Seniors College

Fall 2015 Schedule

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It’s a Man’s World – Unless You’re a Woman: the Emerging Secrets of Human Herstory - 5 Weeks
Professor John Kissinger
Over the past century, emerging new evidence, and new ways of interpreting old evidence, suggests that our understanding of roles of men and women in the story of humanity are skewed in favor of male-dominated, patriarch-focused views, views of relatively recent development. In this course, we will (re)examine the evidences coming to light that give women more important and active roles than those traditionally understood. We will invoke archaeology, mythology, literature, religion, and herstory, to give new meanings to the nineteenth century poet’s line: “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”
Dates: 10/19,26; 11/2,9,16 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms Cost: $45.00

Who Knew That It Was Women Who Made It Happen: Pioneering Women of the Twentieth Century- 4 Weeks
Hallie Vaughan
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Child Labor Laws. Workman’s Compensation. Social Security. American women began to blaze a trail for equality for women beginning in 1920. We will look at some amazing women in history who fought to ensure the rights of women and children, including Frances Perkins, Jeannette Rankin, Alice Paul, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dates: 10/5,12,19,26 Time: 1:00 – 2:30PM
Place: Upland Center, Comm. Rm. 103 Cost: $40.00

The History of the U.S. Marine Corps Band- 1 Session
Col. Tim Foley, Former Conductor
Col. Tim Foley was the former leader of the U.S. Marine Corps Band—famously known as “The President’s Own.” Join him as he tells of his experience by recounting history and remembering anecdotes of the U.S. Marine Corps Band.
Date: 11/9 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 Cost: $20.00


Celebrate the Beers and Wines of Berks—2 Weeks
Colin Presby, Brewmaster, Golden Avalanche Brewing Company—Kuztown Tavern; Missy Blair, Wine Vitner, Manager, Blair Vineyards Berks County produces an abundance of premier beers and wines. Learn about the history, production, ingredients and flavors of our own delicious beers and wines. Talk with our brewmaster and vitner. Pumpkin beer anyone? Three Sisters Red Wine?
Dates: 10/6, 13 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $25.00

Uncluttered: Living the Gift of Simplicity – 4 Weeks
Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Our lives are cluttered. We need to unclutter both our physical and our inner life. Learn how to embrace the simplicity of gratitude, humility and detachment by living in each present moment to the fullest. To live simply is a wise choice.
Dates: 10/27; 11/3,10,17 Time: 2:00 – 3:30PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 Cost: $40.00

Sentencing Guidelines in Pennsylvania – 1 Week
Nancy Xavios, Sentencing Policy Specialist
In Pennsylvania courts must consider sentencing guidelines in determining appropriate sentences for individuals convicted of misdemeanor or felony level offenses. This session will provide an overview of Pennsylvania’s guidelines and their use in the criminal justice system.
Dates: 10/20 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing Cost: $20.00


Retrieving the Ancients: Reading Plato’s, “Allegory of the Cave” - 3 Weeks
Dr. Josh Hayes
It has been often been remarked that philosophy is merely a footnote to
Plato. This course will consider the immense contribution of Plato to the
history of Western philosophy by focusing explicitly upon the
composition of the “Allegory of the Cave” in his most well-known dialogue,
the Republic.
Dates: 9/30; 10/7,14 Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Rm. 154 Cost: $35.00

Berks County Crafters – 5 Weeks
Terry & Judy Boyer; Eric Claypoole; Patrick Donmoyer; Carol Heppe; Paul Grecian Carol Heppe, Director of the Quilting Barn at the Kutztown Folk Festival, will introduce the judging criteria and the selection process for determining prize quilts and present the winning quilts. Paul Grecian will showcase prize-winning photographs. Eric Claypoole will exhibit HEX signs and speak about their symbolism. Terry Boyer will exhibit log cabin replicas; Judy Boyer will display flower art. Patrick Donmoyer will give a presentation on Pennsylvania Dutch folklore.
Dates: 10/21,28; 11/4,11,18 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $45.00

The Ever-Changing World of Art Treasures - 3 Weeks
Barbara Post, Artist
What determines the value of a much-loved painting? Is it always whatever the market will bear? How original, really, is a work of visual art? Who are the owners? From Renaissance times to present day, including a glimpse at the Nazi plunder of art in Europe, join us as we look at the buying and selling, theft, gifts, forgeries, and more in this intriguing world of art. The film, “The Rape of Europa” will be viewed followed by an audience discussion (date to be determined).
Dates: 10/7,14,21 Time: 11:30 AM– 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 Cost: $35.00

Church & State: How Solid is the Wall of Separation – 3 Weeks
Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire
The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage will be examined & its implications explored on the exercise of religious freedom. The course includes a review of the courts’ important decisions on church-state relationship.
Dates: 11/4,11,18 Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Rm. 226 Cost: $35.00


Living Long & Living Well – 5 Weeks
Rev. Elton Richards & Guest Instructors
How can we delay dementia? What are the signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Why and where and when do seniors fall? How can we prevent falls? How can technology make a difference in our quality of life? What is available now and what is coming? What are the differences among the generations. How can I age in place by staying at home? What is the latest on how seniors eat and exercise?
Dates: 10/1,8,15,22,29 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $45.00

Presidential Candidates Election 2016– 3 Weeks
Reneé Dietrich, League of Women Voters; Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation - Dr. Jodi Radosh, Assoc. Professor, Alvernia University; and Joseph Powers, Adjunct-Instructor, Temple University & St. Joseph University. Who are the candidates? What do we expect from them? What talents and abilities do we need from our next President? This will be a great
opportunity to learn about the issues that will make a difference in the next presidential election.
Dates: 10/15,22,/29 Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $35.00

You’re Gonna Love Your iPAD - 3 Weeks
Michael Nerino
Come learn why the iPAD is so popular among many in the Seniors College. Get on board with the latest “tablet technology”. This three session course will provide an introduction to the Apple iPAD. It will cover some of the more popular iPAD applications. Bring your own iPAD. A limited number of iPADS will be available for sharing. Priority reserved for those who have not previously attended. Former students welcome subject to availability.
Dates: 11/5,12,19 Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $35.00

Legacy/Life Story Writing – 5 Weeks
Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF
Each person has experienced a life that has been filled with joy, sadness, questions, discoveries, and surprises. This class is open to all who would enjoy writing about their thoughts and experiences. Each class will include (1) a 5-minute writing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to write, and (3) a suggestion for writing during the week. Class participants will be invited to share their work and receive supportive feedback. Leave a legacy about your life to your family!!!
Dates: 10/1,8,15,22,29 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Rm. 225 Cost: $45.00

The Flight of the Fleeing Felon – 4 Weeks
Daria LaTorre, Esquire, Barry Harvey, Rosemary McFee, Reading Police
Officers George & Christian Morar
There is much in the news about law enforcement and its use of deadly force to detain suspects. Learn the facts and laws from the experts. When they are running away from you, can you can legally shoot them?
Dates: 10/29; 11/5,12,19 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 Cost: $40.00


Make Your Own Probiotic-Rich Foods and Drinks at Home – 2 Weeks
Ashley Welikonich Davidock, CPT, DHom – Mind-Body Specialist
The health of your body begins in the “gut.” Many chronic diseases are caused by inflammation, which is linked to a lack of healthy bacteria in the GI tract. While many are taking yogurt and probiotic supplements, these are not without flaws. There is a healthier and easier way to make your own probiotics at home in delicious foods and drinks that are simple, costeffective,
and fun. We will cover the science of bacterial balance, the history of fermentation, and step-by-step instructions for making kombucha, water kefir, sauerkraut, and pickles from the comfort of your home.
Dates: 10/16, 23 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103 Cost: $25.00

Berks County and the Civil War - 4 Weeks
Presented by Berks History Center/Henry Janssen Library, David Fox, Mark Plum, David Unger, Hallie Vaughan
Although the armies of the North and South never fought in Berks County, this does not mean that the people of Berks County were inactive or never felt the effects of the Civil War. Many locally known men courageously served their country, some making the ultimate sacrifice. Citizens of Reading also feared a Confederate invasion. Throughout this series information will be presented that brings the Civil War, literally, home to Berks County.
Dates: 10/30; 11/6,13,20 Time: 10:00 – 11:30AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103 Cost: $40.00


AAA Driver Education Safety Program - 2 Sessions (class will be 4 hours)
Edith Bleichart
This course presents guidelines to reduce risk factors when driving and identify potential problem areas for older drivers. It also lists the 5 types of crashes that older drivers are most involved in, as well as giving solutions on how to handle them. In addition it covers topics on alcohol, drugs and medications; new technologies in automobiles; and so much more. Newcomers to the AAA program will take the 8-hour course. You must bring a AAA membership card and a Pennsylvania drivers license. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]
Date: Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Alvernia University, Upland Center, Room 154
Cost: $15.00 – one AAA member
$25.00 Husband & Wife AAA members
$25.00 Non-member (paid in cash during the 1st session.)

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