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Telesis Classes Fall 2014

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Appreciating Architecture… And Why It Matters

Continuing/Conversational Spanish

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

History of Buddhist Thought

Neo-Mythology: Words of the Myths

Rev Up Your Book Club

Spanish I

Telesis Writers Workshop

Understanding the Two Koreas

Write to Transform

Women Who Made History: Florence Nightingale

 

 

SPANISH I
12 Mondays, September 22 – December 8

Learn to speak Spanish through an easy and simple method. In this course, you will acquire a basic knowledge of the practical, everyday, spoken language. You will also learn about Spanish history, culture and customs.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-300-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit: 20/$165

NOTE:  Students need to purchase the text Spanish is Fun, available in the Alverno College Bookstore.


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CONTINUING/CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
12 Wednesdays, September 24 – December 17 (no class November 26)

Are you looking for a way to practice your Spanish conversational skills over the summer without having to take a more formalized Spanish class? This class will provide you with a variety of activities and scenarios to build your conversational skills in Spanish. Instructor feedback will also be a significant part of the conversational learning experience. There is no textbook used for this class.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-310-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$165


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TELESIS WRITERS WORKSHOP
Explore Your World Through Writing!
4 Saturdays, September 27, October 25, November 22, and December 13

Discover how you can create a writing life designed to make your creative dreams come true while shaping a rewarding life of literary adventures for yourself. In this workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with your literary lineage and learn more about—and experiment with—forms your writing might take. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this workshop offers you a chance to chart your course as a writer and enjoy the adventure in the good 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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NEO-MYTHOLOGY: WORDS OF THE MYTHS
6 Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12

Greek and Roman mythology have been the source for thousands of words in our common vocabulary. About 65% of our words come from Greek and Latin; these “dead” languages are still pumping new life into the English language today. In this class you will discover these common roots and derivatives which will propel you into a world of more current vocabulary by exploring the exciting tales of the epic heroes of antiquity. Learn about these dynamic characters while increasing your word power through their adventures.

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

TLR-325-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112


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UNDERSTANDING THE TWO KOREAS
3 Tuesdays, October 7 – 21

It is an understatement to say that “Korea” is in the news. Nuclear detonations, war threats, disasters—it is almost impossible to pick up a paper and not find something about Korea. This course will provide a brief introduction to Korea—both north and south. We will discuss how this ancient land came to be divided, the causes and consequences of the Korean War, and the technical state of war that continues to this day. We will also look at life and culture in both the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Instructor: Dimitri D. Lazo, PhD, Emeritus Professor of History at Alverno College, and former Visiting Professor in the School of International Studies at the Catholic University of Korea

TPD-760-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$66


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APPRECIATING ARCHITECTURE… AND WHY IT MATTERS
Thursday, October 9 (lecture) and Friday, October 10 (walking tour)

Architecture truly matters when it moves us—when it goes beyond just shelter and takes on qualities of art. In this class we will use well-known Milwaukee buildings and apply very basic criteria to evaluate them. In the first session, the class will look at the teachings of a few modern architects and explore wholeness, beauty, freedom, and nature. We will see how architects designed schools, residences, offices, and sacred buildings to better serve human needs. And we will consider how architects bring people together with landscape design. In the second session, we will walk Wisconsin Avenue from the Plankinton Building to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Twelve architectural styles will be studied, from the 19th to the 21st century.

Instructor: Jerome Trewyn, Docent for Historic Milwaukee and for the Milwaukee Art Museum

TPD-640-01
Thursday, October 9 lecture: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 10 tour: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$50
Note:
Participants must be able to walk/travel on city sidewalks for over 2 hours. No transportation is provided.

Join us for additional tours in Milwaukee!


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REV UP YOUR BOOKCLUB! MAKE IT A LITERARY ADVENTURE
Wednesday, October 15

Would you like to learn the secrets of a professional book discussion leader—and watch your book group come alive? Discover how you can enjoy livelier, more satisfying discussions. Learn tips for successfully facilitating group discussions and ways to quickly solve common problems that slow discussions down. Take home lots of great “what to read” ideas and suggestions for creating a rewarding reading list. We’ll include a “mini-discussion” of Christina Baker Kline’s novel, Orphan Train, but you don’t need to read the book to enjoy the workshop. And if you don’t already belong to a book group, learn how to start one and have fun meeting other leaders!

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-822-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT
3 Thursdays, October 16 – 30

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.

Instructor: 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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WRITE TO TRANSFORM
Use Journaling to Feel Better and Achieve More
Monday, October 20

Did you know that journaling improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity, supports you in achieving your goals, increases your longevity, and more? You’ll learn life-transforming exercises from the instructor’s writing experience and her study of positive psychology and narrative therapy. She’s used these exercises with her clients and with Dream Keepers, the students in her Tween and Teen Writing Group. Now it’s your turn—prepare to be changed!

Instructor: Rochelle Melander, author and professional writing coach

TPD-119-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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HISTORY OF BUDDHIST THOUGHT
6 Tuesdays, November 4 – December 9

Buddhism is not just a religion; it is also a philosophical tradition that delves into questions concerning the nature of human existence. While the Buddha himself believed compassionate activity was more important than philosophical speculation, 25 centuries of Buddhist scholarship has plumbed the depths of philosophy to elucidate his teachings. This course surveys the development of Buddhist thought, beginning with the teachings of the Buddha himself. We’ll explore the early tenets of the realist schools and then analyze later positions held by the idealist schools. Next we’ll examine the sutras schools of Mahayana Buddhism. Finally, we’ll witness the great flowering of Buddhist thought in Zen philosophy. Since no philosophy grows in a void, we’ll place Buddhist thought in its wider context. In the end we hope to find answers to life’s great questions from a Buddhist perspective.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

TPD-463-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112

Join us for a Buddhist Temple Tour in Milwaukee on Spetember 13!


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WOMEN WHO MADE HISTORY: FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
“The Lady with the Lamp”
Wednesday, November 5

You are familiar with Florence Nightingale’s place in history, but you may be surprised to learn her incredible, largely unknown, life-and-times story. We’ll talk about her heroic efforts during the Crimean War, and briefly discuss the history of nursing to better understand her dynamic role in reinventing nursing as an important role for women in the Victorian era. We’ll also talk a little bit about Queen Victoria and what life was really like for women in the Victorian world.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-753-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34


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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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