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Course Catalog

Check out all 70 ways to exercise your mind!

We offer courses in 16 subject categories, led by our accomplished faculty.
Classes are held in numerous locations in the Sarasota/Manatee area at convenient times.

The classes at PSA are intimate, seminar-style courses, from 4 to 6 weeks long.
They are designed to meet the needs of people whose curiosity and intellect refuse to retire.

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Fall 2016
ART   F16A01-ARG Learning How to Read a Painting
4 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/18/201611/08/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or is it? This course is about visual literacy. We will compare visual and written language and explore the methods of analysis specific to visual language and communication in its different art forms: art, advertising, propaganda, and photography.
, October 18-November 08
A6
Andre Krauss
  F16A02-EVG The Innovators: Six European Masters of Painting
6 weeks Thursdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/20/201612/01/2016
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
(No class November 24)
The history of Western painting since 1500 is shaped by unique individuals whose innovations continue to change the course of painting in the present century. In six sessions we will explore in detail the art of Turner, Degas, Van Gogh, Rodin, Sargent and Lichtenstein.
, October 20-December 01
310
Kevin Costello
  F16A03-EVG Figure This: Exploring The Human Figure In Sculpture
6 weeks Thursdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/20/201612/01/2016
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
(No class November 24)
These six lectures will explore the ritualistic and psychological development of figurative sculpture from pre-historic times to the present. The course will make clear that the concepts of grace/beauty/power are socio-economic as well as political-theological.
, October 20-December 01
310
Kevin Costello
BALLET  F16B01-ARG The Sarasota Ballet in Depth: A Decade of Webb
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/19/201611/30/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class November 23rd)
Delve into the rich and illustrious history of ballet as we illuminate the choreographers and ballets featured in The Sarasota Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Season. Let us lift the curtain on this incredible art form and show you that ballet is far from just pointe shoes and tutus. One class will be a backstage tour.
, October 19-November 30
A11
Sara Sardelli
James Jordan
EARTH & BEYOND  F16E01-ARG The Science and Art of Forecasting Weather
4 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/18/201611/08/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Become your own "meteorologist" using forecast models, weather satellites, and observations to understand changing weather patterns. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from the weather dangers that face us throughout the year.
, October 18-November 08
A11
Bob Harrigan
  F16E02-ARG Introduction to Florida’s Birds
4 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/19/201611/09/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
More than 600 species of birds have been recorded in Florida, and close to 300 different species in Sarasota County alone. Learn how to identify some of the most common birds by sound, behavior and habitat. One classroom session followed by three field trips.
, October 19-November 09
A6
Jeanne Dubi
HISTORY  F16H01-ARG Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
4 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/17/201611/07/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Columbus has always been a controversial figure, even during his lifetime. But today the controversy has risen to the point of possibly discontinuing the national holiday in his honor. We will study his interactions with Native Americans so you can draw your own conclusion.
, October 17-November 07
A11
Jay Davis
HUMAN BODY & MIND  F16HB01-ARG The Mind Body Connection
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/25/201611/15/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Explore how family influences, peer and group interactions, and loss can lead to emotional and physical problems such as anxiety, cardiovascular disease, and fatigue. Learn to achieve a healthy balance between your emotional and physical health by managing your emotions.
, October 25-November 15
A6
Herbert Cohen
IDEAS & SPIRITUALITY  F16I01-ARG More Fascinating World Religions
6 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/17/201611/28/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class November 21)
Especially for those who love broadening their horizons, this course will explore three minor, yet fascinating and influential world religions: Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Sikhism. We will focus on their historical development (beginning with the lives and teachings of Zoroaster, Mahavira, and Guru Nanak) and their basic world views.
, October 17-November 28
A6
James W. Johnson
  F16I02-ARG Mennonites and Amish: History, Belief and Life
4 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/19/201611/09/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Who are those people riding three-wheeled bikes in Sarasota? Why do they dress that way? What is a Mennonite? Are Mennonites and Amish the same? These questions and more will be addressed in this informative and engaging look at Mennonite and Amish history and traditions.
, October 19-November 09
A11
J. David Yoder
MEDIA  F16ME01-ARG The Power and Influence of the News Media
4 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/18/201611/08/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
TV News expert Sam Roberts explores the influence of the media on world affairs past and present, explains how news decisions are made and who makes those decisions, and discusses how advances in technology are changing news reporting.
, October 18-November 08
A6
Sam Roberts
MUSIC  F16M01-CON The Symphonic Life II: Inside Musicians’ Lives
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:20 pm  •  10/17/201611/28/2016
 •  First Congregational United Church of Christ  •  $95
(No class November 21)
The second installment in the hugely popular “Symphonic Life I” series, this course will explore different aspects of the life and work of orchestral musicians. No previous class or knowledge of classical music required! Professional musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra offer lectures on the following topics:

• Traditions of the Orchestra (B. Traba): Why does the Concertmaster walk out onstage last? Why does the oboe tune the orchestra? What’s the REAL story on clapping between the movements of symphonies? Learn the origin of some of classical music’s quirkiest traditions and how they are changing today.
• A Week in the Life (M. McClelland): The concerts you hear come together in orchestra rehearsals, but what does each musician do individually outside of the concert hall? How much do musicians practice? How do they maintain their instruments? What’s up with those people who make their own reeds, anyway? Do musicians teach? Do they play elsewhere? Spend “a week in the life” of a typical orchestral musician.
• Who has the Bells and has Anyone Seen the Whistles? (G. Nickson): What has to happen behind the scenes to make each week at the orchestra go smoothly? Following in the footsteps of a Principal Percussionist, take an in-depth look at the logistical challenges of an orchestra and how they are solved. See how the worlds of production, personnel, administration and librarians must combine smoothly to make it all happen. Additionally, the many challenges of keeping the percussion section running will be discussed: finding obscure instruments, fixing and maintaining an orchestra’s collection of instruments, shipping obscure pieces of furniture all around the world in the name of music!
• What Does a Conductor Really Do? (J. Vibbard): The door opens, and an enigmatic figure confidently walks to the podium and takes a bow, only moments before turning, placing his/ her arms in the air and commanding a start to the music. But is this all the equally famed and infamous Maestro, Conductor, Kapellmeister does? Take a peek into the sprawling and diverse career of a conductor, and discover some of those little insider quirks and idiosyncrasies to this often misunderstood profession.
• Playing “By Ear” (L. Cambis): While it seems obvious that musicians use their ears when they play, few understand the subtleties of pitch, intonation and rhythm which professional musicians must constantly assess while playing. Learn the basics of Solfege, the primary ear training method used in conservatories, major and minor tonalities, and how orchestral musicians hear with their eyes (note reading/sight reading) and visualize with their ears (pitch and i nterval recognition).
• The Lives of Soloists and Chamber Musicians (M. McClelland): Weeks away from home, traveling with instruments, practicing in hotels. Learn about the challenges of maintaining friendships, relationships, and a family for some of our most acclaimed artists who travel most of the year.
, October 17-November 28
Chapel
Betsy Hudson Traba
Lena Cambis
Justin Vibbard
George Nickson
Michael McClelland
SPECIALTY  F16S01-ARG Dog Cognition: Not Quite Einstein
6 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/17/201611/28/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class November 21)
Discover what your canine companion is really thinking. A study based on exciting new research on dogs’ intelligence and cognition, on their use in the military and in disease research. Learn about dogs as family members and not just pets.
, October 17-November 28
A6
Conni Borwick
THEATER & FILM  F16TH01-ARG The Best Science Fiction Films You Have Never Seen
6 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/19/201611/30/2016
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class November 23rd)
View and discuss some of the most thoughtful, powerful, and entertaining films ever made! Avoiding blockbusters, we will screen U.S. and foreign science-fiction from the silent era to modern classics. We will discuss these films as works of art and as commentaries on the societies that created them.
, October 19-November 30
A6
Dave Gordon