Institute for Adult Learning Classes

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Note: All IAL classes will be held in the Higher Education Building unless they require a special room or there is a conflicting time with another class. The IAL classroom, HEC-210, will be used for most classes unless otherwise specified.

Course No./Title/Description/Dates/Times
CEL 129 Spanish for Beginners (continued)
Students will learn to speak using complete sentences in order to obtain information and respond in Spanish to native speakers. Students will clarify grammatical points and apply what they learn. The book Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day will be used.
Section S
2/2/2015 - 3/2/2015
M  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Marjorie Engelmeyer
CES 315 Yoga
Help reverse the negative effects of a less than optimal diet and a sedentary, stressed-out lifestyle with this style of yoga that combines the postures of Hatha yoga with yogic breathing, relaxation, and meditation. The practice of Kripalu yoga guides us to develop an awareness of body alignment as we move in and out of the postures, connecting breath with movement, exploring ways to still the mind, settle the body, and nourish the spirit.
Section S
2/2/2015 - 2/23/2015
M  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Darleen Greer
CES 202 Tasting Fine Wines in Europe
This wine tasting course will introduce fine European wines to class members who want value and quality for their wine dollar. The wine regions of Port (Portugal), Tuscany (Italy), Germany & Beaujolais (France) will be featured. There is a $25 materials fee for this class, due at the time of registration.
Section S
2/3/2015 - 2/24/2015
T  3:00 - 4:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: William Shepard
CES 328 Wouldn't You Rather Be on a Cruise? (Our Canadian and Mexican Neighbors)
This insider look at Canada, New England and Mexico will give course participants what even cruise passengers often miss. Fascinating details on the cultures and history of our neighbor’s including the role of the United States!
Section S
2/3/2015 - 2/24/2015
T  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: William Shepard
CES 416 Zentangle (Tile Variations)
Building upon what you learned in Zentangle Basics, you will learn 4 to 5 new tangles each week. Each new tangle will be broken down into easy to follow steps. Shading and sparkle will be taught in more depth as work is done on round and black tiles. You will need to bring the Zentangle Starter Kit that you received in your Basic class. Tiles will be provided. You must have taken the Zentangle Basics class to enroll in this class. There is a $5 materials fee for this class, due at the time of registration.
Section S
2/3/2015 - 2/24/2015
T  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Susan Green
CEL 004 James Bond: A Cultural Icon
In the second half of the 20th Century, James Bond has become a cultural phenomenon. Why? Between 1952 and his death in 1966, Ian Fleming published 12 novels and two short story collections about Bond. Since 1962 seven actors have portrayed 007 in 25 films. We will examine all aspects of this cultural icon to make sense of why modern society creates and supports "heroes" like James Bond. If you prefer your classes shaken, not stirred, this is the course for you!
Section S
2/4/2015 - 3/4/2015
W  8:45 - 10:15 am
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: John H. Wieczoreck
CEL 014 Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being" was the first runner up for the Mann Booker prize in 2013. In this course we will review and compare Muriel Barbery's "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" and this novel. It serves in a way as a context, or perhaps only as evidence that similar ideas are in the air around the globe, at the same time.
Section S
2/4/2015 - 2/18/2015
W  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC 117
Instructor: Margot Miller, Ph.D.
CES 542 Community Theatre
What goes into mounting a full-length drama? Or a musical? In today's cultural environment where big city professional theatres are struggling to stay open, regional 'amateur' productions are becoming especially important alternatives. Those of us living in rural areas (like Maryland's Eastern Shore) rely on regional community theatres to fill the need for quality dramatic presentations. Local actors, directors, producers and other community theatre people will participate in presenting aspects of this class.
Section S
2/4/2015 - 3/4/2015
W  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: John H. Wieczoreck and Juanita Wieczoreck
CEL 025 Rocks and Minerals
These are not your typical 60 tiny samples (from the driveway, no less?) in a partitioned box set of rocks and minerals. These are fist sized chunks that everyone can readily learn from. We are going to learn how, by using various tests, to identify rocks and minerals. Once we do that, we are going to plunge right in. We'll start by learning the minerals on Moh's Scale of Hardness, and then the many varieties of quartz, the ore-forming minerals, the rock-forming minerals, and lastly, some really interesting minerals that are neat to have around the house on display or in a personal collection.
Section S
2/5/2015 - 3/12/2015
Th  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Frank Benjamin
CEL 015 Foundations of Italian
Explore the basic language skills to enhance the Italian travel experience. Students will learn words and phrases and correct pronunciation so that they can effectively conduct dialogue employing the elements of Italian learned through oral drills, vocabulary, and grammar. The book Italian Made Simple, will be used (ISBN-13: 9780767915397). Textbook is required on first day of class. The instructor is a native speaker born and raised in Vicenza.
Section S
2/6/2015 - 3/6/2015
F  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Nelli Rocco
CEL 023 Art in the 21st Century (A Global View)
Twenty-first century art is dynamic and global. Not limited to America and Europe, artists in China, Japan, the Middle East and Latin America, to name a few, are creating works that are beautiful, funny, controversial, provocative, and that comment on the environment, politics, current events and more. Painters and sculptors continue to mirror human experience and cultural change.
Section S
2/6/2015 - 3/6/2015
F  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Meredith R. Smith
CEL 066 Personal Political Identity: Placing Yourself on the Spectrum
This course is designed to introduce the layperson to politics and personal political identity. This course will include brief in-class readings and activities, Socratic seminars, brief lectures and discussion. The culmination of the course will see each course member reach his or her conclusions regarding their own personal political identity.
Section S
2/12/2015 - 3/12/2015
Th  10:30 am - 12:00 noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Steve Kinlock
CEL 026 Nutrition for a Healthy Life (Diet for our Brain and our Heart)
What you eat to keep your heart healthy is also likely to keep your brain healthy. As we get past 50 many of us start to think about our heart but what we eat for our heart has now been shown to help our brain with thinking and memory skills. What are those powerful foods for our heart that taste great and may also preserve memory and reduce the odds of developing dementia?
Section S
3/2/2015 - 3/30/2015
M  3:00 - 4:30 pm (no class 3/16)
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Dr. Julianna Pax
CEL 104 Current Events
Facilitators will lead participant-directed current events discussion sessions. Topics will be identified weekly by class members from their reading of newspapers and news magazines, and should be wide-ranging, including science, the environment, business, medicine, world events, politics, sports and religion. The objective of this course will be to stimulate discussion, to foster respect for differing points of view, to explore unfamiliar areas and to learn from one another.
Section S
3/2/2015 - 4/6/2015
M  10:00 - 11:30 am
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Mary Whitehead and Larry Blount
CEL 067 Informal Intro into Jung and Personality
This course is designed to introduce the layperson to some of the views of Carl Jung with particular emphasis on a consideration of personality. The course will include brief in-class readings and activities, Socratic seminars, brief lectures and discussion. The culmination of the course will see each course member reach his or her conclusions regarding Jung and personality.
Section S
3/3/2015 - 4/7/2015
T  1:00 - 2:30 pm (no class 3/17)
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Steve Kinlock
CEL 226 Great Decisions (New 2015 Topics)
This course will introduce complex foreign policy decisionmaking. Students broaden their outlook on major issues worldwide while they examine contextual information about global issues, improve decision making skills through class discussion and debate and broaden their outlook on major issues worldwide and become better informed “world citizens”. Students should order the Great Decisions Briefing Book, 2015 edition, at a cost of $22, prior to the beginning of the class. It may be ordered from the Foreign Policy Association via the Internet at www.fpa.org. Click on “Great Decisions.” The mailing address is Foreign Policy Association, 470 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, 10016. The phone number is 212-481-8100.
Section S
3/9/2015 - 5/4/2015
M  1:00 - 2:30 pm (no class 3/16)
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Dr. Javris Cain
CES 042 German Cuisine
German food is known as hearty European food, but it does not have to be that way. It uses fresh vegetables, dried fruit, wurst, hams, veal and beef - and the desserts are so delicious. There is a materials fee of $25 that is due at the time of registration.
Section S
3/11/2015
W  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WMC  TPAC Kitchen
Instructor: Katherine Moose
CEL 106 Horticulture
A selection of horticultural topics of interest will be presented for homeowners. In this series, there are topics such as urban homesteading, residential wildlife management, constructing a vegetable garden calendar, understanding beneficial entomology, and much more. Topics & instructors may vary weekly. Hosted by University of Maryland Extension Talbot County and Queen Anne's County Master Gardeners.
Section S
3/13/2015 - 4/10/2015
F  10:30 am - noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: University of Maryland Cooperative Education
CES 463 Basic Dance Steps
This is a beginner dance class where students will learn the basic dance steps for a different dance style each week. Students will also learn a routine to go with each basic dance step learned. This class is definitely for someone who wants to get some exercise for a healthy lifestyle and have fun. Dances will include: Salsa, Merengue, Line, Mambo, Charleston, Swing, and others, if time permits. You do not need a partner for this class, so come on and join in the fun, and get some exercise!
Section S
3/13/2015 - 4/17/2015
F  1:00 - 2:30 pm (no class 4/3)
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Maxine Wixom
CEL 009 Wisdom Literature in the Bible
THE SACRED WISDOM LITERATURE OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST: Why do such Bible books as Psalms and Proverbs stimulate our lives and loves, our work, our families - past, present and future? Learn how ancient civilizations shared common morality and ethical thinking through the generations of their priestly philosophers and poets. Receive insight on how to read these ancient authors, to live in the here and now. This thrilling seminar of history, literature and philosophy, is as intensively academic as it is inspirational!
Section S
3/18/2015 - 4/8/2015
W  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Rabbi Peter Hyman and Rt. Rev. Joel Marcus Johnson
CEL 065 Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics
This course will examine two fossil sites on the Catskill plateau in New York State, and what the fossils there tell us about the earth's history 440-350 million years ago. We'll contrast the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics, learning at least 6 evidences for plate tectonics, such as sea floor spreading, which will involve us in an interesting activity. Lastly, we will study the ocean basins, to include the Baltimore Canyon and the Pacific Ocean floor. It's a great course! Fossils will be brought to class.
Section S
3/19/2015 - 4/23/2015
Th  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Frank Benjamin
CEL 024 Stories of QA County's Early History
Students will learn facts and stories about some of the courageous and outrageous men who helped shape Queen Anne's County. Learn how Queen Anne's reign and these most prominent men's early 1800s careers shaped life here on the Upper Shore.
Section S
3/25/2015 - 4/15/2015
W  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Mary Margaret Goodwin
CES 408 Ukranian Cuisine
Ukraine has been so much in the news with sad events taking place, but the country has a wonderful diverse cuisine. The country is the bread basket for Europe. It also uses wild game, fish from the Black Sea, wild mushrooms, and just delicious food. There is a materials fee of $25 that is due at the time of registration.
Section S
4/8/2015
W  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WMC  TPAC Kitchen
Instructor: Katherine Moose
CES 315 Yoga
Help reverse the negative effects of a less than optimal diet and a sedentary, stressed-out lifestyle with this style of yoga that combines the postures of Hatha yoga with yogic breathing, relaxation, and meditation. The practice of Kripalu yoga guides us to develop an awareness of body alignment as we move in and out of the postures, connecting breath with movement, exploring ways to still the mind, settle the body, and nourish the spirit.
Section S1
4/13/2015 - 5/4/2015
M  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Darleen Greer
CEL 097 From Colonies to Final Independence
This course will examine the reasons for establishing colonies in North America and their growth and development. The course will also trace the involvement of the colonies in European wars and the growing desire for independence and the reasons for a second war for Independence known as the war of 1812.
Section S
4/15/2015 - 5/13/2015
W  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Robert Springer
CEL 113 German for Beginners Plus
This course will provide language skills and also cultural and historical background information. Some German knowledge is required; this class is aimed at better conversational skills combined with stronger grammar applications. Prepare better for your possible journey to Germany or to read documents concerning your heritage. Discover some of Germany's history, geography, political structure and great composers, poets, philosophers and personalities. Class will be taught by a German native. Students will need to purchase book Essential German Grammar $5.95 by authors Guy Stern and Everett Bleiler, ISBN-13: 978-0-486-20422-2 prior to the start of class.
Section S
4/16/2015 - 5/21/2015
Th  10:30 am - noon
WMC  HEC-117
Instructor: Anna Christina DeGroodt

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