Ageless Learning Seminars

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@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood

Informative, historical and fun presentations designed to open a world of knowledge to continue your lifelong learning. Open to the general public and free of charge.

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OPENS JAN. 22: Register online for Ageless Learning Seminars

Registration for spring 2019 Continuing Education classes opens on Jan. 7. Ageless Learning Seminar registration opens Jan. 22Call 314-984-7777 to register for spring classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

 

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Ageless Learning Seminars

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

SENR:702 P10 | Th Feb. 21 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Ron Elz

The Road to Independence

SENR:702 P11 | W Feb. 27 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega

Famous Feuds and Rivalries

SENR:702 P12 | Th March 7 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bev Schuetz

Noteworthy and Notorious Women

SENR:702 P13 | Tu March 12 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bellefontaine Cemetery staff

Colonial Unrest

SENR:702 P14 | Th March 14 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega

Untold Stories and Secrets of St. Louis

SENR:702 P15 | W March 20 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Ron Elz

The Crisis: The Role of St. Louis' German Americans in the Civil War

SENR:702 P16 | Tu March 26 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Dorris Keevan-Franke

Ideas of Liberty: The Enlightenment

SENR:702 P17 | Th April 11 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega

The Churchills and the Marriage that Changed History

SENR:702 P18 | Tu April 16 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bev Schuetz

Early St. Louis History: War of 1812 Veterans, Fur Traders, Movers and Shakers

SENR:702 P19 | Th April 18 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bellefontaine Cemetery staff

Holy STL: Places of Worship, Hospitals, Homes and Leaders

SENR:702 P20 | Tu April 23 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Ron Elz

St. Louis' Prominent Germans

SENR:702 P21 | Th April 25 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Dorris Keevan-Franke

The Young George Washington

SENR:702 P22 | Tu April 30 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega

History of the Muny: The Stars and the Music that Reflected the Turbulent Times

SENR:702 P23 | Th May 2 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bev Schuetz

St. Louis's Sweet Treats

SENR:702 P24 | W May 8 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Ron Elz

General George Washington

SENR:702 P33 | M May 13 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega

Civil War

SENR:702 P25 | W May 15 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Bellefontaine Cemetery staff

Sage Chapel Cemetery

SENR:702 P26 | Th May 16 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | Dorris Keevan-Franke

Funky Funerals and Funny Epitaphs

Your view of "Rest in Peace" will never be the same after hearing this historical overview of these quirky, strange and interesting burial traditions. This program also includes the fascinating reasons behind our current burial practices and numerous amusing and moving epitaphs. Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P05| Th 10 a.m.-noon | Beverly Schuetz | Feb. 7 | WW, 102A

A Hollywood Valentine

Love is definitely in the air with this special Valentine presentation! Relive some of the most romantic classic film clips from Old Hollywood, including Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, South Pacific, The King and I and so much more! This one will have you swooning! Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P01| Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Mary Saputo | Feb. 14 | MC-SC, 200
P01| Th 1-2:30 p.m. | Mary Saputo | Feb. 21 | FV-CWI, 136

An Evening of Classical Music

Unlike the traditional classical music presentation, guests will enjoy violin masterpieces by Vivaldi and Beethoven and solo piano music by Chopin in a casual, intimate setting. The concert will feature violinist Sarah Fielding, Ph.D. and pianist Paul Higdon, D.M.A. Reception 6:30 p.m.. Concert 7:30 p.m. Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P05| Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Feb. 21 | Sarah Fielding, Ph.D. | Paul Hiigdon, D.M.A | WW, 102A

Mud Architecture Around the World

The oldest church in America is made of mud and still holds services every Sunday after four centuries. When the British burned the White House, President Madison moved into a Washington mud house, which stood until 1956. The University of Kansas adds one new mud building to its campus each year. Airbnb has three listings for mud houses in Missouri. Doug Schneider will describe mud architecture around the world from the Vikings to the Central West End. Doug will also take you on a virtual tour of the six-room mud house he purchased and lived in for four years. Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P28 | Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Douglas Schneider | March 7 | MC-SC, 200
P29 | Th 1-2:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | March 28 | FV-CWI, 136

The Atoms Among Us

How was St. Louis an important site of production for America's nuclear program during World War II and the Cold War? How did these activities affect people and places involved in the effort? How have governmental responses to related damage emerged over time? Taking these questions as points of entry, this discussion will examine the intersection of democracy, technology and public memory. Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P36 | W 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Gwendolyn Verhoff | March 13 | WW, 102A

100 Years of Memorable Character Toys

Playing with History: 100 Years of the Most Meaningful, Memorable and Fun Character Toys in American Life and Leisure is a provocative parade of personalities from the past. Join Daniel F. Yezbick, Ph.D. as he surveys the toys, dolls, games and gimmicks that made millions of Americans smile during the turbulent times. From Classic rag dolls and Disney mice to the trolls, turtles and transformers of the more recent past, attendees will gain insight into the secret politics of global toy culture. Along with insightful commentary, guests will see hands-on examples of some of the most memorable toys in American life and leisure. Reception 6:30 p.m.. Presentation 7:30 p.m. Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P32 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Daniel Yezbick, Ph.D. | March 14 | WW, 102A

Facts About Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Do you know someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease and want to learn about the diseases and resources to assist? Join us to gain an understanding and identify signs, behaviors and symptoms of the diseases; learn caregiving and tips for communication; and explore medications and related resources in order to manage and make informed decisions regarding services and treatment. Instructor brings both personal and professional knowledge including a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P07| Th 1-3 p.m. | Renita Waters | April 4 | FV-CWI, 136

Lost States of America

The State of Franklin, the Conch Republic, the State of Rough and Ready, the Kingdom of Beaver Island, the State of Absaroka. Doug Schneider will take you on a tour of the myriad of places that dreamed of being admitted to the Union, but failed. His qualification: he was born on Long Island, which has an active secessionist society that sells postcards, "Long Island, the 51st State." And what about the county that seceded from the state of Missouri in 1961, setting up its own democratically-elected government, issuing visas and printing its own postage stamps? And did you know that there is an Alaska Independence Party and there is a TEXTIT movement in Texas? Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P08 | Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Douglas Schneider | April 4 | WW, 102B
P01| Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Douglas Schneider | May 2 | MC-SC, 200

Medicare Updates

Are you getting close to being eligible for Medicare? In a small class setting in order to allow for questions from participants, presenter will be providing information about enrolling in Medicare, understanding the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medigaps, how to choose a Part D plan, and how to protect your benefits. Class is presented by CLAIM, a nonprofit organization providing information about Medicare to Missourians. All of CLAIM's services are free, unbiased and confidential. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P27 | Th 1-3 p.m. | Missouri CLAIM | April 11 | FP-G, 111
P31 | Th 1-3 p.m. | Missouri CLAIM | May 9 | FV-CWI, 136

First People of North America

Where does American history begin? The indigenous people of North America arrived on the continent from Asia more than 18,000 years ago. Jamestown and Plymouth were not the first settlements in America. American history had been unfolding long before 1607. Columbus did not discover a "new world"; he established contact between two worlds already old. Who were these first nation people? Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE
P01| Th 10 a.m.-noon | Bonnie Vega | April 18 | MC-SC, 200

The 25 Secrets of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane

Welles' 1941 directorial debut remains among the most internationally popular and artistically celebrated films of all time. This seminar explores Welles' cinema language and Kane's legacy to show us WHY this sometimes witty, sometimes dour, and always innovative movie still thrills and excites on many levels. From Greg Toland's ground-breaking cinematography to Bernard Herrmann's brooding score, every moment in Kane is a showstopper. Explore the many meanings of Rosebud, the Mercury Theater's rich legacy of spectacular performances, and Welles' own autobiographical interest in what has been widely called "the greatest movie ever made." Program is free, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens on 1/22.
SENR:702 | 1 session NO FEE
P09 | Th 10-11 a.m. | Daniel Yezbick, Ph.D. | May 16 | WW, 102A

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