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WINTER 2024 Course Schedule

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COVID protocols are specific to each host site. Please see the Winter/Spring 2024 COVID Protocols post on the Curriculum Showcase for details or contact your coordinator.

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Printable Course Listing

Printable Winter 2024 Course List 
PDF – 22 pages – 12-12-23

Course Details

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

Monday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Classic Film Discussion Tobey and Wes Marsceill Virtual
2 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Exploring Creativity Karen Wulff Christ Presbyterian Church

Tuesday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Short Stories and Essays Irv Klibaner Covenant Presbyterian Church
2 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM History of the Hollywood Musical Michael Troudt Capitol Lakes

Wednesday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation Craig Wille Hybrid - Christ Presbyterian Church
2 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM CANCELLED – Film History Jim O'Brien Oakwood Village University Woods Campus

Thursday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Fictional Detectives Maurice Better Madison Senior Center
2 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM English Medieval Churches: Their Architecture and History Arthur De Smet Oakwood Village University Woods Campus

Friday

                                      

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Taking Stock: the Paris Climate Agreement Conference of the Parties in Dubai, December, 2023  |  Watch Peter Krug's coordinator video Peter Krug Virtual

WINTER 2024 Course dESCRIPTIONS

Monday

1

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Classic Film Discussion

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Tobey and Wes Marsceill platoclassicfilms@gmail.com 954-695-2778

Course Description

Lights, camera, action! Join and discuss films selected primarily from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) shown the previous week and watched at your convenience in your own home. Think of us like a book club for movies – we discuss social relevance, learn about film techniques, cinematography, along with director and actor resume and history. You will be invited to join the Google Meet via email the morning of the discussion. Some movies may be shown off-hours so participants should have the ability to record/tape/or stream movies or obtain a dvd from their local library to fully participate.

Location Virtual
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Start Date January 08, 2024
End Date February 05, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation No reading
Class Size 35
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Monday

2

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Exploring Creativity

Coordinator

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

Course Description

This class is an ongoing 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 two 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 08, 2024
End Date February 12, 2024
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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Short Stories and Essays

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Irv Klibaner Irwinhklibaner@gmail.com 608-274-4089

Course Description

For those who love reading and discussion, this is the perfect entertainment. One hour each is devoted to a short story and an essay. There is always a lively, opinionated, and friendly atmosphere with a welcome for all participants. Come join us as we delve into the ever-fascinating world of short stories and essays created by some of the best writers who have put pen to paper. Texts to be used: The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, Edited by John Freeman, and The Best American Essays 2022, selected by Alexander Chee.

Location Covenant Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Tuesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 09, 2024
End Date February 13, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size 15
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Tuesday

2

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History of the Hollywood Musical

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Michael Troudt mgmfanatic@aol.com 920-279-1846

Course Description

This is a chronological history of the film musical. The films have been chosen due to their historical significance as well as their popularity at the box office. Download the syllabus here.

Location Capitol Lakes
Meeting Day Tuesday
Meeting Time 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Start Date January 09, 2024
End Date February 13, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size Unlimited
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Wednesday

1

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Intermediate Mindfulness Meditation

Coordinator

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

Course Description

While called “Intermediate” and is especially useful for those having had a meditation experience, this class is also appropriate for those with no previous meditation training or practice. In a teaching, discussion, and practice format, this class will focus on the following special topics (among others) to deepen the mindfulness meditation experience: 1) Tuning In, 2) Tracking, 3) Intentions, and 4) Letting Go.

Location Hybrid - Christ Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Date January 10, 2024
End Date January 31, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 4
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Wednesday

2

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cancelled for winter session – Film History

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone



Course Description

The Winter season of Film History is cancelled – a new coordinator is scheduled to take it over in the Spring Session. This course features films to be selected mutually by the course coordinator and the class. We expect and hope that this will lead to lively discussion. Hope to see lots of people in the seats when the time comes.

Location Oakwood Village University Woods Campus
Meeting Day
Meeting Time
Start Date Spring Session 
End Date
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions
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 one detective novel a week prior to class and in the following order (title & author): 1/11 The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olson; 1/18 Before the Frost, Henning Mankell; 1/25 Detective Inspector Huss, Helen Torsten; 2/1 Borkman’s Point, Hakan Nesser; and 2/8 The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjoowall and Per Waylon. We will watch a movie based on the assigned book at our weekly meeting. A discussion will follow.

Location Madison Senior Center
Meeting Day Thursday
Meeting Time 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 11, 2024
End Date February 08, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation Regular reading/discussion expected
Class Size 15
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Thursday

2

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English Medieval Churches: Their Architecture and History

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Arthur De Smet tipandskip1@gmail.com N/A

Course Description

This course will provide the opportunity to learn and discuss the architecture of English cathedrals and parish churches along with related events in English history. Extensive photographs will be used to illustrate the Saxon, Norman, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular periods of English architecture. Key architectural terms and medieval building techniques will be included. Scenic photographs of towns and the countryside will help place the churches in their surroundings. Website addresses on church architecture will be provided for background information.

Location Oakwood Village University Woods Campus
Meeting Day Thursday
Meeting Time 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Start Date January 11, 2024
End Date February 01, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size Unlimited
# of Sessions 4
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Friday

1

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Taking Stock: the Paris Climate Agreement Conference of the Parties in Dubai, December, 2023

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Peter Krug pkrug@ou.edu 608-284-7256 (landline); 405-625-2127(cell phone)

Course Description

Learn about this course by watching course coordinator Peter Krug's coordinator video here

This course will examine decisions made at the Paris Climate Agreement Conference of the Parties (COP) in Dubai in late 2023 and the context in which they were made. The world’s governments hammered out positions on pressing questions including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provision of climate financing to developing countries. The COP’s organizing theme was a “Global Stocktake,” a comprehensive UN-organized assessment of the level of collective progress that has been made toward meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals, and which declared that a “course correction” is urgently needed. 

Download Week One Slides, Download Week Two Slides, Download Week Three Slides, Download Week Four SlidesDownload Week Five Slides.

Location Virtual
Meeting Day Friday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date January 19, 2024
End Date February 16, 2024
No Course Dates
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

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