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Continuing Education: Academic

Telesis Classes Summer 2013

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Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Film, Fact and Fiction

Adventures in History: The World of Downton Abbey

Continuing/Conversational Spanish

The Fifteen Minute Poet

Spanish I

Telesis Writers Workshop: Write Where You Are

 

ABRAHAM AND MARY LINCOLN IN FILM, FACT AND FICTION
Wednesday, June 26

Abraham Lincoln’s masterful leadership during the turbulent years of the Civil War made him one of our three greatest presidents. We’ll recount Lincoln’s remarkable life-and-times story including his lifelong love affair with first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. We’ll discuss his leadership and consider the roles of his colorful cabinet and of influential women of that era, including Kate Chase and Clara Barton. We’ll also consider Jennifer Chiaverini’s novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmakerwhich brings Elizabeth Keckley’s story to life—as well as the recent film, Lincoln. No need to have read the novel or seen the movie to enjoy this discussion!

Instructor: Jo McReynolds-Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-746-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$32

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ADVENTURES IN HISTORY: The World of Downton Abbey
Wednesday, July 24

From the sinking of the RMS Titanic, through the years of World War I, to the “new woman” and life in the lively 1920s, we’ll explore the fascinating fictional world of the PBS series Downton Abbey—and the rapidly changing, equally fascinating real world of that era from the standpoint of women’s history. By looking back at the past, you’ll gain a better understanding of what it means to be a woman today in 21st century America. You’ll take home a list of books—including novels—that offer exciting possibilities for reading more about the world of Downton Abbey. And yes, we’ll make a little time to discuss the on-going plot and your favorite characters!

Instructor: Jo McReynolds-Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-862-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$32


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CONTINUING/CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
10 Wednesdays, June 19 – August 28 (no class July 3)

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./$151

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THE FIFTEEN MINUTE POET
How to Express Yourself, Have more Fun and Connect Creatively with Life!
Wednesday, August 14

Put the pleasure and power of creativity to work in your life by becoming a fifteen-minute poet. No matter how busy you are, you can find fifteen minutes to connect with yourself, your world and your creativity. Have fun discovering how you can enrich and enjoy your life more by playing with poetry. Even if you’ve never written a poem in your life, you’ll go home with at least three you’ve written in this workshop. (No, you don’t have to share your poems with the class if you choose not to!) Learn how to keep a unique poetry journal and discover appealing forms your poems might take. Experienced poets can discover ways to become more creative and productive.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds-Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TCA-437-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$32


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SPANISH I
10 Mondays, June 17 – August 19

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/$151
NOTE:
  Students need to purchase the text Spanish is Fun, available in the Alverno College Bookstore.

 
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TELESIS WRITERS WORKSHOP: WRITE WHERE YOU ARE
3 Saturdays, June 15, July 13 & August 17

Explore your world and express yourself by tapping into your unique material: your own experiences, the people you know, the places you've been and the stories only you can tell. Or let writing take you any place you'd like to go! In this workshop, you'll have an opportunity to share your work and to learn more about—and experiment with—forms your writing might take. Connect with your literary lineage and discover how you can create a rewarding literary life for yourself. 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./$76


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