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OF 0004.75 The Rise and Fall of Political Islam after the Arab Spring

Gain a better understanding of the challenges facing the Muslim world in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the rise and fall of ISIS. Egypt and Tunisia followed two different paths on how to deal with the rise of Islamic-based parties to power. Military versus political solutions. Violence versus accommodation. What does the future hold in the Middle East and North Africa after the military defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria? Are the various ethnic, religious, and sectarian groups willing to pursue a peaceful, political solution to their grievances? If not, then what?

Format: 80% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion

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Farouk Al-Nasser
OF 0004.76 Emily Brontë on Her 200th Birthday

Two hundred years ago, on July 29, Emily Brontë was born in Haworth, a village in West Yorkshire, England. Her only book, Wuthering Heights, and her poems are all we have, yet she influenced literature forever. Her creation of Heathcliff, the first anti-hero, is alive and well, and continues to appear in modern novels and plays. How did this very private young woman develop her novel with its unique structure and memorable characters who still, in spirit, “walk the moors”? We’ll read excerpts from her brief journal entries and her poetry, and discuss her life and the characters she brought to life. Lovers of literature and stories will appreciate this intimate immersion into the genius of Emily Brontë, and can experience her anew as we take a look at her influence in current novels, plays, and film.

Format: 70% Lecture, 10% Interactive discussion, 20% Hands-on activity

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Karen B Kenyon
OF 0004.77 Yellowstone: From Native Hunting Grounds to Army Post to National Park: The History of This American Icon

Trace the human history that shaped Yellowstone National Park. Learn how it came to be established and the challenges faced by early park managers in controlling poaching, mining, and commercial exploitation before the National Park Service was established. We’ll also look at the challenges of managing 2 million acres of land with a permanent staff of fewer than 300 people, and the impact on the public of park policies such as reservations, increased fees, and limited access hours.

Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.78 Dealing with Incapacity: Planning Ahead for the Right Legal and Financial Tools

More and more families are dealing with the challenges of dementia and disability, and struggling with how to deal with family members unable to make their own decisions for personal care and finances. We will review planning techniques to assure the right “tools are in the tool box” ahead of time, and techniques to deal with situations in crisis with no previous planning.

Format: 80% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.79 Long Term Care Planning: Techniques to Get the Care Needed and Help Paying for it

The challenges of dealing with dementia and other disabilities can be overwhelming to family and caregivers. The experience for everyone is greatly improved when you understand the community and government programs that can help pay for them. Learn how to protect your hard-earned wealth, and why you don’t have to ”spend down” to minimal assets to qualify for Medi-Cal should a loved one need skilled nursing care. Also learn about your right to remain in skilled nursing without discharge or cessation of needed therapy. This is not a presentation about long-term care insurance, but a review of public programs available to everyone.

Format: 80% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.80 A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics Part 1 | What Happens After the Paycheck Stops?

Examine expenses and sources of income in retirement, withdrawal rates of assets, and potential risks that could derail strategy.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.81 Getting to Know the Real Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist are some of the most read books in the English language, and have influenced contemporary novels and films. Charles Dickens was like a rock star in his day, and created the concept of the series or serial book. He’s often seen as a paragon of the upstanding man, and while he did much to draw attention to the poor and disadvantaged, he had a darker side. Learn how his traumatic childhood affected his life and enhanced his story-telling skills as he wrote about England during the 1900s.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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Karen B Kenyon
OF 0004.82 Jonestown Revisited

Learn firsthand about a catastrophe studied around the world, from Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl who lived in Guyana with about 1,000 adopted family members nearly 40 years ago. On Nov. 18, 1978, when cult leader Jim Jones arranged the murder of 917 people, Kohl happened to be in Georgetown on church business. She will discuss her return trip to Guyana and Jonestown in March 2017, and how the Utopian community that hoped to inspire the world to live in racial harmony came to such an end. She will also update the class on the upcoming 40th anniversary of Jonestown.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.83 A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics Part 2 | Time Matters: A Woman's Retirement Outlook

Women statistically end up controlling household finances whether they want to or not. We’ll examine the unique challenges faced by women in retirement, and explore solutions.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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OF 0004.84 Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932): Newspaperwoman, Philanthropist, and Social Reformer

Learn the life story of a remarkable women who played a vital role in the history of women, California, and the American West. Born in London, Ellen Browning Scripps grew up in rural poverty on the Illinois prairie and personified the classic American story in which people pull themselves up by their bootstraps. By the 1920s, she was worth an estimated $30 million, most of which she gave away. From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Scripps College; to the La Jolla Children’s Pool, and SDSU’s Scripps Cottage, she left an indelible mark on San Diego.

Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion

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Molly McClain
OF 0004.85 Dealing With Depression

Are you aware there is an epidemic of suicide in the United States? We’ll take a closer look at depression and suicide in our country, examining its correlates and suggesting possible strategies in coping with depression. This includes avenues other than therapy or drugs, such as mindfulness and meditation.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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Denny D Braun
OF 0004.86 The NASA Twin Astronauts: A Year in Space

Sending people to Mars first requires proving they can survive in space. Scott Kelly spent a year in the International Space station while his identical twin underwent identical studies on earth. Scientists discovered that zero gravity threatens loss of bone and muscle, and changes the structure of the eye. Additionally, radiation changes DNA and can turn 200 “space genes” off or on. We take for granted how the human body is designed to cope with gravity and life on earth. Taking those things away teaches us much about ourselves.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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Michael Ziegler
OF 0004.87 La Movida Madrileña: The Madrid Scene

After the death of Spain’s Prime Minister Francisco Franco in 1980, a new cultural wave was born in Madrid. Discover how the Spaniards left behind 40 years of dictatorship and taboos, to embrace freedom of expression. Learn about the countercultural movement known as “La Movida Madrileña” and the artists who emerged, such as singer Alaska, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, photographers, graffiti artists and more.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

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Sarah Heras
OF 0004.88 In the age of #MeToo, Know the Difference between Sexual Harassment and Sex Crimes

Under the guidance of a career trial lawyer, learn the differences between sexual harassment and a sex crime. Topics include recognizing precursors to sexual offenses, the different types of sexual offenses, and the legal issues involved in investigating sexual offenses versus sexual harassment. Learn what witnesses have to know in reporting sexual misconduct, and more.

Format: 60% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion, 10% Hand-on activity, 10% Demonstration

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Wendy Patrick
OF 0004.89 How Did the Scene at Jesus' Birth Become So Crowded?

Did you know that shepherds appear only in the Gospel of Luke, and the “three wise men” are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew? Were you aware there are no accounts of the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark or the Gospel of John? We’ll look closely at the variations in these presentations and seek to explain the reasons for the differing infancy narratives of Jesus. The theological perspective of each gospel writer is key to our understanding. Also see how the stories have been meshed together to create the crowd in the contemporary story of Christmas.

Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion

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John Spencer