August 24, 2012
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What are you passionate about?
It could be music or art. Perhaps it’s history or entertainment. Maybe a rousing debate about contemporary issues and events is what truly interests you.
The LifeLong Learning Society at Temple University Fort Washington provides active persons 50 and over an opportunity to explore their passions in new and innovative ways each semester through topics ranging from New Orleans Jazz to an open forum on national and international events.
“The LifeLong Learning Society began in 1995 and was primarily created to meet the needs of the newly retired and over 50 age group in our community,” said Marylou Delizia, director of Temple University Fort Washington. “It’s for those who enjoy learning and want to expand their knowledge during the day in topics of specific interest to them.”
The fall session of the LifeLong Learning Society will kickoff Wednesday, October 10, at Temple University Fort Washington, 425 Commerce Drive. The first courses begin at 9:30 a.m. with other programs offered throughout the day.
Prospective members will have an opportunity to preview the program during a free LifeLong Learning Society Open House on Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 11 a.m.
Participants may join via the annual membership fee of $195, which allows them to attend as many of the courses offered through the LifeLong Learning program as they like during the fall and spring semesters. For members who wish to attend classes only in the fall semester, the fee is $99.
Individuals may also decide to attend one or more offerings in the Society’s Lecture Series —The B. Batsheva Friedman Lecture Series — Lectures that Matter. During the fall semester, the lecture series will examine topics such as “Readings and Writings: A Theatrical Exploration!” “A History of Presidential Campaigning and Collectibles,” “Secret Illness of Woodrow Wilson, World War I, Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations: What Went Wrong?” “The Citizen Solier and the Military Tradition,” “Hey Gang, Let’s Put on a Show!” and “Eastern State Penitentiary: Proof that People Can Change Their Minds,” presented by Sally Elk, President and CEO of the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.
Additional LifeLong Learning Society courses for Fall 2012 include:
Computers for Beginners: Join us in a relaxed atmosphere as we explore using computers. Learn about using e-mail and sending attachments, searching the Internet for information, downloading, saving, printing and sending pictures and using Microsoft Word for letters, flyers, greeting and business cards. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. Presented by Mohamed and Maria Morsi, LifeLong Learning Society members and presenters.
Comparative Religious History: The great religions of the world in terms of their historical impact on humanity are Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. All have major insights and values that overlap, and also major insights and values that differ. This course explores the histories of these religions to find out why. We will use the three dimensions of historical analysis developed by Fernand Braudel. In what geographic place did each religion arise, and what were the influences from that location? Who were the people that developed each religion and what was the influence of the people living before and adjacent to them? Who were the great thinkers and leaders of each religion? Presented by government, business and non-profit entrepreneur, Samuel Adams (Sam) Frederick, who has academic distinctions from Yale, Penn and Northeastern University. He is founder and facilitator of Philadelphia’s leading Socrates Café discussion group.
The Lives of Famous Artists: Our study of the art work and biographies of famous artists will emphasize some who worked before 1850 and led to the Impressionists and many working after 1850 such as Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau, Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and more. Presented by Ruth Herman Cohen, who has been instructing adults for over 25 years with the Archdiocese Continuing Education program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is a past two-term president of the Artists’ Cultural Exchange and a prize-winning artist.
The Influence of Opera Composers — Mascagni and Leoncavallo: We will explore the lives of these two composers and the operas they wrote, creating the Verismo Period (true to life people) and its effect on the opera world and the birth of the recording industry. Presented by Raffaele Tudisco, a baritone and founder and impresario of The Amici Opera Company. He has studied extensively around the world and amassed an extensive collection of original recordings, playbills and photographs.
Rome — The Western Legacy of a Mighty Empire: We will discuss the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and the legacy that it gave to the rise of Western Civilization. The course will cover the the reign of Diocletian to the rise of the Renaissance. We will focus on the unfolding of religion, life in the Middle Ages and the rise of the Nation State and universities. Presented by James H. Robertson, who holds an MA in Modern European History from Washington State University and is an Adjunct Professor of History at Eastern University.
New Orleans Style Jazz: Its Origins and Evolution: Learn about the origins of jazz in New Orleans, including an overview of music and culture in the Crescent City in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the evolutionary offshoots of New Orleans style, including Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Bassist and bandleader Ed Wise is a professional musician in his 40th year of performing. Sandy Catz, a LifeLong Learning Society member, is President of the Tri-State Jazz Society.
A program favorite, A Forum on National and International Events, is also returning with brand new topics.
“My philosophy is simple — the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” said LifeLong Learning Society Program Coordinator Dan Shoulberg, who leads the Forum course. “I think the most effective way to get to the truth is to hear from a diversity of opinions in an open discussion of today’s issues.”
Each semester “starts off fresh with new programs for our longtime members and for individuals just finding out about the LifeLong Learning Society,” Delizia said.
“We have courses that highlight arts and entertainment, history, health, technology, and finance — most every facet of a person’s life is represented in some way,” she said. “The program is a fun and educational way to learn about and discuss the issues that impact our lives with others who are facing those same issues.”
About the LifeLong Learning Society. For more information, call 215-468-8500.