OLLI SUMMER 2018 CLASS LIST
MONDAYS -BEGINNING June 4, 2018
Metal embossing, also known as Repujado (in Spanish), is an ancient art of manipulating soft metals like
copper, aluminum, pewter, or brass by hand. This form of art uses special tools to create unique works of art. New
students learn the basic techniques and a beginner's kit will be available for $10, payable at the first class.
Advanced students will review intermediate to advanced level techniques. This course has an additional
art fee of $30.00. Class is limited to 20 participants.
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. Most of the time we agree with their choices….and 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.
GREAT BRITISH COMPOSERS
This course engages students by including presentations of orchestra, ballet, opera, Broadway and popular
music performances. The class is in for spectacular performances by Holst, Vaughn Williams, Elgar, Andrew Lloyd
Weber, The Beatles, Rolling Stones & more. Join us as we explore some of Britain's most captivating
performances and also learn a little more about live performance from instructor Steve Schiller.
THE IMPACT OF SPORTS ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS
MOVEMENT AND NARROWING OF THE RACIAL DIVIDE
The class will analyze the close intersection between sports and race. This connection has had a significant
influence on American racial attitudes. This class will focus on specific sports, athletes and teams. The 1966 UTEP
Men's Basketball team's NCAA championship and Don Haskins will be a feature of the class.
YES, YOU CAN WRITE MUSIC TOO!
Thanks to recent technological developments, people who have never had any experience on a musical
instrument can now compose their own music using free software. In this class, we will cover the basics of
music composition and learn to read musical notation. By the end of the session, students will have completed their
own short composition! No prior musical experience is necessary! The course requires a laptop or tablet with
TUESDAYS -BEGINNING June 5, 2018
LEARNING OUR ROOTS: HISTORY OF THE EL
The class covers the history of our region from the 1500's to the 1960's. We begin with the Native American
period, work our way through the Spanish Era, explore the Mexican & American era and conclude by studying
our region in the 20th century. Come learn why our region is historically significant and altogether beautiful.
Nineteenth century Impressionism spread beyond the shores of France and became a world phenomenon.
Come explore the Impressionist artists of Britain, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, Latin America, Germany, Austria,
Japan, Korea, China, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, the United States...and more! This class will specifically examine fifty
artists from twenty different countries in six weeks.
A GIFT TO YOUR FAMILY - END OF LIFE DECISION
June 19th. This is a single lecture. Explanation of Texas advance directives (Medical Power
of Attorney; Directive to Physician, Family or Surrogate; and, Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate) and how to
complete the no-cost forms.
THE ART OF THE MANUSCRIPTS
Come and see the Art of Manuscripts. Explore how art depicted in books changed according to culture. See
the painstaking process of how these precious volumes were made and discuss some of humanity's most coveted
works of literature. The course will cover manuscripts from the early Middle Ages through the manuscripts of the New
MEDITATION AND THE ENERGY BODY CONNECTION
The energy body is the bioplasmic blueprint of the physical body. In this class we learn about the chakra
system (the energetic power centers of the subtle body) and its connection to health and wellness. Guided
meditations and basic practices will assist in connecting wholeness to healthier living.
EDGAR ALLAN POE: TERROR OF THE SOUL
Learn about Poe's haunted and turbulent life! His literary genius and tragic personal life set the tone for the
greatest psychological and gothic horror stories of modern time. Poe also created some of the greatest detective
stories and poetry that still resonate today. We will discuss his untimely and mysterious death that is still shrouded in
WEDNESDAYS-BEGINNING June 6, 2018
BONJOUR-- FRENCH LANGUAGE AND FOOD
Starts June 13th. A 4 week class -This class will explore the
culinary delights of the French country side. The class will be divided into two parts: French oral communication
and French cooking. Students must purchase French in 10 Minutes a Day by Kristine Kershul (About
$10.00). Please have your book by the first class. Book may be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
This course has an additional $25.00 fee to cover food costs.
CHINA: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
CANCELLED CLASS - Dr Huchton will not be able to teach his class due to a medical emergency.
SOMETHING WICKED: SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH
Filled with violence, ambition and witchcraft, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most beloved and challenging
plays. This class will take an in-depth look at the brilliant, complex script. Each week, we will read an act of the play
and discuss everything from Shakespeare's verse structure to the human themes of the material that are still
relevant today. Students will walk away with a deeper knowledge of Macbeth and a newfound enthusiasm for the
poetry of the Bard.
FICTION AS A REFLECTION OF REALITY
For thousands of years, fiction has served as a means to relay major philosophical ideas, historical occurences,
and significant issues that arise within the human experience. In this course, we will learn about past issues and
ideas as they are relayed through various works of literary and philosophical fiction.
BEGINNERS' FOLK GUITAR FOR DUMMIES
This class will start with selecting a guitar, knowing what essential accessories to get, and tuning the
instrument. Only very simple music theory will be presented as needed to learn chord progressions, with the
emphasis being "playing by ear". Chord formations (fingering) will be taught, followed by putting
together basic songs. The class will progress at the pace they are able to manage. If you have your own guitar,
bring it. If not there will be several extra to use in class. Participants interested in learning about folk guitar without
actually learning to play would be welcome to take part. (No Music Background Required)
THURSDAYS -BEGINNING June 7, 2018
SUMMER SHORTS 1 -THE LAST TOUR OF SMELTER TOWN
OLLI Staff to moderate
June 7, single lecture. "The Last Tour of
Smeltertown" Video. for those of you who missed the Carol Eastman's presentation on the El Paso
SUMMER SHORTS 2 - THE GARDEN ISLAND AND HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY.
June 14, single lecture. "A visit to the most northern of the Hawaiian Islands and
a brief introduction to Slack Key Guitar, a form of guitar tuning and playing that originated in the Islands.
(Did you know that it was Mesican Cowboys that brought the guitar to the Hawaiians in the late 19th Century?!)
SUMMER SHORTS 3 - THE MUSIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLA & ARGENTINIAN TANGO
DR OSCAR MACCHIONI
June 21st, one lecture only. Enjoy the Music of Astor Piazzola from
a new CD just recorded by UTEP's own Oscar Macchioni. Dr. Macchioni, a world class pianist, and several
Colleagues take us on a muscal journey of tango and Piazzolla.
FICTION IN A FLASH!
Starts June 21, A four week class.This class will look at very short-short stories, most
of them well under a page and some of them using no more than 100 words. Flash Fiction is a popular literary form
that attempts to create characters and a story that flashes across the page and inside the mind of the reader. We will
look at such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Amy Hempl, Ernest Hemingway and many others. We will show how
a short piece of fiction can have such a lasting impact on the reader. Maybe we'll even think about writing a short
short-short story of our own!
SEVEN WAYS TO DETOX YOUR BODY
Starts June 7, A three week class. In this workshop, participants will learn about
seven pillars necessary for optimal health. Small changes in a few areas of your life will boost the immune system,
increase bone health, promote restful sleep, improve concentration, guarantee optimal digestion and increase our
energy. This class allows students to learn how the body detoxes naturally, while preventing further exposure to
common toxins. Also included: a discussion about the nutrients we need to protect the body from disease and
SAHARAN ROCK ART, THE LOST OASIS OF ZERZURA
AND THE ENGLISH PATIENT
Starts June 28, A three week class. The world's largest art museum is the Sahara
Desert. Remnants of historical etchings, carvings and paintings are scattered throughout the rocks and caves of the
desert. A specific group of explorers embarked on a journey to find the lost Oasis of Zerzura and ended up
uncovering some of the world's most precious art. Join us as we investigate lost Saharan art and uncover
more about the explorers that led us to such finds.
REIKI LEVEL 1-- ENERGY HEALING FOR EVERYONE
Reiki is a energy healing technique that assists restful sleep, migraines, chronic pain, mild depression, the
immune system and overall mental clarity and well-being. Students will learn Reiki concepts and techniques,
understand chakras, explore feeling energy, receive the Reiki initiation and learn to give and receive Reiki
treatments. The course includes a Reiki 1 course manual and a Certificate of Completion.
CHIHUAHUAN DESERT NATURAL HISTORY
Starts June 14, a 5 week class. Did you know that you are living in North America's
largest desert? The Chihuahuan Desert stretches from the middle of Mexico all the way up into Texas, New Mexico
and Arizona. This class will reveal some of the hows and whys of this desert and focus on some of the flora and
fauna found in the area.
FRIDAYS -BEGINNING June 8, 2018
PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL
This class takes students through the initial stages of portrait painting. Students will gain a clear understanding
of the principles of portrait painting, techniques and materials. No need for prior experience; we encourage
students of all painting levels! This is a collaborative, hands-on, art course. This course lasts 2 hours. There
is an additional art fee of $30.00 for this course.
EASY VINYASA YOGA
In this interactive course you'll learn the basics of yoga practice. Western research supports this form of activity
as a way to improve balance and health. Along the way, this course will help you to build strength, flexibility and
energy. You may choose to bring your own yoga mat or utilize the lightly used mats available to us. This class is
best suited for those who are able to get up and down from the floor.
Spanish I is for non-natives, those that have never taken Spanish before. We will cover basic grammatical
concepts and learn how to communicate basic information. This class will be fun, informative and engaging.
GEOLOGY OF THE EL PASO REGION
El Paso is a hidden geological gem! This class focuses on the natural history of our local landscape--
special emphasis is given to Mt. Cristo Rey and the Franklin Mountains. This course includes hands-on experience
with rocks, fossils and crystals from all over our region. Why not learn from the best? The lectures will be given by
the discoverer, preserver and researcher of El Paso's only dinosaur fossil finds. A field visit is also included in the
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