Institute of Lifelong Learning Announces New Name, Fall Schedule

by Dave on August 4, 2010

The Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning of the University of Delaware in Lewes (formerly known as SDALL) has issued its fall schedule. The Lifelong Learning Institute, established in Lewes in 1989, is offering classes ranging from art to science to performance and opportunities for studies and travel to all over age fifty at its campus located in the Lewes School on Savannah Road, at the Rehoboth Art League and also at Cadbury. For registration information, and a catalog, those interested may call Lifelong Learning office at 302-645-4111.

There will be an orientation for new members and new instructors on Thursday, September 9. Priority registration for this session will close on August 26. The membership fee is $195 for the full academic year or $120 for the fall semester. Scholarships are available. Maximum class size is sixty and all courses are taught by volunteer instructors. Members may gain Internet access through the University of Delaware as a privilege of full year membership. Free parking is available at all sites. Other opportunities include a planned October trip to the Library of Congress led by Jon Newsom, former chief of the music division at the Library.

Singers from Opera Delaware will bring a taste of La Traviata to a preview performance for members at Cadbury on Gill’s Neck Road, Lewes. In the Spring, members may join an annual trip to New York City. Tai Chi enthusiasts meet once a week for lunch and is open to all members. A new program features a video camera workshop that will be ongoing throughout the school year.

Art classes offered include beginning watercolor led by Betty De Boer Pottery with Amie Sloan, stained glass making with Asa and Nancy Robinson, an oil painting workshop with Sandra Moore, Carol Halloran and Ellen Watkins. Bruce Collins will lead a course on pragmatic perspective in painting and drawing,and Robert Chu will instruct an “Acrylic Boot Camp.” Artist Sonia Hunt will teach exploring techniques in watercolor and Elaine Stanhope will once again instruct classes in intermediate and beginning basketry.

Three computer classes are planned: computer evolution with Robert Porta, Intermediate Word with Barbee Kiker and an introduction to Microsoft Word with Gary Lippe.

History buffs can learn about the Irish Potato Famine from Mary Folan, or study old model trains with David Lawrence of the Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club. Dr. Mary Ellen Miller will be back with a study of maritime history in the Middle Ages and Renaissance while Herb Archdeacon will present “The Long Road to Civil War.” David Whalen will explore the case for secularism through author Christopher Hitchen’s best seller, “God Is Not Great.” Jim DeCatur will lead his class on a new look at Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as well as the Bard’s sonnets.

Mary E. Boyd will continue her popular in-depth look at the US Constitution, leading her class to in-depth looks at the courts and cases before them. Jim and Beverly Gayhardt are teaching a class about Sir James M. Barrie, noted British author and playwright. Jon Woodyard returns to the faculty with a new course about ethics, based on the lectures of Harvard professor Dr. Michael Sandel. Another ethics course is available, taught by Richard F. Kauffman, dealing with ethical choices and conflicts.

In their class Joe Lavenia and Toni Worsham will lead a study of Eckhart Tolle’s famous manifesto, “A New Earth.” “Our Thornton Wilder: Novels, Plays and Writings” will be led by Gary and Margo Ramage. Film aficionados’ will enjoy Betty and Gary Grunder’s five sessions of “And the Winner Is” – a study of foreign film Oscar winners.

Fans of Robert Frost’s poetry will have the chance to study his major works in William Zak’s class. “Get on Your Soapbox,” led by Ira Wexler, offers a roundtable discussion of events of current interest and all topics are open to discussion. Robert Gallagher will offer “Aspects of Espionage,” covering CIA case studies of the Cuban missile crisis, the Aldrich Ames case, and other spy topics.

David Shobe, former Foreign Service officer, will take an overview of the partition of Kashmir and Pakistan in 1947.

Doug Yetter of Clear Space Productions, will lead five sessions on “Word Power,” a look at the way words were created from Latin and Greek roots.

Back again with “The Grape Adventure,” Bernie and Delores Fiegel offer two different courses on wine.

Derek Clifton’s course “Financial Workshop” is designed to educate the learner about the foundations of investing. Yoga enthusiasts will travel to the

Village Improvement Association, Rehoboth Beach, for yoga instruction in both Hatha Yoga and Svaroopa style.

Philip Fretz leads a genealogy workshop, answering questions on on-line resources. Four instructors, Susan Pomerantz, Allen Luzak, Lance Manlove, and Dave

Preston present a new course with “Self-sufficiency and Your Home,” dealing with energy auditing, alternative energies, and green remodeling.

Alisha Broughton challenges students with her course, “Understanding My Purpose Driven Life.”

Clear Space’s Ken Skrzesz’ class, “Great Actors and Great Acting,” will examine the acting process through viewing and discussing contemporary

and classic films. Intermediate recorder players will advance their skills in Cissy Johnson and Joanne Ciconte’s “Recorder and Friends.”

Opera class will be at Cadbury at Lewes with Pat Mossel’s leadership, to discuss and view three rarely-performed operas, “Hamlet,”

“Andrea Cenier,” and “Die Walkure.”

More music is on board with Don Stein’s new course, “The Musicals of Leslie Caron.” Jon Newsom returns to present a study of Igor Stravinsky’s works.

Another new class is Winfried Mroz’s “History of Musical Instruments.”

“Introduction to Sociology” led by Joseph R. Pearce, will cover major research methodologies of the field.

English Country dancing is an always popular class with Alex Apostolina and John Bochnowski leading the footwork.

Another long-time favorite returns with “Walk and Talk,” as George Palmer and Joan Ridolfi lead guided exploratory brisk and lively walks throughout the

area. Beginning bridge players can sign up with David W. Bradley for ten sessions. Some experience is required for Ann Nolan’s Mah Jongg sessions.

Jack Boettger will introduce a new class in recreational bicycling in Sussex County. Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Sciorra is back on the schedule in both the

short form and intermediate level. Fall bird watching is led by Bill and Sally Fintel, Jeffrey Gordon, and David Weber and will visit such locations as Indian River Inlet, Cape Henlopen State Park, Prime Hook and other area sites.

Ed Soboczenski will again lead “A Short History of the Planet Earth” and Dean Hoover returns with “Number Patterns and Algebra.”

Knitting and crocheting offer “yarn therapy” with Margaret Martin, Pat Porta, and Mary Ann Oakley.” Roo Brown again leads the singing

group, “Elder Moments.”

Members will be notified by September 9 of class assignments.

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