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Telesis Classes Spring/Summer 2014

Enrichment opportunities include foreign languages, literary explorations, history and culture.generic image for Telesis Academic classes page

 

Adventures in History: Ben Franklin and his Sister Jane

Birth Order

Continuing/Conversational Spanish

Indian Film Festival

Literary Adventures: Downton Abbey Book Club

Literary Adventures: I Love a Mystery!

Spanish I

Spanish in the Workplace

Staging Your Home to Meet Today's Home Buyer Needs

Telesis Writers Workshop

Women Who Made History: Born to Fly!

 


LITERARY ADVENTURES: DOWNTON ABBEY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, April 16

Attend this one-time meeting of the Downton Abbey “Book Club” and have fun talking about books—fiction and non-fiction—that bring to life the by-gone world of the PBS series Downton Abbey. We’ll look at English life both “upstairs and downstairs” by discussing two fascinating books: To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace and Below Stairs by Margaret Powell, the memoir of a spirited kitchen maid who moved up in the world to become a cook. You don’t have to read either book in advance to enjoy the discussion. Yes, there will be a book list for you and your book club!

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-862-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$32


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WOMEN WHO MADE HISTORY: BORN TO FLY!
Wednesday, May 14

The amazing story of pioneering American women aviators is one of courage, daring and determination. We’ll discuss Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindberg—including the historical novel The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin about Anne—but we’ll also look at the lives and times of lesser-known women pilots from Bessie Coleman to Elinor Smith and Jacqueline Cochran, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP): the brave women pilots of World War II.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-753-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$32


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SPANISH I
10 Mondays, June 16 – August 18

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/$153

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


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CONTINUING/CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
10 Wednesdays, June 18 – August 20

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./$153


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TELESIS WRITERS WORKSHOP
Explore Your World Through Writing!
3 Saturdays, June 21, July 19 and August 9

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./$78


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BIRTH ORDER
Tuesday, June 17

Are first-borns bossy? Are middle children compromisers? Do babies of the family tend to be manipulative? Some researchers contend that the order of your birth—whether you are the first-born, a middle child, the baby of the family or an only child— has a profound effect on your identity, your personality and even your health. This class provides an opportunity to review the research and to explore the effects of birth order on you, your siblings, your children and even your co-workers.

Instructor: Sandra J. Christensen, BA, Speaker, Writer and Adult Educator

TLR-109-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34


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ADVENTURES IN HISTORY
The Worlds of Ben Franklin and his Sister Jane
Thursday, June 19

Benjamin Franklin is deservedly famous as a printer, writer, statesman and diplomat, but most people have never heard of his gifted, spirited sister Jane. We’ll make history come alive as we tell their fascinating, but very different, life-and-times stories against a revealing backdrop of women’s history. We’ll share Ben’s adventures and contrast his world with Jane’s. We’ll also include Jill Lapore’s recent biography Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin in our discussion.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-749-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
4 Tuesdays, June 17 – July 15 (no class on July 1)

The Indian film industry has been ranked at the top in terms of annual output. Films made in India are enjoyed throughout the world, and combine dramatic dialogue and spectacular song and dance sequences which cater to the needs of all audiences. This very mix of romance, melodrama and action is at the heart of why Indian Cinema continues to affect everybody in such profound ways. Join us in viewing and discussing several Indian films.

Instructor: Sunita Wadhwa

TCA-620-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$82


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STAGING YOUR HOME TO MEET TODAY’S HOME BUYER NEEDS
Thursday, July 10

Thinking of selling your home and overwhelmed by the thought of what to do to prepare your home to sell?  This class offers a road map on how to make your home appealing to today’s buyer, without breaking the bank, using professional tips that you can do yourself.  Discover the latest paint colors, how to position furniture to maximize space and simple décor ideas to create emotion when you walk in a room. Not selling right now? This is a great class to get ideas to freshen up your home to enjoy for yourself!

Instructors: Tina Balaka, Accredited Staging Professional and Realtor, and Dawn Kamalian, Staging Specialist and Realtor, Shorewest Realtors

TPD-874-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34


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LITERARY ADVENTURES: I Love a Mystery!
Thursday, August 7

Agatha Christie was world famous as a writer or detective fiction, but Christie was also a woman of mystery herself. We’ll begin by telling her own story—as dramatic and compelling as any she wrote. Then we’ll take a lively look at many other great women mystery writers in England and America in the context of literary history. 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 and others who love mysteries.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-834-01
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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