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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.

Best Art History Movies - Part 2
Learn about the movies Mr. Turner, Lust for Life, Renoir, Matisse and The Art of the Steal, considered among the best art history movies ever made. We will discuss the artists, the movie plot and show how socially relevant art truly can be.

Beyond the Fabulous Four
Learn about the individual journeys and careers of the each of four Beatles after the 1970 break-up: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Discuss the personal contributions each made to humanity and their influence on the "Baby Boomer" generation.

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.

Contemporary Medicine
Learn about the physiology and treatment options of some of the more common disorders including; oncologic diseases and tumor medicine, hematology, neurology with emphasis on the neuro-degenerative diseases, cardio-vascular diseases, GI, and joint diseases. Medical knowledge provides a more informed and more satisfied patient.

Conversational Hebrew for Travelers
Learn to speak basic conversational Hebrew to use while traveling in Israel, such as; greetings, identifying yourself, getting through the airport, traveling through the country, ordering food, purchasing necessities and exchanging basic information.

Doing Analysis and Being a Polymath

Learn about the relationship between the activity of philosophical analysis and the human capacity to embrace a wide range of knowledge and learning. Explore who are examples of polymaths, the writings that discuss this philosophy, and what allows us to engage in polymathic thinking. Compare interdisciplinary study with specialization.

Great Discoveries World Archaeology Part 2
Learn the history of some of the greatest archaeological discoveries from around the world. We'll look at Roman Britain, Judea, Mexico, Africa, Native America, Greece, Egypt and the Neolithic Period along with underwater archaeology.

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.

From Classicism to Romanticism
Learn about the characteristics and development of these two very different periods of art. View and compare the art of Classicism that emphasizes reason and rationality and the revival of ancient Greek and Roman art and Romanticism that values human emotions, instincts, intuition, nature and individual expression.

From Realism to Abstract Art

Learn how artists moved from representation forms of art to interpretation to more abstract non-objective ways. Explore the works of such artists as Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky and examine the changing use of color, form and shape as art became more abstract.

Great TV Detectives (1950 to the present)
Learn about and compare the most significant television detective series since 1950, such as; Dragnet, 77 Sunset Strip, Peter Gunn, The Mod Squad, Columbo, Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Murder She Wrote, NYPD Blues, Homicide, Law and Order and The Wire plus more.

Genealogy in the Computer Lab
Learn the most effective ways and techniques to research family information online. Establish your own documented family tree and begin placing information in it. Some genealogy sites and software may have subscription costs.

History and Travel of the Chesapeake Bay
Discover the history and charms of the Chesapeake Bay that may entice you to visit. From the monolithic Chesapeake Bay Bridge to nooks and crannies along the shore; from sites in towns and villages to the rich history of the area, the hidden treasures are many.

Medical Symposium: Innovation and Discovery
In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, hear from top doctors and researchers each week on recent advances and treatments in a variety of medical topics including: pancreas and cell transplantation for diabetes, the effect of genetic make-up on your health, new ways to treat hearing loss, proton and radiation therapy to treat cancers; geriatric psychiatry and transplant theory.

Music of the Civil War
Learn about the history of the American Civil War through its musical heritage. From motivational songs written from combat victories to historical figures, camp life, training and the home front, enjoy this musical experience.

Religions of the World
Learn about 5 major religions of the world: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Explore each religion's core beliefs, ritual practice and its key historical, cultural and philosophical elements. Compare similarities and differences in order to develop knowledge, understanding and acceptance of a religiously pluralistic society.

The 50 Best Plays in the Past 100 Years - Part 1
Delve into five of these exceptional plays including Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Fences".

The Birth of Social Activism in America

Examine the origin of social reform movements and those who influenced historical developments; discuss a variety of social reform movements from an historical perspective with an analytical lens.

The Films of Elia Kazan
Learn about the works and versatility of film maker Elia Kazan with 5 films: Gentleman's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden and A Face in the Crowd. Explore themes, plot, characterization, techniques, and dynamic storytelling and meaning that conveys cultural messages of the '40s and '50s.

The Films of Humphrey Bogart
Learn about life and work of Humphrey Bogart. Examine his versatility in embodying the definitive male archetypes in 5 films: Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The African Queen and The Caine Mutiny and review the techniques that characterized suspense thrillers and ways in which his movies conveyed cultural messages during the 40s and 50s.

The Magic of the Beatles
Learn about The Beatles: their music and history. Topics to be covered include: their inception and first recording contract, Beatlemania years, the dedicated studio years, the personal dynamics within the group, people who supported them in their rise to fame, and the impact they had on the music industry and society.

Understanding James Joyce and T. S. Eliot
Learn about the lives and literature of Dublin's James Joyce and Missouri's T. S. Eliot; modernist avant-garde authors regarded as two of the most influential and important of the 20th century. 

Writer's Circle
Develop and share personal strategies for planning and producing segments of a sustained writing project such as a collection of memoirs, short stories, essays or chapters of a longer book. Receive elements essential for many writers: support, critique and deadlines.