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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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Spring 2017
ART   S17A01-ARG Minority Artists in the Mainstream Art World
4 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  02/27/201703/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
(Sorry this class has been canceled.)
A historical survey of African American artists in the United States: 19th century through 20th century artists of color and their work.
, February 27-March 20
A11
Eleanor Merritt
CURRENT ISSUES  S17CI01-ARG Penned Behind Bars: Prison Writers
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  03/01/201704/05/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Sorry this class has been canceled.)
There is a hidden talent inside our prisons. Prize winning writings of inmates from PEN American Center and the life story of each writer will be shared, along with personal letters to Harriet. “Writing lances old wounds and helps them heal” (writer serving 50 years from age 14).
, March 01-April 05
A11
Harriet Hendel
EARTH & BEYOND  S17E02-ARG Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  03/01/201704/12/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
This course will share the joys of birding with hands-on adventures in the field. One classroom session will be followed by five field trips to some of the best birding “hotspots” in Sarasota and the region. Learn about bird identification; the latest field guides, binoculars and apps; plus birding etiquette. We will first identify wintering birds and, in the springtime, migrating birds. One classroom session followed by five field trips. No class March 22.

First class 9:30-11:30 a.m. Field trips 8:00-11:00 a.m.
, March 01-April 12
A6
Eileen Teel
  S17E01-MUS Big Ideas in Science
6 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/27/201704/03/2017
 •  South Florida Museum  •  $95
Big ideas in science hit the headlines every week: the history of our universe, “dark” matter and energy, habitable planets, life in nearby solar systems, the state of Earth’s climate. We’ll look at science “ripped from the headlines”.
, February 27-April 03
Bishop Planetarium
Jeff Rodgers
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS  S17G01-ARG The European Union: Past, Present and Future
6 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  03/01/201704/05/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
This course will offer an overview of the EU’s history, structures, processes and contemporary challenges with a particular focus on the consequences of EU policy decisions for the United States in matters such as national security and political asylum.
, March 01-April 05
A6
Miles Williams
HISTORY  S17H01-SFC The Uncivil War
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  02/27/201704/03/2017
 •  Senior Friendship Center  •  $95
This conflict altered the course of the Colonies making them the United States. Why did it happen? Did the home fronts and leaders differ? Women’s roles, the reasons the South lost, the aftermath, reconstruction, and turning points will be covered in a PowerPoint animated presentation.
, February 27-April 03
Dwyer
George Stassa
  S17H02-ARG The Vietnam War and Its Impact on American Culture
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/28/201704/04/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
For the majority of us, the Vietnam War was the seminal event of our generation. The war caused many to question America’s principles as well as their own values. This course will review the history of the war and the many interpretations of its legacy.
, February 28-April 04
A6
Alan B. Grindal
  S17H03-ARG Civilizing The Wild West
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  02/28/201703/21/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Return to America’s violent 19th century frontier, and encounter legendary desperadoes and lawmen - including Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Belle Starr, Wyatt Earp, and Wild Bill Hickok. Then examine how less well-known preachers, teachers, settlers, and developers successfully tamed the wicked west.
, February 28-March 21
A11
Al Eckes
  S17H04-ARG The History of African American Life in Sarasota
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/28/201704/04/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
A historical review of the African-American experience in Sarasota from the earliest settlement of the town to the present. The course is taught by a native son who is both a product of the experience and a contributor.
, February 28-April 04
A10
James Brown
HUMAN BODY & MIND  S17HB01-ARG You Are What You Think
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  02/28/201703/21/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Improve your quality of life. The course describes how our thoughts influence our emotions by triggering various neurotransmitters in our brain. Learn how our thoughts contribute to our overall well-being and how to change negative thoughts into positive ones.
, February 28-March 21
A6
Herbert Cohen
IDEAS & SPIRITUALITY  S17I01-ARG Eastern World Religions: Part II - World View
6 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  02/27/201704/03/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Continue the exploration of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, turning to an examination of their key teachings on the nature of ultimate reality, the world, human beings, and the path of spiritual transformation. Some of the fascinating concepts to be discussed include: reincarnation, karma, nirvana, and the Tao.
, February 27-April 03
A6
James W. Johnson
  S17I02-EVG Luther’s Legacy: The Protestant Reformation
6 weeks Thursdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  03/02/201704/06/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
In this 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, we will explore the historical setting of the great schism from the Roman Catholic Church that was initiated by Martin Luther in 1517. We will also look at the doctrines of the other great reformers of the 16th century, the Counter- Reformation, and the Reformation’s political and cultural legacy.
, March 02-April 06
310
James W. Johnson
LITERATURE  S17L01-EVG Dante’s Inferno
6 weeks Thursdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  03/02/201704/06/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
“Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is no third”- T.S. Eliot. Join us on a journey through Dante’s Inferno, a poem that has enthralled readers and influenced writers for nearly 800 years. With its mixture of love, lust, deceit and deception, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
, March 02-April 06
310
Stuart McDougal
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L. Davis Hammond
MEDIA  S17ME01-ARG The Changing Face of the News Media
4 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/27/201703/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
Using the news of the day as examples, TV News expert Sam Roberts discusses the decline in the quality of news reporting and the rise of news on the Internet, and asks whether newspapers and the network news divisions will survive.
, February 27-March 20
A6
Sam Roberts
MUSIC  S17M02-CON The Symphonic Life I: Inside the Orchestra
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:20 pm  •  02/27/201704/03/2017
 •  First Congregational United Church of Christ  •  $95
Six professional musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra offer insights into various aspects of their profession and the classical music world in general. Topics to be covered include:
• Repertoire (B. Traba) - What's the difference between a "Romantic" piece and an "Impressionist" piece? Learn how to distinguish music from the seven major periods of western music history - just by listening!
• String Players in the Orchestra (M. McClelland) - Responsibilities and roles of both the leaders and the section players. How do two people, twenty feet apart, play at the same time, with the same bowing, the same articulation, and the same intent?
• Solving the Mystery of Percussion (G. Nickson) - What is actually going on at the back of the orchestra? An introduction to the percussion section of the orchestra will address many questions of the concert-goer including who decides what instruments to play, what those instruments are, how one knows when to play them, and what exactly is the meaning of it all?
• The Audition Process (M. McClelland) - How do you get a job in a symphony orchestra? Walk through an "interview" process like no other profession requires!
• The Role of the Orchestra Librarian (J. Vibbard) - What does an Orchestra Librarian do? How do music publishers and librarians affect the performance of a work?
• Classical Music Education- USA vs. Europe: (L. Cambis) - Two different approaches, one same goal: Expose our children to the magic of classical music.

No previous class or knowledge of classical music required!
, February 27-April 03
Chapel
Betsy Hudson Traba
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Justin Vibbard
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Lena Cambis
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George Nickson
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Michael McClelland
  S17M01-CON War & Music
4 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/27/201703/20/2017
 •  First Congregational United Church of Christ  •  $70
More so than at any other time in history, world events dramatically shaped the musical output of 20th century composers. This course will look at the influence of geo-political events, particularly the 2nd World War, in shaping musical expressions over the past century.
, February 27-March 20
Chapel
Justin Vibbard
George Nickson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY  S17ST01-EVG Everyday Physics in the 21st Century
6 weeks Thursdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  03/02/201704/06/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
This physics tour focuses on daily experiences. Starting with mechanics found at the gym, we’ll explore the energy transformations of cars rolling downhill and bombs exploding. We’ll consider relativity through dark matter, so that you’ll never be in the dark.
, March 02-April 06
310
Robert Yamartino
SPECIALTY  S17S01-ARG Dog Cognition: Not Quite Einstein - Part II
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  03/01/201704/05/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Certainly your dog is smart! But, let’s not get carried away. Animal behaviorist, Conni Borwick, will continue her very popular course examining dog intelligence, cognition and communication. It’s a two-way street. Our dogs are telling us things through body language and facial expressions… and, we do the same to them. Part II will review some of the important lessons from Part I and then move on to more advanced information. You are welcome to attend Part II without having enrolled in Part I.
, March 01-April 05
A10
Conni Borwick
THEATER & FILM  S17TH01-ARG French Cinema
6 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  02/28/201704/04/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
French cinema is known for its innovative filmmakers. This class examines examples of this with selections from The Nouvelle Vague and today’s New Cinema. Analysis includes mise-en-scene, poetic realism and film authorship. Students are asked to view films beforehand.
, February 28-April 04
A6
Patricia Regnier
TRAVEL  S17TR01-ARG Travel to Paris: Eyewitness Report
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  02/28/201704/04/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Where to stay, dine, shop. How to get around and stay safe. What to see and do, what to pack, and what not to miss. Tips from a 20-year traveler to Paris who recently checked out, personally, what she covers in this class.
, February 28-April 04
A11
Joanne Desmond
WRITING  S17WR01-ARG Everything You Wanted to Know about the English Language
4 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  03/01/201703/22/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
This course is a rapid-fire survey of our fascinating language. It provides a taster of some areas of language study and suggests ways you can begin to investigate language questions on your own.
, March 01-March 22
A6
Judy Carrick
  S17WR02-ARG Along The Way
6 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  03/01/201704/05/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Now is the time to share your stories with family and friends. Choose your medium: video, oral tape, literary, visual. Then travel through time as you transform nuggets of memory into a personal memoir in this enjoyable workshop of discovery.
, March 01-April 05
A11
Elinor Rogosin