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Telesis Classes Winter/Spring 2015

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Exploring World Cultures Through Art and Music

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

German Familiarized

How and Where do You Invest Your Money: The ABCs of Investment Vehicles

Indian Culture and Hindi Language

Introduction to Buddhism

Know and Control Your Money

Literary Adventures: Reading Your Way Around the World with Mysteries

More than Curb Appeal: Preparing Your Home for Sale

Religion Outside the Mainstream

Spanish Language in Three Parts

Session I: Spanish Introduction and Vocabulary

Session II: Spanish Grammar

Session III: Basic Spanish Conversation

Spanish in the Workplace

Telesis Writers Workshop

Women Who Made History: Gertrude Bell, The “Desert Queen”



TELESIS WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writing for Self-Discovery
4 Saturdays, February 28, March 28, April 18, and May 16

Discover how creative you really area! Explore ways to make your writing dreams come true, and create a rewarding life of literary adventures. We’ll play with a variety of self-discovery writing processes including journaling techniques you can use to help free your voice as a writer, develop your writing talent, and enjoy more creative writing and creative living. We’ll experiment with forms your writing might take including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and personal experience writing, and we’ll discuss “reading like a writer.” Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, this workshop offers you an opportunity to chart your course in the encouraging company of a community of writers.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TCA-411-01
1:00 –
3:30 p.m./$98


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WOMEN WHO MADE HISTORY: GERTRUDE BELL, THE “DESERT QUEEN”
Thursday, March 19

Hear about the dramatic adventures of Gertrude Bell, who grew up in the custom-bound world of Victorian England where women’s roles were strictly defined, and went on to become “The Desert Queen: Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia”—as Janet Wallach titled her biography of Bell. Gertrude Bell daringly explored, mapped, and excavated the Arab world, perhaps knowing it better than any other British diplomat or politician of her day. Recruited by British intelligence during WWI, she was instrumental in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders. After the war, Bell played a major role in shaping the modern Middle East. We’ll also include a look at the life-and-times of Lawrence of Arabia in our discussion.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-807-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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LITERARY ADVENTURES: READING YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD WITH MYSTERIES
Thursday, April 9

Reading mysteries can be your passport to literary adventures for you and your book club! Together as readers we’ll circumnavigate the globe as we take a lively look at many diverse mystery writers, their sleuths, and their works—and briefly explore the different countries and cultures their books are set in, from Boston to Botswana, from Singapore to Seattle. You’ll take home a long list of authors you might like to read, and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your favorite mystery writers and their memorable detectives with readers who “love a mystery” as much as you do.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-832-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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EXPLORING WORLD CULTURES THROUGH ART AND MUSIC
4 Mondays, February 23 – March 16

Take a “journey” around the world by discovering the arts and music of Kenya, Costa Rica, and Peru. If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or an adult who enjoys working with your hands, you will love making instruments, creating artworks, and tasting foods from other countries. Explore your creativity and learn ways to share your experiences with children, grandkids, students, or seniors. All materials are provided.

Instructor: Amy Hufnal, BFA, instrumental music, theater, and special needs art instructor for Milwaukee Public Schools

TCA-904-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$89


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INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
6 Tuesdays, February 24 – March 31

Buddhism is a major spiritual force in the world today. From its roots in Asia twenty-five centuries ago, Buddhism has become one of the fastest growing religions in Europe and North America. Its compelling insights into human existence offer an ancient yet very relevant alternative to the materialism of the modern age. The objective of this course is to investigate the origins and historical development of Buddhism as well as its current trends. The course will explore Buddhism’s central, unifying principles as well as its diverse forms, from the esoteric rituals of Tantric Buddhism to the minimalist refinement of Zen. The course will also delve into Buddhism’s most important sacred writings, as well as the sacred art inspired by the Buddha and his teachings.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

TPD-463-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112


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RELIGION OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM
6 Tuesdays, April 14 – May 19

Although six major religions account for more than eighty percent of the world’s faithful, they do not possess a monopoly on the divine. Outside this cartel are smaller, lesser known, but equally legitimate paths to ultimate reality. Discover the wisdom behind such Eastern-tinged faith systems as Bahai, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Japanese Shinto. Explore the character of such Western-tinged faith systems as Unitarian Universalism, Voodoo, Rastafarianism, and Mormonism. Study systems outside the fault lines such as shamanism, Wicca, and New Age. These world religions offer a smorgasbord of belief. They await your discriminating palette. If religion interests you, but not necessarily mainstream religion, then join us for this fascinating study.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

TFT-524-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112


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MORE THAN CURB APPEAL: PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
Thursday, January 29

Everyone knows that de-cluttering is a key step before you put your home on the market. But there are many more things that have to be done for your property to shine above all the other homes for sale. Join us to discover easy tips on how to properly prepare your home so you attract buyers and make a quick sale.

Instructor: Dawn Kamalian, Realtor with Shorewest Realtors, Home Staging Specialist, and Accredited Buyers Representative

TPD-874-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34


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FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT
3 Thursdays, February 12 – 26

Learn how to make informed decisions about your future, set realistic goals, properly allocate assets, and minimize the impact of taxes and inflation, control health care costs, and plan for the transfer of your estate. If you are over the age of 55, this course is a must! We will cover topics such as asset allocation strategies, Medicare and long term care, and estate planning (wills, trusts, and probate). You will:
• Determine whether or not you can retire early
• Learn how to minimize your taxes
• Allocate your assets using mutual funds
• Maximize your income without subjecting yourself to unnecessary risk
• Understand Medicare part A, B, and D
• Determine when to start social security benefits
This three-week class includes a 235-page illustrated textbook and a comprehensive retirement plan at no additional cost. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee.

Instructors: Dan T. Gilipsky, AAMS®, and Haly Besaw, CFP®, ADPA®, CRPC®, Financial Advisors, Private Wealth Management

TFI-209-01
6:00 – 8:30 p.m./$119 per person or couple sharing a workbook


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HOW AND WHERE DO YOU INVEST YOUR MONEY:
The ABCs of Investment Vehicles
2 Thursdays, March 5 & 12

The investment world is confusing, but investing your money wisely is important. You should be informed about CDs, bonds, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and stocks in order to make good decisions based on your own needs. Which one or mix of them is right for you? Where and how do you buy them? Learn enough to feel confident when managing your own portfolio or when talking to a professional money manager.

Instructor: Jean Donovan, MBA, Financial Instructor

TFI-104-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$50


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KNOW AND CONTROL YOUR MONEY
Wednesday, March 18

Do you know how much money you have? Where it is? Where should it be? What happens when there is not enough? Join us to explore budget fundamentals. Study a bill payment plan, learn to summarize your finances including financial net worth, and—most importantly—learn to plan ahead.

Instructor: Jean Donovan, MBA, Financial Instructor

TFI-206-01
6:30 – 9:00 p.m./$38


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SPANISH LANGUAGE IN THREE PARTS
Session I: Spanish Introduction and Vocabulary
Session II: Spanish Grammar
Session III: Basic Spanish Conversation

To speak Spanish, you need three things: know the words that make up the language (the vocabulary); know the rules for putting those words together (the grammar); and you need to practice what you learn from vocabulary and grammar (conversation). In this three part class, you will personalize your learning program. Choose one, two, or all three parts. By the end of the 12 classes, you’ll have a strong grounding in Spanish language. After that, it will take only practice to become fluent.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-133-01: all 3 classes/$165
Note:
Students need to purchase the text Spanish is Fun. The text is available in the Alverno College Bookstore.


SPANISH INTRODUCTION AND VOCABULARY
4 Tuesdays, February 17 – March 10

In this first-level class, you will be introduced to Spanish vocabulary and some basic grammar. Each class will address specific vocabulary based on the needs of the students, and will reinforce pronunciation.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-300-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


SPANISH GRAMMAR
4 Tuesdays, March 17 – April 7

Building upon a basic foundation in Spanish language, this class will help you better understand, and practice, parts of speech in Spanish. Students should have taken the Introduction class, Spanish I, or another Spanish language course.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor  

TFL-311-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


BASIC SPANISH CONVERSATION
4 Tuesdays, April 14 – May 5

Once you have a grounding in grammar and vocabulary, you can form an infinite number of sentences and explore a variety of subjects. This class is intended for students who have taken both the Introduction and Grammar classes, Spanish I, or another Spanish language course.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-310-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


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GERMAN FAMILIARIZED
8 Wednesdays, March 4 – April 29 (no class April 8)

English is a Germanic language, but English—and American language and culture—is entering the German psyche as well. In this exciting class on language and comparative culture, you will learn to read and speak German in an “out of the box” approach: by using the thousands of cognates found in the English language. And because language is the main transmitter of culture, you will also learn about the cultural nuances which will familiarize you even more with German language.

Instructor: John Schissler Jr., retired Latin and German Immersion Teacher, English Department Chair at John Marshall High School

TFL-111-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$141


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INDIAN CULTURE AND HINDI LANGUAGE
5 Thursdays, April 16 – May 21 (plus optional dinner/lunch)

Gain an understanding of the rich and diverse culture of India, with additional exploration of the Hindi language. You will become familiar with this broad region’s multiple histories, dialects, social and religious traditions, as well as cultural topics such as literature, film, art, and music. Learn some of the Devanagari script as you are introduced to Hindi, the official and most prominent language of India. We will also watch a “Bollywood” movie with a discussion afterwards. An optional dinner or lunch at an Indian restaurant completes your introduction to Indian culture!

Instructor: Sunita Wadhwa

TFL-150-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$98
Note: Indian dinner or lunch is optional and on-your-own.


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SPANISH IN THE WORKPLACE
Interested in Spanish vocabulary and language basics for a group of educators, healthcare or mental health workers? We can create a class designed to meet your group’s needs! Contact Laura Sear at 414-382-6177 or laura.sear@alverno.edu to discuss details.


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