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A New Look At the Stories of Genesis

The stories within the book of Genesis are some of the most well known in world literature. Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, and Joseph and his coat of many colors are part of popular culture in addition to being parts of the sacred scriptures of two vibrant religions. And yet, the origin of these stories and the book that includes them is not as well-known. The emphasis of this course will be on the familiar (and less familiar) stories presented as literature, in the context of the book of Genesis and what we know about its development and composition. Topics such as the evolving portraits of God and women will also be considered. Additionally, the course will discuss two modern works that depend on the stories in Genesis: R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis and Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (both books are optional reading). Instructor: Jean Sonntag.

Tuition: $89 (includes $79 in fees*)
Tue Nov 11-Nov 18 10AM-12:30PM Hickory Ridge XI-419 6506 #6040
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Administering Estates in Maryland

Sooner or later, you or a family member may need to administer an estate in Maryland. Smart planning and preparation can save you and your family time, money, and stress during one of the most difficult times in life. Join Byron E. Macfarlane, Register of Wills, to learn about the probate process in Maryland. He will present valuable information about types of estates, the role of the personal representative, the importance of having a will, how to register a will, required documents for opening and closing an estate, probate fees, and inheritance and estate taxes in Maryland. There will be time for questions and answers about estates at the end of the class.

This course will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within one week of the course start date.

Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Fri Oct 29 10AM-12PM Online XE-389 6501 #5374
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Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults

Learn how to improve your cardiovascular system, muscle strength and endurance, coordination, and balance. The instructor will combine fitness training with health education to improve your health and wellness. Instructor: Patty Colabucci.

(This course will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within 1 week of the course start date.)

Tuition: $75 (includes $65 in fees*)
Tue, Thu Jul 20-Sep 02 1PM-2:20PM Online XH-752 6703 #4651
Tue, Thu Sep 07-Oct 21 1PM-2:20PM Online XH-752 6514 #5381
Tue, Thu Oct 28-Dec 16 1PM-2:20PM Online XH-752 6515 #5382
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Chair Yoga: Stretch & Strengthen

Fitness experts assert that maintaining flexibility is our fountain of youth. As we grow older, muscles become tighter, not from aging but simply from reduced use. Join Christy Erwin, an ACE certified group fitness instructor, in this online class designed to restore and improve flexibility, joint discomfort, strength and balance. This class incorporates seated stretch and yoga postures, as well as standing postures for balance challenges which use a chair for support. Improve your flexibility, concentration and strength while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint pain. Breathing techniques for relaxation are included as well.

This course will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within 1 week of the course start date.

Tuition: $75** (includes $65 in fees*)
Tue, Thu Sep 14-Oct 14 10AM-11AM Online XE-402 6512 #5375
Tue, Thu Oct 21-Nov 23 10AM-11AM Online XE-402 6513 #5376
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Evolution of the Short Story *NEW*
Every year since 1915 Houghton Mifflin has published an annual anthology of “the Best American Short Stories.” The publisher has twice collected the best of the best and published two more comprehensive collections: The Best American Short Stories of the 20th Century, edited by John Updike, in 1999, and 100 Hundred Years of the Best American Short Stories”, edited by Lorrie Moore, in 2015. The 12 stories assigned in this course will be drawn from one of these two books. Each week we will discuss two stories from a single decade and thus trace the development of the American short story through time. Instructor: George Clack.
Tuition: $129 (includes $109 in fees*)
Thu Nov 04-Dec 16 1PM-3PM Hickory Ridge XI-472 6508 #6042
(No class 11/25.)
Fri Nov 05-Dec 17 1PM-3PM Health Sciences Building 110 XI-472 6509 #6043
(No class 11/26.)
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Fairy Tales: Meaning, Morals, and Mortal Danger*NEW*
Fairy Tales: Meaning, Morals, and Mortal Danger Fairy tales are complex and often morally ambiguous narratives. They are not the simple stuff of “happily ever after.” In this class, we will explore traditional European fairy tales that you may recognize from Hans Christian Anderson, Perrault, and the Brothers Grimm. It’s clear that these stories reflect historical moments and cultural values, as well as deep seated fears or dreams. In considering these complex tales, we’ll carry out a close reading of stories, lifting a lid on their narrative dynamics and considering whether such tales were intended to promote social mores or foment the revolutionary idea of upward mobility. Finally, we’ll consider how these tales have been adapted and appropriated by modern storytellers. Instructor: Ann Stephenson.
Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Tue Nov 09-Dec 07 10AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XI-476 6511 #6091
(No class 11/23.)
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History of Jewelry *NEW*

Every day, millions of men and women put on rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches as they get ready without a second thought as to where the tradition began. The practice of humans adorning themselves with jewelry actually goes back over 100,000 years and has been an ever-present element of art history and daily life, evolving into today’s $230 billion commercial jewelry market. This course will trace the development of jewelry from ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Romans to more recent art movements, including the Renaissance, Romanticism, Art Deco, and Contemporary Art. Examine jewelry techniques and materials, including gemstones and where the tradition of birthstones began. Instructor: Kara LaRose, MFA and Diamond Council of America certified Diamontologist and Colored Gemologist.

(This course will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within one week of the course start date.)

Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Wed Oct 20-Nov 17 7PM-9PM Online XI-470 6500 #6027
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John Brown, Puritanism, and the Secret Six: Harpers Ferry in Context *NEW*
Without funding support for John Brown, the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry may not have happened. Indeed, the Secret 6 had forced Brown to postpone the raid prior to its actual time. In this course, learn about The Six: their backgrounds, reasons for supporting Brown financially, and their post-raid involvement - including rescue attempts. You will study John Brown: Puritan and militant abolitionist, and examine Brown’s military plan to end slavery in the South. Join instructor Roger Swartz to analyze the Secret Six’s involvement in the US Senate Investigative Committee following the Harpers Ferry raid.
Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Wed Oct 06-Oct 27 1PM-3PM Hickory Ridge XI-475 6505 #6053
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Lincoln, Indians, and the West: Policies & Politics During the Civil War *NEW*
The West was also a part of the Civil War, from Minnesota to Arizona. In this course, you will learn about Lincoln’s experiences with and beliefs held about Native Americans, and the meaning of the West for both Lincoln and the Confederacy. Examine three wars: Minnesota; Colorado Territory; and Indian Territory, and how the US reservation system contributed to Native American warfare. Discuss Lincoln’s personal involvement in the 1862 Lakota Uprising in Minnesota and the relationships of the Western Theatre to Maryland. Instructor: Roger Swartz.
Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Wed Oct 06-Oct 27 10AM-12AM Hickory Ridge XI-474 6504 #6048
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Pottery: Form, Function, and Design

The instructor, a professional potter, welcomes students of all levels to this class. You will enjoy the opportunity to shape your own creations as you work on a variety of projects. Learn about glazing, hand building and advanced decorating techniques. The materials fee will cover 15 lbs. of clay and glaze. Students are responsible for purchasing additional clay and glaze. Limited enrollment so please register early! Instructor: Anna Lawson.


Tuition: Tuition: $139** (includes $99 in fees*)
Mon Sep 13-Nov 15 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655-6516 #9435
Tue Sep 14-Nov 16 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655-6517 #9436
Fri Sep 17-Nov 19 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655-6518 #9437
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Stained Glass Art *NEW*
If you have admired stained glass art pieces and wanted to learn how it is done, this course is your opportunity to learn this beautiful art form. In this introductory course, you will learn the entire process involved in making small stained glass pieces. All materials and tools are provided for you to make stained glass suncatcher(s), including glass, copper foil, solder, patterns, samples and instructions.
Tuition: $115 (includes $65 in fees)
Mon Aug 02-Aug 16 12PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Center XE-318-6710 #9186
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The Brontes in Yorkshire: How Life on the Yorkshire Moors Gave Rise to Gothic Fiction *NEW*
In this course, you will explore the life and writing of the Bronte sisters, especially Charlotte and Emily Bronte. You will begin by examining life in Yorkshire, England in the 1800’s: considering local legends that gave rise to their novels, as well as the notorious hardships of life in their hometown of Haworth. Discuss the conventions of Gothic fiction and consider how its themes were suited to life as the Brontes knew it. Using the novels Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, examine how the Brontes utilized and adapted Gothic conventions in their storytelling. Instructor: Ann Stephenson.
Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Tue Sep 14-Oct 05 10AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XI-473 6510 #6029
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The Estrogen Effect: Women in Art

Female artists have been involved in making art since time began. Many art forms dominated by women have been historically dismissed as craft instead of being considered fine art. This course will explore several famous female artists and their contributions to art history. These artists include Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kathy Köllwitz, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Hepworth, and Louise Bourgeois. Instructor: Kara LaRose.

(This course will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within one week of the course start date.)

Tuition: $99 (includes $89 in fees*)
Wed Sep 15-Oct 06 7PM-9PM Online XI-359 6503 #6028
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USA Energy *NEW*

Energy use is embedded in everyday life - we all use it, pay for it, and its use impacts the environment around us. Join instructor Bruce Cranford, author of several books and articles on space and energy, for an in-depth look at United States energy production and consumption. You will examine and discuss fossil fuels, nuclear, solar, and renewable forms of energy, as well as some of the issues facing world energy consumption. How do these forms of energy production impact the environment, and how does that, in turn, impact you? Identify some hidden energy uses in your own life - how do your everyday activities result in waste material, and how is this material processed?

(This class will be offered online via Zoom. Course information, including a meeting link and login information, will be emailed to registrants within one week of the course start date.)

Tuition: $79 (includes $69 in fees*)
Tue Oct 19-Nov 09 10:30AM-11:30AM Online XI-479 6507 #8627
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