at a few contemporary drawing practitioners and learn the art of a generous critique.

EASY VINYASA YOGA II

PHYLLIS PRICE

Western research supports yoga as a means to restore balance, build strength, flexibility, lung capacity, equillibrium, energy, and focus. This course will allow you to learn and practice 5,000 year old techniques. This practice is best suited for those who can get up and down slowly from the floor. The facility will furnish lightly used mats, or you may bring your own.

PROTECTED AND UNPROTECTED CLASSES IN CIVIL RIGHTS AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

CESAR RIVERA

The civil rights movements achieved several victories in anti- discrimination law, but challenges remain to be addressed convincingly by our constitutional democracy. This class will cover existing civil rights protections in government, employment, and public accomodations against discrimination on the basis of race, origin, and sex, as well as current efforts to extend said protections to other vulnerable positions.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH (PART 2)

VIRIDIANA VIDANA

This course is a continuation from the previous class. This course is designed to build upon and improve the student's ability to communicate conversationally in Spanish. We will also cover the simple past tense forms. A review of present tense forms will also be included as review.   

3:15 PM

HOMENAJE A LEONARDO DA VINCI 500 ANOS DE SU MUERTE

JESUS BURCIAGA

Basadononos en el monumental libro de Walter Isaacson, apenas aperecido el ano pasado, realizaremos un viaje de 6 semanas por la vista y grandiosa obra de tan ilustre italiano, autor de la admirada Ultima Cena (1495), de la sonriente pero enigmata Gioconda (1503) y de sus principios de la aviacion (1498), de la Ingernieria Hidrualica y de Anatomia. Quisiera aprovechar las sessiones para recordar a mi maestro Felipe Lacouture Fornelli (Premio Nacional de Arquitectura de Mexico) que a varias generaciones no inculco el gusto por las Bellas Artes.

HOW TO THINK ABOUT WEIRD THINGS

AUROLYN LUKYX

 This course is based off of the the book 'How to Think About Weird Things' by Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn. We will examine how we evaluate claims about ESP, telekinesis, UFO's, ancient aliens, reincarnation, Bigfoot, communication with the dead, homeopathy and the like. Join us as we learn if logic requires us to reject such phenomena, or if some of these might be plausible, or even likely.


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