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Senior Courses in Humanities and Culture

Explore the works of a favorite author or find a new one.

Learn about other countries and religions; enhance your creative writing skills; study the great composers of the past or more modern musical styles; learn about minority issues and contemporary social movements.

People over 60 never pay tuition only fees!

Advanced Writing Workshop
Learn how to write a series of creative or memoir writing projects. Topics include relating memoirs suitable for a collection, writing chapter-type fictional stories, structures for sustained projects, and strategies for planning and producing the segments.

Arts of Japan
Explore Japanese art in its many forms. Learn about the materials and techniques of such art forms as wood prints, ceramics, architecture, Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony, calligraphy, theater painting, comics and contemporary art. Discuss Japanese art in relation to global art.

Biographies of Eminent People
Learn about the lives and contributions of some famous individuals that have left an indelible imprint on our world,  such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Francios-Marie Arouet Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekhov, Marie Curie and others.

CCBC Book Discussion
Discover and help select the best in new fiction and non-fiction books. Analyze, discuss and interpret thematic content, writing styles, historical background/context and author comparisons.

Discoveries in Archaeology
Understand the historical significance of some of the world's great pieces of history along with the challenges of presenting historical finds.

Edouard Manet
Examine this 19th century artist who was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. He was one of the first to paint modern life, and his masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, (both 1863) are considered watershed paintings that mark the beginning of modern art.

Ethical Dilemmas in the Bible
Discover whether or not the Bible can continue to motivate us to compare and contrast the moral and ethical issues in the text with our society today. Study the five books of Moses, the Kings, the Prophets, Proverbs and Psalms and bring these themes found in the Bible into our current society.

Ghost Towns of the United States
Learn about U.S. towns that were found and built by settlers and the economic and social reasons for abandoning them over time.

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Learn about the basics of Chinese medicine, its 5 underlying concepts and its benefits. Discuss such topics as: Ying/Yang and Zang-Fu theories, acupressure, acupuncture, herbalogy and Chi Kung.

Re-Reading the Classics
Re-read and discuss these five classics: The House of Seven Gables, Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw, The Awakening, and The Secret Sharer. Analyze each author's writing style, plot and characters.

So You Think You Know The Bible?
Explore some little-discussed issues in the text of the Hebrew Bible with which believers and scholars may disagree. Find out who wrote the Bible, why there are multiple accounts of the same events, where there are passages of sexual aspects, and what the prophets really meant.  You may challenge some long held beliefs about Biblical literature.

Summertime Cinema
View and discuss classic vacation movies that capture the feel summer through comedy and romance, such as Roman Holiday, Seven Year Itch, A Summer Place, Gidget, and Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. Identify themes, actors, behind-the-scenes personnel; examine plot change and characterization, gender and generational roles that convey the cultural impact of the times.

The Art of Storytelling
Learn the best methods and techniques for telling a good story; one that can build suspense, communicate humor, create an impression and/or impart knowledge. Explore the different types of stories from early civilization to modern-day ones and their influence on storytelling.

The Exciting Cooking of Northern Italy
Learn how to purchase ingredients, prepare and cook recipes from Northern Italy, including risotto, tortellini with peas, bresaola, saffron and tiramisu.  All rcipes are provided.  An ingredients fee of $25 per person is due at the first class.

The Flicks of the Fab Four: The Beatles
View and discuss the five films of The Beatles: "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!", "Magical Mystery Tour", "Yellow Submarine" and "Let It Be".  Learn about their film career, those involved in the production of these films, the story line, and the impact of popular culture of the 1960s.

The History of Baseball in Baltimore: Past and Present

Discover more about Baltimore rich baseball history. From teams, managers and ballparks in the 1880s to today's fabulous Oriole Park at Camden Yards, “Take me out to the ballgame" will become your familiar summer shout!

The Law of the Sea and How it Affects Us
Learn about maritime laws and how they differ from government laws. Explore how they affect all of us through commodity price controls, regulation of cruise passengers, and the impact laws have on seamen and their workday.

The Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island
This course will explore the grand "cottages" of the Gilded Age society that summered in Newport, Rhode Island at the end of the nineteenth century. Students will explore the architectural styles represented in these opulent homes and their significance to American architecture.

TV Spy Series (1951-1983)

Learn about the most significant television spy and espionage series during this period, and view clips of several shows. Explore story lines, characters, actors, development over the life of the series, social/cultural significance at the time of its popularity.  Go “behind the scenes"!

Writing a Book
Gain skills and build confidence in your writing and leave a lasting legacy. Whether you wish to write a memoir, children's book, travel journal, cookbook or a book of your own choosing, explore ways to capture and communicate ideas, use photography, select appropriate details, polish your writing and get your book printed.