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WINTER 2023 Course Schedule

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Printable Course Listing

Printable Winter 2023 Course List  (PDF)  12-16-22

Course Details

Click on a course title below to view detailed information about the course.

Monday

#

Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Exploring Creativity Karen Wulff Christ Presbyterian Church

Tuesday

#

Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Prehistoric Mysteries Alan Capelle Capitol Lakes

Wednesday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Craig Wille Virtual
2 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Film History Jim O'Brien Oakwood Village West

Thursday

#

Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Fictional Detectives Maurice Better Madison Senior Center

Friday

#

Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Global Climate Action at COP27 (Nov. 2022) Peter Krug Oakwood Village West
2 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ontology Book Club Heather C. Williams Virtual

WINTER 2023 Course dESCRIPTIONS

Monday

1

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EXPLORING CREATIVITY

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Karen Wulff wulff.karen@gmail.com 608-770-8408

Course Description

Class will be a workshop where individuals work on their personal art goals in a sharing environment. Participants can exchange knowledge and offer “gentle” feedback to each other if they want to. Bring the supplies you will need for your own project. We are fortunate to use this space. Come and make a commitment to yourself to do art at least 2 hours per week. Join a group of people who enjoy working  on their art together in a peaceful and supportive environment.

Location Christ Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Start Date January 09, 2023
End Date February 13, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size 10
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Tuesday

1

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Prehistoric mysteries

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Alan Capelle alandcapelle@gmail.com 608-215-9632

Course Description

Earth’s ancient past is replete with numerous species that are both terrifying and mysterious! This class will examine a select group of these notorious predators including the ‘Devonian nightmare’, the ancient ‘buzzsaw killer’, the ‘big tooth’ mega shark, and the inspiration for Herman Melville’s novel-‘Moby Dick’ all within the context of the geologic timeline. Join Prof. Alan on a great journey to earth’s ancient past, and a truly ‘lost world’!

Location Capitol Lakes
Meeting Day Tuesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 10, 2023
End Date

January 31, 2023

No Course Dates
Participation Regular reading/discussion expected
Class Size 30
# of Sessions 4
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Wednesday

1

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BUDDHIST MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Craig Wille wille.craig@gmail.com 608-692-3163

Course Description

This two session course focuses on how to do Buddhist Mindfulness meditation. Each class will give time to practice and ask questions and share reactions to the meditation. Other classes go further into the background and extended ideas. These will be offered at other times through PLATO. This class is for beginners and veteran meditators who want a refresher.
Location Virtual
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 11, 2023
End Date January 25, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 3
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions
Coordinator Video https://youtu.be/MF4L-A91wKg

Wednesday

2

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FILM HISTORY

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Jim O'Brien jimrobr@gmail.com 608-286-1946

Course Description

Six Post-war films: The Brits step up with the support of Dickens, Deborah Kerr, Graham Green and a versatile unknown (at the time) named Alec Guinness. The Huston boys - Walter and John set out for an elusive Treasure. There's a brilliant, multi-toned exploration of post-war Vienna with an elusive Third Man, and a brilliant bit of Bogart who doesn't even get a nap in The Big Sleep. Be there.

Location Oakwood Village West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Start Date January 04, 2023
End Date February 08, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Thursday

1

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FICTIONAL DETECTIVES

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Maurice Better mauricebetter@yahoo.com 608-255-3912

Course Description

We will read a detective novel a week, prior to class, in the following order:
Jan. 12 “The Doorbell Rang,” Rex Stout;
Jan. 19 “Murder My Sweet,” Raymond Chandler;
Jan. 26 “The Drowning Pool,” Ross Macdonald;
Feb.  2 “Ice,” Ed McBain;
Feb.  9 “The Headless Corpse,” Georges Simenon.   
We will watch a movie based on the assigned book at our weekly meeting. Then, we will discuss the investigator(s)’ style and methods used in finding solutions to crimes committed.

Location Madison Senior Center
Meeting Day Thursday
Meeting Time 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 12, 2023
End Date February 09, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation Regular reading/discussion expected
Class Size 15
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Friday

1

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Global Climate Action at COP27 (November, 2022): the Predominant Challenge of Climate Finance

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Peter Krug pkrug@ou.edu 608-298-7233

Course Description

The Paris Climate System’s annual Conference of the Parties serves as an indicator on the state of global climate action. COP27 in Egypt in November, 2022 showed that a prerequisite for further progress will be development of systems for funding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change threats in developing countries, as well as responding to those countries’ demands for climate reparations from developed countries. After a survey of the current state of the world’s climate, the course will focus on the challenges posed by climate finance and proposed solutions.

Location & Syllabus Oakwood Village West / Syllabus
Meeting Day Friday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 13, 2023
End Date February 03, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 4
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions
 

  Friday

2

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ONTOLOGY BOOK CLUB

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Heather C. Williams heather@drawingtogether.com 760-213-606

Course Description

We explore the book, Self Observation, by Red Hawk, also known as Robert Moore, poet and professor at the University of Arkansas. There are 140 pages and 20 chapters. We read and discuss one chapter a week. This book offers a clear, simple, powerful guidance in the essential work we each must do to move forward in our life. One of my Mentors said this: “You cannot do anything about anything in your world if you think it is outside of you.” The Ontology Book Club offers individuals the opportunity to practice the essential tool to knowing Thyself.

Location Virtual
Meeting Day Friday
Meeting Time 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 13, 2023
End Date May 26, 2023
No Course Dates
Participation Some reading/discussion expected
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 20 (NOTE: This course begins in Winter and continues through Spring.)
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions
Coordinator Bio Who Is Heather? 


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