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Wednesday October 20, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    ZOOM--CHARACTER OF PHYSICAL LAW - Zoom--Character of Physical Law
Richard Feynman's Messenger Lectures, a seven-part lecture series delivered at Cornell University, will form the framework for our discussions. The lectures have been published and are available on the web. Richard's presentation will use this series which will focus on what physical theory is all about. Discussions will be presented from a philosophical perspective, but quantitative thinking will be essential. The course is designed to provide a perspective to understand the overall goals of physics research, and how physicists think.We will be using Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZJSUNI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)Free online: (https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kroch/courses/lx550/readings/feynman1-4.pdf)
 
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM    ZOOM--HETERODOX ECONOMICS: MODERN MONEY THEORY - Zoom-Heterodox Economics: Modern Money Theory
The Zoom course is part lecture part student questions and discussion. Modern Money Theory (MMT) predicted the Great Recession. Orthodox, economists from right (Mankiw) to left (Krugman) did not. MMT offers some surprising remedies to current social problems, providing seldom-heard solutions for National "Debt."So...it's not about business as usual, and the class takes only six sessions. Participants get about 60 pages of material (maximum 20 pages of reading per class, typically less), for class discussion background. People who have taken the seminar and/or read the material have said “I’ll never look at the economy the same way again.”Once you've registered, you will receive the link to download the book. 
 
Thursday October 21, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Zoom--AROUND THE WORLD MYSTERIOUSLY (New class size limit of 25) CLASS IS NOW FULL! - Zoom - Around the World Mysteriously (Limit 25)
This Zoom course features mysteries where the setting itself is a major character whether for geographic, cultural/historical, or political reasons. The novels are set in Tibet, North Korea, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, and post-Soviet Russia--locales that are likely to be unfamiliar to the usual mystery novel reader. Books to be discussed are:--- The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison--- A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church--- Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson--- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris--- The Man who Walked like a Bear by Stuart KaminskyAll the books are available through interlibrary loan (Minerva or Maine CAT) or for purchase through online sellers such as Amazon and ABE Books.The first class will be a discussion of mysteries as a genre.Class size limit increased from 20 to 25 due to popularity.
 
Monday October 25, 2021
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM    Zoom--INTRODUCTION to the FUN of PLAYING the UKULELE (Limit 10) - Zoom--Introduction to the Fun of Playing the Ukulele (Limit 10)
Research has shown that learning to play any musical instrument has positive emotional, cognitive and physical benefits for any senior. A ukulele is an excellent starter instrument. We will enjoy learning to play in a fun, supportive atmosphere. How advanced you become is up to you. Try a sing-along with your grandkids, or sonatas.The emphasis for this Zoom course is on practical hands-on experiences from day one. We will play music together in every class. A background in music is not required as we use the folk tradition of "Hear one--Play one." Paul is willing to once again teach his well-loved course on Zoom since in-person is not an option, so he will need class members to turn on their microphones and play in order for him to tell if chords are being played correctly. Topics include: tuning, basic chords, basic strums, and purchasing and maintenance of equipment. Methods to overcome the limitations of aging, with stretching exercises will be provided. The emphasis will always be on useful skills. As Paul says, "Things I wish my  ukulele-playing mom told me!"
 
Tuesday October 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    ZOOM--EXPERIMENTING WITH WATERCOLOR FALL 2021 (Limit 10) - Zoom--Experimenting with Watercolor Fall 2021 (Limit 10)
This course will provide an introduction to and/or a review of watercolor media and techniques. Participants will gain experience working with this entertaining and challenging media. The participants can be beginning students or those with some experience...we can adjust the projects to the needs of the individual. Participants will learn about watercolor basics and will practice a variety of techniques. Zoom time will be used for critiques and demonstrations and participants will have suggested assignments to complete.The first class will provide an introduction to paints, brushes, and paper, etc. Participants will be given some practice exercises to complete before the next class. Each class period will provide time for critique of finished work, questions and comments, and an introduction to the next project. My hope is that critique, comments, and demonstration will take about 30 -45 minutes - then the remaining time will be used for participants to work on the assignment for the week. Materials:Kal will go over materials during the first class, but in case participants want to gather things ahead of time, a list is included below. Materials can be purchased on line at Dick Blick or other art supply companies. General suggestions:   1. A set of watercolor tubes (student grade is a good place to start - not too cheap or   expensive, Cottman, Grumbacher, and Winsor Newton are good, reliable brands)   2. A few watercolor brushes (soft hair brushes-small, medium, and large)   3. Watercolor paper (pads of 140 lb., and a board to use to support the paper)   4. Palette - larger is more useful than smaller   5. Painter's tape is useful to hold down the paper while you work   6. Container for water, a sponge, paper towels, pencil, eraser, waterproof ink pen, etc.   7. Small bottle of liquid masque (if you wish)   8. Other items will be discussed as the class progresses
 
Wednesday October 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    ZOOM--CHARACTER OF PHYSICAL LAW - Zoom--Character of Physical Law
Richard Feynman's Messenger Lectures, a seven-part lecture series delivered at Cornell University, will form the framework for our discussions. The lectures have been published and are available on the web. Richard's presentation will use this series which will focus on what physical theory is all about. Discussions will be presented from a philosophical perspective, but quantitative thinking will be essential. The course is designed to provide a perspective to understand the overall goals of physics research, and how physicists think.We will be using Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZJSUNI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)Free online: (https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kroch/courses/lx550/readings/feynman1-4.pdf)
 
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM    ZOOM--HETERODOX ECONOMICS: MODERN MONEY THEORY - Zoom-Heterodox Economics: Modern Money Theory
The Zoom course is part lecture part student questions and discussion. Modern Money Theory (MMT) predicted the Great Recession. Orthodox, economists from right (Mankiw) to left (Krugman) did not. MMT offers some surprising remedies to current social problems, providing seldom-heard solutions for National "Debt."So...it's not about business as usual, and the class takes only six sessions. Participants get about 60 pages of material (maximum 20 pages of reading per class, typically less), for class discussion background. People who have taken the seminar and/or read the material have said “I’ll never look at the economy the same way again.”Once you've registered, you will receive the link to download the book. 
 
Thursday October 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Zoom--AROUND THE WORLD MYSTERIOUSLY (New class size limit of 25) CLASS IS NOW FULL! - Zoom - Around the World Mysteriously (Limit 25)
This Zoom course features mysteries where the setting itself is a major character whether for geographic, cultural/historical, or political reasons. The novels are set in Tibet, North Korea, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, and post-Soviet Russia--locales that are likely to be unfamiliar to the usual mystery novel reader. Books to be discussed are:--- The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison--- A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church--- Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson--- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris--- The Man who Walked like a Bear by Stuart KaminskyAll the books are available through interlibrary loan (Minerva or Maine CAT) or for purchase through online sellers such as Amazon and ABE Books.The first class will be a discussion of mysteries as a genre.Class size limit increased from 20 to 25 due to popularity.
 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Zoom--NORSE MYTHOLOGY - Zoom --NORSE MYTHOLOGY
This course will introduce students to the Prose Edda, one of the main texts that has preserved Norse mythology from the Middle Ages. Each session will focus on a different story or set of stories from the Edda and other sources of the mythology, giving the students an overview of the various exploits of the Norse pantheon. We will also discuss the variety of difficulties of reconstructing a medieval belief system in the present day, the provenance and origins of the Prose Edda itself, and how this mythology has influenced popular culture.
 
Monday November 1, 2021
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM    Zoom--INTRODUCTION to the FUN of PLAYING the UKULELE (Limit 10) - Zoom--Introduction to the Fun of Playing the Ukulele (Limit 10)
Research has shown that learning to play any musical instrument has positive emotional, cognitive and physical benefits for any senior. A ukulele is an excellent starter instrument. We will enjoy learning to play in a fun, supportive atmosphere. How advanced you become is up to you. Try a sing-along with your grandkids, or sonatas.The emphasis for this Zoom course is on practical hands-on experiences from day one. We will play music together in every class. A background in music is not required as we use the folk tradition of "Hear one--Play one." Paul is willing to once again teach his well-loved course on Zoom since in-person is not an option, so he will need class members to turn on their microphones and play in order for him to tell if chords are being played correctly. Topics include: tuning, basic chords, basic strums, and purchasing and maintenance of equipment. Methods to overcome the limitations of aging, with stretching exercises will be provided. The emphasis will always be on useful skills. As Paul says, "Things I wish my  ukulele-playing mom told me!"
 
Tuesday November 2, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    ZOOM--EXPERIMENTING WITH WATERCOLOR FALL 2021 (Limit 10) - Zoom--Experimenting with Watercolor Fall 2021 (Limit 10)
This course will provide an introduction to and/or a review of watercolor media and techniques. Participants will gain experience working with this entertaining and challenging media. The participants can be beginning students or those with some experience...we can adjust the projects to the needs of the individual. Participants will learn about watercolor basics and will practice a variety of techniques. Zoom time will be used for critiques and demonstrations and participants will have suggested assignments to complete.The first class will provide an introduction to paints, brushes, and paper, etc. Participants will be given some practice exercises to complete before the next class. Each class period will provide time for critique of finished work, questions and comments, and an introduction to the next project. My hope is that critique, comments, and demonstration will take about 30 -45 minutes - then the remaining time will be used for participants to work on the assignment for the week. Materials:Kal will go over materials during the first class, but in case participants want to gather things ahead of time, a list is included below. Materials can be purchased on line at Dick Blick or other art supply companies. General suggestions:   1. A set of watercolor tubes (student grade is a good place to start - not too cheap or   expensive, Cottman, Grumbacher, and Winsor Newton are good, reliable brands)   2. A few watercolor brushes (soft hair brushes-small, medium, and large)   3. Watercolor paper (pads of 140 lb., and a board to use to support the paper)   4. Palette - larger is more useful than smaller   5. Painter's tape is useful to hold down the paper while you work   6. Container for water, a sponge, paper towels, pencil, eraser, waterproof ink pen, etc.   7. Small bottle of liquid masque (if you wish)   8. Other items will be discussed as the class progresses
 
Wednesday November 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    ZOOM--CHARACTER OF PHYSICAL LAW - Zoom--Character of Physical Law
Richard Feynman's Messenger Lectures, a seven-part lecture series delivered at Cornell University, will form the framework for our discussions. The lectures have been published and are available on the web. Richard's presentation will use this series which will focus on what physical theory is all about. Discussions will be presented from a philosophical perspective, but quantitative thinking will be essential. The course is designed to provide a perspective to understand the overall goals of physics research, and how physicists think.We will be using Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZJSUNI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)Free online: (https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kroch/courses/lx550/readings/feynman1-4.pdf)
 
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM    ZOOM--HETERODOX ECONOMICS: MODERN MONEY THEORY - Zoom-Heterodox Economics: Modern Money Theory
The Zoom course is part lecture part student questions and discussion. Modern Money Theory (MMT) predicted the Great Recession. Orthodox, economists from right (Mankiw) to left (Krugman) did not. MMT offers some surprising remedies to current social problems, providing seldom-heard solutions for National "Debt."So...it's not about business as usual, and the class takes only six sessions. Participants get about 60 pages of material (maximum 20 pages of reading per class, typically less), for class discussion background. People who have taken the seminar and/or read the material have said “I’ll never look at the economy the same way again.”Once you've registered, you will receive the link to download the book. 
 
Thursday November 4, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Zoom--AROUND THE WORLD MYSTERIOUSLY (New class size limit of 25) CLASS IS NOW FULL! - Zoom - Around the World Mysteriously (Limit 25)
This Zoom course features mysteries where the setting itself is a major character whether for geographic, cultural/historical, or political reasons. The novels are set in Tibet, North Korea, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, and post-Soviet Russia--locales that are likely to be unfamiliar to the usual mystery novel reader. Books to be discussed are:--- The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison--- A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church--- Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson--- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris--- The Man who Walked like a Bear by Stuart KaminskyAll the books are available through interlibrary loan (Minerva or Maine CAT) or for purchase through online sellers such as Amazon and ABE Books.The first class will be a discussion of mysteries as a genre.Class size limit increased from 20 to 25 due to popularity.
 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Zoom--NORSE MYTHOLOGY - Zoom --NORSE MYTHOLOGY
This course will introduce students to the Prose Edda, one of the main texts that has preserved Norse mythology from the Middle Ages. Each session will focus on a different story or set of stories from the Edda and other sources of the mythology, giving the students an overview of the various exploits of the Norse pantheon. We will also discuss the variety of difficulties of reconstructing a medieval belief system in the present day, the provenance and origins of the Prose Edda itself, and how this mythology has influenced popular culture.
 
Thursday November 11, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Zoom--NORSE MYTHOLOGY - Zoom --NORSE MYTHOLOGY
This course will introduce students to the Prose Edda, one of the main texts that has preserved Norse mythology from the Middle Ages. Each session will focus on a different story or set of stories from the Edda and other sources of the mythology, giving the students an overview of the various exploits of the Norse pantheon. We will also discuss the variety of difficulties of reconstructing a medieval belief system in the present day, the provenance and origins of the Prose Edda itself, and how this mythology has influenced popular culture.